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Old 04-04-2012, 06:59 AM   #15
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Just for everyones information. Solar Cynergy panels are not UL or NEC compliant.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:38 AM   #16
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Just for everyones information. Solar Cynergy panels are not UL or NEC compliant.

You know it seems like evry time someone trys to post something on this website to try to help people out there are always people trying to discredit it. If you don't like them then don't buy them! I really don't care one way or another. I put the post on because I got a good deal, especially on the shipping. The panels are well made and are alot cheaper then you can buy anywhere I've seen and I have been checking websites for over a year. From now on I won't post on this site.
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:51 AM   #17
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Just for everyones information. Solar Cynergy panels are not UL or NEC compliant.
This means you cannot legally use them in grid-connected applications where you are backfeeding the grid with your power. It does not necessarily mean they are not safe or built well.

Fortunately UL and NEC compliance is not required for low voltage off grid installations like ours where you are charging a battery. The panels I have are also not UL rated, they were sold by Sun Electronics but are the same panels as UL rated ones made by Evergreen, Sun just decided they did not want to spend the money to certify them under their brand.
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I just got a set of two 40 watt units and a regulator?? for $112.00 taxes in but still haven't opened the box yet. I want to purchase something to use as a quick connect so that the panels travel inside the MH and only get put out when parked. Is 100 bucks a decent deal?
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$100 for 80W is a great deal! Harbor Freight routinely sells a set of 3 15W plus the charge controller and some lights for $150-$160 that is considered a good deal so you did well!

I use normal 120V plugs on my portable panels, using the male end on the panel. That way I can use my heavy duty extension cords to locate the panels farther from the coach. Don't get too much voltage drop as the cords are 12AWG. When I want to go further I use the 30A and 50A cords and some custom adapters to minimize the number of connections.

With this setup I can get about 14A at the battery out of my two 120W panels, pretty good considering the panels are rated with light so bright you never get the rated power in real life.
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You know it seems like evry time someone trys to post something on this website to try to help people out there are always people trying to discredit it. If you don't like them then don't buy them! I really don't care one way or another. I put the post on because I got a good deal, especially on the shipping. The panels are well made and are alot cheaper then you can buy anywhere I've seen and I have been checking websites for over a year. From now on I won't post on this site.
It was not posted to discredit anything and no mention was made as to quality. It was posted to inform that Solar Cynergy panels were not certified. That being, they would not be elegable for tax credits, nor tax exempt sales, nothing more. In many states there are tax credits and tax exempt sales for solar components, in which case these would not qualify. Guess I should have stated that for those that were not well informed.

If you dont like certain posts, there is no requirement to reply and no need to get one panties in a bunch.
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lets play nice and keep it infomative
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$100 for 80W is a great deal! Harbor Freight routinely sells a set of 3 15W plus the charge controller and some lights for $150-$160 that is considered a good deal so you did well!

I use normal 120V plugs on my portable panels, using the male end on the panel. That way I can use my heavy duty extension cords to locate the panels farther from the coach. Don't get too much voltage drop as the cords are 12AWG. When I want to go further I use the 30A and 50A cords and some custom adapters to minimize the number of connections.

With this setup I can get about 14A at the battery out of my two 120W panels, pretty good considering the panels are rated with light so bright you never get the rated power in real life.

Those panels from Harbor Freight only put out .8 amp for all three. The neighbor has them on his camp roof. The charge controller is a cheap little thing and the lights aren't that bad. The 80watt panels I got put out 4.7 amps a piece and the charge controller is a Morningstar MTTP. Much better quality stuff for $500 and the 80watt panels are $106 now compared to $129 when I bought them and they even had them on sale for $99.
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Those panels from Harbor Freight only put out .8 amp for all three. The neighbor has them on his camp roof. The charge controller is a cheap little thing and the lights aren't that bad. The 80watt panels I got put out 4.7 amps a piece and the charge controller is a Morningstar MTTP. Much better quality stuff for $500 and the 80watt panels are $106 now compared to $129 when I bought them and they even had them on sale for $99.
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I will bet that these are residential panels. Not rigid enough to withstand the flexing while driving down the road. Residential panel frames can't handle it and they will fail. They also must be "B" grade as no one has prices like this at retail.
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It is seldom wise to make blanket statements. The 180W panel on our teardrop is a residential grid tie unit putting out over 50V. It was a screwup on my part because I did not understand the difference between it and a panel used for 12V applications. It forced me to buy a controller that would handle the voltage, a Morninstar MPPT. I founds mounts that could be 3M VHB taped to the roof after consulting with a 3M engineer so I did not have to drill holes. I tracked down the company that makes MOVARA (they would not export to the US) mounts in China and Imported a set. These have the large surface necessary for VHB tape to hold securely at highway speeds. The advantage to the panel is that even when shaded it puts out a high enough voltage to do some good. I also picked up a Unisolar flexible panel on Ebay that was a tear off from a house putting out 43V and Steca PMW controller (Good to 47V) that would handle the high voltage. One big advantage of the high voltage panels is no fear of voltage drop.
There are ways to overcome most any solar install problem with creativity and persistence.
The Morningstar controller can be reprogrammed with the computer interface to accommodate a different charge profile.
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I will bet that these are residential panels. Not rigid enough to withstand the flexing while driving down the road. Residential panel frames can't handle it and they will fail. They also must be "B" grade as no one has prices like this at retail.

If you are smart enough to read it says rvs in the information. Most residential are 24 volt or higher.
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