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The all new BAINTUFF 180W Foldable Solar Blanket is one of a new breed of lightweight and compact solar blankets that delivers enough power to keep your accessories running, and fully recharge your battery in optimal conditions on an average sunny day.

Lightweight and easy to use

Hauling traditional fold out solar panels is not a biweb green blanketg job for the average leisure seeker but after a long drive, wrestling with over 10 kilos of solar panels before you can get the kettle on or fire up the beer fridge can be a bit of a chore.

The BAINTUFF 180W Foldable Solar Blanket is a lightweight, compact option that doesn’t need an aluminium frame so it’s easier to fold up at the end of the day. And since it weighs in at just over five kilos setting up won’t feel like a gym work out.

Not only is setting up a breeze, but you can pick your set-up spot since it’ll work on your roof rack or bonnet, the top of your camper trailer, caravan or RV, or rolled out on the ground at camp.

It’s weather resistant and it won’t scratch your paintwork, and as the afternoon rolls in and the sun shifts in the sky you can easily reposition it on your windscreen or the side of the roof rack to soak up every last ray.

It doesn’t hurt that it also takes up less room in transit, since every extra kilo adds to fuel consumption, plus you’ll have space to fit in a few more six packs.

Maximum solar power, efficiency and performance

With a whopping 180W of power, kilo for kilo the BAINTUFF 180W Foldable Solar Blanket gives you more bang for your buck, since you’d need over 12kgs of traditional fold out solar panels to get the samsolar Grahame amount of power.

This lightweight compact solar power option doesn’t compromise on performance either, in fact we achieved great results from our own testing.

Traditional fold out panels can struggle to soak up the last of the sun’s rays towards the end of the day, but the BAINTUFF 180W Foldable Solar Blanket continued to pump out up to 75% of its maximum output.

The Sweet Specs

Here are the at-a-glance specs for the BAINTUFF 180W Foldable Solar Blanket

Efficiency 18%
Model 180W
Output 5.5V/2A & 18V/10A
Rated Power 18V 180W
Unfolded Size 398*300*78mm / 15.67*11.81*3.07 inches
Weight 5.11kg / 11.26lbs / 180.23 oz.
Regulated No
Built-in USB IC for quicker phone charging across all mobiles Yes
RRP $999
Warranty

One year from date of purchase (excludes accessories)

 

 

 

 

BainTuff Solar Power

Made from superior quality monocrystalline cells, the BAINTUFF foldable solar panels are designed to efficiently absorb sunlight providing a portable power source to power your adventures. 

Features:

  • Compact Monocrystalline panels with corner protectors
  • 5m of cabling with Alligator Clips
  • Strong aluminium frame with fold-out legs, high quality hinges and latches, plus a fold away handle.
  • Compact for easy storage, complete with BainTuff carry bag

Watch our video below:

 

 

 

50 W Panels 2 PPV100-F2

RATED MAX POWER (W)

100W

OPTIMUM POWER VOLTAGE VMP

17.5V

OPTIMUM OPERATING CURRENT IMP

5.72A

OPEN CIRCUIT VOLTAGE VOC

22.0V

SHORT CIRCUIT CURRENT ISC

6.35A

MAXIMUM SYSTEM VOLTAGE

1000V

WEIGHT PER PIECE (KG)

10.5KG

Keep Cruisin'

powerboat blog 1 teaserPowerboat cruising enthusiasts Neil and Maria bought their 2011 Mustang 2800 Series II, ‘Imagination’, in January 2017 and were looking forward to long relaxing weekends on the water, enjoying the peace and serenity of the open ocean.

But thanks to a sub-par house battery system installed before they bought the boat, they quickly found that the battery levels were dropping below 65% by the end of the day. The conversation soon turned from wondering whether to have red or white wine with dinner, to wondering whether they would have enough battery power to get through the weekend.

“It felt like we were always talking about whether the generator could charge up the batteries, how long we would have to run it, and what we were using most of our power on”, says Maria.

With the risk that running a noisy generator on every trip was going to shatter the peace, and the only new skills they were likely to build were in battery maintenance, Neil and Maria knew it was time to act. The first step was checking their power usage.

Checking Power Usage

It turned out that Neil and Maria’s daytime power usage was pretty modest. The two fridges needed 4 Amps, with the fresh water pump and shower drawing a further 10 Amps each. The stereo needed 5 Amps, though it's seldom used since they relish the peace and quiet. Big draws like the toilet, which needs a hefty 30 Amps for a 15-second flush, are kept to a minimum, and though the bilge pump would need another 10 Amps if it ran itself, it seldom does.

Night time power usage was a different story. Energy efficient LED lights in the cockpit added around 1-2 Amps, and a couple of Targo ceiling lights added another 500 Milliamps. The LED anchor light needs 300-500 Milliamps, which is low but adds up when it’s running all night, and three LED cabin lights, though used sparingly, draw another 500 Milliamps each. And not every light on the boat is entirely functional admits Maria.

“We did install those sexy underwater blue lights on the back of the boat too,” she says, “just because they look good”.

