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ivbinconned

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Posted: 05/26/20 07:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Costco has this “Colman” 110 watt solar system that comes with controller and 300 watt inverter for $170.00 in Canadian funny money.
Seems like a good buy if the panels are any good. The price is much cheaper that other panels I’ve seen.
Is one panel as good as any other if they work??


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Posted: 05/26/20 07:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That would be Coleman. I see that on their site but it's just 55w. The panel is usually ok, it's the other stuff that's el cheapo.

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Just like Tonka trucks and Radio Flyer wagons, Coleman has dropped in quality since we were kids.

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Posted: 05/26/20 10:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

55 watts for 170 cdn is no bargain.


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Posted: 05/26/20 10:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ebay all that if you want a system. Panels are less than a dollar per watt (100 watts for around $80 shipped), and a good MPPT controller (well, decent controller) for around $50. That's $130 plus the wire and connectors you will use which Coleman may not include.

The mono panels are slightly better than the poly panels, but both work fine.
Glass is superior to the flexible ones , in quality, not because of the glass, but just of quality.

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Posted: 05/26/20 02:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It is 110 watt.
I really don’t need a controller or inverter as I Already have those.

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Posted: 05/26/20 02:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I can't find any solar kit of 110w. You may have to link it for us.

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Posted: 05/26/20 03:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I simple Google search for "100 watt solar panel" shows Lowes, Home Depot, and Walmart all selling them for around $80.

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Posted: 05/26/20 04:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You have little solar knowledge. If you did, you wouldn’t consider the Coleman purchase. Solar is wonderful with the right setup.

Is the offered inverter PSW or MSW? Do you have any electronics that need PSW?

* This post was edited 05/26/20 04:21pm by Lwiddis *


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For $170 CDN, That is surely a PMW controller and a MSW inverter. And even then, it's not much of a bargain. Just MHO.

This is on the US Costco web site: 100 Watt Coleman kit.

* This post was edited 05/26/20 04:53pm by naturist *





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