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Solar - Opinion

Postby Derek Bullock » Thu May 24, 2007 8:00 pm

Would you consider this a good buy at $890.


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This solar kit is ready to plug into your camper or vehicle.

Made of two quality BP Solar panels with a 25 year warrantee, this kit is rated at 80 watts putting out 4.6 amps. We manufacture these kits out of 2 x 40 watt panels due to the ease of transport of this sized panel.

Comes with solar regulator, stands and a 6 metre x 4mm twin core lead. This kit is normally $1,190 retail in stores, take advantage of this excellent price.

http://www.kampers.com.au/camping/solarpower.html
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Postby Scolers » Thu May 24, 2007 8:44 pm

Derek,

I can't comment on the unit you have posted up but have you looked at what BCF have? I was in there today and there were some solar panels for a lot cheaper than $800.

Just a thought.

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Postby Hissy » Fri May 25, 2007 10:31 am

Derek,

Looking at the price i would agree that it looks good. Maybe you can haggle.

Newer panels are very efficient.

I always have gone off the following formula.

$1.00 per Solar watt.

I have two 60 watt panels on my trailer.

Maybe this helps.
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Postby Komodo » Fri May 25, 2007 10:51 am

$10 per watt is the general rule of thumb plus the cost of a regulator and cable.

Looks to be a good price to me.

Should be pushing around 25 - 30amps per day back into the batteries. (thoretically speaking working on 70% efficiency and 8 hour avg. exposure)

Very good little setup! I must admit I am quit the fan of the fold away designs

I believe Derrick Bester of http://www.sidewinder.com.au also sells a similar product - not sure on the $ though and I'm having a few internet issues this morning so I cant check
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Postby Hissy » Tue May 29, 2007 1:52 pm

Sorry Derek i think i got my maths wrong.

It should be $10 per watt.

So therefore 80 watts of solar would be around $800.

Jaycar has a 65 watt BP Solar panel at the moment for $599.00.
That is $9.23 per watt.

80 watt panel is $769.00.

If you open an account with Electus Distribution the supplier to Jaycar you can purchase goods at a greatly reduced price.
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Postby adow » Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:32 pm

I have a 105 Amp hour deep cycle battery in my camper, charged through an Anderson plug by a Redarc charger in the car. I would also like to be able to charge the battery through a solar panel. The battery will be used to run lights, recharge a laptop and camera batteries - fairly light duties. Won't be running a fridge or any heavy duty items. Any advise about what size and type of panel would do the trick (and approximate cost)?
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Postby Komodo » Fri Aug 24, 2007 12:51 pm

How long between driving? (ie for the redarc to opperate)

are the fairy lights LED or incandecent?

basically a 40watt unit should be more than sufficient going by those specs to keep you going an extra few days
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Postby Hissy » Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:21 am

Derek,

Did you buy the solar panels?
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Postby Derek Bullock » Thu Sep 06, 2007 6:10 pm

Not yet but will buy either them or similar.
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