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SOLAR JACK solar panels?

anybody have experience with them?

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Re: SOLAR JACK solar panels?

Threads this old with no responses.... Mayhaps they should be deleted?
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Re: SOLAR JACK solar panels?

Yes, we pay the mods a lot of money and it seems they don't do jack for us. The least they should do is continually comb through old threads looking for ones like this.

I'm warning them - if they don't start working for their money, I'm going to stop paying them!

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Re: SOLAR JACK solar panels?

I personally (don't laugh) bought my 50watt panel from Home Depot, brand was "grape solar" so far its worked well, and was priced right (shipped direct to my house)... Came with a basic controller (yeah its junk, but it works), whole deal was under $120.00

Looks like they are designed for off grid, or campers, but so far quality seems on par or better than most of the stuff I've seen purpose built for boats (not saying much as a lot of that stuff is poorly built).

Obviously mine is a much smaller installation than what you'd want or likely need.

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Re: SOLAR JACK solar panels?

I won't laugh at your Grape Solar if you don't laugh at our Renogy and Graphene panels.

We are starting to have our original 16yr old Kyocera 120W panels fail ($650/ea back then!), and have been replacing them with cheap panels that cost $1/W. These panels are now more efficient and smaller footprint than our old Kyocera's, but the "quality" may be less - to be determined.

So far, they have been exemplary. If we only get half the life out of them, then they still cost as much or less than the "high quality" panels.

This isn't something we routinely do, but in this case it seems to be working well.

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Re: SOLAR JACK solar panels?

I also have a Grape Solar panel, a 100-watt, purchased at Home Depot and a cheap controller, four years old and still works great.

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Re: SOLAR JACK solar panels?

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Threads this old with no responses.... Mayhaps they should be deleted?
First, since I'm thinking about adding a solar panel, thanks for kicking the dust because the replies helped.

Second, in answer to your question: No. It isn't costing the owners anything to have those abandoned threads out there and if they want them removed, they can enlist the people on their payroll to do it. My volunteer mod time is better spent moving threads into the correct forums when people don't pay attention to where they are when they open a new thread.

But, thanks for making the suggestion to try to make a better forum. Always appreciated.

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Re: SOLAR JACK solar panels?

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Re: SOLAR JACK solar panels?

I'm in the market for a 50 watt solar panel. I'll probably get a Renogy or Grape. $80 for a Renogy vs. $500 for a Solbian or Aurinco? I could have five failures and still come out ahead. I'll spend the money on a quality controller instead.

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Re: SOLAR JACK solar panels?

If I recall correctly, the warranty my Grape was 10 years on the panel and 25 years on the output. Just checked the Home Depot site and confirmed it. Hard to go wrong with that kind of warranty.

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