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Old 09-29-2020, 10:08 PM   #1
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Flexible Solar panel or rigid solar panel better?

I am looking for a solar to be installed on my 2019 Flying Cloud 19CBB. which is better: panel or flexible? Any of you experience any issues with flexible solar? I had the panel on my former 16' Bambi...

I am shopping for possible 2 solar panels or flexible...
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Rigid. Always.

https://amsolar.com/solar-panels-for...lexible-panels
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welcome, rigid panels all the way. flex panels don't last long- heat up on AS skin and can't dissipate heat. also rigid are easier to replace. good luck. kurt
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welcome, rigid panels all the way. flex panels don't last long- heat up on AS skin and can't dissipate heat. also rigid are easier to replace. good luck. kurt
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Thanks. This is the confirmation I need.
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Now which rigid solar panels are VERY good?
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Zamp are the go-to these days. Renogy is popular as well.

Remember, similar to flexible panels, you get what you pay for.
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We use 2 180w Zamp suitcase panels. They work very well for us.

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Flex have short life time
Go rigid
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are Monocrystallite solar panels good?
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Yes mono are the best
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If I get this, what else do I need to complete the solar charging? the FC has pre-built plugs on roof for solar but do not see any battery/solar monitor?

https://www.amazon.com/ZAMP-SOLAR-KI...1512120&sr=8-7
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At a minimum you’ll need a solar controller. The Victron SmartSolar line is the gold standard. They come in different sizes depending on how many panels you plan top mount. For a 19’ You’d be hard pressed to exceed the capacity of the 100/30 model.

Most of us also would want a Battery Monitor. The Victron BMV-712 is the one I have.
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