solar panel 180Wp "black tiger 180" (48x Sunpower cells, 1100x796mm)
"black tiger 180" Solarpanels for Campers
Get the most out of your roof surface! Most of the time a solar panel is a compromise between what would be technically possible and the resulting costs (missing profit / margin for the manufacturer, if you do not want to offer the panel deterrent expensive). In the development of "black tiger", on the other hand, we have focused exclusively on generating the highest possible electricity yield for your camper in every Situation.
The "black tiger 180" in particular, with its almost square special format of 1100 x 796 x 35 mm, should additionally solve some space problems, especially for smaller vehicles and vans.
Why are "black tiger" solar panels so powerful?
High cell efficiency due to best cells
With an efficiency of 24.2%, both "black tiger 180" and "black tiger 100", as well as our semi-flexible solar panels for rounded roofs, currently achieve technically possible maximum performance through the exclusive use of Top of the Range Sunpower Maxeon Gen. III cells.
What does "Top of the Range" cells mean? You can think of solar cells a bit like a "natural product" that never comes out of production 100% the same. For this reason, once the cells have been manufactured, they are exposed to light, their performance is evaluated and they are classified into quality levels. The complete tiger2solar assortment is only equipped with the cells that could reach the highest classification (grade Ultra Peak Performance).
However, to achieve the best performance in any situation, "black tiger" solar panels for campers have other outstanding Features:
Less losses during heat
To make the performance of solar panels comparable, manufacturers' specifications refer to an ambient temperature of 25° C. If the temperature rises, however, the power drops - solar panels can work much less effectively in hot conditions ... and how quickly 25° is reached, or exceeded, on the roof of a camper. The power falls per degree more temperature.
"black tiger" solar panels, as well as our semi-flexible "black tiger sf", counter this with special optimization. For less heat loss, they are equipped with a high open circuit voltage to keep the temperature coefficient (power loss per degree Celsius) lower. In practice, this means up to 25% more energy yield than conventional solar panels.
Larger, usable light spectrum
Solar panels can only use a certain part of the light spectrum (within a certain frequency range) for energy generation. "black tiger" solar panels are able to use a larger frequency range, i.e. a larger light spectrum for energy generation. So even the light of dusk can still be used to produce electricity in the camper.
Full copper contact on the back side
"black tiger 180" and "black tiger 100" have a full-surface copper layer on the back as so-called contacting. This ensures less hidden area on the front side and a higher failure safety of the panel. If cells or cell areas are damaged, the rest of the module is not affected. In automotive applications, with constant vibrations, impacts on bad roads and extreme temperature fluctuations, this is enormously valuable. Without this optimization, damage to small areas often results in complete solar panel failure.
To prevent microcracks and fractures from the outset, the cells are kept extremely thin, making them more flexible and resistant to a certain extent.
Framing and cover
"black tiger" solar panels are covered by a special glass and are set in an aluminum frame in noble black.
The connection is made at the rear via pre-assembled cables, each 0.9 m long, with connectors according to MC4 Standard.
To be able to connect the panel to the battery, a solar controller is always needed. For the connection between the solar panel and the solar controller you still need solar strand in the appropriate length, a MC4 plug and a MC4 socket.
For one module the Solar controller SmartSolar MPPT 75/15 is sufficient. If you want to connect several panels together, a larger controller is needed. Which controller you need, you can find out with the following calculation:
The values of a MPPT 75/15 mean a maximum of 75V open circuit voltage of the panel (Voc) and a maximum of 15A nominal charging current. The Voc value is in the data sheet for each panel, the nominal charging current must be calculated. The black tiger 180 has a Voc of 47.52V. This is less than 75V and therefore the solar controller with 75V open circuit voltage is sufficient.
To calculate the nominal charge current divide the nominal power by 12.8V: So 180Wp divided by 12.8V gives 14.06A. This is less than 15 and therefore the solar controller MPPT 75/15 can be used for our black tiger 180.
"black tiger 180" Solarpanel - technical data
|cells per module||6 x 24|
|solar cells||Sunpower Maxeon Gen. III|
|quality||Ultra Peak Performance|
|power tolerance||+- 3 %|
|nominal peak power (Pmax)||180 Wp|
|nominal voltage (Vmpp)||39.6 V|
|nominal current (Impp)||4.55 A|
|voltage temerature coefficient||-1.74 mV/K|
|current temperature coefficient||2.9 mA/K|
|power temperature coefficient||-0.29 %/K|
|open circuit voltage (Voc)||47.52 V oc|
|short circuit current (Isc)||4.91A sc|
|cell efficiency||24.2 %|
|operating temperature||-40 to +85 °C|
|max. system voltage||600 VDC|
|size||1100 x 796 x 35 mm|
technincal data at STC (standard test conditions) with 25°C ambient temperature, 1000 W/m2 solar irradiance and an AM factor of 1.5.
*) 25% better temperature coefficient than conventional modules, therefore less power loss when heated