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Old 12-14-2016, 06:43 PM   #1
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Flexable solar panels

Hi does anybody have a good lead to flexible solar panels I can permanently attach to my roof. I have use a powerfilm panel before which is good but buy far to expensive at 875 bucks for just 60 watts I am looking to add 300 plus watts. with a good inverter. So if anybody have any experience at this please give me a heads up my eyes are sore from searching..
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Old 12-14-2016, 07:51 PM   #2
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search harder, few discussions about this. I opted for 24V 135W flex panels. not cheap, but higher voltage is good for the small 10ga wires and MPPT to sort out the excess voltage.

got mine here: https://afp-power.com/
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Amazon; and watch whether it is the 20% plus efficiency cells & whether or not it is front or back wiring junction box - they all seem to have one years warranty, confirm that with vendor.

Beware the least-expensive panels shipped directly from China - if quality issues arise the expense of returning item(s) could/would be prohibitive. Product being offered with Prime delivery means Amazon has more of a stake in your satisfaction.

Some panels have the option of extending warranty to 4-years for 15-20% of purchase price, mechanical & electrical failure is claimed to be covered.

At the same price point there is a rigid panel with small dimensions - 40"x20-3/4" - the Renogy Eclipse* 100 Watt unit - now that is a deal for the highest tech PV cells which means the smallest possible dimensions.
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So I'd like to get the Renology 100 suitcase and their controller and use battery clamps to hook it to my batteries to keep them charged up while we are dry camping. I have a couple of questions:

What kind of wiring do I need. Can I just use wire I get at the hardware store? If so, what gauge?

Second question, with two batteries, do I clip the pos to pos on one battery and Neg to neg on the second battery or do I just clip on one battery at a time?

We have a Bambi with a single battery now but will be picking up our Flying Cloud 23FB with two batteries in a few days and I'm doing a bit of planning.

Thanks in advance for your thoughtful input.
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Pos on one and neg on the other. Depending how long of a cord you want will determine the gauge of wire. My suitcase is 160W and I wanted 50' of mobility, so I chose 6 gauge marine tinned and stranded duplex wire. Very flexible .

Google "solar wiring gauge chart".
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