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Old 12-11-2015, 04:30 PM   #1
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Solar value.

Researching different solar setups.
Finding panels ranging from $100-100watt to $600-100watt.

Is there really much difference between the panels?

Is it a matter of, get what you pay for?


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Old 12-11-2015, 04:35 PM   #2
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there are a lot of good posts on this site can help you. do a search.
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Old 12-11-2015, 04:39 PM   #3
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Correct. There is tons of solar threads.

None speak of the differences of the actual panel.
Most are just about setup, sizing, wiring.

I have everything selected, except for which panels to use.


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Old 12-22-2015, 07:21 AM   #4
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This isn't going to really be an answer to your question specifically, but I'm speaking from personal experience.

I have run smaller cheap panels that are about 60 watt and they are pretty much worthless. Then I went to a 100 watt Renogy panel. That made a world of difference. Then I went to a 160 watts panel and that worked even better. Now my current setup is a Renogy 160 watt panel that I've added to the already mounted 160 watt panel that came with the trailer. So I have a total of 320 watts. This setup really works awesome. I don't remember the name brand of the original panel, but it looks EXACTLY the same as my Renogy. I have a feeling that most panels are made in the same place and just rebranded.

I bought most of the stuff off of Amazon. I have prime so it makes the shipping free and the prices can't be beat. You can buy a 100 watt panel, cables, and a controller for less than a hundred bucks. And I use my solar setup to charge 2 Optima blue tops.
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I cant answer from experience, but it would seem to me that you get what you par for is a good answer. When you look at prices there is definitely a price break. There are the low end packages, but when you price out; good mounting hardware, a good solar controllers, 02, or 04 wiring and then look at panels , you\ i would expect to pay at least 30+% more. Im not sure the high end is worth it on an RV or TT but, warranty, weight, watts\amps, would be worth more
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