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Old 06-10-2006, 01:14 PM   #11
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I read this recently about a Montreal-based company:

ICP Solar Lands Automotive OEM Supply Contract
http://www.icpsolar.com/4105/news_de...asp?news_id=10

Looks like just the type of panel we're talking about. Maybe it recharges through the ODB2 port, based on the connector...

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Old 06-11-2006, 07:59 AM   #12
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VW has gone through two styles. The old style charges through the cigarette port and the new through the obd2 port.
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Old 06-18-2006, 06:24 PM   #13
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They have them on EBAY:

http://search.ebay.com/solar-battery...fkrZ1QQfromZR8

I bought one from Harbour Freight for $10...the red framed one...but it seemed to drain the battery. The battery is bad...or it has a bad diode.
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Old 06-18-2006, 06:43 PM   #14
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I realize they're on ebay, and it's a fair price for what they were made for, mehbe, but I intend to use them like regular solar, which is why I need them free or very close to or I might as well go buy something more efficient that's already set up for AC. Damn ebay.
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i will check audi and vw this week and let you know.

I will share with you if i can get some.
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Old 10-31-2006, 06:08 PM   #16
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Update on this topic: rumour confirmed first hand, sort of.

I knew I was going to be going by a VW dealer on a trip into Ottawa yesterday, so I stopped in and asked about panels.

Sales Guy said they don't all come with them, and more often in the winter. Since they come with the car, the customer gets them (if the prep guy remembers to put it in the car after clean up etc).

However, Service Guy says they're supposed to ship them back to VW, but since it's another job to do, it doesn't always happen, and they sometimes pile up.

So he called Service Gopher Guy in and asked him if he'd seen any kicking around. Gopher goes and checks the parts room and comes back with one, which Service Guy generously hands over to me. Have a nice day!

I joked with him: "So the rumours of bins of solar panels being put out at the curb on garbage day isn't quite true?"

"Nope, sorry!"

Seems to me like if you have an "in" at a VW dealership, you'd have all the panels you want.
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Old 10-31-2006, 07:48 PM   #17
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The funny thing was when I got my VW I asked about the panel. They said my car didn't come with one, I asked about any left over and they said they couldn’t give them away and have to send them back. I had other issues with this dealer and won't go there again.
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Sounds to me like each dealership has its own policy.
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Things are free until somebody wants them - then the price goes up . . . supply and demand.
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Old 11-04-2006, 03:46 PM   #20
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I have two of the VW panels. They go up to 18 VDC at no load, not 24 as implied (or was that the SunPower that went to 24?).
I use one to keep the battery topped off when the car sits in long term parking at the airport. The other keeps a battery charged in my storage shed. I use that one with an inverter and fluorescent lights for occasional nighttime searches in there.
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