Edited by syohana, 20 January 2020 - 03:10 PM.
Flexible solar panels
Posted 20 January 2020 - 03:07 PM
Posted 20 January 2020 - 03:30 PM
When was that syohana? AA solar changed hands a while back...
Also, part of the issue with solar panels is heat - nowhere for it to go if fixed to a deck directly, so that could be part of any issue. Even mounted on canvas with air flow under them they still get damn hot. No excuse, just thinking out loud...
There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing, as simply messing about in boats
Posted 21 January 2020 - 03:51 PM
Soon after losing at the tribunal they stopped selling flexi panels, having learnt that you can't just opt out of refunding for faulty goods by stating "no warranty" on the invoice!
Everyone who bought these dodgy panels from any NZ seller for non-commercial use was and is legally entitled to a full refund. AA tried to wriggle out of paying by saying we were a charter yacht but we had luckily already stopped commercial work and gone out of survey when the panels were fitted.
They are not just faulty, they are dangerous and can start fires. AA very much understated the fault, which they were fully aware of.
Not all flexi panels are bad but it's so hard to know what you've got that I wouldn't risk buying them again. You could pay a lot more and still get the same rubbish.
Lensun panels seen to have a good reputation at a reasonable price. I nearly went for those but decided not to risk it.
Regarding the heat, I installed them exactly as AA recommended. If they are not stuck down then they will flex and the cells will crack. Best option to dissipate heat would be too stick them to a sheet of aluminium and mount it above the deck with an air gap. If you're doing that then you might as well get an aluminium framed panel in the first place!
Edited by syohana, 21 January 2020 - 03:53 PM.
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