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Ends tomorrow. Harbor Freight has the Thunderbolt Magnum Solar 45-Watt Solar Panel Kit for $193 - 25% off with coupon code 81600346 [Exp 10/31] + $7 shipping = $152 shipped. Features three 15 watt solar panels, weatherproof construction, amorphous silicon solar cells, and includes mounting hardware, voltage regulator, and universal DC power adapter.
Retail: $260

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    Teleman Ben's cred: 292
    Posted 7:12 pm PDT 10/30/13

    There are allot of other kits in this price range on E-Bay, I bought a panel rated 50W, and the charge controller shipped for 60 dollars, had to make a small stand, on 8" 2x2 did the job. This was two different orders. Works very good and is much smaller that the HF unit.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3735
    Posted 8:47 pm PDT 10/30/13

    Keep in mind that cheap amorphous cells can degrade to substantially lower output levels by the first year of use (even as much as 50% depending on the initial rating methodology) but then degrade slower and slower with further aging.

    Even so, many people suggest replacing them between 5 and 10 years old making them better for temporary and mobile applications than long term solar collection. This particular set has a 90 day warranty while premium panels, even thin film type, may have up to 20 years.

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    zaf88 Ben's cred: 5
    Posted 1:05 pm PST 11/4/13

    god i want this

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