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Thread: Folding solar panel - up to my needs and priced ok?

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    Folding solar panel - up to my needs and priced ok?

    Hi all,

    Needing a solar panel charging system as a last minute purchase so will be buying from a retail outlet.

    I run a 40L engel and that's about it. Have done a bit of reading and believe 120-140W is what I need but the more the merrier.

    I have no experience with solar panels so looking for advice on this one. Is it a decent buy?

    https://www.bcf.com.au/p/xtm-160w-fo...027015#start=2

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    You're correct, a little over 100W would be good for you and if you are happy to carry a larger panel then of course the more the better. That BCF one will do just fine. You could upgrade the cables and charge controller but it will do the job just fine as is.

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    Awesome thanks Winnie!

    Also looking at this one. What do you reckon between the two?

    https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/...tt/580635.html

    Looks like it may be better quality with the IP68 rated controller, but the BCF one is probably also similarly rated. I'll go have a look in the flesh.
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    Yeah the supercheap one is probably better quality but it isn't a folding panel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winnie View Post
    Yeah the supercheap one is probably better quality but it isn't a folding panel?

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    Haha woops! I meant this one.

    https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/...tt/580636.html

    Waddya reckon?

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    I'd go the one from supercheap as it has a better regulator, it should give a higher output.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winnie View Post
    I'd go the one from supercheap as it has a better regulator, it should give a higher output.

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    Thanks mate, appreciated.

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    Likewise here Plassy .
    I have a 120W foldout you can have for as long as you need...
    Mine has no regulator as it plugs straight into my DCDC charger though.

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