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Solar Panels

Solar panels are devices for capturing the energy in sunlight. Solar photovoltaic panels contain arrays of solar cells that convert light into electricity. They are called solar after the sun or "Sol" because the sun is the most powerful source of the light available for use. The solar cells are sometimes called photovoltaic cells, photovoltaic meaning literally "light-electricity".

With over 25 years of experience in the industry, at The 12 Volt Shop we pride ourselves on our range of solar panels and the knowledge of our staff. We are the Australian experts in solar equipment for mobile applications such as caravans or motor home's. Come in and see us or call us about our solar panels!

 

 

 

Monocrystalline vs Polycrystalline Solar Panels:

Busting Myths

One of the most common comments that our specialist team hear from customers relates to the issue of monocrystalline vs polycrystalline (or ‘multi crystalline’) solar panels. Although mono crystalline panels had the initial advantage of being seen as the superior technology in the Australian market, as time goes on and both technologies improve, it becomes increasingly apparent that the the quality and reliability of the manufacturer is far more important than which of the two technologies is chosen.

Monocrystalline cells are made from a single crystal of ultra pure silicon. They are the original silicon solar cell and they are still the most efficient today. Mono cells are typically a little more expensive since they’re a little more difficult to manufacture. The benefit of mono cells is that they perform slightly better under low light conditions equating to better production on cloudy days versus polycrystalline panels. How much better?. Suffice to say, you may get up to about 0.5% better production per annum using mono cells versus using polycrystalline.

Polycrystalline cells are made up of multiple crystals and are generally less expensive to manufacture than mono cells. The gap in performance has narrowed significantly over the years to the point where they are very close. Since Polycrystalline panels are made up of several crystals, this means that they also absorb less sunlight and produce slightly less than mono cells per metre squared.

Single crystal silicon is more efficient at converting photons to electrons for electricity, the poly-silicon its much less efficient because electrons are captured or generated less efficiently where the crystals of silicon touch. However, even though poly solar panels are not as efficient, they are cheaper to manufacture so they can still be competitive on a $/watt basis. They would just need more area to produce the same amount of electricity as the mono-crystalline panels.

Even though a monocrystalline panel has the potential to last up to 50 years, most warranties only go up to 25 years which polycrystalline panels are able to reach just fine.

Overall, the production process for monocrystalline silicon is mature, and the process for polycrystalline in still maturing. As purity and process tolerances for polycrystalline improves, the performance gaps between the two are narrowing.

12v Fixed Framed Solar Panels

Voltech Monocrystalline 12v Fixed Frame Solar Panels

Voltech solar panels are made with high quality Monocrystalline cells, strengthened glass and have a tough aluminium frame.

Their wide range of panels are perfectly suited for caravans, camper trailers, 4x4 vehicles, farming applications, mobile communications, mining and many more applications.

FEATURES

 
SP10M
SP100ML
SP140M
SP200M
SP200MSB
RATED VOLTAGE
12V
CELL TYPE
Monocrystalline
RATED POWER
10W
100W
140W
200W
200W
OPEN CIRCUIT (VOC)
21.5V
23.3V
23.4V
23.4V
23.4V
SHORT CIRCUIT CURRENT (ISC)
0.65A
5.61A
11.17A
11.17A
11.17A
PEAK POWER VOLTAGE (VMP)
18.0V
19.6V
19.8V
19.8V
19.8V
PEAK POWER CURRENT (IMP)
0.56A
5.11A
10.2A
10.2A
10.2A
PANEL DIMENSIONS
364 x 230 x 18mm
1010 x 510 x 30mm
1100 x 670 x 30mm
1470 x 670 x 30mm
1010 x 990 x 30mm
GROSS WEIGHT
1.0KG
6.25KG
8.75KG
12.5KG
12.5KG

Voltech Monocrystalline 12v Fixed Frame Solar Panels
SPV10 Voltech 10w Panel $49.99 Buy this product from our online store
SPV100 Voltech 100w Panel $215.00 Buy this product from our online store
SPV140 Voltech 140w Panel $254.99 Buy this product from our online store
SPV200 Voltech 200w Panel $350.00 Buy this product from our online store
SPV200SQ Voltech 200w Panel SQ $360.00 Buy this product from our online store

Projecta Polycrystalline 12v Fixed Frame Solar Panels

Projecta solar panels are designed to charge DC batteries.

