Yuma CIGS 200W Flexible Solar Panel Install and Review

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A look at a new CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium Selenide) 360-degree flexible thin-filmed solar panel from BougeRV. The panel features new technology that allows it to be rolled up! Being super thin and lightweight makes it perfect for mounting on curved surfaces found on many RVs and boats.

CIGS Flexible Solar Panel

In this video, I mount it on my boat’s flybridge bimini top and run the solar wires down to a 40A BougeRV solar controller and into some lithium batteries. I then measure the Yuma panel’s power output using a short circuit test and a real-world test. It was August 14th, with reasonably clear skies at around 50 degrees latitude. The short circuit test yielded approximately ten amps.

Power to the batteries from the boat bimini mounted setup was in the neighborhood of 130 watts. It was comparable to my existing 200W rigid glass panel setup.

CIGS 200W Flexible Solar Panel Install & Test Video

Overall, I’m pleased with the product and its unique features. I’ll continue using it and come back in the future with a longer-term review.

Update on the 200W Yuma CIGS Flexible Solar Panel

Here is an update on the Yuma CIGS Panel after using it for the last few months while boating. Overall, I give it a thumbs up. The power harvest is pretty decent. I like how light and flexible it is so easy to deploy on various areas of the boat using bungee cords and tie-downs. I can roll it up and stow it in a locker when not in use.

I added some cloth blanket material to the backside with snaps and Gorilla tape. This helps it not slide so easily and protects mt bimini Sunbrella material from the panel edges. In the video, I show the panel hung over my boat’s flybridge brow and do a power wattage test. The average charge power to the batteries was around 160 watts. Not bad, given that it’s now September 30th, so the sun angle has dropped down.

Added a Second 200W Yuma Panel to our Power System

In this video, I add a second BougeRV 200W Yuma CIGS-type panel to the top of our boat’s bimini. This will double this summer’s solar harvest. I like that they are so thin that they are nearly noticeable and easy to remove and stow during wind storms. I’ll be back with another video detailing how they are incorporated into the boat’s off-grid power system and their performance.

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