August 25, 2010 AT 11:44 am

How tough are our solar panels?


Here’s a video of the Voltaic panels we stock

If you’re curious about whether the our panels can take a beating, watch this video of our 2 Watt solar panel below. We use industrial materials for the backing of each panel and don’t skimp on the coating material (which is a fair amount of the total cost). Chances are you’ve seen solar panels that have yellowed or cracked over time. Think of these at the opposite to those panels. We’ve left panels like these out for years and they’re still producing near their spec and looking great.

Solarpanel20W Lrg-2

These panels come to us from Voltaic Systems, makers of fine solar-powered bags and packs. These are waterproof, scratch resistant, and UV resistant. They use a high efficiency monocrystalline cell. They output 6V at 330 mA via 3.5mm x 1.3mm DC jack connector. The substrate is an aluminum / plastic composite, specifically designed to be strong and lightweight. They can easily stand up to typical outdoor use including being dropped and leaned on. They’re very high quality and suggested for projects that will be exposed to the outdoors.

  • Size: 4.4″ x 5.4″ / 135mm x 1150mm
  • Weight: 4 ounces / 120 grams
  • Cell type: Monocrystaline
  • Cell efficiency: 17%+

To connect, we suggest a 3.8mm OD/1.3mm ID DC jack

For some nifty ideas on what to do with your solar panels, check out Voltaic’s DIY page


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