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Home Forums General Discussion Where is the most inexpensive but best quality solar products? Re: Where is the most inexpensive but best quality solar products?


I got mine just after a trade show.

The solar panels were the ones I researched.

The store sold them to me as “used” solar panels because they had been mounted (had screw holes for the ground wire).

I got my other components from West Marine hardware.

They do have mail order.

Their policy for returns was helpful: open packages carefully, get the Tech Support phone number to be able to ask useful questions about the components.

If necessary exchange for a different model.

West Marine allowed cash refund, if I paid cash, credit debit or check according to how I paid.

The best part, from my standpoint, was high quality for a “marine environment”.

Their tinned throughout “marine grade” electrical cable including multiple shielded wire and high quality flexible copper battery cables were worth it.

In fact, everything was first-class. But I had to shop.

I got a great deal of help at Real Goods, Ukiah, CA. They had demonstration models and books. I had to read about a dozen books to get up to speed.

I had to be selective.

I also found two mail order catelogues especially helpful, one from Arizona and one from Idaho.

Two articles in Home Power magazine helped me a great deal.

I purchased the solar panels in Laytonville, after a show.