Eco Boats Australia stocks and recommends two brands of flexible solar panels; The high quality Italian made Solbian flexible solar panels and the great value Chinese made Shine flexible solar panels.
Solbian flexible solar panels – Made in Italy
Solbian are the original inventors and manufacturers of flexible solar panels. Made in Italy these are top quality panels that will last a lifetime. These are tough panels designed for continuous operation in a harsh marine environment.
Available from 23W up to 145W models
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Shine flexible solar panel – Made in China
Shine is a reputable Chinese manufacturer of flexible solar panels. Like Solbian, they use SunPower cells, however the flexible resin is not as durable and not as UV resistant. Great choice for the budget minded or for boats or camper vans that are not constantly exposed to the weather.
Available in 50W and 100W models
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Useful information on flexible solar panels
Solar panels are the ideal way to keep your boat’s (or Caravan/RV’s) power systems in good condition, whether its an electric, diesel or petrol powered boat. The main reasons for installing solar panels on a boat, whether its stored in a Marina, on a swing mooring or during long cruising voyages are:
Solar panels can be used in lieu of running the motor, generator or plugging into shore power. It also saves fuel and provides a quiet alternative to noisy generators.
To ensure a long life of your expensive battery bank it is essential to keep your batteries topped up at all times. A solar panel will keep your batteries fully charged and healthy, even when you’re away from your boat.
Battery Running appliances/systems
If your boat is fitted with electronics that require an ongoing power source such as an automatic bilge pump, fridge, security system or automatic lights, solar panels can (assist in) providing the power to run these appliances even when you don’t have access to shore power.
Flexible solar panels for boat, caravan, RV or home
At just 1/8th the weight of a standard domestic panel, our flexible solar panels are the ultimate in lightweight, monocrystalline solar. The panels are constructed with highly efficient solar cells supported in a unique polymer that allows for flexibility and significant weight reduction. These panels have no aluminium or steel backing like traditional solar panels, which means they are extremely lightweight. At just 1.5mm thick and weighing from 600gm, they are the thinnest and lightest panels available.
Their light weight and small size means the panels can be sewn into your bimini top or shade structure with a zipper to make use of otherwise vacant space. They are strong, reliable and also tough enough to be glued directly to the deck. When the panels are mounted on a solid surface you can even walk over their surface without causing damage. With their ‘non-glass’ construction, they are flexible and will bend to match the contours of your deck.
All panels have the attachment options of zippers, stainless steel eyelets or a self-adhesive backing. As each panel has a different output voltage a matching solar charge controller must always be used, which will also maximize the efficiency and thus output of your flexible solar panel.
The benefits of flexible solar panels:
- thin & flexible
- tough & durable
- cost effective
- designed for marine environment
Contact us for tailored advice on solar panels that match your vessel and energy requirements.
Please note that Eco Boats Australia does not carry out installations. Most solar set-ups are easy to install yourself or can be fitted by any marine electrician.
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