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Sunforce Amorphous Solar Panel/Charge Controller Combo - 50 Watt, Model# 50043

Item# 121130
High-wattage solar panel works in sunny and cloudy conditions. Thanks to double junction technology, this panel is more efficient and wears out less over time, meaning you get more power for a longer time. Comes with an 8.5 Amp solar charge controller to prevent the battery from overcharging. Dimensions L x W x H in. 49 x 25 x 2, Panels qty. 1, Battery Included No, Material Glass w/aluminum frame, Watts 50, Battery Type 12V, Product Style Charge controller. Generate power for homes, boats, RVs, back up and remote power use 49in.L x 25in.W x 2in.D high efficiency amorphous solar panel charges in all daylight conditions, even on cloudy days - ideal for all locations Fully weatherproof - can be used anywhere Rugged aluminum frame and shatterproof tempered glass for extended outdoor use Easy do-it-yourself installation - no need for professional installation Maintenance-free Includes charge controller for battery protection protects batteries from overcharge and discharge
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Questions & Answers for Sunforce Amorphous Solar Panel/Charge Controller Combo - 50 Watt, Model# 50043

Question

Different names of solar pannels.

Good, better, best.
What is the difference in the performance and longevity of
Monocrystalline
Cigs
Crystaline
Polycrystalline

Differences in warranty?
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
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Funky
 - Houston Tx
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Basically we are looking at two different types of panels. The first is crystaline. crystaline panels are broken into two categories: Monocrystaline and Polycrystaline.

Monocrystalline cells are cut from a chunk of silicon that has been grown from a single crystal. Monocrystalline cells offer the most efficiency, and are typically the most expensive.

Polycrystalline cells are cut from multifaceted silicon crystals and due to the flaws in the crystal generally require more surface area to generate the same amount of current. Polycrystalline cells have a look to them that is like shattered glass.

While Monocrystalline cells are the most efficient, the technology of polycrystalline cells has come a long way and the performance gap between the two has narrowed quite a bit. The lifespan is similar when comparing the two. It is reasonable to expect 25+ years of service from a crystalline cell.

Cigs (copper indium gallium selenide) cells are "thin film cells" and are typically not as efficient as crystalline cells. They are used in many portable and "roll up" applications. The lifespan of a Cigs cell is typically about half of what could be expected with a crystalline cell.

Typically there is a longer warranty on crystalline panels because the applications that they are used in are usually less destructive to the material. The differences in warranty are due not only to the type of material and construction of a given panel, but also due to manufacturer preference, so the warranty should be evaluated on each individual panel.

All of this taken into consideration the rating of a given panel (in watts) can be compared apples to apples. For example any panel that provides 50 Watts is making more power than any other kind of panel that provides 25 Watts. The difference that you will see however is that a Monocrystalline panel that is producing the same wattage as a polycrystalline panel will typically be smaller in size and a Cigs panel will be larger than either.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
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The crystalline panel's output drop when they get hot. If possible it is better to mount them on a pole or other rack so they get plenty of airflow. Sitting on your roof on a rack or rails they will still heat up. However thin film panels are not affected by the heat so the will produce more when they are hot. They are bigger in size though. Sometimes the thin film will tolerate shading better. It is very important that all of the panels be in the sun, partial shading on part of the array (multiple panels hooked together) will severely reduce the output of the whole array.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
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Frisbeeman
 - Dayton, Ohio
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does it include wireing to hook to a battery

asked 3 years, 7 months ago
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RJMan
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Yes. The Sunforce Amorphous Solar panel does come with the wiring to hook to a battery.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
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ProductExpert26
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Yes
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
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rayt
 - New Hampshire
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Is there a top and bottom?

Meaning, can this panel be utilized to track the sun, and so slowly flip from morning to midday to afternoon? Does a top bottom orientation affect the efficacy of the panel?
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
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Anonymous
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The orientation of the panel will not matter when installing. Northern Tool currently does not sell anything that would allow it to "track" the sun.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
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ProductExpert29
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answer 2
For best results the panel should face due South plus or minus 15 degrees, North if you live in the Southern Hemisphere.

Most panels use some sort of metal clips to hold them down to a rail of some sort. This one may have a separate stand that you can get to mount it to. I'm not sure how they want it mounted. They may have an instruction sheet you can look at or download to see how it's done.

For decent solar collection the panel should be angled up at the same Latitude where the panel is located. For me in Dayton I would mount it at about 40 -45 degrees tilt. In the summertime I would lay it back to about 30 degrees since the sun is higher in the sky and tilt it up more in the winter to about 15 degrees.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
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Frisbeeman
 - Dayton, Ohio
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Do these panels have blocking diodes in them so the batteries don't discharge at night?

asked 2 years, 3 months ago
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yenny
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With this Sunforce Amorphous Solar Panel/Charge Controller Combo, the charge controller will protect the battery from overcharge and discharge.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
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ProductExpert13
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No the panels do not, the charge controller does. Thats part of the reason for having a charge controller.
answered 2 years ago
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JMH83
 - Myakka City, FL
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Is this panel crystal or something else?

asked 2 years, 6 months ago
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Anonymous
 - coon rapids, mn
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This unit is made of glass with a very thin homogenous layer of silicon atoms and dopants.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
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ProductExpert10
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This is an amorphous panel - crystalline panels are different. The panel is made of glass and is mounted in a heavy aluminum frame.
answered 3 weeks, 6 days ago
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riqueriquardo
 - Imperial, TX
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Solar Panel

Do you have a solar panel you can mount on top od RV and leave it there? Do not want to have totake off when moving,,
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
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Anonymous
 - Denver
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Please see the link below for a weatherproof option.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
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ProductExpert36
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Consult with an RV dealer for roof mounting options for your RV.
answered 2 years ago
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JMH83
 - Myakka City, FL
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Will This Charge 4 12 volt batteries

asked 4 years, 3 months ago
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Soul3
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Yes, with the appropriate wiring through an electronics specialist, and a charge controller this will charge 4-12 volt batteries, the batteries will need to be wired in parallel.

Please see my product recommendations listed below...
answered 8 months ago
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ProductExpert23
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what would i need with this to charge Xantrex XPower Portable Powerpack 1500?

asked 4 years, 1 month ago
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Anonymous
 - mi
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To charge the xpower unit with this panel you would need to wire a 12volt cigarette lighter adapter to this panel and use the 12 volt vehicle charging plug that comes with the xpower.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
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ProductExpert13
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can I leave this panel connected while running my generator or hooked to shore power?

asked 3 years, 8 months ago
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Anonymous
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Yes. You should leave it connected in order to maintain you battery(ies).
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
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ProductExpert27
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What is the voltage rating?

asked 3 years, 9 months ago
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Shavanoside
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The Sunforce Amorphous Solar Panel - 50 Watt, Model# 50043 is rated at 3.3 amps @ 15 volts.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
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