Posted by Bob on January 9, 2011, 1:22 pm
I wrote www.siliconsolar.com/solar-birdbath-fountains regarding this,
but they never answered. A bit disappointing.
BTW: Do they mfg. the cells themselves, or a China import ?
I will probably buy one of their Aquajet kits for trying out to provide
a very light spray for a small birdbath.
I am concerned and wondering about how well sealed the solar cell is
regarding potential damage to it due to rain.
How "well" sealed are they ?
Is this something I should be concerned about ? Why ?
Also, are there any other brands, perhaps better, that offer similar
style kits in the under $ 50 range ?
Posted by Morris Dovey on January 9, 2011, 3:09 pm
On 1/9/2011 7:22 AM, Bob wrote:
Typical of an organization capable only of taking/shipping orders. Did
you try calling their 1-888-SOLAR-11 number?
Very unlikely that they have their own silicon foundry - and your guess
is as good as anyone's as to where they buy components/finished goods.
When it arrives, examine it. If it's not well sealed, spend a bit of
time correcting that problem. A little bit of clear silicone caulk can
provide a pretty good seal. The stuff from DAP that I use is guaranteed
for 50 years, which is probably longer than your pump will survive.
You'll probably find out. When you do, how about letting us know?
This depends on the service life you want.
Maybe. (Probably. STFW)
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Posted by Bob on January 9, 2011, 9:49 pm
Thanks for info. and reply.
Whats STFW mean ?
"Maybe. (Probably. STFW)"
On 1/9/2011 8:22 AM, Bob wrote:
Posted by Morris Dovey on January 9, 2011, 10:20 pm
On 1/9/2011 3:49 PM, Bob wrote:
Do more web searching! :-)
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Posted by Paul Ciszek on January 17, 2011, 11:48 pm
Completed, encapsulated modules sold for outdoor use should be sealed
and weatherproof. Look at the warranty terms for a better idea of
how long the manufacturer expects it to last in actual use. You
might also be able to find comments from disgruntled customers on the web.
PV panels are routinely used to pump wells and water livestock; what you
are doing is just a smaller scale version of that. If the manufacturer
has a reputation for turning out modules that last a while, you should
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