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2 Weeks Ago 10:30 PM
newhaul
Re: solar recommendations

We have the 200 watt kit from windy nation with 30 amp pwm controller very happy with it. Similar to this one
But'the mono panels not the poly ones ( a slight increase in efficiency not available at this time I checked)
200 Watt Polycrystalline Solar Panel Complete Kit for RV's, Boats and Off-Grid
Always charged before noon then run the water maker
2 Weeks Ago 09:36 PM
seaner97
Re: solar recommendations

Am so diggin' my solar!
06-17-2015 10:17 AM
Maine Sail
Re: solar recommendations - question for MAINESAIL

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Originally Posted by bhcva View Post
Maine....Your article on Solbian installs shows an installation on a boat forward of two aft stays....can you comment on what performance impact, if any, stay shadowing has had?

Thanks, Bruce
Back stays have much less impact on solar performance compared to other types of shade such as a boom or radar pole etc...... The light easily bends around them and they really create minimal performance issues compared to other types of shading..
06-17-2015 09:44 AM
aeventyr60
Re: solar recommendations

^You may want to consider the affect of your boat pointing East in the morning and West in the afternoon...the stay 'shadow' is insignificant....best is N or S...for the pointy end....The sun seems to travel in a certain arc...and the boat at anchor will have a mind of it's own....anyway.
06-17-2015 09:03 AM
bhcva
Re: solar recommendations - question for MAINESAIL

Maine....Your article on Solbian installs shows an installation on a boat forward of two aft stays....can you comment on what performance impact, if any, stay shadowing has had?

Thanks, Bruce
06-15-2015 06:27 PM
CharlzO
Re: solar recommendations

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Originally Posted by andyselzn View Post
@Charlz0, which 100w kit at Renogy?

@Davester, which 50w panel?

There are variations between mono vs poly etc etc
Standing corrected, I went back and looked at my order history through Amazon (just caught this thread update, might as well make my correction for any future reference)

Amazon.com : Starter Kit 100W: 100W Solar Panel UL 1703 listed+ 30A PWM Charge Controller + 2 20' MC4 Adapter Cable + Uniquely Designed Z Bracket Mounts : Solar Panel Kit For Homes : Patio, Lawn & Garden Amazon.com : Starter Kit 100W: 100W Solar Panel UL 1703 listed+ 30A PWM Charge Controller + 2 20' MC4 Adapter Cable + Uniquely Designed Z Bracket Mounts : Solar Panel Kit For Homes : Patio, Lawn & Garden



Was the kit I purchased. Going on my 2nd year with it, still working flawless, even though I don't use nearly enough juice to drain the batteries down that far each time I'm out. Plotter/VHF and charging phones and things is the most of it, though I have an LCD 24" TV that I use to watch Netflix on from time to time, off an inverter. Never had an issue though. Still have the thin plastic film on the outside of the frame, come to think of it.
06-15-2015 06:39 AM
seaner97
Re: solar recommendations

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Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
And their price shows it - more than twice the price of a comparable wattage flex panel.
Actually similar in price to the Ganz and many of the other highly rated "walk on" panels. I decided to go with them and am spectacularly happy with my two 38 watt panels charging my 4 group31s in my house bank.
07-16-2014 09:36 PM
mitiempo
Re: solar recommendations

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Originally Posted by seaner97 View Post
Any experience with Aurinco? They look pretty tough and are now all made in Anacortes.
And their price shows it - more than twice the price of a comparable wattage flex panel.
07-16-2014 08:37 PM
miatapaul
Re: solar recommendations

Mainesail is now a Solbain dealer, and they look like top notch stuff. Semi rigid, he has an install on a Bimini, almost invisible.

Installing A Solbian Solar Panel Photo Gallery by Compass Marine How To at pbase.com
07-16-2014 12:57 PM
seaner97
Re: solar recommendations

Any experience with Aurinco? They look pretty tough and are now all made in Anacortes.
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