How to Connect Solar Panels in Parallel Using KT Solar Y-Lead Connectors

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KT Solar Y-Lead Connectors are available in Male and Female Connections and are commonly used to connect other solar panels in  ‘Parallel’. Y-Leads have many benefits, starting with the ‘Y’ Design. They feature 1 lead with a male or female MC4 Connector on the end. About half way through the lead, it splits into 2 leads which feature a connector on each end (which is usually 2 of the opposite to the other end.

For example;
A Model No. KT70770 Y-Lead features 1 Male MC4 Connector, running to 2 female MC4 Connectors.

A Model No. KT70771 – Y-Lead features 1 Female MC4 Connector, running to 2 Male MC4 Connectors.

Another benefit of Y-Leads is that the connection is basically all done for you to make installation and changing your solar panel over, very simple! All that is required is to connect your Y-Lead to the ‘Fly Leads’ from your solar panels.

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As we have mentioned in the first paragraph, Y-Leads are ideal for connecting solar panels in Parallel.


Definitions of Solar ‘Series and Parallel Connections’

There are two main ways in which you can connect multiple panels for higher power output. These wiring configurations are known as Parallel & Series.

Parallel wiring configuration doubles the Wattage and Amperage but keeps the voltage nominal at 12V. It is very advantageous in Auto/Marine applications particularly to use multiple panels. Parallel Is the most commonly used wiring configuration because when you put two panels together you double the amps when you put 3, you triple and on a large caravan motor home you can place 4 Solar panels and quadruple your amperage but maintain the voltage. This is an exceptionally very good way to do things.

When wiring two panels in series, the Voltage and Wattage Double. (When using two panels of the same Voltage) and Amperage rating remains unchanged.

Connecting Multiple Solar Panels in Parallel refers to 2 Solar Panels of the same Wattage (Imp) being connected  Positive to Positive, Negative to Negative.

Simply put, Parallel is the same as when you are trying to jump-start a car – positive to positive, negative to negative. That is a parallel connection. The nominal voltage remains at 12V.

Connecting Multiple Solar Panels in Series refers to 2 Solar Panels of the same Wattage (Imp) being connected Negative to Positive, Negative to Positive.

A great way to think about Series is the common household torch. The torch has up to 6 x 1.5V batteries all sitting on top of each other but it’s connected negative to positive, negative to positive all the way through then you end up with a load at 9V. (6 x 1.5V = 9V).


KT Y-Leads are available in

Single Retail Packs

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Model No. KT70770 KT Solar Y – Lead Connector – 2 Female MC4 Connections to 1 Male MC4 Connection
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Model No. KT70771 KT Solar Y – Lead Connector – 2 Male MC4 Connections to 1 Female MC4 Connection
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What will I require to install Y-Leads

Seeing as Y-Leads are designed for Parallel Connections, You will require 2 x Y-Leads.
(1 x KT70770 & KT70771) to form a complete parallel solar connection.


How to Correctly install

Y – Lead Connectors

Step 1.

Ensure you have 2 Solar Panels of the Same

Wattage (Wp)

In this example, we will be connecting 2 x 100W KT Solar Panels in Parallel to create a Maximum Power (PMax) of 200Wp and a Maximum Power Current of 10.92A (Imp).

Parallel wiring configuration doubles the Wattage and Amperage but keeps the voltage nominal at 12V.
Here are the Specifications of each of the below panels.

solar panel 100 w specsNote: KT Solar Panels are provided with leads and connectors already – depending on what size solar panel you have purchased, will depend on whether your panel features Fly Leads with MC4 Connectors terminated to the ends, or Alligator Clamps terminated to the ends. Generally Smaller Solar Panels eg; 5W, 10W, 20W & 40W will feature Alligator Clamps and larger Panels eg; 100W, 150W, 160W will feature MC4 Connectors.

Y- Leads will only connect with MC4 Connectors. Follow our easy steps to learn how to install MC4 Connectors to your Solar Panel Leads here.

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Step 2.

To create your ‘Parallel’ Connection, take the Positive Connections (Male) from your Solar Panels and connect these with the KT70770 Y-Lead (Female) Connections.

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Featured Image: Model No. KT70770 – Y-Lead connector

Step 3.

Take the Negative Connection (Female) from your Solar Panel and connect this with the KT70771 Y-Lead (Male) Connections.

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Featured Image: Model No. KT70771 – Y-Lead connector

Step 4.

So far, your connections should look like the below example. 

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Step 5.

Simply connect your 2 Y-Leads together, using the male and female connections as per example below.

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Step 6.

