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60W Solar Power Kit

Code: N23FY


3.6  out of 5 based on 41 reviews
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  • A solar generator kit to power your applications using sunlight - no extra running costs
  • Turns natural sunlight into electricity and charges any 12V deep cycle batteries
  • Provides green energy - a true environmentally friendly product

Product details

60W Solar Power Kit

• A solar generator kit to power your applications using sunlight - no extra running costs• Turns natural sunlight into electricity and charges any 12V deep cycle batteries• Provides green energy - a true environmentally friendly product• Ideal for charging batteries in motor homes, caravans, boats and for backup power requirements if mains power may not be readily available• Weatherproof amorphous solar panels work even in cloudy and overcast weather conditions• Can be used to power lights, small TVs, electric fans, laptops, stereos (mains inverter required - sold separately)

Contents:4 x 15W amorphous weatherproof solar panelsMounting hardware (12 x M5x45 screws, 16 x M5x55 screw and 28 x M5 dome nut)10A charge regulator10A fuse5m extension cable4-in-1 connector with 68cm lead1m adapter to charge regulator cable30cm adapter to male CLA cable30cm adapter to battery clamp cable4 x fabric strips
Technical specifications:
Power: 60W
Peak output: 3.42A @ 17.5V
Individual solar panel size (4pcs): 34.3(w) x 97.0(l) x 1.8(d) cm
Dimensions fully assembled (including angle support): 142(w) x 99(l) x 79(d) cm
Net weight: 28.4kg
Power generated from this system in one week can run following items:
Appliance Power consumption Hours of use
CB radio: 5W 336
Depth finder: 5W 336
Laptop computer: 50W 33.6
Lights: (compact 40W equivalent) 10W 168
TV:(12 inch) 20W 84
Cooler:12V (3A) electric 36W 46.6
Stereo: 50W 33.6
Satellite dish: 30W 56
Battery charge times:
Battery capacity: Charge time (days):
33Ah 2.5
50Ah 3.75
110Ah 8

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  • I use one of these panels in Malta . It is charging two baterys and I have now got another kit from UK to double the charge rate. I use a 1000w inverter . It runs 32 inch tv and a few lights.

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  • Poor frame. Mine had cracks on all the glued joints. Throw it away and don't bother with it. I screwed my panels directly to my shed roof Charge controller not at described. No 9v regulated output. You MUST leave the switch on all the time or the batteries will not charge. That wasn't mentioned in the manual. Just turn the voltmeter on and off with the push button and disconnect all your loads manually. Do not use an inverter rated at more than 50W on the inverter socket....you will burn out not only the battery leads but the internal wiring in the controller. I tried a 75W inverter designed to plug into a lighter socket and got smoke pouring out of the box within a couple of seconds after I tried to use a 35W soldering iron powered from the inverter. The controller to battery cable is severely under-rated for anything other than very low currents and the volt drop between the four way panel connector and the unit is about a volt in bright sun using the supplied lead...that's about 6W or 10% of the rated output! Chop off the silly little connectors and rewire with decent 2 core mains flex rated at 10A, keep your connections as short as possible and you will get much lower losses. I suggest adding extra clear silicone sealer to the edges of all the panels too....these TopRay panels tend to fail after a year or so due to water ingress. I have repaired six out of my eight 12W versions of this same panel in the last two years. Not for the faint hearted as you need to dismantle the panel, remove all the original silicone and be able to cut or grind glass to reveal a fresh track to solder the wiring to as the original tiny little solder tabs will corrode and fail with the slightest water ingress. Not worth the full price. Just about worth it when on offer for if you rewire the internals of the controller and replace the shabby cables and connectors. Not 'plug and play' by any means.

