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#6917505 - 10/11/17 10:17 PM Solar Panel Lifespan
BaffinBoy Offline

Registered: 01/02/12
Posts: 172
Loc: San Antonio
Anyone know how long 12v/6v solar panels last ? The 12v is the moultree one from Academy with the metal frame and the 6v is a wildgame innovation little black plastic square one. Thanks

#6917612 - 10/12/17 05:58 AM Re: Solar Panel Lifespan [Re: BaffinBoy]
TEXASLEFTY Online   content
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Registered: 10/26/07
Posts: 10691
Loc: The Island Cres
Sometimes a couple years sometimes 10.
Originally Posted By: Chunky Monkey
Never been to a camping world. I prefer Dick's to be honest.

#6917634 - 10/12/17 06:35 AM Re: Solar Panel Lifespan [Re: BaffinBoy]
twinbubba Offline
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Registered: 08/20/09
Posts: 2600
Loc: DFW
I have some that have been running for more than six years.
2017 Chevy Colorado Z71, 09 Yamaha Rhino 450 Camo,

#6917694 - 10/12/17 07:28 AM Re: Solar Panel Lifespan [Re: BaffinBoy]
Hunter Daddy Online   content

Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 220
I have the wildgame innovations from Academy. I have them in 6 volt and 12 volt. My last 12 volt lasted 7 years then I replaced it this year. I had the 6 volt panels last about 4 - 6 years each. I do have one that's still charging after 8 years now.

#6917753 - 10/12/17 08:12 AM Re: Solar Panel Lifespan [Re: BaffinBoy]
Vern1 Offline
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Registered: 09/13/11
Posts: 2323
Loc: Pettytown, TX, US of A
I have Wildgame Innovations and the cheap American Hunter in 6V.
Since I feed year around, they are out there all year for years until they die!

The plastic cover on the Wildgame Innovations became cloudy and crazed/cracked over time and output dropped off after 2 years in the sun.

The American Hunter is the glass with aluminum frame that has wire and small alligator clips on battery end.
I have 3 of these that have survived for over 5 years in use year around.
I do have to clean off the corn dust every once in a while if it doesn't rain.

I've found wires pulled out and chewed off by coons and squirrels to be more of a problem than panel life in most cases.
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#6918997 - 10/13/17 08:29 AM Re: Solar Panel Lifespan [Re: BaffinBoy]
gtrich94 Offline

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 760
Loc: Houston, TX
Ours are going on their sixth year and I think they are the Wildgame ones from Academy. I just take a bottle of water and wash them off every couple of months. As others have said, the coons cause more issues for us and several of our mounting brackets have been broken by the coons hanging on them. I had to use tie-wraps and mount two of mine directly to the barrel because the mount's broke.

#6921702 - 10/15/17 08:50 PM Re: Solar Panel Lifespan [Re: BaffinBoy]
HLo Offline

Registered: 10/28/09
Posts: 797
Loc: Texas, Hays County
Wildgame Innovationsa are good because they have a metal jacket around the wires. However, I started caulking the plastic joint around on to and sides to keep water from getting in them. The ones in the shade get mildew inside if I don't. I leave the bottom open so any moisture can wick out.

#6935768 - 10/27/17 09:54 AM Re: Solar Panel Lifespan [Re: BaffinBoy]
Paul W Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 121
Loc: Midlothian Texas
Depends on the elements.
Honorable Discharge USAF 1997

#6946467 - 11/04/17 06:24 PM Re: Solar Panel Lifespan [Re: BaffinBoy]
Hogflyer Offline

Registered: 03/09/09
Posts: 353
Loc: Near Lake Somerville TX.
Got a cheapie forum academy about 9yrs ago still kicking, except dam squirrels chewing again, time for live trap or snare next weekend!
keeps the 7amp hr battery up and going.
"Walk softly and carry a big stick!"

#7015843 - 12/29/17 12:15 PM Re: Solar Panel Lifespan [Re: BaffinBoy]
Flashprism Offline

Registered: 11/16/11
Posts: 505
Loc: Corpus & Dickens
I have 4 of the academy 6 volts at 19.99 and have only replaced one since 2011
really great as far as i'm concerned

#7020504 - 01/01/18 05:51 PM Re: Solar Panel Lifespan [Re: BaffinBoy]
SlaminEm Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 09/30/12
Posts: 467
Loc: Fairfield , tx.
i purchased a 12 volt not sure of brand name in brady tx. 15 years ago and still going strong today as well as feeder motor. been a good one

#7021005 - 01/01/18 11:52 PM Re: Solar Panel Lifespan [Re: BaffinBoy]
bigdavehunting Offline

Registered: 01/30/09
Posts: 1493
Loc: Abilene Tx
I got 2 on feeders back in 86 and 87 still going strong.


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