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#1 ScottiE

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Posted 10 December 2016 - 10:06 PM

So how many out there use flexible panels and how many have had a flexible panel fail?
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Posted 10 December 2016 - 10:21 PM

i'm about to buy some. Will be watching closely.


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Posted 11 December 2016 - 07:31 AM

I've had one warranty issue in the last 2 years, from about 15 panels. It was a cable connection to the panel problem. The joint leaked and the wire corroded through.
However, the panels have quite badly discoloured, and I am wondering if they will have a long life. The discolouration does not seem to have effected their output, which is interesting. These are Chinese panels.
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Posted 11 December 2016 - 08:12 AM

I'm just looking at getting some. Have been talking to AA Solar, and the ones they have been selling have had problems with the connection onto the panel element failing in a few cases. Consequently, they are selling their stock at a discount, but with no warranty.

 

Since I'd rather not have a panel even partially fail on me at sea, where I might be reliant on it, I'm not buying any from them. Nothing against AA Solar, rest of their stuff is no doubt perfectly good.

 

All my panels at home are made in China, and we have no issues with them. It's not about the country of origin, it's about the quality controls in the factory of origin, and there are good and bad the world over. The problem is sorting out which is which. I've found with panels etc, you get what you pay for.


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#5 Black Panther

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 08:51 AM

AA seem to have a good product and pricing, but I go tthe pip with them when they soaked me for an exorbitant amount for a 5min fix the day after we had spent a bucket of money with them. I will look elsewhere first.


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Posted 11 December 2016 - 11:36 AM

I'd stare clear of AA's flexibles, that's the advice from everyone I've spoken to about them.

 

Mine are Go somethings (I think and will suss) from Beacon. Not for the budget minded who only buy on price but good for those who want reliable and realise buying based on 'lifetime cost' is usually the most cost efficient.

 

Buy bloody good control gear, don't be a squeaky arse with that either as the panels are useless if that packs up.


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Posted 11 December 2016 - 12:12 PM

I read that, went to a website labelled Beacon Marine and couldn't find solar panels????


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Posted 11 December 2016 - 04:19 PM

http://goflexsolar.co.nz/

 

I have two of their long skinny GFS 50's which I am intending to mount on the foredeck. They coated the back of mine with VHB, so I just have to peel off the film and stick 'em down when I am ready to install.

They have a tread like surface and you are supposed to be able to walk on them. Not cheap.

We will see how they go after I have installed and wired them up. I've got a genasun controller for each.

My only worry is that because they will be bonded to the deck with VHB, they could well be a pain in the jacksie to take off and replace if they do crap out.


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#9 Zozza

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 04:42 PM

I read that, went to a website labelled Beacon Marine and couldn't find solar panels????

 

http://beaconmarine.nz/solar/

 

Looks like they sell and install the same Goflex panels I brought direct from the NZ importer.


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#10 Black Panther

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 07:23 PM

No dimensions, no prices, doesn't help me much.


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