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Solar Panels

Flexible Solar Panels

It's not uncommon for people to think that solar panels are all pretty much alike, but in reality there are some factors that should be strongly considered whenever you're planning to buy solar panels.
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Why AllSpark makes the best flexible solar panels

Of course one of the most important factors you'll need to consider is the efficiency of the panels. Basically the attribute you want to see is maximum electricity generation from minimal surface area. Panels that are not well made are notoriously inefficient.

The kind of situation where you're using solar power is important too. Your solar panel needs are quite different when you are camping in the bush compared to if you're installing solar panels in your home to feed energy back to the power grid. The two situations are completely different, and the solar panel requirements (and voltages) are different too.

AllSpark makes solar panels that are ideal for camping. Our flexible solar panels have numerous advantages over ordinary solar panels. For one thing, without the rigid frame, the panels are a lot lighter and need much less storage space, meaning you can take more panels with you or you can use that extra storage for other things.

The flexible solar panels from AllSpark are the safest and most convenient way to bring the benefits of solar energy to your campsite. You will see the value in the exquisite craftsmanship that goes into the manufacturing of every AllSpark product. The advanced technology helps to make a safer, more reliable, and longer lasting product.

The best place to buy flexible solar panels in Australia

Offroad Living is Australia's best supplier of off road and camping power equipment, so it should be no surprise that we are able to provide our customers with the best value deals on the very best and highest quality flexible solar panels in Australia.

Our insistence on manufacturing and stocking only the very best quality products is the reason we're the best choice for you. The products you will find at Offroad Living are tried and tested by us and other experts in the industry, which means you know they have met our strict standards for reliability, durability, and safety.

Not only solar products, but all kinds of camping and off road power equipment. We don't sell anything we wouldn't use ourselves, so buy with confidence when you buy from Offroad Living.

Why should you buy flexible solar panels?

Solar panels allow you to collect free energy from the sun.  If you connect your panels to a battery, then you can store the energy you collect.

Traditional glassed faced solar panels have a rigid structure, which can make them difficult to use in custom installations.  They are also heavy, adding excess weight to many vehicles that already struggle to stay under maximum vehicle weight limits. Light in weight, easy to use, and capable of being installed in almost any place you want, custom flexible solar panels will help you get the energy you need at your campsite or anywhere else that solar power is going to be of benefit.

We're not talking about substandard "garden grade" solar panels. These are the highest specification solar panels made with SunPower Maxeon Gen III Ultra performance A grade cells capable of producing real power.  Energy ratings of 120W and 150W are available and can be mounted on flat or curved surfaces.

How are flexible solar panels different?

They're flexible. Other solar panels aren't. That's a big difference right there, but if you want more reasons why flexible panels are better, it's easy to explain.

Ordinary solar panels with their rigid frames and glass faces are heavy, difficult to lug about if portable and a real pain to store or add significant weight to already heavy vehicles.  Flexible panels don't have any of these problems because they are light, flexible and in blanket form are easily portable.

For campers and off-roaders, these panels are ideal because they're so portable and easy to set up. Ordinary panels are not designed with ease of portability in mind.

But aren't flexible solar panels costly?

Yes, for good quality ones they are, but so are all the other methods you could use to power appliances when you're in an off-grid location. Solar panels are silent, don't burn fuel, don't catch fire or explode, aren't harmful to wildlife, and don't damage the environment. When you add all these advantages up, it's almost a wonder the purchase price can be this low.

Keep in mind also that you won't be needing to generate multiple kW to feedback to a city power grid. The energy needs for appliances at a typical campsite or full time travellers are modest for the most part, so you won't need to outlay a fortune to meet these needs.

The more panels you have, the faster you will be able to charge your batteries. Working out just how many panels you'll need depends on how much power your appliances draw and how long you need to run them for. You can check this by reading the information panel on the appliance, which should indicate how many watts the appliance uses.  Watts = volts x amps, so if it only has volts/amps then you can still work out the watts.

When you have that data, you know how many Watts the appliances are drawing from the batteries each hour (watt hours) and that means you need to have enough panels to put your whole days worth of power back into the batteries within 6 hours each day, otherwise your batteries will be discharging faster than they're charging up.

If you need any advice, our knowledgeable staff are always willing to help with information and ideas. Just ask and we'll tell you anything you want to know about solar panels, blankets and batteries.

Safety and performance are always important when it comes to flexible solar panels

The question you may have is which should have higher priority. The answer is that both factors should be treated as having the utmost importance. Without safety, you're running a high risk every time you operate something. Without performance, whatever you're operating will be giving you less than optimal results.

Power your campsite with the high quality AllSpark flexible solar panels and experience the best in safety and performance. The secret to the great performance lies in the engineering of each solar cell.

The difference with the solar cells is remarkable. Ordinary solar cells can be expected to fail over time due to corrosion and breakage. But the SunPower solar cells used in AllSpark flexible solar panels and blankets are made with a solid copper foundation that provides outstanding reliability and durability and won't give in to the ravages of corrosion.

On the bottom layer of each cell is an etched copper plate, carefully cut for maximum conductivity. Above this is a thin wafer of pure silicon, for superior photovoltaic conversion. Finally a unique light-trapping ETFE laminated surface is layered on top, to provide a highly efficient solar cell which is rated to produce 70% more energy over the first 25 years of panel life in comparison to conventional solar cells.

A difference you can see

One of the things you'll easily notice about the solar cells on the AllSpark flexible solar panels is that they don't have grid lines on the front like conventional cells do.

You may not have thought about it before, but those lines on conventional cells actually block a small amount of sunlight. The solar cells on the AllSpark panels are able to use the entire surface to capture sunlight.

Another thing about those lines is they can corrode and break down, which affects solar cell performance and longevity. Because the solar cells used on AllSpark flexible solar panels don't have those lines, there's nothing to corrode or break.

The solid copper backing to each cell also makes them safe from corrosion. Conventional solar cells have thin metal paste lines on the back of the cell, which again are vulnerable to corrosion and breakage. As the temperature fluctuates, the metal is constantly expanding and contracting, and over time the thin paste bonds are sure to break simply due to how thin they are. That just can't happen with solid copper backing.

The connection between the cells is also thicker, stronger and flexible, protecting the connection, and ensuring conductivity is maintained over the long term.

Flexible solar panels For absolute peace of mind when camping

Buying equipment from Offroad Living is always the most sensible choice, because all our products are manufactured or selected for their excellent reliability and fitness for their intended purpose. Similar to our solar panel blankets and caravan lithium batteries, the AllSpark flexible solar panels are no exception.

With high quality performance, excellent durability, plus the convenience of flexibility and portability, these are the panels you want when you're heading into the outback or the bush.
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