Other equipment proved to be no huge power drain on the house battery system; the VHF Radio, Depth Sounder, GPS, winch and trim tabs are all usually only run when the engine’s running, and the bilge blower only needs 5 minutes’ power before the engine is started.

Until now Neil and Maria have been relying on a Victron BMV-702 Battery Monitor to check the status and remaining power of the start battery and the house battery. They also used it to check how much power an appliance was using by turning everything else off.

Despite that, when KLM Marine Electrics took a look they confirmed the house batteries – calcium batteries designed for hot conditions – were discharging too fast and struggling to hold a charge.

Changing up to a CTEK Power Management System

Queensland is sunny, so it seems logical that any outdoor power sport should harness the sun’s energy since it free. Neil and Maria thought so, that’s why they bought a BAINTUFF Solar Blanket which in peak sun can produce up to 10 Amps, not bad when your daytime usage is 4 Amps. But even with up to 6 Amps of extra charge, they were still struggling to power up the batteries.

The 1KV generator they bought so they wouldn't be left high and dry was great at charging the batteries, but they had to keep it running morning and night, not exactly a fallback. "We only wanted to run the generator every two or three days if possible", says Neil.

It was time to change it up to a new power management system.

Full Speed Ahead with New Batteries and the CTEK D250SA + SMARTPASS120

With the help of KLM Marine Electrics, Neil and Maria settled on a new power management system that included:

•Three new 120 Amp AMG house batteries

•Replacing the 110 Amp start battery with a smaller 70 Amp battery to offset some of the weight gains from the new house batteries

•The CTEK D250SA and CTEK SMARTPASS120 DC-DC power management system

It proved to be the right choice for maximising battery power on the water, and Neil and Maria were back chatting about wine options and enjoying the peace and quiet on their very next weekend away.

“The new system has made a massive difference for us”, says Neil, “we were able to charge our batteries to capacity while driving, and top up the charge with the solar blanket when we were at anchor”.

Neil and Maria were also surprised to discover the SMARTPASS 120 boosted the charging capacity of the solar blanket from 10 to 16 Amps, enough to cover daytime usage and top up the battery on most days, not just in peak sun.

And with all this battery power on offer, there was no need to use the generator since the batteries didn’t drop below 92% charge at any point on the weekend.

The CTEK Power Management System in Place and Performing

Anyone who owns a boat will tell you they cost money, so anything that saves cash in the long run must be a good thing.

“AGM batteries are a bit expensive, so we wanted to look after them, and not have to replace them too often," says Neil.

The D250SA is a 5-step charger, so when the batteries get close to capacity they optimise the charging rate, slowing the voltage to maintain the battery at full or near full charge; this means they last longer and perform better.

Combining the CTEK D250SA with the SMARTPASS 120 also means Neil and Maria can get the maximum available power from their three new 120 Amp house batteries while it’s on the water. This is especially important since the boat is housed in dry storage where they can’t run a maintenance charger because it’s a fire risk. It also gives them peace of mind when they are out at sea.

IMG 1322 fish“When you’re on the water reliability and safety are critical, so it was also important to have a high-quality DC-DC battery management system we could trust”, says Maria.

CTEK power management systems are trustworthy and powerful, and in fact, this system can charge up to an 800Ah bank of batteries at 140 Amps which makes it unique in the market.

It's also simple to install, and although it ended up the cockpit power cupboard, it would sit just as comfortably in the engine bay thanks to a temperature sensor that compensates for hot or cold conditions.

Ultimately for Neil and Maria, it's about knowing they'll always be able to generate enough power without fuss, or the need to shatter the silence with a generator.

 “We’re very happy that we can just relax and not worry about the battery system anymore”, says Maria, “its automatic, all I need to do is plug in the solar blanket at anchor and pack it away when we head off. How easy is that?”

THE TECH SPECS

CTEK D250SA and the CTEK SMARTPASS120

The CTEK 12V battery management system includes the CTEK D250SA and the CTEK SMARTPASS120.

The CTEK D250SA is a fully automatic, 5-step DC-DC charger that supplies up to 20Amp of power to charge, condition and maintain your 12V lead acid service batteries via your alternator (as you drive) or solar (at anchor). It has:

• A special AGM function for AGM batteries which need to be charged at a higher voltage of 14.7V.

• An advanced inbuilt Maximum Power Point Tracker (MPPT) that maximises the power from your solar panels, saving time and money since there’s no need for a separate solar regulator.

• A temperature sensor that compensates for either hot or cold conditions, virtually eliminating the risk of your battery overheating or overcharging.

The new SMARTPASS120 is a fully automatic, 120A on-board power management system. When using the CTEK D250SA + SMARTPASS120 together, they become the ultimate power management system delivering up to 140Amps of charging power to an 800Ah battery bank while you’re on the move.

BAINTUFF 180W Foldable Solar Blanket

The BAINTUFF 180W Foldable Solar Blanket is a lightweight, compact solar blanket that doesn’t need an aluminium frame, so it's quicker and easier to set up on board. It’s weather resistant and it won’t scratch your paintwork, and can easily be repositioned to soak up every last ray as the sun moves across the sky during the day.

