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Old 09-24-2019, 05:55 PM   #1
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Obsidian panel from Zamp (new)

Zamp solar is making new panels called the obsidian. Less than than 1" thick including frame.


Expensive but I am wondering if the low profile would be of any benefit?



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Old 09-24-2019, 07:41 PM   #2
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Try www.zampsolar.com. You’ll find that it works much better!
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Old 09-24-2019, 08:32 PM   #3
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Obsidian panel from Zamp (new)

No benefit mounting on an already 10’ high, 7,500lb travel trailer with irregular, non aerodynamic roofline to begin with, in my opinion.

BTW - shameless plug - if you are considering solar upgrade, might want to hit up Lewster who is just down the road he did a nice job on my 30’...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f539...-182406-2.html
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Obsidian panel from Zamp (new)

Get good old $100sh panels and spend the extra money on batteries. Or other gear. Or beer.
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Get good old $100sh panels and spend the extra money on batteries. Or other gear. Or beer.
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:32 PM   #6
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At 30% less weight - maybe a retrofit solution sized as a direct replacement of AS front awning to a solar awning next to battery box....?
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[QUOTE=pcskier;2292304]Get good old $100sh panels and spend the extra money on beer.

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Old 10-02-2019, 06:51 PM   #8
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Ok, here we go.

400W of Obsidian panels!

These panels are light, especially when compared to the Renogy panels I had previously.

Looking forward to getting out next week and giving them a work out!

Only one wonky pic... sorry..
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Looking forward to the suitcase versions.
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Ok, here we go.

400W of Obsidian panels!

These panels are light, especially when compared to the Renogy panels I had previously.

Looking forward to getting out next week and giving them a work out!

Only one wonky pic... sorry..
Very cool, love the slim look. Thanks for sharing the pics.
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Old 10-03-2019, 09:00 AM   #11
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No problem. I live close to Zamp and my friend works there. They wanted to make a set of feet that fit the curved roof of an airstream, keeping the panel as low as possible. I took my Airstream over a few times so they could measure and fit. Such a great team over there, they really care about their products and customers!

As you can see from the pics they worked out really well. If I recall correctly my old Renogy panels were 16.5lbs each and the Obsidian panels are ~11lbs so a total weight saving of ~22lbs.

For a suitcase that weight difference could be a huge deal. The panels are so thin I am not sure how they would make legs that collapse underneath or mount a controller - hopefully they work it out!
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GSMBlue,

Thanks for the pics. I too look forward to reading about your experience with these new Zamp panels.

BTW, did you use the AS Solar Pre-Wire, or run new, heavier gauge wire?

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Old 10-10-2019, 10:07 AM   #13
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The factory cables in my 2015 are 10AWG and the run is about 25ft. So we put in some 8AWG instead.

It was not super difficult to do and I will probably write something up on this. Basically it runs from the front of the Airstream, under the couch to the fridge. From there we went up outside the fridge through the microwave compartment and up to the roof to a zamp combiner box.

We are currently camping with hook ups (our preferred campground was closed!) I am going to unplug in the afternoon and let the panels do some work.

I am happy to answer any other questions!
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Gsmblue,

OK, thanks for the reply.

Look forward to hearing about the performance of these Obsidians. Being from Oregon, I love the name and its connection to Central Oregon.

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Old 11-13-2019, 05:19 PM   #15
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Ok, here we go.

400W of Obsidian panels!

These panels are light, especially when compared to the Renogy panels I had previously.

Looking forward to getting out next week and giving them a work out!

Only one wonky pic... sorry..
Wow. Those panels are really thin. I do like the look. Wonder if they will be on Airstreams from the factory. Do they make the 90 watt panels? I may replace the two on my trailer if they do.
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Old 11-13-2019, 06:15 PM   #16
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Nice install! Looks great!
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Getting new 25 GT in Jan and will be doing solar myself as I did with 22 Sport I am trading in. That was Renogy install and used 3M tape and sikaflex. The Zamp obsidian mounting rails look easier and may not need messy sikaflex, just run 3M along the rails. Almost 4 times the cost but do like the lower profile (at 6’4” I do see the Renogy panels). Like to know how easy the wire install was on the 25FC, maybe the same route on the 25 GT?
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Yes, these will be going on Airstreams. They do make a 90W too.

So far performance has been excellent!
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We are installing 300W of Obsidian panels (3 x100W panels) on our FC27FB. We had flexible panels and they didn't hold up well.

Install should be done mid Jan, I'll post some pics when it is completed
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We are installing 300W of Obsidian panels (3 x100W panels) on our FC27FB. We had flexible panels and they didn't hold up well.

Install should be done mid Jan, I'll post some pics when it is completed
Are you going to do the installation yourself or having a dealer complete it for you?
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