60W Solar Power Kit at Maplins - £199.99, minus £15 via voucher, minus 4% quidco - HotUKDeals
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• A solar generator kit to power your applications using sunlight - no running costs
• Turns natural sunlight into electricity and charges any 12V deep cycle batteries
• Green energy and environmental friendly product
• Ideal for motor homes, caravans, boats and backup power requirements if mains power may not be readily available
• Amorphous solar panel works even in cloudy and overcast weather conditions
• Can be used to power lights, small TVs, electric fans, laptops and stereos (mains invertor required, not included)

Contents:
4 x 15W amorphous solar panels
Mounting hardware (12 x M5x45 screws, 16 x M5x55 screw and 28 x M5 dome nut)
1 x 10A charge regulator
1 x 10A fuse
1 x 5m extension cable
1 x 4-in-1 connector with 68cm lead
1 x 1m adaptor to charge regulator cable
1x 30cm adaptor to male CLA cable
1 x 30cm adaptor to battery clamp cable

Make no mistake, this is cheap for a 60watt solar panel kit. The nearest I found is £349. Don't forget to subscribe to their newsletter and get a £15 voucher for purchases over £200 via email (just add a bridge clip or something worth a few pence lol) and take another 4% off at Quidco. It works out at around £177.60 all told. If you already get their newsletter, then the vouchers should already be available to you.
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#1
I see the patio heater, planet killer brigade are out tonight lol
#2
No these are just useless.
#3
At 60 Watts of power generated , when used everyday for 12 hrs, assuming maximum power 60 watts for all 12 hours, saves £26.28 per year at 10 pence per KWhr. OK, the electricity price has gone up quite a bit recently in the last few months. Say 15 pence per kilo watt hour. So if you used it 12 hours every day and generates 60 watts full whack all the time. Then max. saving is £40 per year. So you will have to use it continously for 4.5 years to break even at full output. And then in winter time you have there is little sunlight .. so all in all , you are looking at 10 years to break even to recover your £185 + interest! It does have it specialised use thought.
#4
12hrs a day is a very big assumption, in the winter even on a bright day the output will be not far off zero.
Also you didn't take into account the cost of a decent battery, £60-£100.
#5
The merits of the product itself are irrelevent, the fact is that this is £150 cheaper than the nearest competition.
Therefore, it's hot. Unless I mistook what HUKD was all about??
#6
It is only hot if the members think it is regardless of savings
#7
splender
At 60 Watts of power generated , when used everyday for 12 hrs, assuming maximum power 60 watts for all 12 hours, saves £26.28 per year at 10 pence per KWhr. OK, the electricity price has gone up quite a bit recently in the last few months. Say 15 pence per kilo watt hour. So if you used it 12 hours every day and generates 60 watts full whack all the time. Then max. saving is £40 per year. So you will have to use it continously for 4.5 years to break even at full output. And then in winter time you have there is little sunlight .. so all in all , you are looking at 10 years to break even to recover your £185 + interest! It does have it specialised use thought.


You are quite right, and I too get annoyed at the high outlay for solar tech. But, compared to the normal price of these panels, 4 years is quite good really. A professional install will take nearer 15 years to break even. These can be put up in the garden and connected up to a bank of batteries for a brill little emergency backup solution. What's the price on TV and lighting during a power cut?
#8
It will unlikely to pay for itself in most cases as the payback is far too long, chances are that the metal contacts will probably corrode in less than 10 year unless it is kept dry and not exposed to the all weather conditions. However it is good when there is no ready source of mains supply (e.g. sea).
#9
I'll bump this one more time, for those who are not so obtuse that they can see this as a bargain and may actual want one.
That ain't at you splendor, as you put forward a sensible arguement.
#10
Scribbles;2355550
You are quite right, and I too get annoyed at the high outlay for solar tech. But, compared to the normal price of these panels, 4 years is quite good really. A professional install will take nearer 15 years to break even. These can be put up in the garden and connected up to a bank of batteries for a brill little emergency backup solution. What's the price on TV and lighting during a power cut?

You missed the point there is virtually no useable output during the winter and the cost of batteries has not been factored in. The payback is more likely to be over 20 years bearing in mind the battery will need to be replaced every 5-6 years and 4 or 5 lead acid batteries over the lifetime is not exactly "green".
#11
I am keeping my eye on these to power a laptop in the attic room. As you put though in Winter no use at all. This country is maybe not quite the place for these. Maybe we could get one to work on dark light?
#12
madmanfree
I am keeping my eye on these to power a laptop in the attic room. As you put though in Winter no use at all. This country is maybe not quite the place for these. Maybe we could get one to work on dark light?


"Amorphous solar panel works even in cloudy and overcast weather conditions"

I plan to connect mine up to a Freecharge Weza
#13
Scribbles;2372854
"Amorphous solar panel works even in cloudy and overcast weather conditions"


Yes they do but at a "very" much reduced output I would estimate around 5-10%
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Any power during a power cut is better than none :)
And no-one has yet shown me where this can be had cheaper.
#15
voted hot scribbles, at least you can say your doing your bit for the environment aswell as saving money!!

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