Made for permanent mounting these panels are ideal for caravans, motor homes, house boats, remote holiday shacks and farming applications where power is required to charge battery banks servicing multiple or larger appliances

Features:

Compact & powerful- Polycrystalline solar panels are manufactured from a solar cell that is cast from silicon. These cells are more efficient at producing power than an amorphous panel,so the size of the panel is smaller yet produces greater output power.

MC4 Connector- Standardized MC4 connector fitted for ease of installation where MC4 connectors are used.

Tempered low iron glass- Clear encapsulated insulation enhances solar cell performance and provides proven weather protection, Tempered low iron glass provides both better impact resistance and better light transmission, allowing the generation of more electricity by reducing the quantity of light that is reflected away from the module.

Heavy duty frame- Corrosion resistant frames are constructed to withstand wind speeds in excess of 130 km/h in typical ground mounted applications. The frames are clear anodized and the inner corner connection has a strong mechanical resistance to weather. 

 
SPP20
SPP40
SPP60
SPP80
SPP120
SPP160
TYPE
Polycrystalline
RATED VOLTAGE
12V
RATED POWER
20W
40W
60W
80W
120W
160W
OPEN CIRCUIT (VOC)
21.0V
21.0V
21.0V
21.0V
21.0V
21.0V
SHORT CIRCUIT CURRENT (ISC)
1.25A
2.5A
3.76A
5.04A
7.55A
10.07A
PEAK POWER VOLTAGE (VMP)
17.5V
17.5V
17.5V
17.5V
17.5V
17.5V
PEAK POWER CURRENT (IMP)
1.14A
2.28A
3.43A
4.58A
6.86A
9.15A
PANEL DIMENSIONS
638 x 278 x 25mm
590 x 511 x 35mm
830 x 510 x 30mm
830 x 670 x 30mm
1570 x 511 x 30mm
1490 x 670 x 30mm
GROSS WEIGHT
2.5KG
3.8KG
5.6KG
7.5KG
10.5KG
14.5KG

Projecta Polycrystalline 12v Fixed Frame Solar Panels
SPP20 Projecta 12v 20w Panel $67.99 Buy this product from our online store
SPP40 Projecta 12v 40w Panel $139.99 Buy this product from our online store
SPP60 Projecta 12v 60w Panel $160.00 Buy this product from our online store
SPP80 Projecta 12v 80w Panel $179.00 Buy this product from our online store
SPP120 Projecta 12v 120w Panel $284.00 Buy this product from our online store
SPP160 Projecta 12v 160w Panel $299.00 Buy this product from our online store


24v Fixed Framed Solar Panels

Enerdrive Monocrystalline 24v Fixed Frame Solar Panels

Enerdrives 24v Fixed Solar Panels are 43+VDC open circuit and are well suited to 12/24v installations (or 48v by series connections of panels).

The SP-EN40W, SP-EN100W-24 and SP-EN200W are suitable for Charging 24V Battery System when using a PWM Controller.

FEATURES

For Charging a 12V Battery System a MPPT Solar Controller MUST be used.

 
SP-EN40-24V
SP-EN100W-24V
SP-EN200W-24V
TYPE
Monocrystalline
RATED VOLTAGE
24V
RATED POWER
40W
100W
200W
OPEN CIRCUIT (VOC)
43.1V
43.4V
43.7V
SHORT CIRCUIT CURRENT (ISC)
1.85A
3.09A
6.05A
PEAK POWER VOLTAGE (VMP)
35.5V
36.0V
37.3V
PEAK POWER CURRENT (IMP)
1.13A
2.78A
5.37A
PANEL DIMENSIONS
567 x 670 x 30mm
1010 x 676 x 35mm
1580 x 808 x 40
GROSS WEIGHT
3.9KG
8.1KG
15KG

Voltech Monocrystalline 12v Fixed Frame Solar Panels
Enerdrive 40w 24v Panel $155.00 Buy this product from our online store
Enerdrive 100w 24v Panel $220.00 Buy this product from our online store
Enerdrive 200w 24v Panel $399.00 Buy this product from our online store

Sunpower® P3 Monocrystalline 24v Fixed Frame Solar Panels

Since 1985 SunPower has been leading global solar innovation.

SunPower solar panels® consistently deliver more energy and long-term peace of mind with the highest performing solar power systems available.

SunPower is the solar energy choice of more homeowners and businesses around the world.

With a sleek black design that elegantly blends into any roof, the third-generation SunPower Performance 3 panel combines enhanced warranty terms with an expanded active cell area that delivers increased power and efficiency over previous generation panels.

