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Northern tools has 15 w panels in sale for $69... I picked up a couple if those... Nor sure if it's cheap quality, but the price is right. Thanks for the tip.
Those panels will work just fine, but you must use the controller in conjunction with them to prevent overcharging of the batteries. You can buy the controller at West Marine for $30 SUNFORCE Seven-Amp Solar Charge Controller at West Marine

As for the panel sending spikes to delicate electronic gear, it's darned near impossible if the panel is properly wired and a controller is used. Keep in mind the panel is wired directly to the batteries through the controller, while your electronics is wired through the electrical circuit breaker panel. Consequently, when the battery switch is turned to the off position, the circuit breaker panel is disabled, but the batteries will continue to be charged by the solar panel through the controller. The controller regulates both the voltage and current that goes to the batteries ONLY--not what the batteries are sending to the circuit breaker panel.

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Sorry for the typos.. This iPhone is killing my writing skills...
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