Solar Stik tech
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: St. Augustine, FL
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Thank you for the inquiry. I am writing this letter to you personally, as the owner of the Solar Stik Company.
A friend of mine send me a quick note today about a post that was placed on the Sailnet thread. I visited the site and saw your vessel name... and the fracas that ensued. I was also just notified of your email query.
There has been a lot of discussion and debate about the system, it's performance, and the return for the investment.
I want to personally assure you that these systems DO in fact achieve average 1 kW-h (80AH) power production daily using solar alone, and up to 1.5 kW-h depending on the wind generator type and the amount of wind.
There is no "concrete" measure of power that can be ascribed to the system's performance, rather, it is a "game of averages". All we can do here is provide the averages based on our extensive experience using them in the field (as well as owner-feedback).
As you probably know, they were born on a couple of sailboats back in the late 90's, but have since been adopted by the military and several other "agencies". In fact, some of the equipment that our systems provide power to are vital to national security, and the construction and performance of the Solar Stik Systems have received scrutiny FAR beyond what anyone on the Sailnet forum will ever appreciate (or in some instances, understand). If they did not perform to advertised standards, we would have a much different clientele than we currently do.
We are a family-owned business that provides a product that is made almost entirely in the USA... Every component is screened for domestic production. We also have a dedicated team of professionals who genuinely care about the quality of our products and the people who depend on them.
It is because of the cruising community that we were successful in the early days... THAT is something that we will always remember and respect.
You have my personal guarantee that the system performs AS ADVERTISED.
P.S. Sailing Dog, to be clear, it was US who pulled the plug on Defender, West Marine, and every other "retailer" to keep the retail cost at a minimum for the Cruiser. Every tier of distribution increases the final price... in spite of your insinuation, it was simply a decision we made based on keeping it affordable (unless you somehow have a problem with that). In fact, to point out something that you may have missed, our prices have actually DECREASED.
We have only one mission at Solar Stik... to provide a system that has "value" to the marketplace. I find it curious that you would belittle our company for the decision to be the exclusive seller of our own products.