Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: on the water
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Solar Panel Review .. After reading the postings
If .. I purchase the boat. I will need to update the electric.
And I'd love to have a solar panel. The idea of free electrons.
I read the many postings here. The cost of the panel
and regulator, the return in electrons, the placement
on the boat, fold up panel as opposed to flat hard panel.
I also wonder; what exactly is a genset. I'm assuming it is
a generator to charge the batteries, right? Are there very
small gensets, that can be stored somewhere out of the way
when not in use? The generators I am familiar with, the
kind folks up my way have for backup power, are loud, and
use a heck of a lot of fuel.
The solar panel again: there are a couple different types, right?
The book I have recommends an Amorphis [ spelling? ] panel
because of shadowing. But then I looked on line and the
Kyocera panel gives the most electron for the size..
Can you explain to me the different types of crysal? Or panel?
The fold ups are sweet, but after reading about the problems
and how the panels start to lose their ability .. no thanks.
What about a hard panel that can be stored on board someplace?
When docked or anchored? The panel could be brought out,
attached by stretch cord, run the wire to a clip connection,
through a regulator, to the batteries.. As the day ends, and the
sun fades, take it down, put it away.
Does this make sense?
The panels I saw for sale on Ebay seem good, but the panel frame
looks weak. For a panel that comes out and goes back in a
frame .. I'd think a strong frame .. right?
I'd like something in the 50-90 watt range. The little mini watt
chargers don't make much sense to me..
Any more info .. ??