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dodgy solar panels?
« on: July 06, 2018, 01:11:49 pm »
I bought 6 of these panels here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/142829791758

Yes they have clearly been hanging around but I am a bit concerned about the markings inside the panels that looks like moisture to me corroding the collector wires.

Should i exert the powers of PayPal and my credit card company on this seller ?
 

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Re: dodgy solar panels?
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2018, 08:30:04 pm »
I bought 6 of these panels here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/142829791758



Should i exert the powers of PayPal and my credit card company on this seller ?
Good luck!
 

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Re: dodgy solar panels?
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2018, 09:07:01 pm »
Are the panels any good ?
 

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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2018, 09:14:29 am »
Well I messaged him and got a very fast response saying that he does indeed have a pile of rejects and a pile of good ones (2 of 6 are indeed good) and the person he left in charge of shipping picked the wrong ones and he will send replacements. So hopefully all will be well and i may even end up with 4 spares a couple of which are not so bad but I'd not trust to put them in a string of 14 and have one panel fail the lot.
 

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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2018, 10:14:58 pm »
If they were described as New then this is unacceptable. All depends on the description.
 

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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2018, 10:33:07 pm »
I had two bad panels where a section in each got week.  Test the voltage across the bypass diodes.  Each panel still has a good section and I used the two good sections in series to make the equivalent of one good 12V panel.  Alas, two years later those other sections had failed too.
 

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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2018, 12:13:37 am »
Looks like shit to me.
 

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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2018, 08:25:41 am »
Well that is under the epoxy and the wires appear corroded. I don't know if it is unmixed compound that is acidic unless mixed.
 

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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2018, 08:14:24 pm »
The solar installers online have been calling these "snail trails".
Believed to be caused by microcracks in the cells during install, eg from people walking on the panels.
 

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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2018, 08:24:33 pm »
So why the colour and apparent corrosion? it does not look cracked, just like there is something wrong with the potting.
 


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