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« on: April 21, 2016, 07:51:52 PM »
I just bought this 40w solar panel at Canadian Tire for on sale at 94.99 CAD from 269.99.  Seem like a pretty good deal!


http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/coleman-40w-folding-solar-panel-0112043p.html

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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2016, 08:14:12 PM »
Very nice! I wish we had Canadian Tire in the states  :)

When you get a chance sometime, post the L, W, D of the panel. I'm still looking for a portable panel of that power range that would fit in the slide out storage compartment. 



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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2016, 08:45:32 PM »
[quote timestamp="1461280452" author="@sandroad" source="/post/20745/thread"]Very nice! I wish we had Canadian Tire in the states  :)   . 

When you get a chance sometime, post the L, W, D of the panel. I'm still looking for a portable panel of that power range that would fit in the slide out storage compartment. 


[/quote]Yes that's about 75$ USD at today's rate

D 37.5" x W 14.5" x H 2".

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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2016, 09:38:06 PM »
That would be a very nice panel and controller for portable use. Set the panel up as much as 50' away and run 12 gauge wire to the controller near the battery. Just make sure that the controller is truly waterproof. The ad implies it is, but.....

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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2016, 11:32:32 AM »
I just checked and that panel is store pick up only.  :'(

Paul, Go buy 10 and offer them to U.S. forum members for USD $75.01. 

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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2016, 12:06:31 PM »
Quote from: @sandroad" source="/post/20758/thread" timestamp="1461335552
I just checked and that panel is store pick up only.  :'(  

Paul, Go buy 10 and offer them to U.S. forum members for USD $75.01. 
It would be about 85$ USD if you include the 13% sale tax. I wouldn't mind if you some to the Acadia National Park gathering the weekend of July 4 to bring you some :)

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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2016, 01:33:39 PM »
I just went and bought one. 14% sales tax here (and it's going up to 15% soon). They are selling lots of them. Three other people seen at the cash check-out line with them.

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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2016, 01:48:11 PM »
[quote source="/post/20763/thread" author="@peislander" timestamp="1461342819"]I just went and bought one. 14% sales tax here (and it's going up to 15% soon). They are selling lots of them. Three other people seen at the cash check-out line with them.[/quote]Our tax is going to be 15% here too in July

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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2016, 05:07:52 PM »
I put 2 on the roof of my 16 dbs.  Works great.

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« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2016, 02:11:56 PM »
During a 4 days weekend if my main use is only my water pump should I be good with only one 40w panel?

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« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2016, 02:35:26 PM »
Paul:

That water pump pulls 5-10 amps, but only runs for a total of maybe ten minutes over a 24 hour period, mostly showers. So the amp hour usage is very small, maybe a couple. You will use another amp hour or so for lights in the evening if you have LEDs, triple that if incandescent.

So, yes 40 watts should easily keep your batteries up forever at that usage rate. You can measure the battery voltage each evening when the solar panels are not putting out to see how you are doing. A fully charged battery should measure about 12.7 volts and a 50% discharged one will read 12.1.

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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2016, 08:35:00 AM »
Went to the link and they are now $269. That's a great return on investment. Wish the market was that easy.


I had a similar setup as this once and the only part that was unorthodox is the charge controller. It was really a regulator but did do the function well at it's intended task at the time. I wonder if this is a regulator too. It looks identical enough.

Enjoy the solar!

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« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2016, 05:35:44 PM »
I finally bought 2. I am debating installing them on the roof or use them as mobile. Most of the time I am at a seasonal site with electricity. So I would only use the panels a couple of time in a year. But I like the fact that on the roof there is less chance of someone stealing them for example if I go at a walmart parking lot and also the fact that it would charge while traveling. But at the same time all that time that I will be at my seasonal campground it's going to be useless and better if they were stored away from the sun to extend their life.

Would it make more sense to keep them mobile or should i install them on the roof?

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« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2016, 06:26:37 PM »
Paul:

It depends on where you camp. Where we typically camp we get very little sun on the roof of our LL. Remember Fundy. If it were portable I could find some sun patches and keep moving the panels to follow the sun. But I would need at least 50' or more of cable.

Solar while driving won't help that much because your TV will supply 10+ amps.

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« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2016, 06:39:48 PM »
Quote from: @david" source="/post/20838/thread" timestamp="1461792397
Paul:

It depends on where you camp. Where we typically camp we get very little sun on the roof of our LL. Remember Fundy. If it were portable I could find some sun patches and keep moving the panels to follow the sun. But I would need at least 50' or more of cable.

Solar while driving won't help that much because your TV will supply 10+ amps.

David
Yes you are right it probably make more sense for me to have them portable. Now I need to buy an extension :-)