The most durable portable solar mat on the market. Guaranteed.
When you’re out camping, particularly when you’re travelling through remote country, you must be able to rely on your solar panel. If your panel fails it can mean disaster for your trip – in some cases even having to cut it short or travel many kilometres to find a replacement.
We know how important reliable solar power is, and that’s why we’ve spared no expense in developing and producing our new Hard Korr® heavy duty portable solar panels. These panels have been designed to not only survive in hard conditions, but thrive in them. We’ve specified the highest quality materials, prototyped and tested obsessively, and pay constant attention to our manufacturing process to ensure our meticulous standards are maintained.
As Dan Wood from Pat Callinan’s 4×4 Adventures said… “The unit represents good value. That’s what I want. I don’t mind the extra spend if it’s going to make the business of remote travel that little bit easier. It is easy to deploy, pack and does its job well – boxes ticked!”
- Rugged 1680D canvas (double the strength of most others)
- Certified A-grade monocrystalline solar cells with solid copper backing and 20 points of contact
- Our exclusive Crocskin® armour cell armour coating for ultimate UV and impact protection
That’s why we’re the only portable solar company in Australia that’s confident enough to offer a 3 year warranty on our solar mats. It’s also why we were awarded two Global Media Awards for our portable solar products at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, USA.
- Certified A-grade monocrystalline cells with solid copper backing and 20 points of contact for ultimate strength and efficiency
- Extra-thick 1680D canvas for enhanced durability
- Reinforced eyelets to allow mat to be anchored in windy weather
- Inbuilt legs set at ideal angle for maximum solar energy absorption
- Includes detachable 5-stage digital PWM controller, Anderson plug and all necessary cables
- Comprehensive 3-year Australian warranty
THE CROCSKIN® DIFFERENCE
Sitting under the baking hot sun for many hours at a time means solar mats are exposed to large quantities of ultraviolet light and generate a significant amount of heat every time they are used. The materials used in the construction of the mat must be resistant to both, as well as being flexible and impact resistant.
Our exclusive Crocskin® cell armour coating has been specifically designed with this in mind. It provides an excellent protective barrier to the solar cells, increasing their durability and lifespan.
In fact, our Crocskin® coating showed no signs of deterioration after an accelerated weathering test that simulated 30 years’ sun exposure.
THE HARD KORR® GUARANTEE
All Hard Korr® products are manufactured using the highest quality materials. We are confident that they are the most durable in the market and will give you many years of reliable service. We stand behind this product with a comprehensive 3-year Australian warranty, plus a 30-day money back guarantee.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What separates a Hard Korr® folding solar mat from cheaper models?
Mostly it comes down to quality of materials and manufacturing. We specify certified A-grade monocrystalline solar cells for optimum efficiency and lifespan, solid copper cell backing with 20 points of contact, extra-tough 1680D canvas and exclusive Crocskin® armour coating for durability. Our panels are manufactured to a very high standard including strong stitching and careful wiring. That’s why we are able to offer a long 3-year warranty!
Do I have to use the included controller?
You must always use a controller between the solar panel and your battery, but if you have your own solar controller (e.g. built into a camper trailer or RV) you can use that instead. We include an Anderson plug connector in the box.
How do I position my solar mat?
You can place your solar mat anywhere it receives direct sunlight. This might be on your windscreen or bonnet, on top of your awning, on your roof rack, or on the ground using the inbuilt legs. You will experience a moderate increase in output if you are able to angle the panels 30-45° to the sun.
If one cell is shaded or blocked, does the whole panel stop producing electricity?
No. Our mat is designed with bypass diodes to ensure that if one cell is not producing power the rest of the cells are unaffected. This is another difference between a Hard Korr panel and cheaper models.
Can I leave my mat out in the weather?
Yes, Hard Korr solar mats are designed to withstand rain and even hail. However, your panel will not generally produce much electricity during inclement weather so we recommend you bring it inside at these times. If your solar mat gets wet, please ensure it is thoroughly dried prior to storage.
Which panel do I need for my setup?
Start by finding out the total current draw of all the equipment you wish to use. Multiply this figure by the number of hours the equipment is generally used to get the total amp hours consumed. Solar panels can generally provide their stated output for 8 hours per day, so multiply the stated output by 8 hours to find out how many amp hours your solar mat can provide. Here’s a worked example:
You use a Hard Korr 5-bar camp kit for 4 hours per day (3A x 4h = 12Ah)
You use a fridge for 24 hours per day that draws 1.5A per hour (1.5A x 24h = 36Ah)
You use a TV for 3 hours per day that draws 5A per hour (5A x 3h = 15Ah)
Total consumption = 63Ah
Add 25% buffer = 63 x 1.25 = 78.75Ah
Solar panel output required = 78.75Ah / 8 = 9.84A
Hard Korr’s 200w portable solar panel produces up to 11.1A per hour on a clear day and will be sufficient in these circumstances.