Solar Panel Question - Goal Zero or Brunton?

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Solar Panel Question - Goal Zero or Brunton?

Post by 74 or more » Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:16 pm

I'm looking to get a larger solar panel. I've been using a Solio Classic (original) forever. I'm trying to decide between the Goal Zero Nomad 20 and the Brunton Explorer 20. The Goal Zero seems a bit more user friendly.

What do you guys think? Is one better than the other or are they pretty much the same?

Brunton Explorer 20
http://www.brunton.com/products/explorer-10

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http://www.goalzero.com/p/179/nomad-20-solar-panel
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Re: Solar Panel Question - Goal Zero or Brunton?

Post by moab » Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:54 pm

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Re: Solar Panel Question - Goal Zero or Brunton?

Post by 74 or more » Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:41 pm

Thanks for that. I haven't been on here in a while and my search skills aren't what they used to be. I agree that the Instapark is a better bang for your buck but I think I like the Goal Zero and Brunton a little more which is why I'm curious as to people opinions (if any) between the two. I also like the charging options on the Goal Zero a little more than the Instapark.
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Re: Solar Panel Question - Goal Zero or Brunton?

Post by moab » Wed Jan 27, 2016 6:45 pm

74 or more wrote:Thanks for that. I haven't been on here in a while and my search skills aren't what they used to be. I agree that the Instapark is a better bang for your buck but I think I like the Goal Zero and Brunton a little more which is why I'm curious as to people opinions (if any) between the two. I also like the charging options on the Goal Zero a little more than the Instapark.
Not sure I mentioned it in that thread. But I purchased the Instapark and the Goal Zero Battery charger. Gives you the best of both worlds.
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Re: Solar Panel Question - Goal Zero or Brunton?

Post by boskone » Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:38 pm

I have a Goal Zero Guide 10/Nomad 7 set and like it, but I got it on deep sale. It's great kit, but ultimately you're paying for the name. If you can find it on deep discount somewhere, go for it; if not, there are a lot of other perfectly good options (like the Instapak moab linked).

No idea about Brunton.

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Re: Solar Panel Question - Goal Zero or Brunton?

Post by majorhavoc » Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:46 pm

moab wrote:
Not sure I mentioned it in that thread. But I purchased the Instapark and the Goal Zero Battery charger. Gives you the best of both worlds.
I did something similar: I got this 14W "off brand" panel (http://smile.amazon.com/ReStore-Portabl ... ar+charger) and the Goal Zero Guide 10 battery charger. I will say that the Goal Zero seems exceedingly well made.

FYI: I got the ReStore over the myriad other 14-ish watt, generally well reviewed panels simply because it happened to be on sale. You can't argue with the sheer mass of positive reviews for the Instapark.

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Re: Solar Panel Question - Goal Zero or Brunton?

Post by NamelessStain » Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:23 am

Also the new Goal0 panels are chainable. I've said that somewhere before.
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Re: Solar Panel Question - Goal Zero or Brunton?

Post by Woods Walker » Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:30 am

I use AllPowers. They seem just as well made and much less expensive.

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Re: Solar Panel Question - Goal Zero or Brunton?

Post by 74 or more » Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:20 am

I ended up getting the Goal Zero Nomad 13 and the Flip 20 battery pack. I originally wanted the Nomad 20 but decided that it was a little pricey right now for just the panel. The Nomad 13 and Flip 20 worked out to the same price but I got a more complete set up.

As I originally posted, I was really just looking between the GZ and Brunton and I ultimately went with GZ due to it's size. I feel like it would be easier to strap to the outside of a pack as opposed to the Brunton. Also getting info about the Brunton gear was a little difficult. You really have to dig on their site or just call them if you have questions.

I'm happy with what I got. But that being said....I'm still really looking at the Brunton gear. And after reading a little more up on the Instapark it's kind of appealing too. Maybe I'll pick one up at some point to dedicate to a car kit/GHB.
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Re: Solar Panel Question - Goal Zero or Brunton?

Post by loise238 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:20 am

74 or more wrote:Thanks for that. I haven't been on here in a while and my search skills aren't what they used to be solar panel cleaning. I agree that the Instapark is a better bang for your buck but I think I like the Goal Zero and Brunton a little more which is why I'm curious as to people opinions (if any) between the two. I also like the charging options on the Goal Zero a little more than the Instapark.
Hello,

Can you suggest me some tips for solar panel cleaning??
Thanks in advance.

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Re: Solar Panel Question - Goal Zero or Brunton?

Post by gundogs » Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:12 am

The old saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies – in most residential installation scenarios, cleaning solar panels just isn’t worth the bother – or the potential danger if accessing your rooftop. Unless dirt is clearly visible or performance is noticeably impacted; simply let nature do the job for you

Sometimes in Spring I will hose panels off in early morning when pollen accumulates.
Other then that---no problems in 8 years

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