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Old 13-06-2015, 05:26   #16
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Re: Free Shipping on Flexible Solar Panels Canada, Caribbean and USA

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What about when they are partially shaded, what would the total output be?



Sorry, what do you mean with that?
For bouncing tools off the deck...;-)

Shading losses depend on how much "hard" shading, and the controller-panel configuration (best with one MPPT per panel).

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Old 13-06-2015, 14:30   #17
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Re: Free Shipping on Flexible Solar Panels Canada, Caribbean and USA

I Second Bruce's, suggestion of one MPPT charge controller per panel. As an added bonus the end cost often works out much the same with 2-3 smaller Genasun controllers costing pretty much what you'd pay for a single larger 400+ watt controller.
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Re: Free Shipping on Flexible Solar Panels Canada, Caribbean and USA

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Can you mount them on a rail with a swing frame like wings?
I tried mounting solbian panels on my rails. While it technically works, there are many reasons not to have large panels mounted on the rails...

1) They have a very good chance of making contact with a piling or other structure when docking

2) When extended upwards, pump out boats here in florida have a chance to come into contact with them

3) When down they block the view from the cockpit

4) When down the are big sails.

5) Solbian panels are expensive and when mounted low are theft targets.

We ended up mounting them up on an arch. We lost the ability to drop them later in the day to catch late day sun and early next morning sun.

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Re: Free Shipping on Flexible Solar Panels Canada, Caribbean and USA

To avoid theft of panels that are easy to get at we recommend a short length of thin kryptonite cable or a laptop security cable & lock. If you have eyelets on the panels feed the cable through one or more eyelets and secure to your boat. This makes stealing the panels too much effort and hence works well as a deterrent.
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When I try to link to the Hybrid Power Supply website I get a "Website Under Maintenance" notice. Is anyone else having this problem?
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Re: Free Shipping on Flexible Solar Panels Canada, Caribbean and USA

HPS was our Canadian Solbian distributor, they seem to have folded up. If you need panels in Western Canada, connect with Pacific Yacht Systems (link is on our website), or for the Lakes or Eastern contact us in Maine.

If not in Canada, send us a note (contact page on our site) and we'll direct you to the appropriate regional distributor.
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I Second Bruce's, suggestion of one MPPT charge controller per panel. As an added bonus the end cost often works out much the same with 2-3 smaller Genasun controllers costing pretty much what you'd pay for a single larger 400+ watt controller.

You gotta be kidding me. One MPPT controller PER PANEL? Sounds like really cost effective solar panels with a good quality MPPT charge controller being so cheap and all. And free shipping to SXM to top it off.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Richard A.
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You gotta be kidding me. One MPPT controller PER PANEL? Sounds like really cost effective solar panels with a good quality MPPT charge controller being so cheap and all. And free shipping to SXM to top it off.
Yep. We've done a lot of testing and in the field experience that proves much less losses in partial shading of an array of panels by using individual controllers. 2nd best in shading is putting panels in parallel to a larger controller that can handle the increased current. However, if no shading then connecting in series to one larger controller that can handle the higher voltage works great (and less wiring). This is why you see residential installation that don't have shading connect all the panels in series, or in two series groups. But on a boat with a lot of shading, putting series results in a lot of down time when one panel in a series string is partially shaded, shutting down the whole array.
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