Time off the beaten track doesn’t mean forgoing life’s little luxuries, following the introduction of Projecta’s new 12V 180W folding solar panel kit.
The latest release expands on Projecta’s existing 80W and 120W variants, and along with the extra power, introduces a host of new features designed to increase product longevity, ease-of-use and versatility.
The 180W kit is ideal for powering large appliances such as fridge/freezers, camping lights, radios and televisions without reliance on mains power. It features seven scratch-resistant Monocrystalline solar panels with protective mat coating to improve durability and scratch resistance while delivering 11A peak current. For superior strength and reduced weight, the solar panels’ backing is constructed from tough-wearing fibreglass.
New to this model is a solar controller that delivers a multi-stage charge and multi-chemistry technology, that allows the user to set the charging profile to suit the battery chemistry type (Gel, AGM, Wet and Calcium).
The controller helps maintain batteries in peak condition, protecting against overcharging and solar charge while providing the owner with information on Volts, Amps and Amp Hours via the backlit LCD display.
The Amp display allows the user to position the panel at the optimum angle to the sun to ensure peak power generation, while the Amp Hour reading provides accurate tracking of how much solar power has been generated that day, allowing the user to calculate how much charge remains in the battery.
The kit uses a frameless design with soft edges and is travel-safe, unlike some competitor products there are no sharp aluminium edges to worry about.
Despite its high power rating and generous size once set-up, the kit folds neatly into a compact 38cm x 56cm canvas bag and tips the scales at only 8kg ensuring it won’t take up valuable load space.
Setting up the solar kit is a breeze. A single collapsible pole is used to align the panels while the traditional legs hold the panels in place and angled towards the sun.
The kit also comes with a handy 5-metre lead with battery clips allowing the panels to be set-up in full sunlight while the vehicle or caravan remains in the shade.
The revised bag layout incorporates the solar controller, legs and leads onto the back of one of the panels, ensuring all components are kept together and easy at hand during set-up.
For added peace of mind, the 180W kit comes a 5-year performance warranty along with a 2-year structural warranty.
Projecta’s exciting range of folding solar panel kits are available nation-wide from leading camping, caravanning and 4×4 accessories outlets.