Backed by an industry leading warranty and an estimated 35 year useful life, SunPower Performance panels wrap conventional front contact cells with 35 years of materials, engineering and manufacturing expertise to mitigate the reliability challenges of Conventional Panel design.

Durability that Translates to More Energy

Engineered to stand up to environmental stresses such as shading, daily temperature swings and high humidity, the SunPower Performance 3 panel delivers up to 7% more energy in the same space over 25 years compared to Conventional mono PERC Panels.

A Track Record of Innovation Leadership

SunPower Performance panels represent the most deployed shingled cell panel in the industry—innovation protected by a growing portfolio of patents worldwide.

A Better Product. A Better Warranty.

Each SunPower Performance panel is manufactured with the confidence to deliver more energy and reliability over time—and backed for 25 years by the SunPower Complete Confidence Panel Warranty.

Engineered for Performance

 
SPR-P3-370-BLK
TYPE
Monocrystalline PERC
RATED VOLTAGE
24V
RATED POWER
370W
OPEN CIRCUIT (VOC)
42.3V
SHORT CIRCUIT CURRENT (ISC)
11.24A
PEAK POWER VOLTAGE (VMP)
35.1V
PEAK POWER CURRENT (IMP)
10.55A
PANEL DIMENSIONS
1690 x 1160 x 35mm
GROSS WEIGHT
21.0KG

Sunpower P3 Performance Solar Panels
SPSP370 SunPower 370W Panel $450.00 Buy this product from our online store

Yingli Polycrystalline 24v Fixed Frame Solar Panels

As one of the world's largest solar panel manufacturer, Yingli Solar is a leader in solar PV technology. With almost 10% global market share, more homes and businesses around the world are choosing Yingli Solar than any other PV brand.

Featuring world-class technology, high-quality workmanship and robust construction, our solar panels are designed to withstand harsh Australian conditions.

Ranked amongst the five best solar panels in world by PHOTON and TÜV Rheinland, solar panel reviews have rated Yingli Solar panels highly for our performance, quality and durability.

Yingli Green Energy is a leading solar energy company and one of the world’s first fully vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturers.


They develop, manufacture, and sell high-quality modules under the brand Yingli Solar to a wide range of markets, including Germany, Australia, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, South Korea, China, and the United States.

Yingli Solar have been the industry leaders for solar panel production for the last 3 years, with production increasing each year.

 

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT YINGLI SOLAR AND THE RIGOROUS TESTING THEIR PANELS GO THROUGH

 
SPYL190
TYPE
Polycrystalline
RATED VOLTAGE
24V
RATED POWER
190W
OPEN CIRCUIT (VOC)
45V
SHORT CIRCUIT CURRENT (ISC)
5.59A
PEAK POWER VOLTAGE (VMP)
35.55V
PEAK POWER CURRENT (IMP)
5.23A
PANEL DIMENSIONS
1310 x 990 x 40mm
GROSS WEIGHT
15.2KG

SPYL190 Yingli 190W 24V Panel $470.00 Buy this product from our online store

12v Fold Up Solar Blankets

Voltech 12v Folding Solar Blanket with legs

Folding Solar Blanket with supporting legs (120W - 200W)

Voltech foldable solar blankets offer high performance charging, strength and portability. Available in 120W, 160W & 200W that come with all the accessories needed to quickly set up a portable charging system.

Voltech foldable solar blanket kit features -

120w Kit

160w Kit

200w Kit

 
FSB120L
FSB160L
FSB200L
TYPE
Monocrystalline
Monocrystalline
Monocrystalline
RATED VOLTAGE
12V
12V
12V
RATED POWER
120W
160W
200W
OPEN CIRCUIT (VOC)
21.24V
21.24V
21.24V
SHORT CIRCUIT CURRENT (ISC)
7.33A
8.89A
12.31A
PEAK POWER VOLTAGE (VMP)
18.1V
19.8V
18.1V
PEAK POWER CURRENT (IMP)
6.67A
8.08A
11.05A
PANEL DIMENSIONS (open)
1600 x 530 x 10mm
2120 x 540 x 10mm
2690 x 540 x 10mm
PANEL DIMENSIONS
530 x 530 x 50mm
530 x 530 x 60mm
540 x 540 x 100mm
GROSS WEIGHT
5.9KG
7.4KG
8.8KG

Voltech 12v Folding Solar Blanket with legs (200W)
SPVF120 120w Blanket with Legs $345.99 Buy this product from our online store
SPVF160 160W Blanket with Legs $408.99 Buy this product from our online store
SPVF200 200W Blanket with Legs $454.99 Buy this product from our online store

Semi Flexible Solar Panels

Sunman eArc Light Weight Flexible Solar Panels

Sunman eArc is a light weight and ultra-thin solar panel made with a fibreglass reinforced composite material similar to aircraft windows, and 75% lighter than conventional solar panels, making it far less costly to transport and install.

