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Which Solar Panel Is Right For You?

Choosing between rigid, semi-flexi and Fold-up (portable) solar panels

So you want to know which style of solar panel is right for you?

Tired of being connected to electrical outlets when you're out and about in the UK in your caravan, camper van, motorhome, or boat? Fear not, for solar panels are here to save the day! When it comes to powering your leisure activities and holidays, there are three main styles of panels to choose from: Rigid, Semi-flexible, and Fold-up. But which one is right for you? Let's take a closer look.

Rigid Solar Panels

Corner shot of our 160W solid black solar panel

First up, we have the trusty rigid solar panel. These panels are like the SUVs of the solar world - they're big (ish), sturdy, and built to last. If you're planning a camping trip or hitting the open road in your caravan or motorhome, a rigid panel might be the way to go.

Ideal for permanent fitment to the roof, they can handle some rough and tumble, and they're efficient at converting sunlight into energy. With our SolarGo2 units being some of the best for efficiency, you can count on a reliable source of power.

But be aware - these panels are heavier and less portable. So, If you're happy with a permanent installation, fit and forget, a rigid panel is absolutely the right choice if you're looking for a panel that you can take on the go, a rigid panel might not be the best option.

Semi-Flexible Solar Panels

If you're always on the move or have a need for a lightweight low-profile panel, a semi-flexible solar panel will be just what the doctor ordered, especially where the added height or weight is a consideration on the vehicle.

These panels are like the gymnasts of the solar world - they can bend and flex to fit your contours needs (within reason). If you're cruising around in your camper van or hitting the waves in your sailboat, a semi-flexible panel could be the perfect solution.

They're lightweight, easy to install, and can handle a decent amount of wear and tear. You can even walk on them! However, keep in mind that they might not be as powerful as rigid panels, and generally, the warranties are not as comprehensive.

Fold-Up Solar Panels

Last but not least, we have the fold-up solar panel. These panels are like the Transformers of the solar world - they might look small and unassuming at first, but they can pack a real punch.

If you don't want a permanent solar panel affixed to the roof, then a fold-up panel could be your new best friend. They're ultra-portable, easy to set up and can be orientated to the best position to maximise energy production.

They can easily fit in the boot of your car while you're on the move making the foldup panel a portable solar generator that can be used on any 12v battery, anywhere!

However, keep in mind that fold-up panels are generally smaller in wattage and less powerful than some rigid or semi-flexible panels, ie if the fold up becomes very large, it stops being portable!

So there you have it - the three main styles of solar panels for your UK leisure activities. No matter which one you choose, you'll be able to power up your leisure battery while enjoying the world around you without relying on a main hook-up. By switching to solar power, you'll also be doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint and protect the environment. Happy adventuring!