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  1. I am so happy to read this. This is the kind of info that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that is at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this beneficial content.

  2. This PV is very well made. All the PV cells are fully encased and sealed. Then it is all metal framed in for better strength. One thing to note, the glass panel, is not really glass. It feels more like a plastic. But it is thick and strong, so hail stones should not harm it unless it rains down golf ball size and bigger. The PV panel works in all conditions. Even in low light and cloudy days. On full sun days, I get a reading of 17V @ more than 3amps under load. On the low light days, I get a reading of 15V @ 2.5amps under load. With no load attached, it reads 22V @ 5amps. I use it mostly to keep a 12V bank of 2x 120amp-hr batteries (240amp-hr total) fully charged. With a 400W inverter, I can power a bug zapper for 3-4 nights before the batteries reach their limit. Or use it in a battery backup sitiution for power outages during the freezing rains or when tornado season hits. I’m already planning to expand my current PV system with another of these panels. Thou now the price has gone up since 10/20/09. I bought it at $225 for $4.5/W. Now its $275 for 5.5/W. Which makes it more in the price range of other PV panels. Lastly, the panel comes with little hardware. Just 4 small brackets and a set of small nuts & bolts. Plan to build your own mounting system.

  3. This PV is very well made. All the PV cells are fully encased and sealed. Then it is all metal framed in for better strength. One thing to note, the glass panel, is not really glass. It feels more like a plastic. But it is thick and strong, so hail stones should not harm it unless it rains down golf ball size and bigger. The PV panel works in all conditions. Even in low light and cloudy days. On full sun days, I get a reading of 17V @ more than 3amps under load. On the low light days, I get a reading of 15V @ 2.5amps under load. With no load attached, it reads 22V @ 5amps. I use it mostly to keep a 12V bank of 2x 120amp-hr batteries (240amp-hr total) fully charged. With a 400W inverter, I can power a bug zapper for 3-4 nights before the batteries reach their limit. Or use it in a battery backup sitiution for power outages during the freezing rains or when tornado season hits. I’m already planning to expand my current PV system with another of these panels. Thou now the price has gone up since 10/20/09. I bought it at $225 for $4.5/W. Now its $275 for 5.5/W. Which makes it more in the price range of other PV panels. Lastly, the panel comes with little hardware. Just 4 small brackets and a set of small nuts & bolts. Plan to build your own mounting system.
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