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Most flexible panels that are currently available are what I call first generation panels. They have some history, but unfortunately one full of cupping, scratching and early deterioration. The flexibility has been overstated and there have been serious issues with delamination.
The second and latest generation of panels are made with ETFE laminates on fiberglass or aluminum background with back-contact cells with some of the highest efficiencies around 23%. They should be much studier and should deal better with shading as well, yet have virtually no trackable history and prices start at about $2.30 per watt.
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shopping for flexible solar panels.

i could use some recommendations.

these are the only ones i have seen that is 125W: 120W Marine use waterproof flexible photovoltaic module for yacht, boat, Vehicle,motorhome

all of the rest are 100W - 125 would be great because of space considerations.

That's a great price. I got mine off Amazon for about $180 apiece.

I mounted mine directly to my roof with double-backed tape. May not be optimal, but it works for me, and keeps my fridge topped off. Little to no airflow underneath mine.

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I put two 100W flexible panels on my roof. They work great (so far) and put out up to around 11.3 amps in full sun. I taped them down with 3M VHB and a strip of eternabond on the front edges over the electrical boxes. Super slim profile--can't see them unless you get elevated above the van. I dread ever having to remove them if the fail as the tapes are pretty permanent from all I've read. They do have a bit of airflow underneath (1/16th-1/8th in places) and they have proven to slightly insulate the roof on cold nights-curiously enough. Cheap, lightweight, and effective.
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