Solar Panel Recommendations

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  1. clanjones

    clanjones Funster

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    Hi,
    I am new to the forum but signed up months ago and have been merrily reading away what a wealth of information there is!
    I think I am gradually getting my head around solar panels and would be interested in any comments/views etc. on brands/suppliers of solar panels in particular I have seen quite a lot of reference to Bosch and Baird solar panels. Any good bad indifferent views?

    Many thanks
     
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    I have bought from Bimble Solar and have been pleased with the items. I bought the second hand panel. They are offering second hand 12v panels at a very keen price, dont know if the offer is still on. http://www.bimblesolar.com
     
  3. clanjones

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    Thanks for that I'll go and have a look.
     
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    If they are older second hand panels I thought that they break down?
     
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    Those 120w second hand panels are very cheap. But I am intrigued why they are being sold. Who would install such a panel then take it off?
     
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    "They were removed from a solar farm that upgraded to 230W panels."
     
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    Interesting, presumably there was a watts per square metre advantage sufficient to justify the cost of changing.
     
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    Or the panels are crap, who knows, but they seem to have a whole load of them. Why risk it when a brand new one is so cheap now ?
     
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    Agree also seen a few bad reports on cheap ebay ones, last van I fitted one from ebay that was OK. For the sake of 20 quid a panel decided to go for slightly better ones.
     
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    Bought 2 x 100w solar panels, Tracer MPPT controller and remote, wired in series and have NEVER let us down - batteries always fresh and fully charged. Don't use EHU at all now - brilliant.
    Got them from here http://www.sunstore.co.uk/12v-Solar-Panels-c-286/
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    Trikeman. ;)
     
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  12. clanjones

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    Thanks everyone for your replies. After much thought I have agreed a spec with the dealer, after much reading on many forums, which I think is fair with an MPPT controller. As this our first and new MH I have chicken out of drilling holes in the roof despite all the help I know I would get on the forum! There will be plenty of time for that in the future I am sure.
     
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