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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #25 on: May 14, 2019, 07:45:25 AM »
here's another option for consideration:

https://www.sunyee.com.au/100w-mono-flexible-folding-solar-panel-kit-caravan-camping-12v-battery-charging.html


sunyee flexible panels have been rated pretty well in the past... these might be good too... apparently using sunpower cells...


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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #27 on: May 14, 2019, 10:26:08 AM »
Something else I just noticed. 4wdss and sunyee blankets are double rowed. This means you can never free stand them. The companion, roman and the projecta are single row. Although this makes them far longer, you can free stand them instead of having to hang them or lay flat on the ground/vehicle. May not be an issue for some, but just putting it out there.

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Make sure you put some insulating material between the panels when folding up. My expensive projecta has been damaged due to vibration which rubbed the plastic sheet into area's of opaqueness, thus limiting the suns penetration to the cells. I used sheets of moving blanket I had on hand here at home, but the damage is done now.
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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #28 on: May 14, 2019, 11:12:31 AM »
Think I’ll give the Bunnings ones a go. At least I know I will be able to take them back to a real store if I have any problems.


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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #29 on: May 14, 2019, 01:55:36 PM »
I thought one can order any Bunnings items from any Bunnings, at no extra charges.

Should be able to order one from the special orders desk I would think.
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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #30 on: May 14, 2019, 02:18:22 PM »
Nope. I just tried . They told me I could buy online. So I came home, went and created an account, only to find you can only order online stuff with a blue tick (special order), the exact same stuff the special orders desk can order. They can not iner store transfer. Those panels are not special order, so unless I've been given incorrect info, you can only physically pick one up from a store that has them. They never made it across the border.
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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #31 on: May 14, 2019, 02:27:04 PM »
They never made it across the border.

Maybe we don't want them because we know they are rubbish?  ;D
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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #32 on: May 14, 2019, 03:29:50 PM »
Maybe we don't want them because we know they are rubbish?  ;D
Are they? Have you owned one? Can you give us a real life review then please?????

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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #33 on: May 14, 2019, 03:57:53 PM »
Doesn't the following indications tell you something @BBull?
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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #34 on: May 14, 2019, 04:01:55 PM »
For anyone wanting to take a punt https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Companion-125W-Solar-Mat-Kit-Highly-Efficient-Compact-Lightweight-COMPBI023/333195617656?epid=8025963328&hash=item4d9401a578:g:97YAAOSw4FRcrUxy might be good for those in WA. My initial thought was that it was a dodgy listing, I now think the listing is probably legitimate, got questions about how the person who sold it to them, first came into possession of them though. 
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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #35 on: May 14, 2019, 05:49:00 PM »
Next time in on the gold coast, I owe you a beer tryagain. Many thanks for that.  :cup:  :cheers:

Just had a look at the listing, it was his last one. Using code "phoenix", I just bought one for $139.50.

At that price, with only 1 left, it's too good to either procrastinate or let go, rubbish or not. I suspect it will be pretty good myself.

Now, lets see if it gets delivered.
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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #36 on: May 14, 2019, 06:23:34 PM »
It will be a bargain if it turns out all good.


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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #37 on: May 15, 2019, 03:27:56 AM »
For anyone wanting to take a punt https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Companion-125W-Solar-Mat-Kit-Highly-Efficient-Compact-Lightweight-COMPBI023/333195617656?epid=8025963328&hash=item4d9401a578:g:97YAAOSw4FRcrUxy might be good for those in WA. My initial thought was that it was a dodgy listing, I now think the listing is probably legitimate, got questions about how the person who sold it to them, first came into possession of them though.
I took the punt when I first saw this advertised early Sat morning as well!!
Also ended up getting it for $139.50. At that stage it was advertised as the last one, obviously not.
Sellers page now quoting 3 sold, 0 left
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2/3 for Myswaggers, that's pretty good odds!!
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At that price and supposedly BNIB, pretty good gamble, especially when backed up by Paypal.

If it's any good I'll definitely get another one from the big green shed.
Companion have always had reasonable gear, I'm still using my Companion gas stove purchased in the early 90's. So here's hoping they haven't  sold their name out for crap.
 
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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #38 on: May 15, 2019, 07:58:36 AM »
So has anybody got the Bunnings mat & tested it out yet ???
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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #39 on: May 15, 2019, 09:14:07 AM »
So has anybody got the Bunnings mat & tested it out yet ???
Sounds like BBull has one

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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #40 on: May 15, 2019, 09:14:11 AM »
So has anybody got the Bunnings mat & tested it out yet ???
Yes I have bought one. No I haven't tested it yet.
Hopefully I will give it ago this weekend

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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #41 on: May 15, 2019, 07:17:06 PM »
Picked one up from the big green shed this afternoon... will see how it goes on the weekend.


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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #42 on: May 16, 2019, 12:47:45 PM »
So just in Bunnings and notice they have got them on clearance with all the companion fridges (didn't think they had sticked them for that long) The panels are $149 had a quick search online and they have dropped the price there as well now https://www.bunnings.com.au/companion-125w-solar-mat-kit_p0078047

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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #43 on: May 16, 2019, 12:54:31 PM »
Yes just picked one up at $149 from Bunnings in Vermont, 3 left. The Companion battery packs are on clearance as well at $199, as compared to Anaconda's reg $499, club price $299 currently.
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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #44 on: May 16, 2019, 12:58:07 PM »
Yes just picked one up at $149 from Bunnings in Vermont, 3
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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #45 on: May 16, 2019, 01:17:41 PM »
I wonder if it is a case of companions normal retailers kicking up a stink so they are withdrawing from supplying them at such a cheap price.

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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #46 on: May 16, 2019, 01:36:10 PM »
I wonder if it is a case of companions normal retailers kicking up a stink so they are withdrawing from supplying them at such a cheap price.
My guess would be more like another Bunnings special build deal.

They won’t be identical products. It might only be very minor, but there will be a variation so Bunnings are the only ones stocking that specific product at the Bunnings only wholesale price.

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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #47 on: May 16, 2019, 01:38:11 PM »
I wonder if it is a case of companions normal retailers kicking up a stink so they are withdrawing from supplying them at such a cheap price.
Could be but I am a bit peeved that they have dropped the price by $50 overnight. Might have to take advantage of the no questions asked returns policy and then re-buy at the lower price.


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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #48 on: May 16, 2019, 02:01:38 PM »
Could be but I am a bit peeved that they have dropped the price by $50 overnight. Might have to take advantage of the no questions asked returns policy and then re-buy at the lower price.
Being a clearance item check stock levels first, my closer Bunnings had none so had to travel a little further
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Re: Companion 125w solar mat at Bunnings
« Reply #49 on: May 16, 2019, 02:12:05 PM »
My guess would be more like another Bunnings special build deal.

They won’t be identical products. It might only be very minor, but there will be a variation so Bunnings are the only ones stocking that specific product at the Bunnings only wholesale price.

Yeah, I think the difference is that they put 125W as opposed to 120W on the box.  Just checked Price Hipster https://pricehipster.com/product/wR-KcR5W3L_updGvazxc9A~HJ1Ki6pa~au and it looked like they have stocked them for about 6 months with a number of price drops, so my guess is that they just weren't moving.

Could be but I am a bit peeved that they have dropped the price by $50 overnight. Might have to take advantage of the no questions asked returns policy and then re-buy at the lower price.

I would, I literally walked past and saw them at $149 and thought I wonder if that is site-specific or everywhere, looked on my phone and the price was still $199 online, pulled my phone out again a couple of minutes later and the page refreshed and the price had dropped down to $149 online as well.