Tuesday, June 13, 2006


Wind Power

Canadian Tire
- 400w - $725USD

Home Depot
- Rust resistant* - $24USD

Solar Power

Canadian Tire
- 120w - $900USD

Home Depot
- 10w* - $239USD

*Home Depot doesn't facilitate direct linking to their products.


steve said...

I'm not sure I'd trust Canadian Tyre quality, to be honest. Their tools aren't too bad, but once you move out of their core competency... Well, here's my experience of their bike gear:

Pannier Bag: Ripped internally when it wasn't able to take the weight of my toolbag in the top compartment. Also, "water resistant" means "water comes in through the zippers and pools in the bottom".

Handlebar bag: Velcro straps were unable to take the weight of my HID battery, one of them tore away from the bag after going over a bump. The back of the bag was already patched with duct tape from where the nylon wore away where it rested against the stem.

Helmet: I think this is the one, but it doesn't look quite right - it may have been discontinued. Picked it up one day by the side of the helmet and the inside of it cracked off. No prior damage, it just fell apart.

Gel seat cover: After a couple of years of winter riding, the gel tore internally.

Puncture repair kit: Box spanner strips under next to no load as it's made of fairly soft steel. I dumped the glue as the tube sprung a leak and oozed glue all over.

Chain tool: Made from zinc steel. Snapped.

So... Not the best quality, really. I'm not sure I'd want to blow $900 on one of their solar panels, although I suppose for the price it might be higher quality than usual. I'd probably look online for a specialist and get a panel from them instead. It's interesting that they're starting to sell this sort of stuff, though - they're one of the touchstone stores in Canada, so there must be a fair bit of demand swelling up for it...

Anonymous said...

Excellent article concerning Al's move!


"Carter does not pull his punches about Gore's activism, "The man is an embarrassment to US science and its many fine practitioners, a lot of whom know (but feel unable to state publicly) that his propaganda crusade is mostly based on junk science."

Anonymous said...

HD ends up being more expensive on the solar power. $2,868 for 120W of solar output based on the info shown.

PS I hope HD implodes just for the arrogance displayed at the shareholder meeting!


mytzpyk said...

Jerry - (hopefully you come back here) - where do you see a 120w solar panel from Home Depot. I didn't find it and I'd like to.