Shining a Light on Campervan Solar Panels

A solar panel on the roof of your camper van can dramatically increase your independence. In the summer months, the right size and quality of panel will produce sufficient amps to run your fridge, lights and water pump without the need to plug into 230v mains power or drive the vehicle to recharge the leisure battery.

We source all our solar panels from UK manufacturer Solar Technology . Their panels use mono-crystalline silicon technology which is more efficient, particularly in lower light conditions found in the UK, than amorphous or thin film solutions used in cheaper solar panels. The solar panel is also accredited with the internationally recognised IEC 61215 certification. Solar Technology’s high quality and innovation reflects our own ethos here at Jerba Campervans.

To maximise your solar gain, we now always fit the 100-watt PV Logic Flexi solar panel. The panel can be mounted on the roof of all our T6 conversion layouts, either elevating roof or fixed high top.

Reasons for Using the PV Logic Flexi Solar Panel:

Low Profile

The solar panel is only 3mm thick and the cabling from the panel is connected from the underside so there is no need for a connector box on the panel’s topside. This means that even with a solar panel on, our camper van conversions with a Jerba pop top roof will still fit under 2M barriers.

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Flexible

The flexible design makes it great for fitting to the Jerba roof. The Jerba pop top roof is slightly convex to ensure that any rain water is shed off. The slight flexibility of this panel means that it can effectively be fixed to our curved roof.

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Self-Healing Top Surface

The flexible design makes it great for fitting to the Jerba roof. The Jerba pop top roof is slightly convex to ensure that any rain water is shed off. The slight flexibility of this panel means that it can effectively be fixed to our curved roof.

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Completely Waterproof

The solar panel is completely waterproof. The assembly of the panel ensures that the 6-layer heavy duty laminate protects the solar cell circuit in the event of extreme conditions. Furthermore, without an exposed junction box on the upper side of the panel there is no risk of water ingress into any electrical parts.

Performance:

Electrical Charge

Our campervan solar panels are connected directly through our Sargent electrical system the amps produced by the solar panel are split between evenly between the leisure and vehicle battery, meaning that if you leave your vehicle parked up and not used for a period then both batteries are constantly being topped up. On the best sunny days this 100-watt panel can produce up to 6 amps of charge per hour, so on an sunny summer’s day you can expect around 25 amp hours of charge to be supplied to both batteries – which in the case of your leisure battery is more than your fridge will draw.Please note that the campervan solar panels will never produce enough amps to run a diesel heater on UK winter days – the days just aren’t long and sunny enough, the angle of the sun is too low and the heater will draw too many amps.

Solar Gain

Always consider your solar panel when parking up and if you have a Jerba pop top roof make sure that when the roof is elevated the solar panel is facing the sun to maximise the amount sun’s energy you will capture.

Warranty

Our campervan solar panels are covered by both a 5-year warranty for the product as whole, as well as a 20-year cell performance warranty which states that at 20 years the cell output will be no less than 80% of the new performance value.

 

To read a MMM magazine solar panel test review which uses a Vitrifrigo fridge, the same fridge manufacturer as we use in all our conversions, then just click here

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