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MarkusM 02-15-2013 03:41 PM

solar panel
Hello does anybody have experience with the blue planet solar panels from Canadian tire? The 40watt is 70% off and costs 90$ now.
Any thoughts?

Skipper Jer 02-15-2013 04:53 PM

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Here is a link to a solar panel web site. The panels are cheaper. Canadian Tire reminds me of Tractor Supply here in the US of A.
12 Volt Solar Panels

Faster 02-15-2013 05:16 PM

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We had a boat neighbour years back that bought a whole array of solar panels from CT... they ran 12V devices but didn't put out enough voltage to actually charge a 12V bank.. so check the output voltages & other specs carefully...

MoeIsMe 02-16-2013 04:52 PM

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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.

MarkusM 02-16-2013 06:48 PM

solar panel
Thank you all the answers and advice. One other option I am considering is to go together with some friends and buy panels in bulk. It would come down to 1$ a watt for polycrystalline panels.

geehaw 02-16-2013 06:49 PM

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70% off and still $90.00? Way to much.

tommays 02-16-2013 08:33 PM

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Unles you have space to burn and don't care about how long the panel lives in saltwater a unit like a sunwize is a far better long term value even at 180 dollars for 40 watts

bljones 02-17-2013 12:41 AM

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BTDT. not unhappy to date. That is a good deal considering it includes the charge controller.
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