Nomadic Supply Company sells the highest-quality rigid and flexible solar panels on the market.
Rigid solar panels (monocrystalline or polycrystalline) are constructed of silicon wafers that are about the width of a human hair. Although it’s thin, the layer is rigid and easily broken, requiring solar cells to be protected with metal and glass frames.
Flexible solar panels belong to a family of solar products called “thin film panels.” Flexible panels are constructed with silicon layers over 300 times smaller than those of standard solar panels, allowing them to be flexed and still retain their functionality.
The biggest issue with flexible solar panels is that they’re much less efficient than rigid panels. Today’s average rigid solar panels are about 16-22% efficient. Thin-film flexible solar panels, however, are only 7-15% efficient, meaning you’ll need more of them (and more space) to produce the same amount of electricity that a rigid panel can produce.
Flexible solar panels are a great option for anyone needing lightweight and portable power. Flexible solar panels are ideal for mobile applications such as sailboats, yachts, RVs, and camper vans, that don’t require large power outputs.