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Old 11-22-2015, 12:44 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Those were the kinds of panels I was originally looking at.
The main problem with those panels is the big plastic blister on the underside where the MC4 connectors tie in.

That 120 watt panel is about 4 feet long and 2 feet wide. That is kind of big for a regular car, it might work for a hatch back car and I could see it working on a mini van, regular van or SUV.

Then I saw something to the effect of this when researching what panels to use:
Be advised, this panel is a laminated polymer and when it heats up in the sunshine, it will EXPAND. If you have glued or screwed it to a flat or curved surface or frame, expect it to buckle or sag when it heats up. Some flexibility in mounting is required.
That is why I did not use these big flexible ones. Plus the price, they are typically around $5/watt. I don't know what the shipping on those panels looks like but if its under $2.50/watt then its a fire sale.
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