SunPower® E-Flex installs
We're always adding to this page when we receive updates from our customers that they have installed their SunPower E-flex solar panels. We hope you might find it useful to see the different install methods, how many panels are going on each boat, what controllers they are using, wired in series or parallel. We will provide as many details as we can but please ask us questions if you are looking at a particular install.
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We installed a 170W (4x12) on our Dufour 382 in Corsica. During our week aboard in 2019 we took down the bimini and had a sailmaker in Bonefacio add a velcro 'pocket'. This will help reduce the number of engine hours just for charging & have happier charter guests - nobody likes a noisy engine. We oversized our controller (Victron 100|50) as we plan to add more panels later.
2x170W SunPower E-flex panels will produce an expected daily yield of around 113 Amp hours for the 12V battery bank aboard this Beneteau 50'. Paired with a Victron 100|30 that's plenty of clean & silent power aboard. The canvas person fabricated a clean & tidy custom install on the bimini adding extra fasteners.
Fountaine Pajot 41'
Whilst at the Big Bay Boatshow in San Diego the owner of an FP 41' stopped by our booth and asked if we could install some panels before they left for Ensenada in the morning! Brian at Upgrade Marine set to work and removed 3x 5yr old 100W flex panels and replaced them with 4x110W SunPower panels. With 46% more power in less space they were off to cruise Mexico the next day!
Dirk installed 6x 170W SunPower flexible solar panels on his bimini to charge a 48V battery bank and power his Elco EP-20 electric outboard. He's now quietly cruising the lakes all day and returning to the dock with full batteries.
We met Ed at the Big Bay Boat Show in January 2019 and he went on to install his 2x110W SunPower flex panels aboard his 43' Jeanneau and put together a great write up on the installation process. Wired in parallel to a Victron 100|30 this allowed Ed room for expanding his solar array, which he did with 2 more 110W panels. Read his case study in our news feed.
Explore further! With 2x110W panels Scott is able to explore more remote parts of the Baja peninsular and stay out camping for longer. He uses solar to power his Dometic cooler aswell as laptop, phones etc By using a 50' PV extension cable he can park in the shade and run the panels out into the sun and move them during the day to capture more sun.
Brian from RVwithTito has been installing & experimenting with solar on his RV for many years. He recently added a SunPower 170W with a neat method that meant zero holes in his roof! Check out his website www.rvwithtito.com or search for his YouTube channel for more details on his installs.
Why not hook up your 100W panel to an Ecoflow River and camp longer? These are solar generators, large lithium ion battery banks, that can be charged with solar power and provide DC powere aswell as invert to 100V power. Check them out www.ecoflow.com