The AKT-10-M solar panel is a must for any motor home driver or caravanner searching for an inexpensive and compact way to power their appliances or to charge 12-volt batteries while on the move. This 12 V, the 10-watt solar panel is additionally water-resistant and sealed against the components making it ideal for permanent outdoor use in the garden to provide free solar power to power garden lights, pond pumps, garden sheds, and log cabins.

What makes the 10W AKT solar panel perfect for home use is its long-lasting, high-efficiency, monocrystalline photovoltaic cells designed to provide 10 watts of rated power over twenty years of consistent, free solar power. Additionally, this 10W AKT solar panel comes complete with 1.8m of cable permitting you to connect it with other solar panels to form higher voltage systems.

This panel is one of AKT Solar’s top-quality solar panels currently offered which challenges the solar market by bringing some of the highest solar panel efficiencies in the marketplace, all at cheap costs.

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Solar Panel Characteristics:

  • 36 (4×9) Monocrystalline Solar Cells
  • Peak Power (Wp): 10W ± 5%
  • Power allowance range: ± 5%
  • Short circuit current (Isc): 0.63A
  • Short circuit current (Isc): 0.63A
  • The voltage at maximum power (Vmp): 17.5V
  • Current at maximum power (Imp): 0.57A
  • Open circuit voltage (Voc): 21.0V
  • Dimensions: 300 x 330 x 25mm
  • Weight: 1.8kg

This voltage optimized 10-watt solar panel is good to be used in 12V off-grid systems and charging 12V batteries. It’s rigid anodized aluminum frame and toughened glass prevent harm because of frost, snow, hail and high winds giving it a design life of over 25 years of consistent free power.

The 10W AKT solar panel contains a bypass diode fitted as standard that makes it perfect for connecting solar panels in series to form a higher voltage solar system. However, it doesn't have a blocking diode fitted and so shouldn't be left connected to a battery overnight because it will enable the charge to escape from your battery.

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Good Points:

  • Top of the range 10 Watt AKT solar panel with good performance even in low-light conditions.
  • Made from 36 (4×9) high performance, high efficiency monocrystalline solar cells.
  • 3.2mm tempered glass and rigid anodized aluminum alloy frame for exceptional strength.
  • Voltage optimized to be used in 12V systems and charging 12V batteries.
  • Weatherproof and durable, excellent for permanent outdoor use on a ship, motor home, or in solar gardens.
  • Lightweight, portable and complete with 1.8 meters of cable.

Not good Points:

  • Only 10 watts of solar power available.
  • High price per solar watt compared to others.
  • Requires extra blocking diode for battery charging.