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100w monocrystaline solar panel made by Biard on Ebay

A friend has asked me to help him fit solar to his 2014 Swift Bolero. The van is prewired for solar so (hopefully) it should be fairly straightforward and I won't have the scary "drilling a hole in the roof" bit to do.

I've found this solar panel on Ebay for a good price and was just wondering if anyone had experience of this panel in particular or Biard in general.
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Also check out triplesolar, I hear their prices are very good. I have had one of their 100 watt panels for 2 years and it has been fine.

ps, this is the third attempt to do a post on this crap forum. It is getting worse.

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I fitted a pair of the exact ones, had no problems with them or the company, fitted to a mppt and direct to the L Batts,
i believe swift have put a wire in our van, i found it, and it seems a bit on the thin side, and to tell the truth the direct way was probably easier,
i bought all the gear, wires, connectors and roof gland from them,

alll working good so much so we have decided not to carry the genny around,
heres the topic,
https://www.motorhomefacts.com/ftopict-191281-.html

hope it helps,
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I think you will find the 2 wires are from the charging unit
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The advert claims:

"On average 35amp hours per 6 hours of daylight"

Then goes on to give its maximum output current at 5.18A, which makes the figures a little suspect. To achieve 35AH you'd need full output for 7 hours, not do-able anywhere in Europe unless in southern areas and with sunlight tracking maybe.

As with all these adverts, power output is quoted as maximum under ideal condition. You will not get anything like that in the UK.

Other than that, it's not a bad price, we were looking at £120 per panel for 80W units a year or so back.

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I think you will find the 2 wires are from the charging unit
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And you will still need to drill a hole in the roof,,
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I fitted a pair of the exact ones, had no problems with them or the company, fitted to a mppt and direct to the L Batts,
i believe swift have put a wire in our van, i found it, and it seems a bit on the thin side, and to tell the truth the direct way was probably easier,
i bought all the gear, wires, connectors and roof gland from them,

alll working good so much so we have decided not to carry the genny around,
heres the topic,
https://www.motorhomefacts.com/ftopict-191281-.html

hope it helps,
Misty
how do you keep the van roof so clean? jim m
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I am lucky I park it in the yard, so when everyone has gone home I pull up alongside the loading bay and use a extender brush, but don't worry I don't do it often,
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I stuck this 100w semi flexible panel direct to the roof with Sikaflex as advised. Too easy for words. No brackets or drilling of fixtures necessary. I'd recommend this every time.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Biard-100W...item258d60eeb9

This how it looks.



Clean the roof, stick some gunge on the back of the panel, press down and let it dry. Wipe off excess and tidy up. One hole to take the double wire into the van to the charger (mine has a built-in regulator socket to take a 100w solar panel as part of the Sargeant charger). I did consider mounting it beneath the roof rack but chose not to in the end. But it would have been possible so, an idea for those with less roofspace perhaps?

Job done. Nice and light, neat, works a treat for what I need. Doesn't overheat. I've also given up lugging a generator. Anyone want a Honda 1 kw generator? Apply within.
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