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Coleman Coleman 40W Folding Solar Panel

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Could you please double-check the claimed amperage output? 40 watts at 12 volts should be 3.33 Amps, but it claims only 2.3 Amps maximum. Thank you.

12Volts x 3.333Amps = 40 Watts
Product #: 11-2043-0
 
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asked 2 years, 3 months ago
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ZRM695
 - Ontario, Canada
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answer 1
To charge a 12 volt battery you need to increase the voltage. A normal battery charger will charge at least 14V or more. I had a 480W (6 x 80Watt) solar array. The voltage output was 17-18Volts depending if the batteries were low. Therefore 40W / 2.3A= 17.4 V This is good too charge your batteries. A deep cycle battery is charged at 12.6V
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
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SolarPete
answer 2
These panels are rated higher than 12 volts at max power, closer to 17 or 18 volts which would explain the amps.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
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solarpower
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Well actually, the true open circuit voltage is at around 18 volts, which bring the amps down at 2.3 amps.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
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Pat809
answer 4
Double check your knowledge of charging systems ;-) ... you would be looking at approx 14.8 volts when charging ~35 watts. The open circuit voltage would easily be around 18 volts ~ 41 watts.

the manufacturer has rated it for 40 watts :)
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
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blues335
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Can I use the 7 amp charge controller to control three panels linked? 2.3 amps x3 =6.9 amps output.

asked 2 years, 3 months ago
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Anonymous
on Coleman 40W Folding Solar Panel
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answer 1
Problem isnt the amperage at that point, but the wattage. 3 x 40w panels at max output would be 120w, the included controller is rated for 105w MAX.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
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Cdnsigop
 - Shilo, MB, Canada
answer 2
We would advise against using a 7 amp controller with 3x 40 watt panels. Any surge or peak output will put more amps into the controller than it is rated for. We would use a 30A controller for this set-up.
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answered 2 years, 3 months ago
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Does anyone have suggestions as to why this unit is not charging my MotoMaster Eliminator 800A Powerbox?

The Powerbox recharges just fine with its own AC charger but will not take a charge when hooked up to the solar panel using the connector provided.

The panel has been placed in full sun and the indicator light shows that it is providing current.
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
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solarnewbie
on Coleman 40W Folding Solar Panel
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answer 1
On my 800 amp booster (Nautilus), i have to turn a switch on to use DC and to charge as well. Maybe you have an on off switch too.
answered 2 years ago
by
Squamish
 - BC
answer 2
We would encourage you to contact the manufacturer directly for further assistance: Toll-free: 1 888-478-6435
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answered 2 years, 3 months ago
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Can I use the battery while it is hooked to the 40 watt crystalline solar panel ?

asked 2 years, 3 months ago
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Anonymous
on Coleman 40W Folding Solar Panel
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answer 1
Yes, the panel will be protected by the charge controller and a blocking diode.
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answered 2 years ago
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CanadianTireTeam
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Yes, you can use the battery at the same time. I did this all day today, panel to controller to 12v battery, boondocking with my travel trailer.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
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Cdnsigop
 - Shilo, MB, Canada
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Can i use this pannel to connect one or two light bulbe for night and how.

asked 1 year, 8 months ago
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HarryG
on Coleman 40W Folding Solar Panel
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answer 1
This solar panel is essentially a 12V battery charger, it cannot be used to power items such as light bulbs directly. If the panel is used in conjunction with a battery and inverter, then your lights will work.
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answered 1 year, 8 months ago
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you can but they'll have to be 12 volt lights that run off a battery- you use the panels to charge the battery during the day
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answered 1 year, 8 months ago
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Matt2211
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what is the panel, mono-crystalline or poly-crystalline?

asked 2 years, 3 months ago
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jmg62
 - Winnipeg, MB, Canada
on Coleman 40W Folding Solar Panel
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answer 1
This panel utilizes poly-crystalline technology.
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answered 2 years, 2 months ago
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CanadianTireTeam
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spoke with the people at sunforce which make the panels for coleman , they tell they are poly-crystalline
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
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johnny28
 - Wallaceburg, Chatham-Kent, ON, Canada
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durability

Would this panel hold up if it were to be mounted to a roof rack…..bumpy logging roads?
asked 1 year, 1 month ago
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Anonymous
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answer 1
Yeah, these panels are pretty strong. as long as nothing really hard drops on them, they can take some stress. my dog walked on one and is his 90 pounds
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
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Olitheon
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This panel is very durable and should be able to withstand almost any environment. Please note it is glass so objects striking it could cause damage, but general wear and tear should be no issue.
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answered 1 year, 1 month ago
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I purchased 2 panels. I would like to connect them in parallel to get 80W. I created a Y adapter using the supplied plugs.

I connected + to + and - to -

Using the cigarette lighter adapter it doesn't work. The charging light doesnt illuminate. I've tried with one controller and and two,same result. Please advise how to connect two of these panels in parallel?
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asked 1 year, 9 months ago
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ChrisP777
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answer 1
think looking over your set-up you have reversed polarity somewhere in your splicing. I advise purchasing the Solar 8-1 solar hub from your local Canadian Tire store. This handy connection hub will parallel up to 8 panels. Failing this you can check your polarities with a voltage meter and re-splice your panels yourself.
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answered 1 year, 8 months ago
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Hello,

Connect the two (+) wires and the two (-) wires together then connect them to the charge controller.

It will give you the same voltage but twice the wattage.

:)
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answered 1 year, 8 months ago
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Puremc2
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Will it charge (4) 6V batteries?

asked 11 months ago
by
KnotSoFast123
 - Sicamous, BC
on Coleman 40W Folding Solar Panel
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The Coleman 40W Folding Solar Panel can charge any 12 Volt battery system. For 6V batteries you must connect the batteries in series/parallel to form a 12V battery bank.
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answered 11 months ago
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Would have to be hooked up in two parallel circuits of 2 in series, but no reason it wouldn't. Just make sure you disconnect from whatever you are powering with the batteries if you have to change their configuration for charging.
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answered 11 months ago
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Pylon44
 - Port Alberni, BC, Canada
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i have a 100 watt panel now. Can i add a 40 watt panel

can I use two controllers . one from the 100 watt panel and one from the 40 watt panel.
asked 11 months ago
by
slickxwilly
 - Lindsay, ON, Canada
on Coleman 40W Folding Solar Panel
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The better approach is to connect the two panels in parallel, and then to the controller, assuming that the controller you select is rated for the total amperage of the two panels. There is a good chance that the controller that you have for your 100 watt panel can handle the additional 40 watts... just check the controller's rated amperage (volts * amps approximately equals watts). Note that I said "in parallel", i.e. connect the positive wires of each panel together and the negative wires together, then connect these joined leads to the appropriate connector on the controller. This will give you exactly the same effect as having a single 140 watt panel, and will supply the correct voltage to the controller. Using separate controllers on each panel is not necessary unless the controller cannot handle the combined amperage, and in fact needlessly complicates the system. I run parallel-connected panels through a single controller myself, and it works well.
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answered 10 months ago
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whyukon
 - Yukon Territory, Canada
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We would advise separating the two panels and placing both through their own controllers onto your batteries.
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answered 11 months ago
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