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    Did I just block my sunsetter solar shade with a gazebo?

    I had the Sunsetter solar shade installed in 2015.

    I had the gazebo, on the right of the pic, installed a few days ago.

    Did I completely block the solar panel? Or is there there less light, but still sufficient light, to allow it to power?

    https://i.imgur.com/Jj6UkBa.jpg

    Here's a few from behind.

    https://i.imgur.com/0XF6sn1.jpg
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    Hey, I saw a response here through the email notifications from @Cliff Bartlett, but I don't see the response in the actual thread.

    BTW, the sunsetter doesn't open and close on its own. There's a remote that controls whether to bring the shade up or down.

    But the solar panel is supposed to charge it so that when the remote is pressed, the mechanical action of moving it up or down is performed.

    There were 3 versions. A completely manual version; a version where it charged by an electric cord; and a version where it was charged with the solar panel. I opted for the solar panel version, partially for the cleaner look. And so one outlet wasn't always in use.

    I got the gazebo from here. There's 3 sizes.

    https://www.costco.com/Messina-Sun-S...100147231.html

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    If you got a notification of a response, and it's not here.....check your InBox for a Private Message......

    Hard to say remotely if you have blocked sufficient light to degrade the solar performance of your shade.....is it possible to relocate the solar cells if necessary?

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    The solar cell is installed under your overhang so I doubt it was ever getting direct sunlight.
    If the shade worked fine before I don't see that gazebo blocking anything, or does the shade not work now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by timothy View Post
    The solar cell is installed under your overhang so I doubt it was ever getting direct sunlight.
    If the shade worked fine before I don't see that gazebo blocking anything, or does the shade not work now?

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    The shade still works, but I've only had the gazebo for 6 days.

    And I don't even use the drop down shade every day. Most weekdays, I don't use it, since it's already dark by the time I come home in the evening.

    So if it's not getting enough sunlight, I won't know for a while. And I'll have to make sure it's not a battery problem with the remote too, if it stops working. I haven't had to replace the batteries in the remote yet, in almost 3.5 years.

    Agree, that it was never getting direct sunlight. I'm just trying to make sure I didn't make the situation a lot worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich G View Post
    If you got a notification of a response, and it's not here.....check your InBox for a Private Message......

    Hard to say remotely if you have blocked sufficient light to degrade the solar performance of your shade.....is it possible to relocate the solar cells if necessary?

    R
    I'm not sure. I hope so.

    But it probably depends on how long the white wire behind the solar panel, is.

    I don't remember how long it is, anymore.

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    The answer would depend on the capacity of the battery, how much is used operating the shade, how often you operate the shade, and what rate of recharge the solar cell is providing, all things we don't know. My guess would be it's probably okay as long as you don't do more than open the shade in the morning and close it at night.

    You could test it out by going through open/close cycles and counting how many you can do before the battery runs out of juice. Then see how long it takes to charge up enough to do one complete cycle. As long as it doesn't take more than one day to recharge enough for one cycle, you're good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayHeyl View Post
    The answer would depend on the capacity of the battery, how much is used operating the shade, how often you operate the shade, and what rate of recharge the solar cell is providing, all things we don't know. My guess would be it's probably okay as long as you don't do more than open the shade in the morning and close it at night.

    You could test it out by going through open/close cycles and counting how many you can do before the battery runs out of juice. Then see how long it takes to charge up enough to do one complete cycle. As long as it doesn't take more than one day to recharge enough for one cycle, you're good.
    Good point.

    I do only open it once in the morning, and close it once in the evenings, and that's only on the weekends when I'm at home.

    There might be a day where I open/close it 2 or 3 times, if I'm going back and forth between home and elsewhere, during the day.

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    Now that you have that Gazebo installed is the solar shade even necessary anymore?
    I mean the reason you had it was to shade the sun, but now it looks like the gazebo takes care of that.

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