A whopping 180W of power means the BAINTUFF 180W Foldable Solar Blanket gives you more bang for your buck since you'd need over 12kgs of traditional fold out solar panels to get the same amount of power. And it will still pump out up to 75% of its max output as the day draws to a close.

Here are the at-a-glance specs for the BAINTUFF 180W Foldable Solar Blanket

Efficiency

18%

Model

180W

Output

5.5V/2A & 18V/10A

Rated Power

18V 180W

Unfolded Size

398*300*78mm / 15.67*11.81*3.07 inches

Weight

5.11kg / 11.26lbs / 180.23 oz.

Regulated

Yes

Voltage regulator to stabilise current

Yes

Built-in USB IC for quicker phone charging across all mobiles

Yes

Warranty

One year from date of purchase (excludes accessories)

Tuff Stuff: BainTuff 180w Folding Solar Blanket

Solar technology has come an incredibly long way over the years. We now have ready access to the kind of solar technology that can harness the sun’s power with levels of efficiency we only ever used to dream of. Right at the forefront of solar technology is the BainTuff 180W Solar Blanket.solar blanket 4x4

Have a look at its key features to keep you free camping for longer:

MASSIVE 180W POWER RATING: One of the most powerful solar power options on the market today, it’ll pump out up to 10 amps an hour on sunny days. - ULTRA LIGHT WEIGHT: Weighing just 5kg it’s so easy to setup and pack up compared to traditional folding panels that can weigh three or four times as much. And when it’s packed away, it’s so small that you can store it under the bed or in a drawer!

EXTREME EFFICIENCY: We all know it’s rarely sunny all day, but the BainTuff blanket’s solar cells are able to harness maximum power even on cloudy or overcast days. The solar panel efficiency is up to 18%, while most of the similar products on the market are 15% or lower.

CHARGE YOUR MOBILE DEVICES DIRECTLY: Connect your phones and tablets to the in-built USB ports for high-speed, safe charging of mobile devices.

STABLE POWER: Traditionally, portable solar charging has not been considered a stable source of power. A solar panel powered by unstable sunlight leads to unstable current and voltage, which will shorten your devices life or even damage it. THE BainTuff blanket’s voltage regulator keeps a consistent current running to your device prolonging its life.

AUTOMATICALLY BUILT-IN USB IC: Most folding solar panels with a USB connector cannot charge some types of mobile phones due to not having an automatically recognised USB IC. The special IC in the BainTuff blanket makes the charging current as powerful as possible so the charging rate is a lot quicker, whereas other kinds of folding solar panels only consume some of the output current, making the charging time much longer.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY: Extend battery life by up to three times by maintaining correct charge levels. Save the environment and your wallet!

The BainTuff Solar Blanket will instantly connect to any solar regulator via the included, industry-standard Anderson connection so there’s no need for complicated wiring or costly modifications to your existing 12v system.

If being on the cutting edge of technology wasn’t enough, then the BainTuff Solar Blanket now comes in different colours – original orange, green khaki and gun-metal grey

It will also perfectly pair with the range of Baintech and CTEK auxiliary battery products:

         POWERTOP: Plug the BainTuff Solar Blanket directly into the PowerTop V3 and it will supply up to 10A of reliable power to keep the PowerTop’s 100Ah gel battery charged.

          CTEK D250SA AND SMARTPASS 120: Wire it directly to the D250SA and Smartpass 120 and our testing has shown that on sunny days you’ll see up to 15A of charging power going into your auxiliary battery bank!

 

Power Your Free Camping

More and more Australians are using solar to recharge batteries when they’re on the move. It’s a smart choice since solar has a long lifespan, power generation is quiet, and its low maintenance compared to a generator.

Solar options for free camping include:

  • BAINTUFF SOLAR PANELS: Hard or flexible fold out panels that can be moved around throughout the day to maximise sunstrike; they need to be stored, then set up and taken down every time you make and break camp, which might be too much effort at the end of a long drive
  • BAINTUFF 180W SOLAR BLANKET: Solar blankets which are lightweight, compact and flexible enough to follow the sun. They’re also easier to set up and pack up, and kilo for kilo they have a higher power output than traditional folding panels
  • Not only is setting up a breeze, but you can pick your set-up spot since it’ll work on your roof rack or bonnet, the top of your camper trailer, caravan or RV, or rolled out on the ground at camp. It’s weather resistant and it won’t scratch your paintwork, and as the afternoon rolls in and the sun shifts in the sky you can easily reposition it on your windscreen or the side of the roof rack to soak up every last ray. It doesn’t hurt that it also takes up less room in transit, since every extra kilo adds to fuel consumption, plus you’ll have space to fit in a few more six packs

Tips:
Getting the maximum power output from your system means thinking carefully about each stage of the set up, so remember:

  • The size and type of solar panels determines the initial energy being fed into the system
  • The charge controller moderates the flow of power to the battery. A simple ‘shunt controller’ will switch off after a pre-set voltage is reached. A maximum point power tracker (MPPT) makes the current taper off gradually and can mean a 10 to 20 percent power boost from one panel.
  • Batteries are rated on amp-hours; the higher the amp hours the more power can be stored.

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