Top 7 Solar Panels Comparison 2018

Top 7 Solar Panels Comparison 2018

You might have read our article on solar panels comparison last year. Here we compared 7 solar panels based on a number of different attributes such as:

solar panels comparison
How do the top solar panels compare in the Australian market (2018)?
  • Temperature co-efficient
  • Power tolerance
  • Tier
  • Photon test results
  • Warranties

This is a “fair” way to do a solar panel comparison – without getting too specific on price.

The hard truth is that there is not a great deal of difference between the “top player” panels.

There can be a huge difference between “low tier” and “top tier” panels – but for the most part… Most reputable installers sell pretty decent panels.

Here is the table of “top” panels we published in 2016:

Photon Rank 201268284N/A128265
Photon Rank 20137936128418N/A
Photon Rank 2014934213566534
Power Tolerance0/+3%0/+2%0/+2%0/+2%0/+2%0/+2%0/+5%
Temperature Co-efficient-0.41-0.45-0.42-0.40-0.43-0.43-0.42
Paniel Tier11N/A1111
Product Warranty10yrs10yrs12yrs10yrs10yrs10yrs10yrs
90% Performance Warranty"linear"10yrs15yrs10yrs92% @ 10yrs10yrs91.2% @ 10yrs
80% Performance Warranty"linear"25yrs30yrs25yrs83% @ 25yrs25yrs80.7% @ 25yrs
Third party backedChubb
Solar Proof Rating6.5/108/108.5/109/109/108/107.5/10

Solar Panels Comparison – in 2018

What’s different in 2018? A lot has changed in the solar industry actually. But comparing solar panels is still much the same.

Some brands mentioned above remain relevant today, others not so much. So what are the top 7 solar panels in 2018? Here’s our list:

(In no particular order btw).

All of the above are exceptionally good panels – for different reasons.

Top performance, “premium” panels:

  • LG

Great all-rounder solar panels:

  • Q-Cells
  • REC
  • Trina
  • Jinko

Excellent value-for-money panel:

  • Talesun

If I was in the market for a solar system, I’d seriously consider the first 2 in this list. LG is a fantastic brand with a lot of muscle behind the brand. WINAICO is an exceptional panel with really fantastic build quality from what I’ve seen.

The rest are also good choices and would probable save you at least $400 – $800 upfront.

Solar Panels Comparison – what really matters?

Solar panels aren’t like other electronic products. You need to find out what actually matters to you. If it’s low-budget, set-and-forget, maybe Talesun are right for you. If you want panels that look really good to make your neighbours froth with jealousy, maybe black-frame REC panels?

Or if you want the best because you’ve got the money, go with LG or WINAICO. The bottom line is they all essentially do the same thing.



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