Hood Solar Panel Installation Experience for 85W Toyota Tundra 2nd Gen (2007-2013)
Much Thanks David‘s Installation Experience About His 85W 2009 Tundra Hood Solar Panel.
What David Said About This 85W Tundra Hood Solar Panel
I got a complete set of Tundra hood solar panel from TakSolar and installed it. Actually besides Tundra, TakSolar sell different variants of solar panels like Tacoma, 4Runner, Land Cruiser. You can go to their website to check.
The process of installing the panel was easy, just getting the vinyl decal in place was the hardest thing because I had to get them to line up, it was actually pretty easy to install the panel. The only thing i am unhappy is that i think they should add 3m tape in it. (In the latest packaging, 3m VHB tape is already included).
I drove the truck for a couple of miles around town yesterday and some distance on the highway today and nothing happened to it after installation. Whether while I’m driving the car or parked, we can see from the APP that it’s been charging the alternator. I think it’s helpful, especially in the hot summer when I need a small fridge in the truck , Put some water or other beverages in the refrigerator, this solar panel is very suitable for charging the battery, the refrigerator can continue to run.
Solar panels are very cool, especially if you have a lot of running or outdoor activities, you can add it to your hood, I believe it will help you a lot.
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TakSolar 85W 12V Car Hood Solar Panel for Toyota Tundra 2nd Gen(2007-2013)
TakSolar hood solar panel mounts to the hood/bonnet of your vehicles. And charge the vehicle battery, leisure battery or power station(jackery, goal zero…etc) .
Keep your fridges, lighting, phones, cameras, radios, etc everything else charged. Do not worry a dead battery while camping/off the grid.
Perfactly shaped for the hood of the vehicle. Easy to install plug and play wiring.
TakSolar Hood Solar Panel Feature
1.Keep your vehicle battery or auxiliary battery topped up all the times without the need to start your engine. Your battery will charge every time your vehicle is parked in the sun, run your fridge and recharged all electronic devices and lights. Without worring about a dead battery while out exploring.
2.Keep your power station charge，the Tundra hood solar panel come with standard solar connectors, use adaptors(buy separate) charge for most of the power station on the market, Jackery/Goalzero/Suoki/Flashfish…etc. If you are not sure which adapter to use please contact us.
3.Decreased hood glare. The surface of TakSolar hood solar panel is a high-quality ETFE film, which will not reflect light. And because the solar panel’s light absorbing properties, the decreased glare while driving.
4.Convenience and space saving. The Tundra hood solar panel adheres directly to the vehicle’s hood, requiring no roof rack or mounting hardware. The complete plug-and-play system can be installed easy. Unlike a portable solar panel, there’s no need to set it up or stow it inside of a vehicle, which can eat up precious cargo space.
5.Protect and extend battery life：As a result our batteries are only at about 60% charge at best if you drive it daily, if you park it for 2-3 weeks it won’t start in the summer. Also the battery goes bad in 2-3 years. TakSolar hood solar panel keep the vehicle battery charge to maintain the battery.
6. The optional Plug-and-play 10A Waterproof MPPT solar charge controller, has been pre-wired with fuses, terminals, and connectors. The Solar charge controller is based on common negative design and advanced MPPT control algorithm, with intelligent protection against reverse polarity, overcharging, short-circuit, and reverse current.
This solar controller compatible with Various Battery options: Sealed, AGM, Gel, Liquid and Lithium-ion.
Click to check 10A Waterproof MPPT Solar Controller
7.The optional custom-fitted vinyl decal protects the vehicle paint from damage. Highly suggests using a vinyl decal between the solar panel and hood.
TakSolar 85W ETFE Flexible Solar Panel Feature
1.Solar cell: Grade A PERC Monocrystalline solar cells with much higher efficiency and more durability than other mono solar cells.
2. Premium EFTE Film: This film features superior light transmittance and weatherproof performance, and is also heat, corrosion, and UV resistant. ETFE also has self-cleaning abilities, ensures the best performance day after day.
3. Backboard: Durable fiberglass substrate backboard, better heat dissipation than PET backboard which ensures a long lifetime. ETFE film and fiberglass backboard can withstand extreme environmental conditions, maintenance-free for years.
4. Ultrathin & Lightweight: At only 3mm thick, the Tundra hood solar panel is powerful, waterproof, lightweight(60% less than the conventional solar panels), durable, and highly resistant to the harsh operating conditions of a marine environment.
Peak power: 85W
Solar cell efficiency: 23.5%
Maximum power voltage: 17V
Maximum power current: 5A
Open circuit voltage: 21V
Short circuit current: 5.5A
Power allowance range: +/-3%
Maximum system voltage: 500V
Net Weight: 3kg/6.6 lbs
J-Box: IP 68 rated with 2m/6.5ft cables and standard connectors
Values at standard test conditions: Air Mass – AM1.5, Irradiance – 1000W/m2, Cell Temperature – 25°C
I have this solar panel on my 2009 Tundra and I love it! Charges up my main battery and keeps it topped off and honestly looks super cool on my hood.
In addition to Toyota, we also offer the hood solar panels for most off-road SUVs and all various of brand trucks on the market, such as the hood solar panels of Toyota, Chevy, Dodge, Ford, Hummer, Jeep, Isuzu, Nissan, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Suzuki.
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