I live in Colorado. During the Summer months we have daily thunderstorms, some of which product significant hail. I am building a rooftop solar system for my 4Runner, and am wanting a solar panel cover I can quickly cover the standard Renogy 100W solar panel, that has enough foam thickness protection for the hail, and sturdy enough to withstand highway wind speeds. This would also protect from dirt that would otherwise lower the efficiency when I need to use it. It would be awesome if Renogy offered such a accessory. I will be trying to custom make one since I am not finding anything like this available. Anyone else have experience with this?
That is a good idea, the plexiglass. Better fit for RV type applications I think. However, in my situation my roof is within reach of any nearby foot traffic. I wanted to cover up my solar panel so that while not in use, people won't know what is up on my roof-rack, and won't be as tempted to try and steal it. I am looking at using a neoprene foam surface layer for the hail protection, with a sil-nylon shell over it, that then wraps around the frame of the panel. It will give the foam some UV protection, and make it look nicer. I am still not sure on how I will secure it. Maybe bungie-corners that wrap underneath like a bed sheet...... or some kind of snap system. Still bouncing ideas around in my head.
I 100% agree Bupkis. I will be using a set of AGM batteries for accessories and wanted to make sure they received the 14.8V charge from the solar charge controller, and not just the 12-13V from my alternator. I can't quite see the picture you have posted, and I see no way to increase its size. But, I am assuming those charts show how a solar charger can extend the life of your battery.