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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 31-12-2012, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Looking at prices again this morning, lowest I have found for 80W panels is 64.99 plus 5.99 postage, and that is a one-off carriage charge, if you buy more than one panel, the postage remains at 5.99.

That is getting close to half what we paid last May, and the slide is ongoing.

We are definitely going to go for another pair of panels, as it is so cheap now that it would be stupid not to.

We would probably go for a second controller as well, just to give us redundancy in the event of failure. We could then split our 110AH battery into two separate 55AH's, which is what they are, one on the winch and the other for the habitation stuff, with a switch to bring them together if we need more capacity. We also have a few more of these batteries doing nought, so we could also double up and make them twin 110AH.

I expect by February that we will see prices falling lower still, but then a rise as the economies pick up round the world and demand rises again.

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Have you a link to those 80W panels at 64.99 and are they a type you would reccomend?
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/80W-Monocr...item3cc4c769d3

75. free del (from belgium) !!

Yep they getting cheaper and cheaper...
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Have you a link to those 80W panels at 64.99 and are they a type you would reccomend?
I think you'd be hard pushed to find a bad panel these days, but these are the ones I'll be buying:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-80W-12...item3ccdad14c2

Note that their delivery isn't until 9th January, which is clearly stated in the item details.

I have used this seller before with no problems.

Stupidly, there are sellers offering 80W panels for 596.00 each! just the same items, but with a fancy stand and user manual:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150704953151

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In september I had 10 x 250 watt panels put on my garage roof.
The panels at cost were 125, that is a quarter of what they were only months before.
Total instalation was 2600.
There is a world glut of panels at the moment.

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This is why the price has fell and good on them I say

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20249003


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Competition has never been fair due to lower wages and other manufacturing sosts.
Where do most of M & S clothes come from. African continent and the far east. Whats the problem.
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I see that the price per W works out aroudn the same for panels from 80 - 125W
So is it better to go with one single 125W panel or 2 80W panels?
Obviously the 2 X 80W gives a totla of 160W as opposed to the 125W
But are there any advantgaes to one big panel over 2 smaller panels?

Also whats the best controller for a 125W or greater output?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dual-batte...item1c22aaaadf


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I see that the price per W works out aroudn the same for panels from 80 - 125W
So is it better to go with one single 125W panel or 2 80W panels?
Obviously the 2 X 80W gives a totla of 160W as opposed to the 125W
But are there any advantgaes to one big panel over 2 smaller panels?

Also whats the best controller for a 125W or greater output?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dual-batte...item1c22aaaadf


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I'd go with the two 80w ones.....least if one breaks you have a back up (which is probably highly unlikely)

If you feel you will fit more panels later on then its worth going for a bigger controller but that one will probably be just fine (it looks like the one I have)
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I see that the price per W works out aroudn the same for panels from 80 - 125W
So is it better to go with one single 125W panel or 2 80W panels?
Obviously the 2 X 80W gives a totla of 160W as opposed to the 125W
But are there any advantgaes to one big panel over 2 smaller panels?

Also whats the best controller for a 125W or greater output?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dual-batte...item1c22aaaadf


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I'd go with the two 80w ones.....least if one breaks you have a back up (which is probably highly unlikely)

If you feel you will fit more panels later on then its worth going for a bigger controller but that one will probably be just fine (it looks like the one I have)
I'll have to look at the roof and cable runs carefully as I think that will be the determining factor all else being equal.
If I go with 2 panels I'll need to run the cable from one panel to the other on the outside. which isn't ideal I presume if I have to a section of conduit is best to stop the cables flapping around?
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