If you are wanting a ‘Series’ connection, instead, simply connect the Positive Lead (+) on your Solar Panel to the Negative (-) on your Solar Panel, and the Negative ( – ) Lead to the Positive (+) on your Second Solar Panel.
When wiring two panels in series, the Voltage and Wattage Double. (When using two panels of the same Voltage) and Amperage rating remains unchanged.

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Should you have any questions about KT Solar Y-Lead Connections and ‘How to Install’ or require any further information, please contact our friendly sales team on 1300 559 953 or submit any inquiries through the below contact form.


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200W Portable Solar Blanket

The KT 200W Monocrystalline Solar Blanket is a compact, light-weight solution to your solar needs. Ideal for camping, 4×4 and marine applications, the 200W Solar Blanket is manufactured from a solar cell that is cast from silicon. These cells are more efficient in producing power than most other panels, consequently, the size of the panel is smaller yet yields a greater power output.

This one-piece, easy-fold design folds down to a compact bag with all accessories neatly tucked away inside. The panels feature a scratch-resistant mat coating for durability and folded tabs which allow you to secure the blanket to your vehicle and close the doors over the tab to reduce the chances of theft.

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The 200W Solar Blanket is designed with versatility in mind. The blanket can be placed in countless positions for maximum sun exposure.

Model No. KT70713

  • One-piece easy-fold weather-proof 200W Solar Blanket
  • Compact design for easy transportation and storage
  • Unfolded dimensions: 1526mm x 1140mm x 5mm
  • Folded dimensions: 400mm x 400mm x 60mm
  • 50 Amp Heavy Duty Connector wired to Solar Blanket for easy power connection
  • Includes 20A, 12V Solar Charge Controller with an 18cm cable length – (waterproof IP65, 2.5mm2 Twin Core Cable)
  • Includes 5M Power Lead with easy connections to power (2.5mm2 Twin Core Cable)
  • Includes 55cm Power lead with positive and negative battery clamps for easy connection to battery (2.5mm2 Twin Core Cable)
  • Features securing tab to secure solar blanket to vehicle to prevent theft
  • Blanket features loops along the longer edges to allow mounting in various positions
  • Folds into carrying bag for easy transport
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The 200W Solar Blanket’s panels feature a scratch resistant mat coating for durability and folded tabs allowing the user to secure the blanket.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Charges Battery Types:
The KT 200W Solar Blanket is designed to charge LifePO4, LTO (Lithium Titanium Oxide), Gel, AGM, Conventional Lead-Acid (WET) and Calcium Batteries.

Solar Controller:
The 20Amp, 12V Solar Controller fitted to the blanket will regulate the solar charge and is IP67 Rated – Waterproof. The Coloured LED’s indicate the operational status and battery conditions at a glance. The Digital LCD shows battery voltage, charging current, charging capacity (Amp/Hour), battery types, full charge and fault codes. The Multi-charging function protects against reverse polarity, short circuit, over temperature, and overvoltage.

Ideal size & weight
The Solar Blanket unfolded is 1526mm x 1140mm x 55mm and folds down to a convenient 400mm x 400mm x 60mm in size. Only 7.5Kg in weight, this kit is light and easy to transport.

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The kit includes a 20A, 12V PWM Solar Controller which regulates charge to your battery – preventing both overcharging and undercharging your battery.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Type Mono Crystalline
Max Power 200W
Max Power Voltage 18V
Max Power Current 11.11A
Open Circuit Voltage 21V
Short Circuit Current 11.54A
Dimensions Folded 400mm x 400mm x 60mm
Dimensions Unfolded 1526mm x 1140mm x 5mm
Test Conditions AM1.5, 25°C, 1000W/m2
Fuse 20A
Battery Connections Battery Clamps
Weight 7.5Kg
Solar Controller 20A, 12V
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As with other models of Solar Blanket on the market, your new KT Solar Blanket should be folded up and stored in a dry place at night whilst camping. Try to avoid placing on wet grass during early morning sunlight and select a dry surface for the blanket to be placed unless suspending or placed on bonnet/windscreen

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PACKAGED IN FULL-COLOUR BOX
The KT 200 Watt Solar Blanket is packaged in
a full-colour durable box for retail presentation
WARRANTY
KT offers a 2 Year warranty
on manufacture and build.
Refer to the user manual for more information.
SUITABLE APPLICATIONS
Suitable for Marine, 4WD, Camping &
charging of 12V Batteries

For pricing, to place orders or find your nearest KT Stockist, please contact our friendly sales team through the contact us form below or call us on 1300 559 953

 Celebrate Australia Day, The KT Solar Way!

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 Celebrate Australia Day,
The KT Solar Way!

