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  1. #11
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    I just bought a cheapie Kings 200w blanket to supplement the fixed panel on the roof.
    BTW I have recently been looking at the flexible panels sold by Marine Tech stores, which seem well priced.
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    Do you happen to know the tech used in the blanket? And the panels for that matter. As my op suggested: amorph seems to have gone the way of the dodo so I wonder what you are using

    Cheers,
    -P

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    Monocrystaline. Details of the Kings here:

    Adventure Kings 200W Portable Solar Blanket + 10m Lead For Solar Panel Extension - 4WD Supacentre

    It was Road Tech Marine. Sorry about tge wrong name. Details here:

    Search flexible solar panel | Road Tech Marine
    2009 Defender 110 2.4. ARB bulbar, Ironman winch, Safari snorkel, Steinbauer chip, AP HD clutch, Lightforce spots, larger tank, Off Road Systems drawer, Traxide 160 controller, Tekonsha brakes, Mulgo seat runners, Uniden UHF, Nuggetstuff seat corners, breathers, Polaris GPS.

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    Hi Prelude, Visited this place to take an inverter back recently. The do a lot of work in off grid and camping trailers/caravans and just might be of interest to you.

    Have a nice day.

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    Thanks for the input guys.

    I have decided for now to hold of on the US-64 NOS panels. They are 12 years old, although new and not exposed to UV solar cell degradation must have set in. Also I can find double the power for half the price and half the size locally in mono/poly guise and my gut feeling tells me that even with such reduced shade performance, having twice the power in the same space would compensate sufficiently.

    We are just unfortunate enough that large land based installations get the cream of the crop in terms of solar panels and 12v (usually 23v voc) panels have become quite the underdog.

    Regarding the land based setup, I was not looking for a solution there yet since I have a grid connection down here (since I believe grid-tie solar to not be environmentally friendly) but navydiver has provided me with some really good information regarding that for future reference.

    When I get the chance I will continue my experiment with the small panels

    Cheers
    -P

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