If you’re a camper, boater, or anybody who wants portable off-grid power then flexible solar panels are a great way to keep your devices powered with clean energy.
Flexible solar panels and lightweight solar panels are a great product for certain applications, but the trade-off is poor for durability and a generally shorter lifespan. To maximize the life of your product, follow these tips:
Store them when not in use because UV light and exposure to the elements will degrade your panels over time. If you’re mounting these on a vehicle, consider using Velcro to secure them to the roof so that you can easily remove and store them when not needed.
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Even though they’re bendable, avoid bending them as much as possible. These solar panels are flexible within limits, but they will eventually crack if stressed too far. To minimize the risk of damage, handle them carefully and flex them only as much as needed to fit the surface that you’re installing them onto.
Store them gently. For similar reasons, you want to store these panels gently. Keep them flat and don’t stack anything on top of them.
Clean them periodically. The maximize power performance, keep these panels clean. Be sure to remove any bird droppings that land on them, which can have a corrosive effect on the plastic. Clean them gently with plain water to avoid scratching the surface.