From the 15th – 31st January, We are giving away a
KT Solar Beach Cricket Set with the purchase of

KT 160 Watt Dual Charging, Folding Solar Kit (KT70711) or
a KT 150 Watt Folding Solar Blanket (KT70712).

T&C’s: One Kit per order, per customer. Only While Stocks Last.
KT Solar Beach Cricket Sets will be sent at end of January.

160W, 12V Dual Charging
Solar Folding Kit

Model No. KT70711

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KT has designed the PREMIER of folding solar kits with unique, innovative features, setting it aside from the industry standard.

Designed for those who have a passion for camping, caravaning, off-road adventures, boating, or simply after a reliable & portable solar solution to charge 12V batteries. The KT PREMIER 160 Watt, 12 Volt Dual Charging Solar Folding Kit (Model No. KT70711) is close to a square footprint in size and 2kg lighter than traditional solar kits. With its dual charging capability, you now have the option of charging a single 12V battery or two batteries at once. Choose from 6 battery types. Having this selection ensures the correct charge to your battery, with no fear over overcharging and ensuring your batteries lifespan whilst in desolate environments.

In consideration of the applications, conditions and environments that this kit may endure in its lifetime, we recognise that durability and performance is critical. With this in mind, this kit is designed with a very strong, sturdy leg frame using aluminium extrusion and stainless steel components. Complete with a 3-year warranty on the manufacture and build, a 25-year efficiency guarantee and barcoded for warranty registration recording, this panel is bound to out-perform other industry panels of the same wattage.

• Total weight of 12.76 Kgs – 2Kg Lighter than other 160 Watt Folding Solar Kits
• Close to a square footprint in size
• Ability to charge 2 x 12V batteries simultaneously
• Kit can be regulated or unregulated for battery charge
• Solar Controller connection features a L.E.D 50 Amp heavy duty connector to indicate
when panels are “live”
• 10M Accessory Lead with 50Amp Heavy Duty Connector with In-built Voltmeter
• 500mm Accessory Lead with Positive / Negative Battery Clamps
• 500mm Accessory Lead with 8mm Ring Terminals
• Innovative design, sturdy support frame with cross bars.
• Controller is mounted to the panel leg supports, reducing de-rating
• Protective abs corners, with 2 spare corner protectors included
• 2 x Heavy duty swivel carry handles on adjacent sides
• Heavy duty carry & storage bag with accessory storage compartments


160W, 12V Dual Charging
Solar Folding Kit

Model No. KT7071
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The KT 150 Watt Mono-crystalline Solar Blanket is a compact, light-weight solution to your solar needs. Ideal for camping, 4×4 and marine applications, the KT 150 Watt Portable Solar Blanket is manufactured from a solar cell that is cast from silicon. These cells are more efficient in producing power than most other panels, so the size of the panel is smaller yet produces a greater power output.

This one-piece, easy-fold design folds down to a compact bag with all accessories neatly tucked away inside. The panels feature a scratch-resistant mat coating for durability and folded tabs which allow you to secure the blanket to your vehicle and close the doors over the tab to reduce the chances of theft.

• One-piece easy-fold weather-proof 150 Watt Solar Blanket
• Small, compact design for easy transportation and storage
• Unfolded dimensions: 1820mm x 920mm x 135mm
• Folded dimensions: 400mm x 330mm x 135mm
• 50 Amp Heavy Duty Connector wired to Solar Blanket for easy power connection
• Includes 15 Amp, 12V Solar Charge Controller (waterproof IP65)
• Includes 5M Power Lead with easy connections to power (2.5mm2 Twin Core Cable)
• Includes 55cm Power lead with positive and negative battery clamps for easy
• Connection to the battery (2.5mm2 Twin Core Cable)
• Features securing tab to secure solar blanket to vehicle to prevent theft
• Blanket features loops along the longer edges to allow mounting in various positions
• 2-year warranty

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 For pricing, to place orders or find your nearest Stockist, please contact our friendly sales team through the contact us form below or call us on 1300 559 953

 

Universal Solar Panel Rod Mounting System 

Universal Solar Panel Rod Mounting System

Mount 5 Watt, 10 Watt, 20 Watt and 40 Watt KT Solar Panels with ease using the New & Innovative KT Universal Solar Panel Rod Mounting System.

The base of the Rod is designed to fit a Fishing Rod Holder for secure mounting and features a locking swivel knuckle, allowing the user to adjust the solar panel angle to achieve maximum solar exposure. The Universal Solar Panel Rod Mounting System is designed for Solar Panels with a height of 17mm and is Ideal for temporary applications including camping, boating, 4WD applications, and ideal for permanent solar applications such as charging electric fences or gates, garden lighting and security camera battery charging. The system also features a 12V, 5Amp PWM Solar Charge Controller.

