The Solar Kit adds an extra 9W solar panel to give you a total of 18W of power (2 x 9W panels) when using DryX/SolarX. It comes with all necessary attachments (ball arm, socket) and wiring to get up and running in no time with your existing DryX/SolarX.
The SolarX outdoor enclosure is fitted with a sturdy aluminum mounting bracket that contains multiple ¼"-20 threaded holes on the top, back, and bottom for use with standard tripod screws. Each solar panel is simply attached to this bracket using the included ¼"-20 ball mount and associated socket arm so the panel can be positioned for optimum sun exposure.
The 9W Solar Panel Kit includes a "(2Fx1M) Y-cable" that can be used to connect two solar panels to simultaneously charge a single V50 (included with SolarX). Alternatively, our outdoor housings can fit two V50 battery packs that can each be charged from a separate solar panel. So if one panel gets dirty or covered by shadow, the second panel will continue to work hard for your project.
What's in the box
1 x 9W solar panel
Cabling to connect two solar panels simultaneously (2Fx1M Y-cable)
Note, the outdoor enclosure is NOT included. Please see our SolarX product page.
Solar Panel Specifications:
9 Watt Solar Panel
Dimensions: 220 x 255 x 5mm (8.7 x 10.1 x 0.2in)
Weight: 360g (12.75oz)
Peak Current: 1500mA
Peak Power: 9.0W
Cell Type: Monocrystalline
Open Circuit Voltage: 7.0V
Peak Voltage: 6.0V
Cell Efficiency: 19%
Battery and Enclosure Specifications:
For battery and enclosure specifications, please see our SolarX product page.
The 9Watt Solar Panel Kit is only compatible with our DryX and SolarX Enclosures that have a aluminum mounting bracket and cable gland entry (product codes HSO04 or HDR03). It is not compatible with previous versions. The Solar Panel cannot be connected directly the camera or UpBlink. The solar panel does NOT output a regulated 5Volts and is used to charge our V50 battery pack.
Compatibility ( Y / N )
DryX with V50 (HDR05)
Previous Solar systems (without aluminum mounting bracket)
Frequently Asked Questions
Which CamDo Solar System is compatible with the SolarX-18W upgrade?
The SolarX-18W upgrade is only compatible with the SolarX system. It is not compatible with previous versions. Refer Compatibility tab.
Will the solar panel be able to keep my time lapse running indefinitely?
This would depend on the shooting cycle used and the sun exposure available in your location. We advise all customers to calculate their battery needs due to the many variables. We have a Time Lapse Calculator that can be used to help determine your ideal shooting interval and how long your battery should theoretically last using our controller boards and batteries. The Calculator also gives the rate at which the solar panel should be able to recharge your battery at your given location and with the panel angle that is used. Keep in mind that temperature, battery fatigue, and other electrical inefficiencies will prevent the camera from using the full battery capacity.
How long will the battery last before it is discharged?
It depends on many factors including your latitude, the amount of sun and cloud during your shoot, the controller you are using, the camera you are using and the shooting schedule you have programmed. There are too many variables to give a perfect answer but we have created a Time Lapse Calculator to work out the best setup for your shoot in your location.
The CamDo UpBlink controller boards are typically used with our Solar Enclosures to provide programming flexibility while significantly reducing power consumption. Information on these controllers can be found on the following pages:
What is your return/exchange/warranty policy?
A: We have a 15 day return policy for unused products. Product must be in original packaging and in new condition. For orders (over $1,500) and/or physically larger items (e.g. enclosures), a restocking fee of 10% will apply. Return shipping is the responsibility of the customer.
If the product is opened or used, the product can be returned within 15 days (except SD Cards and GoPro cameras which cannot be returned once opened). A 20% restocking fee will apply for refurbishing opened product. Return shipping is the responsibility of the customer.
Should you consider the product be faulty you can request to return the product within 6 months for our assessment. If the product is confirmed to be faulty by CamDo, return shipping costs will be refunded along with a full product refund (except SD Cards and GoPro cameras which cannot be returned once opened). Should the returned items be confirmed functional, a 25% restocking fee will apply to the refund. To initiate a return or exchange, please contact email@example.com to receive an RMA number. Do not ship a product back to us without an RMA number. We will examine all returned items to confirm their condition and contact you regarding the status of your refund. Upon acceptance, please allow 2-3 weeks for the refund to process once the item is received.
We cannot support IT/wifi network/router/modem issues as there are too many variables. Please talk to your IT department/specialist/support team.
Any dismantling or modification(s) to CamDo products will void any warranty and cannot be returned.
GoPro products:HERO5 camera warranty issues are to be handled directly with CamDo. Any warranty issues with HERO6, HERO7, HERO8 and HERO9 cameras are to be handled directly between the customer and GoPro USA. Check out their warranty page here.
LumeCube products: Any warranty issues with LumeCube products are to be handled directly between the customer and LumeCube USA. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will take it from there. Check out their warranty page here.
Both GoPro and LumeCube are very responsive and is how their distribution model works - it is much quicker to get warranty response by emailing them directly.
EQUIPMENT PERFORMANCE LIMITATIONS
CamDo equipment is not fault-tolerant and not designed, manufactured or intended for use in extreme temperature or weather conditions, security surveillance, life support, emergency situations, hazardous or mission critical activities. You use CamDo equipment at at your own discretion and risk.
LIMITATION ON LIABILITY
The replacement warranty is as per the warranty section above. In addition, the replacement warranty is the whole and sole liability for the product. There are no other warranties, expressed or implied. Use of CamDo products confirms your agreement that CamDo Solutions Inc and its distributors will not be liable for any damages from or relating to CamDo Solutions Inc products. Please also note the Equipment Performance Limitations above.