Sunman eArc light weight solar panels are ideal for caravans, motorhomes, RV's, Buses, 4WDs, boats, yachts and even trains. Yes trains, in fact the Sunman eArc panels are used on the world’s first solar powered train in our own Byron Bay, NSW.

Sunman eArc solar panels are also the first light weight solar panel approved for off grid use by the Clean Energy Council of Australia, meeting the same durability tests that conventional glass solar panels must (IEC61215:2016) as inuse on many home and commercial applications in Australia including the Sydney Maritime Museum Heritage Building.

 
SMF100S-4X09UW
SMF185M-4X09UW
SMF310M-6X10UW
SMF375M-6X12UW
RATED VOLTAGE
12V
12V
24V
24V
RATED POWER
100W
185W
310W
375W
OPEN CIRCUIT (VOC)
22.5V
24.1V
40.5V
48.6V
SHORT CIRCUIT CURRENT (ISC)
5.75A
9.78A
9.81A
9.86A
PEAK POWER VOLTAGE (VMP)
18.9V
19.9V
33.3V
40.2V
PEAK POWER CURRENT (IMP)
5.29A
9.3A
9.31A
9.33A
PANEL DIMENSIONS
1220 x 535 x 2mm
1520 x 680 x 2mm
1681 x 1000 x 2mm
2002 x 1000 x 2mm
GROSS WEIGHT
1.9KG
3.9KG
5KG
5.8KG

eArc Light Weight Flexible Solar Panels
SPE100 eArc 100w 12v Flexible $248.60 Buy this product from our online store
SPE185 eArc 185w 12v Flexible $425.00 Buy this product from our online store
SPE310 eArc 310w 24v Flexible $555.00 Buy this product from our online store
SPE375 eArc 375w 24v Flexible $699.00 Buy this product from our online store
Sikasil SG-20 Structural Silicone
SILSG20 Sikaflex SG-20 300mL $24.00 Buy this product from our online store

* Sunman recommends the use of Sikasil SG-20 construction adhesive product to secure the eArc Panels. A 5mm to 8mm bead of SG-20 is applied to the leading and trailing edge of gthe panel and intermediate beads at a nominal distance every 300mm inbetween (as per instruction manual)

MC4 Connectors and Pre-Assembled Leads

Second generation MC4 PV connector from Multi-Contact, which has rapidly become the most accepted connector in the world. The MC4 plug connector is designed to accept 4-6mm2 solar cable and is proven MC Multilam technology with high long term stability. 

For a proper seal, MC4s require the usage of a cable with the correct diameter. Normally double-insulated (insulation plus black sheath) and UV resistant (most cables deteriorate if used outdoors without protection from sunlight). Connection is made by use of a special crimping tool, alternatively by soldering. 

All Solar Panels are now generally coming with leads on the back with these types of Multi-Contact Connectors. Some smaller modules still have junction boxes, but any panel 80w and above will usually come with MC Connectors.

MC4 Pre-assembled Leads

The MC4 plug connector is designed to accept 4-6mm2 solar cable and is proven MC Multilam technology with high long term stability. 

MC4 Male to Female extension leads are handy for extending the cables from the back of solar panels for grid or off grid solar installations.

All Solar Panels are now generally coming with leads on the back with these types of Multi-Contact Connectors.

Some smaller modules still have junction boxes, but any panel 80w and above will usually come with MC Connectors.

These are available in 1m, 2m, 3m, 4m, 5m, 6m, 8m, 10m, 12m, 14m & 16m lengths. I.e If cut in half the 8M lead would give you 4 metres for the positive side and 64 metres for the negative.

Usually these are used for grid/ residential panels for high voltage, low current strings.

Keeping in mind that the cable is 4mm2 you'll need to keep voltage drop to a minimum when selecting the appropriate length.

