I would highly recommend you avoid the Sunlinq 25w foldable panels
There used to be another brand of 'flexible' panels
that were removed from the US market (I believe it was removed for liability issues, something about overheating) on edit, remembered the name of the ones I was looking at... 'flexcharge'
. I searched for some time for a pair, but settled on a pair of Sunlinq 25w panels.
I had them on top of my Bimini
where they fit nicely. The problem was that I noticed very little (a few hundred ma) increase in my charging
. I tried several tests, connecting one at a time, making sure there was no shading, etc. Nothing I did got the output to more then 300ma.... as verified with a DMM. I even tried running them into a load (in case the low output was related to charging
issues since the batteries
internal resistance stays higher in a nearly charged battery
... yada yada yada...) No joy.
I installed them prior to crossing to the Bahamas
, and did not want to pay shipping
to send them back. The seller (alt-energy.org) accepted them back after I returned. They did not fess up to having reports of problems with them, but did not act surprised that I had low output from them.
I noticed after my return that West marine
had picked up Sunlinq and was selling them in their stores.
I would avoid these panels.