Labsci
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Labsci asked in Home & GardenDo It Yourself (DIY) · 1 decade ago

I have just read an ad for Power4Home solar panel kit. Has anyone actually bought this kit/books. Is it a scam?

I have just read an ad for Power4Home solar panel kit, and was wondering if there is an independent review for it. All the reviews are obviously written by Power4Home themselves, including "comparisons" of other DIY kits. Has anyone actually bought these books and been able to come close to building a solar panel with "parts available from the hardware store" as claimed? Photovoltaic cells are expensive, yet they claim it can be done for about $200.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Sounds like a variation on Earth4Energy. Here are some comments from other victims, I mean, customers:

    http://www.ripoffreport.com/searchresults.asp?q5=e...

    We have commercial solar panels on our house, so I feel I have a good understanding of what's involved in making a reliable, practical panel. It's beyond my skill, probably beyond most people's. Certainly not an easy project.

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  • 4 years ago

    This Site Might Help You.

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    I have just read an ad for Power4Home solar panel kit. Has anyone actually bought this kit/books. Is it a scam?

    I have just read an ad for Power4Home solar panel kit, and was wondering if there is an independent review for it. All the reviews are obviously written by Power4Home themselves, including "comparisons" of other DIY kits. Has anyone actually bought these books and been able to come close...

    Source(s): read ad power4home solar panel kit bought kit books scam: https://tinyurl.im/0k5ZD
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  • Pamela
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    There are plenty of scams in this area. Especially the $200 brochure that instructs you to make panels out of plywood and ebay parts. On the other hand, there are various online stores that sell kits of reputable parts from major manufacturers, nothing wrong with that, if you really know what you are doing. So it depends on which "online kits" you're talking about ... A well-made solar PV panel should last 20 years or more on your roof.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'm sure it is.I've been looking into solar power now for some time & there are literally 100's of these kind of sites. I'm not saying that you can't build a solar panel yourself and do it a lot cheaper than what you can buy them for. But it's not as easy as this guy(or the rest of them) make it sound.And the solar panel is just one part of a system.There ARE parts of this system that are not for the everyday DIYer. And the other guy is right.Search the web and you'll find the same info he's selling for free. Good Luck

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  • Jo d
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I checked them out (being an avid alternative electicity buff) and they are not selling you parts, only the instructions on how to build a solar panel for under $200. Yep, you can build a solar panel for under $200, and a sizeable one at that.

    You could buy reject cells on ebay, which are about 30% of the cost of new ones, and generally work just as well...You can also construct the panels yourself with cheaper materials...ect

    I wouldnt bother giving this guy $50 for his info. All the info you need is readily available on google. Just start looking!

    Source(s): Im in the process of building a wind turbine that will produce 300 watts of power, and cost around $15 to build. I learned everything I needed to with google.
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  • 3 years ago

    Build Solar Power Easily : http://SolarPower.siopu.com/?Hag

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  • Bob
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    It's possible that you could build for this price, but you must expect a lot of fiddling around. I expect the plans to be fairly general and 'woolly' leaving much information for the reader to surmise for themselves. Your biggest problem is how to get the power into the grid, you will need a Grid Tie Inverter for this and they don't come cheap.

    Source(s): HND Electronics UK
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  • 1 decade ago

    any plans for powering a home with solar , is a scam,

    it will cost you more for batteries,switches, and up keep .

    than to just stay on the grid,

    you will need a bank of batteries, a converter, a switch to transfer the juice, wireing , its just not worth it, cost wise

    Source(s): old timer
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