Model No. KT70753

Universal Solar Panel Rod Mounting System

Features:

  • Designed for solar panels with a height of 17mm
  • Ideal for marine applications, including charging of batteries in boats & jet-ski’s
  • Rural applications on properties with electric fences
  • Security camera battery charging when 240AC power is unavailable
  • 12V garden & outdoor lighting
  • Portable solution to charging isolated batteries anywhere
  • 2 x fully adjustable, sliding locking clamps that will accommodate a 10W, 20W or 40W solar panel
  • 5mm allen key included to easily secure panel to the mounting system
  • The locking swivel knuckle allows the user to adjust the solar panel angle to achieve maximum sun exposure.
  • Fishing rod male gimbal butt which locks into most universal female rod holders.
  • 12V, 5 Amp PWM solar charge controller included.

FULLY ADJUSTABLE, SLIDING LOCKING CLAMPS:

2 x Fully adjustable, sliding locking clamps that will accommodate a 10, 20 or 40 Watt KT Solar Panel. 5mm Allen Key Included to easily secure panel to the mounting system.


FULLY ADJUST THE ANGLE OF YOUR SOLAR PANEL:

Locking Swivel Knuckle allows the user to adjust panel to achieve maximum sun exposure. The fishing rod male gimbal butt locks into most universal female rod holders.


SOLAR CONTROLLER:

The 5Amp, 12V PWM solar controller included to regulate the solar charge of your selected panel. IP67 Rated – waterproof.


IDEAL SIZE & WEIGHT:

The Gross Weight of the System excluding a solar panel is: 1.3 Kg.

Including the weight of your Solar Panel:

5 Watt Solar Panel Weight: 0.78Kg + 1.3Kg Mounting System = 2.08Kg

10 Watt Solar Panel Weight: 1.0Kg  + 1.3Kg Mounting System = 2.3Kg

20 Watt Solar Panel Weight: 1.7Kg  + 1.3Kg Mounting System  = 3Kg


Ideal for rural properties with electric gates & security camera battery charging

Charge your boat & jet ski batteries with ease. Also ideal for mounting & charging batteries on kayaks.

Ideal for garden lighting and outdoor applications

Fits easily into rod holders fitted to bull bars on 4WD’s


WARRANTY

Offers a 12 month warranty on manufacture and build

PACKAGED IN FULL COLOUR BOX

The KT Universal Solar Panel Rod Mounting System is packaged in a full colour durable box for presentation in retail stores.

 For pricing, to place orders or find your nearest KT Stockist, please contact our friendly sales team through the contact us form below or call us on 1300 559 953

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KT SOLAR Product Catalogue Now Available

KT SOLAR IS HERE!
We are excited to announce the release of our New KT SOLAR Product Catalogue!

KT’s New & Innovative range of Solar Panels & Solar Accessories, provides solutions for everyday people and everyday applications.

Designed for boating, caravanning, trucking, golfing, camping, service vehicles and four wheel drives. KT SOLAR has a range of innovative solar solutions to suit your needs, leisure or work!

KT SOLAR Panels offer an industry first 10 year warranty on manufacturing, and a limited 25 year warranty on electrical output with selected panels. Each panel features a unique barcode for warranty registration.

 

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KT 150W Monocrystalline Solar Panels

solar (1)What are Solar Panels and What are they Used For?

Solar Panels are active solar devices that converts sunlight into electricity. They are called ‘Solar’ panels because most of the time, the most powerful source of light available is the sun. A solar panel is a collection of solar cells. Lots of smaller cells spread over a large area can work together to provide enough electricity to provide power to electrical devices using batteries to store the charge.

imagesSolar Panels are usually available with mounting accessories, allowing you to attach them to the roof of a 4×4, boat, caravan or motor home or a portable kit which allows you to take them with you camping.

When placing your solar panel in direct sunlight and connecting the panel to your charging system, you will receive free power from the sun to power your battery and appliances.

The back of the panel is sealed to prevent damage. This is typically where the junction box is located. A junction box is the container for electrical connections, usually intended to conceal them from sight, protect from dirt, dust and water and deter tampering.

What Materials are KT Solar Panels Manufactured from?

The primary component of a KT solar panel is the solar cell, or photovoltaic cell. AdvancedRVSolarPanels
This is the key component that converts sunlight into electricity. KT Solar Panels are made from Monocrystalline. As the name implies this type of solar panel are unique in their use of a single, very pure crystal of silicon. Using a process, similar to making semi-conductors, the silicon dioxide of either quartzite gravel or crushed quartz is placed into an electric arc furnace. Heat is then applied and the result is carbon dioxide and molten silicon. This simple process yields silicon with one percent impurity, useful in many industries but not the solar cell industry, which requires a much higher purity level.

