Jinko Tiger Solar Panels – Which is best for you?

Jinko Tiger solar panels have become one of the most in-demand solar module options in 2021. However, did you know there is a big difference between models? Below, compared are two of the most popular Jinko Tiger solar panels currently available, side by side. Cut through the sales hype, now you can ultimately decide which is best for your particular requirements by specifications.

INISIDE!

In a sea of miss information by unscrupulous sales companies, it can be a little tricky navigating the Jinko website to determine the unique differences between the two main Jinko Tiger solar panels available to end-users.

Below, PSW Tech Support has compiled the standout features between the most popular Jinko Tiger branded solar panel options available today for your purchasing convenience. 

Side by side.

The two most common Jinko Tiger solar panels on the market end-users will be forced to consider are the latest Jinko Tiger solar panels to come to market in 2021. The Jinko Tiger N-Type black and the Jinko Tiger Pro

N-Type

Jinko Tiger
  • 390 W.
  • 1855 (H) x 1029 (W) x 30 (D) mm.
  • 20.8 kg
  • N-Type mono technology.
  • 20.43% module efficiency.
  • Temp COEF -0.34%/oC.
  • InterSolar Award Runner-up.
  • 25-yr product warranty.
  • 30-yr performance warranty.
Jinko Tiger 390W Solar Panel Image

Pro

Jinko Tiger
  • 440 W.
  • 1868 (H) x 1134 (W) x 30 (D) mm.
  • 24.2 kg
  • P-Type mono technology.
  • 20.7% module efficiency.
  • Temp COEF -0.35%/oC.
  • -
  • 12-yr product warranty.
  • 25-yr performance warranty.

Indicator icons for residential rooftop installations only.

At face value, the Jinko Tiger Pro would appear to be the superior module due to the higher output power of 440W. However, after assessing the comparison by numbers, it becomes noticeable the increased power of the Jinko Tiger Pro is a direct reflection of increased surface area which in-turn considerably increases the weight (not recommended for residential rooftops).

WARNING: Due for release 2021 the Jinko Tiger Pro 390W will be available for residential end-users. Baring a similar name to the Jinko Tiger N-Type 390W, consumers should remain cautious as to the correct product which has been quoted as cost and warranty differences are significant when comparing P-Type vs N-Type solar cell technology.

Wattage.

Jinko Tiger N-Type 390W vs Jinko Tiger Pro 440W

It is true the Jinko Tiger Pro is a more powerful panel. However, such isn’t a result of a technology improvement. Should the Jinko Tiger N-Type modules dimensions be increased, the power output would be almost identical as the efficiency of both modules is less than 0.5% difference.

Size and weight.

Jinko Tiger N-Type 20.8 kg vs Jinko Tiger Pro 24.2 kg

Overall dimensions directly affect the weight class of any solar module. When it comes to residential rooftops, bigger isn’t always better. The Jinko Tiger Pro possesses an additional 100mm down the long edge of the solar panel adding almost 4 kg additional weight to the supporting bracket per panel.

Even though fewer panels are required to fulfil the desired output capacity, the supporting structure is forced to accommodate increased weight at each centralised point. This result is especially concerning on tiled rooftops and areas prone to excess wind.

Cell type.

Jinko Tiger N-Type vs Jinko Tiger Pro P-Type

In a nutshell, Negatively charged electron flow vs Positively charged electron flow.

This is entirely personal preference, however, did you know the original solar panels designed for earths surface were originally N-Type (negatively charged)?  Due to the strong R&D requirement to manufacturer N-Type solar cells, only premium solar panel manufacturers specialise in such technology.

P-Type solar cells were only designed by NASA for space where no oxygen-induced degradation can affect the performance of the solar cell. Considering NASA has done a lot of the R&D for many solar panel manufacturers, P-Type solar cell technology is very affordable in comparison, even though the earth’s surface isn’t the most ideal environment.

Expect to see more N-Type solar panel technologies from 2021 due to increased cell stability and reduced degradation over time.

Efficiency.

Jinko Tiger N-Type 20.43% vs Jinko Tiger Pro 20.7%

With only a fraction of a percentage efficiency difference, the efficiency of both the Jinko Tiger N-Type and the Jinko Tiger Pro are relatively aligned. This means, should the module dimensions be equal, the power output would be almost identical.

In addition, irrelevant of the panel quantity used to form a solar array (eg; 6.6kW array, 17 x 390W Jinko Tiger N-Type vs 15 x 440W Jinko Tiger Pro) the overall footprint occupied on the surface of the roof is almost identical.

Temperature Coefficient.

Jinko Tiger N-Type -0.34%/oC vs Jinko Tiger Pro -0.35%/oC

Similar to efficiency, the temperature coefficient between both Jinko Tiger solar panels is almost on par. The lower the better, the temperature coefficient of a solar module is the efficiency decline at each degree Celcius increase beyond standard test conditions.

Awards.

Jinko Tiger N-Type InterSolar Europe Award runner-up 2020 vs Jinko Tiger Pro n/a

Specific solar panel awards identify the unique qualities possessed with a certain solar panel technology are recognised as innovative amongst a panel of experts in tune with the latest technology trends. 

In this instance, the Jinko Tiger N-Type was a runner-up in the industries most prestigious award ceremony, the 2020 InterSolar Europe Award for innovation, second only to the REC Alpha solar panel.

Warranty.

Jinko Tiger N-Type 25 & 30-year vs Jinko Tiger Pro 12 & 25-year

Solar panel manufacturers such as Jinko rarely guarantee commercial-grade solar panels beyond 12-years. Considering the overall weight and dimensions, the Jinko Tiger Pro is classified as a commercial type solar panel built specifically for structures with greater load bearing capabilities.

Ensuring your investment is built to outlast, the Jinko Tiger N-Type is equipped with one of the largest warranty combinations available in the residential market. A resounding 25-year product warranty and a phenomenal 30-year power performance guarantee off the back of the premium N-Type cell nature and exceptional build quality.

Which to choose?

The choice is entirely up to you. However, one could consider the intention of the manufacturer as which particular Jinko Tiger solar panels are fit for purpose.

Commercial type installations may find the high energy density and greater affordability of the Jinko Tiger Pro irresistible.

Residential customers wanting premium N-Type cell technology previously out of reach for many due to cost limitations (once possessed only by the likes of Sunpower and LG) should consider the Jinko Tiger N-Type. Improved solar cell technology made more affordable than ever.

IMPORTANT: Should the Jinko Tiger Pro be specified for a residential rooftop installation, greater structural reinforcement is encouraged.

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