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flexible solar pannels

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Thread Starter 
I’m looking for information/a place to buy, a flexible solar panel that can charge batteries (for cameras) while on an expedition…does have anyone have one of these or know where to buy them and/or have info about the costs? Any help would be appreciated.

thanks

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post #2 of 8
Hi Peakz,
Plenty of options here:
Solar expert
Global merchantsJade Mountain
Solar Sense
GPS Phones
Sundog


And there are many more.
Download the Copernic Basic search engine, I use it, and think it's one of the best out there - it uses other search engines, then rates the results for you.
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post #3 of 8
Really inexepensive, effecient, and flexible solar panels unfortunately still remain the unreached holy-grail in the quest for alternatives to giving Bush and the middle east more $ (for oil).
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Todd Murchison:
Really inexepensive, effecient, and flexible solar panels unfortunately still remain the unreached holy-grail in the quest for alternatives to giving Bush and the middle east more $ (for oil).<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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post #6 of 8
Peakz,

You asking for a flexible solar panel charging system, none of the sites listed above carry a system like that, they are all the old stiff variety.

Flexible solar panels are common in the sailing world, I just installed one to trickle charge my boats batteries. You can get them at sailnet.com
http://www.sailnet.com/store/item.cfm?pid=12106

The ones featured here are pretty indestructable, keep in mind that the charging rate quoted is usually based on a best case scenario. They should be listed as up to x-amount of wattage. They base them on the area of the country they will be used in. Where southwest averages 5 hours of sunshine a day and the northeast averages only 3.

The flexible panels can be rolled up into something resembling a pringles potato chip can. Most have built in diodes so you don't have to worry about them draining your batteries if it gets cloudy. Cost should be anywere from $99 - $299.

Also, keep in mind that a new solar panel puts out about 20% more than it's rated power for about the first 3 weeks when it is new. So if you are hooking up anything sensitive keep that in mind.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 06, 2002 09:50 PM: Message edited 1 time, by powderhound ]</font>
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks everybody. Powderhound, that link you gave me looks like exactly what i am looking for...

I'm going to research my camera batteries a bit more and might have some more questions...

Do you think charging a lap top would be too sketchy?
post #8 of 8
I'm not sure what it takes to charge a laptop battery, I'm more familiar with cameras since in a past life I was a commercial photographer. The panels are all rated in amp/hours for usage. You will have to do some research into what it takes to charge lap top batteries. I'm sure with enough time and a big enough panel you can charge anything.
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