100W-Solar-Panel-100-Watts-12-Volt-Monocrystalline-Photovoltaic-PV-Solar-Module-12V-Battery-Charging-0-2-600x600Wafers are then sliced out of the ingot, then sealed back to back and placed in a furnace to be heated to slightly below the melting point of silicon (1,410 degrees Celsius) in the presence of phosphorous gas. The phosphorous atoms “burrow” into the silicon, which is more porous because it is close to becoming a liquid. The temperature and time given to the process is carefully controlled to ensure a uniform junction of proper depth.

Efficiency of KT Monocrystalline Solar Panels:

According to various researchers, it is not theoretically possible to convert more than 29 percent of the light into energy using crystalline solar cells. Realistically, the limit for a PV panel is likely closer to 24 to 25 percent because of factors like heat.

A good way to separate mono – and polycrystalline solar panels is that polycrystalline solar cells look perfectly rectangular with no rounded edges, while Monocrystalline feature diamond-shaped sections.

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Benefits of KT Monocrystalline Solar Panels

Determining what is an advantage or a benefit is a relativistic exercise and in this case the base of reference are the other types solar panel technologies. With this caveat in mind, here are 8 good reasons why many people choose monocrystalline solar technology.

1. Longevity

Monocrystalline solar panels are first generation solar technology and have been around a long time, providing evidence of their durability and longevity. The technology, installation, performance issues are all understood. Several of the early modules installed in the 1970’s are still producing electricity today. Single crystal panels have even withstood the rigors of space travel!

Note: Most performance warranties cover 25 years, however as long as the PV panel is kept clean, it will continue to produce electricity.

2. Efficiency

As already mentioned, PV panels made from monocrystalline solar cells are able to convert the highest amount of solar energy into electricity of any type of flat solar panel. Consequently, if your goal is to produce the most electricity from a specific area (e.g., on a roof) this type of panel should certainly be considered.

3. Greater Heat Resistance

Like other types of solar panels, monocrystalline solar modules suffer a reduction in output once the temperature from the sunlight reaches around fifty degrees Celsius/one hundred and fifteen degrees Fahrenheit.  Reductions of between twelve and fifteen percent can be expected.  This loss of efficiency is lower than what is typically experienced by owners of PV panels made from polycrystalline cells.

The Benefits of Camping using KT Solar Power:

environmentally friendly, easy to use and convenient source of power!

Solar Panels are great way to recharge your batteries when camping because they are:

  • environmentally friendly
  • silent
  • easy to use
  • Portable

Generators are a common way to charge batteries in the bush but these are noisy, smelly, heavy, harder to transport and their use is banned in many remote camping locations. Solar panels do not generate any noise, produce any smells and can be folded up and transported easily.

KT 150W Monocrystalline Solar Panel

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Our KT 150W Monocrystalline Solar Panel offers a factory backed ten-year warranty on
manufacture & build, far exceeding the industry standard of 2 years, the output efficiency is warranted for 25 years (above 90% first ten years & remain above 80% of original output for 25 years).

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  • CE / TUV & IEC Approvals Application
  • 10 Year Warranty ( Manufacture & Build)
  • 25 Year Output Efficiency warranty(above 90% first ten years & remain above 80% of original output for 25 years)
  • Quality junction boxes
  • IP 67 Approved with 900mm positive/negative PV cables terminated to MC4 connectors
  • High quality silicone gel used in construction
  • All panels are individually barcoded for recording or warranty registration
  • Rear decal with full specifications in table below
  • Note: 40mm aluminium rail ensures increased linear strength versus opposing brands at 35mm.

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KT Cable Accessories proudly announces the introduction of solar power with a target size 150 Watt recreational unit ideally suited to Caravans, Motor-homes, Camper Trailers, Larger Boats and Yachts, Truck / Pantech and Rural Water Pumping.

MODEL No. KT70700  SPECIFICATIONS
Maximum Power (Pmax)

150Wp

Power Tolerance

+3%

Maximum Power Voltage (Vmp)

17.7V

Maximum Power Current (Imp)

8.47V

Rated Voltage

12V

Open Circuit Voltage (Voc)

22.0V

Short Circuit Current (Isc)

9.06A

Operating Temperature

-40oC to +85oC

Product Application

Class A

Max System Voltage

1000V DC

Product Weight

11.5Kg

Dimensions 1476mm (W) 676mm (H) 40mm (D)

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