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  • These panels are great value i have had mine 3 years and they are fine . The frame is great if you want to lug them in and out of the garage (i only use mine for about a week every month so keep them indoors out of harms way the rest of the time) i would really like to get second set but atm other things are more important. The only fault i had was i thought i had damaged the LED display by leaving it on but it turns out it has a tiny on/off button DUH and works fine after all. they are not very powerfull and so i would recommend getting 2 or 3 sets but another good thing with these panels is that if one was to break or stop charging you would only loose 25% of your power instead of all of it

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  • i,ve had these over a year, shoddy construction, i had to seriously strenghten frame. these only put out 33 watt in direct hot sunlight and nothing at all if a cloud passes/ cloudy day, avoid

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  • I bought this kit last year.the frame is flimsy, i had to seriously strenghten. even in direct bright sunlight these panels only achieve half the advertised output.they do not work in cloudy conditions at all

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  • We bought Solar panel for use on caravan Rallies where there is no electric hookup. First we found the quality was excellent and took me an hour to put together the only downside is was a bit on the heavy side. The supplied regulator is well put together,and a 240 volt inverter can be fitted to run low powered appliances. Very good value at this price well done Maplin.

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  • very flimsy frame.i strengthened with copper tube. despite claims in spec this will not work in cloudy conditions. needs direct bright sunlight to even reach 2.5 amps which is half rated output. not impressed

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  • I have just purchased the 60W Solar Power Kit to use with my caravan but after assembling and connecting up the solar panels and testing the system I have decided to by two more and set them up at home to power all of my 12Volt equipment including my Televisions and Amateur radio equipment and if that works ok I shall buy three more and set up my own Solar Power System to run most of the house but exclude high power items but am sure will make a big saving. Watch this space. Only one thing to watch out for is the supplied wiring has been made the wrong way IE positive and negative connectors are the wired the wrong way so initially it was shutting down the Regulator but after rectifying this problem all is ok

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  • Excellent value, B grade, and delivery. Assembly OK but erection tricky single handed. The dangling legs got in the way and would be better left off for say a rooftop installation. As it was I believe that was the cause of flexing of the frame and a severe crack in one panel. Everything works however and I'm getting good results in a less than ideal location.

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  • I fixed it up at the weekend. Quite straightforward to assemble and works brilliantly. Only critique would be that it is quite heavy with 4 glass panels and the small metal clips that hold the support bars for the legs snapped off as soon as they took the weight but not a problem as the bolts on the legs hold the frame perfectly rigid - support straps are only a secondary back up. Would definitely recommend it as I charged a 300w power pack and my leisure battery on the caravan in 24 hours! (It was a lovely sunny day)

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  • Dave Shepherd said:

    Could I use this panel to run an electric pump to run a water fountain

    No sorry this product does not support that.

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  • Bob Everett said:

    Just Bought N23FY Allready Have 2 Identicle panels can I connect all 6 to the controller.

    You would require a bigger voltage regulator as the one supplied with the unit is only for one 60w solar panel which is 5Amp. I would recommend the following code N28KR.

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  • ANDY B said:

    What is the guarantee on the product?

    1 Year with Maplin.

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  • Alan T said:

    Please be aware there is a diode in the + lead which conencts the panels to the regulator. If you connect the lead the wrong way round, current will not flow and the regulator output will be low or zero.

    Thanks for the feedback!

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  • Viv said:

    Once connected to my leisure batteries, will it be necessary to disconnect it before I start up my boat engine, or can I leave it permanently connected so solar panels and alternator a charging at the same time.

    Yes the product does support that.

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  • martyn said:

    if i were to expose panels to sunlight for a day without having them connected to charge regulator or a battery would this have an adverse effect on panels?

    No this should not be an issue

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  • brian said:

    Does the regulator supplied with the kit prevent over charging of the battery?

    Yes the regulator prevents overcharging

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  • SA said:

    Which company makes the panels?

    Topray solar

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  • Paula said:

    What are the dimensions of this unit please?

    Individual solar panel size: 34.3 (w) x 97.3 (l) x 1.8cm (d) (supplied with 4 panels each of this size) Assembled size: 142 (w) x 77 (l) x 79cm (d)

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Item code Item name Quantity Price
N23FY 60W Solar Power Kit (1+) £249.99

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