Jump to content

Solar panel doesn’t appear to be charging.


Recommended Posts

Its certainly difficult to find decent flexible panels at this time, lots of cheap crap out there. I've been caught as well. Currently I'm trying the juice panels. We'll see..

Solbian seem the best, but are a horrendous price here.

Check your warranties carefully. Some are short (1 yr) some longer 5,10 or even 20 yrs, but only on the individual cells. These warranties are a waste of time - its the top covers (PET or whatever) that fails, but its not covered!

I don't recommend anything at this time.

I originally had 2 unisolar panels out of the US. Lasted over 10 years. So good flexible solar can be done.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 38
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

True, but the vast majority do, and 10-12v disconnected is bad

OK, the multiple controllers/regulators/sources for one bank discussion.   1st how the regulators (multi stage, smart type) charge controllers work is basically like this;   They begin with Bulk c

Posted Images

You need an amp meter and short out the panel's terminals to see if they are still up to scratch. I use a clamp meter which are great, works on AC and DC. Simply clamp one conductor then short them out. I agree about flex panels, got two off smart marine and after 2 years they went milky colour. Rang smart marine and I kid you not, the guy asked "you didn't leave them out in the sun did you"......????

Link to post
Share on other sites

Flexibles seem to be ok if you flex them ONCE... Slightly... and glue them down. Mine were fully mobile and just bungeed/laid wherever they'd fit on a day by day basis while cruising. they'd get wind under them and flap etc, eventually the joiners between cells would fail and that would be it. The problem is a solid 100w panel on an 8.3 meter sports yacht is a big, ungainly piece of meccano indeed and I'm not fitting a bimini  :roll:

Link to post
Share on other sites

Its certainly difficult to find decent flexible panels at this time, lots of cheap crap out there. I've been caught as well. Currently I'm trying the juice panels. We'll see..

Solbian seem the best, but are a horrendous price here.

Check your warranties carefully. Some are short (1 yr) some longer 5,10 or even 20 yrs, but only on the individual cells. These warranties are a waste of time - its the top covers (PET or whatever) that fails, but its not covered!

I don't recommend anything at this time.

I originally had 2 unisolar panels out of the US. Lasted over 10 years. So good flexible solar can be done.

Any experience with Goflex, Matt?  I got three of them that I am soon to lay down on my cabin top. I considered the Juice brand from Enertec, but they don't come in the smaller foot print I need.  I am, however, going to buy a pair of Juice AGM's off Enertec.

They(the Goflex)  appear well made, though they are of Chinese origin.  I would prefer Solbian, but my God you would almost need to win Lotto to afford them,

Link to post
Share on other sites

13 is a bit low but 16 is a viable number.

If it's sitting at 16 +/-  in full sun then it's working. The magic box controller should turn that into 13.7-14.4V for charging. Much less that 16 and and you have a problem.

 

Mine put out around 19V.

 

I have a GoFlex lying in the backyard that has been blown all over the show by weather, used as a warm sleeping pad by cats, chewed a bit by something, hit by a lawnmower, became a roof of a massive ant farm, been shat on by numerous birds and Willow trees, buried under grass clipping, found a pissed party goer asleep on it last weekend and more. It's wired to the boat via 5-6 scrap bits of wire just taped together. It will have the battery sitting at 14.2V as I write this. I'm way more confident in their tuffness now than when I purchased them, in fact I'm a little surprised it's still working so well, I have found it near bent in 1/2 twice. I really should be nicer to it...Na, I have a spare. Mind you at the price they should be good, they aren't at the budget end of the scale.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hmmm. At 16 from the panel the controller was showing 10 - 12, and 0 amps. Anyway I’ve taken it back and am now looking for another panel. Burnsco no longer stock the same panel type and the replacement won’t fit on the eyelits on the dodger. Too wide.

Who stocks the magic GoFlex?

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

×
×
  • Create New...