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Foldable solar panels are good for outdoor use

Foldable solar panels are handy  and good for a variety of applications. These panels are mobile. They are very flexible because they are easy to carry, transport, fold and unfold. 

We would not use these panels for permanent installations.

The foldable solar modules are smaller than permanent solar panels. As with the bigger solar panels they also come in different types.

These are monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin-film solar panels.

How to use the foldable solar panels

Locate a sunlit area. Be sure it is a spot without any obstacles that could block the sun.

Now it is a matter of unfolding the panels and face it towards the sun. It will immediately start producing an output.

It is best to adjust the solar panels to realize max sunlight for as long as possible during the day. That will ensure the most power output.

Always connect the positive and negative leads according to the prescribed polarity.

Remember to read all the safety precautions. Then you put the foldable solar panel into operation.

Proper connection of wiring will prevent short circuits.

Remember, anything that covers the surface of the module reduces the output power.

Applications

  USB devices.

Mobile phones.

Tablets and digital cameras.

 Electronic devices.

Travel.

 RV van.

Cycling.

Hiking.

Camping.

As well as all other outdoor activities.

Advantages

  • These panels are easy to take along. You can collapse most of these panels to a small enough size to pack in a small space. Transporting becomes easy and hassle-free.

  • The foldable modules are convenient, compact, and easy to use.

  • The panels are silent energy producers.

  • Except for the manufacturing stages, these panels are producers of renewable energy.

  • These panels are cost-effective. You save on electricity for many years to come.

  • These solar modules can produce and last for many years. This can be under harsh weather conditions.

  • Most of the foldable panels produce satisfactory under cloudy conditions.
  • Most foldable solar panels are IP rated.

Disadvantages of the foldable solar panels

  • Foldable solar panels are expensive. The upfront investment can be high.

  • The smaller size and output limit it to powering of only specific devices.

  • With foldable modules, you lose a bit of solar cell space due to the hinges needed for folding purposes.

Warranty

The rigid type of foldable solar panels come with a warranty of up to 25 years.

Warranties on the foldable ones that are not rigid can be shorter than 25 years. Warranty periods can vary but are seldom less than 12 years.

In a conclusion

Foldable solar panels are handy, efficient, and very versatile. Determine your requirements and you will find a suitable foldable module.

Some foldable solar panels

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