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post #4 of Old 02-16-2013
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Re: solar panel

That is a good deal. Canadian Tire usually goes with the cheapest option though, so like the earlier post stated, be sure to check the voltage on the panels before you install them. Use a multimeter to verify that even at this time of year, the panels should be putting out something above 18V (no load).

The other thing I would recommend is putting some strong silicon sealant around the edge of the framing (front & back). These cheap panels are not known for their quality construction.

These panels feature amorphous solar cells, so are a good choice for Canadian latitudes. I personally like the Powerfilm rollable marine panels far more than these rigid types. The Powerfilms can be deployed & stored far more easily. They can be walked on, and they feature a waterproof connector. But, they are more money.
I hesitate to post a link to the Powerfilm panels (don't want to spam), so if anyone wants more information, or thinks I should post the link, please let me know.
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