MC4 Pre-Assembled Leads
SOCMC4L1M MC4 M-F 1m 4mm2 $19.99 Buy this product from our online store
SOCMC4L2M MC4 M-F 2m 4mm2 $21.99 Buy this product from our online store
SOCMC4L3M MC4 M-F 3m 4mm2 $25.99 Buy this product from our online store
SOCMC4L4M MC4 M-F 4m 4mm2 $29.99 Buy this product from our online store
SOCMC4L5M MC4 M-F 5m 4mm2 $40.99 Buy this product from our online store
SOCMC4L6M MC4 M-F 6m 4mm2 $34.99 Buy this product from our online store
SOCMC4L8M MC4 M-F 8m 4mm2 $38.99 Buy this product from our online store
SOCMC4L10M MC4 M-F 10m 4mm2 $44.99 Buy this product from our online store
SOCMC4L12M MC4 M-F 12m 4mm2 $48.99 Buy this product from our online store
SOCMC4L14M MC4 M-F 14M 4mm2 $52.99 Buy this product from our online store
SOCMC4L16M MC4 M-F 16m 4mm2 $79.99 Buy this product from our online store

MC4 Solar Panel 30A Line Plug Socket Connectors

MC4 Inline Connectors for use on Panel leads

Water & dust proof - IP65 rated.

Commonly used on photovoltaic solar panel arrays.

Fully sealed design is suitable for use in exposed installations.

Rated 30A @ 1000VDC (70°C).

Cable entry 6.5mm. Suits 4mm2 solar cable

MC4 Connectors
MC4PAIRPP MC4 CONECTORS PAIR $11.99 Buy this product from our online store

MC4 Panel Mount 30A Plug Socket Connectors

MC4 Panel Mount for use with cabinets or boxes

Water & dust proof - IP65 rated.

Commonly used on photovoltaic solar panel arrays.

Fully sealed design is suitable for use in exposed installations.

Rated 30A @ 1000VDC (70°C).

Cable entry 6.5mm. Suits 4mm2 solar cable


MC4 Panel Mount Connectors
MC4PMPAIRPP MC4 PANEL MOUNT $12.99 Buy this product from our online store

MC4 Branch 30A Plug Socket Connectors

MC4 Branch Connectors for use in joining panels in Parallel

Branch plugs and sockets are an economical method of joining 2 strings in parallel.

The IP67 rated connectors make for a safe and reliable connection and save running 2 cables on the long return path from the far end of the PV array, saving time and money.

Water & dust proof - IP65 rated.

Commonly used on photovoltaic solar panel arrays.

Fully sealed design is suitable for use in exposed installations.

Rated 30A @ 1000VDC (70°C).

Cable entry 6.5mm. Suits 4mm2 solar cable


MC4 Branch Connectors
MC4DBPAIRPP MC4 Double Pair $21.99 Buy this product from our online store
MC4TPPAIRPP MC4 Triple Pair $29.99 Buy this product from our online store

MC4 Branch 30A Adaptor Cable Connectors

MC4 Branch Cable Adaptors for use in joining panels in Parallel

Branch plugs and sockets are an economical method of joining 2 strings in parallel.

These Y-Branch MC4 compatible connectors are designed to connect solar panels between solar panels and an extension, which is a perfect solution for connecting several panels in parallel in a solar field.

The internal O-ring is ideal for sealing water and dust to prevent corrosion.

Fast and reliable quick and convenient to use, the outer casing has excellent aging resistance and UV resistance, so it can be used in harsh environments

Easy to plug and unplug the connector without any tools,the connection of the cable is connected by riveting and fastening. 

Load capability with big current and high voltage, compatible with PV cables with different insulation diameters

Lightweight, convenient to install and remove. 

Water & dust proof - IP67 rated.

Rated 30A @ 1000VDC (70°C).


MC4 Branch Connectors
MC4LDBPAIRPP MC4 Lead Double $24.99 Buy this product from our online store
MC4LTPPAIRPP MC4 Lead Triple $29.99 Buy this product from our online store

MC4 Solar Panel Fuse Link

MC4 Inline Connectors for use on Panel leads

This product is a 15A/20A fuse embedded into a waterproof fuse holder.

It features an MC4 connector lead on each end, making it compatible for use with an Adaptor Kit and solar panel leads.

This Fuse Holder is designed to provide complete single circuit protection to your solar power array. The fuses prevent large currents from damaging the solar panels. Purchase this product for extra protection on your system.

Ease of Use

MC4 Fuse Links
MC4FH15A MC4 Fuse + Holder 15A $17.99 Buy this product from our online store
MC4FH20A MC4 Fuse + Holder 20A $19.99 Buy this product from our online store