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How your semi-flexible solar panels die a slow death

air fluttering semi Tacoma-130

How your semi-flexible solar panels die a slow death

Semi-flexible solar panels such as the Tacoma-130 by Flexopower follow the curvature of the roof and are popular on vehicle, RV and trailer roofs.  When travelling to destination, roof mounted panels can be subject to aerodynamic fluttering. If there are gaps between the solar panel and the roof, air is entering causing the solar panel to flutter. Aerodynamic fluttering can be severe and prolonged exposure gradually disconnects the cells. The result is a continuous loss of power until failure of the solar panel.  Here is an example. A client of Flexopower installed 3 x Tacoma-130 on his off-road trailer. All 3 panels stopped working at the same...

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Lithium444 Power Pack by Flexopower

Lithium444 power pack

Lithium444 Power Pack by Flexopower

The portable Lithium power pack by Flexopower is packed with lots of great features including high-quality Lithium Polymer batteries, MPPT solar charge controller, ultra-pure sine wave inverter and patented safety features. The AC ultra-pure sine wave output delivers continuous 400W and is suitable for sensitive electronics including power tools, mixers, laptops, TV.  The DC output runs appliances from the 5V USB and 12V Cigarette lighter adapter. Re-charge the Lithium444 from mains or in camp from the Baja105W or Mojave150W solar panel or while driving from a12V car plug without the need for a dual battery system.

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A bystanders comment

Maxeon Gen III Quality semi-flexible semi-flexible Tacoma-120

A bystanders comment

This recent episode is from Pretoria, South Africa an overlander checking out a completed installation of 2 x Tacoma-120's on a trailer. We share his comments (in Afrikaans): "Kyk hoe mooi lyk hierdie sonpanele op die Maximi karavaan se dak. (Dis nie my wa nie want ek is nog te arm). En kyk net hoe charge die goed - 10 uur gisteroggend! Die laaste wat ek gekyk het, was 16A. So hierdie stelsel werk baie mooi."    The Tacoma-120 by Flexopower is a quality semi-flexible solar panel built with Maxeon Gen III cells. Full product details click here

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Mojave120 output in rain

Mojave120 output in rain

It is a heavy overcast day in Johannesburg with rain. A welcome gift for an arid area like South Africa. But how does the new Mojave120 perform in these conditions? It was laid flat on a wall, connected to an AGM/Gel deep cycle battery via the 30A MPPT charge controller and the high-performance solar cells of the Mojave fired up instantly. The read-out over a 1h period was a constant 1.5A with occasional peaks up to 1.9A.  We were quite impressed with the overcast/rain performance of the Mojave120. In camp, every Amp counts especially during a rainy day.   

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Your solar panel is only as good as the cells inside...

Your solar panel is only as good as the cells inside...

...latest US solar cell technology hard at work. Flexopower's new Mojave solar system is built with genuine Sunpower Maxeon Gen III. The most efficient solar cell commercially available.  The Mojave solar system by Flexopower is modern, durable and very powerful, delivering 25-30% extra power compared with panels built with conventional cells. - no light-induced degradation, same power even after 20 years - lowest temperature coefficient for crystalline cells, more power in real life conditions - superior low light performance, more energy when overcast  - superb spectral response - crack resistant - cool aesthetics, anti-reflective Buy online or contact your nearest dealer.  

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