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Keeping parked Insight cool on hot days

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Hello all again.
I believe that someone on one of these threads asked about a way of keeping Insights from becoming solar ovens in the summer. Since the battery pack's integrity is degraded by temp. extremes. I was wondering if a mod using a solar pannel with a small Nimh battery pack could be incorporated to power the heat/cool vent fan when the car is parked to maintain ambient temp in the cabin. This mod would be thermostat regulated, and the Nimh battery pack to be set up so that the car 12vdc system could recharge it while the car is running. While parked added dcv input from the dashboard mounted solar pannel could assist the fan and decrease the draw on the minor Nimh power supply. Bare in mind that I am not an engineer, so feel free to coment on my idea.

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Rick Reece said:
...(Use ventshades to prevent rain from ruining anythin) to vent the hot air...., RIck
Hey Rick, have you seen any that will fit the Insight?? I have looked around and haven't found any. I wish I could leave the windows cracked without worrying about rain, since it has been raining pretty much every day here...

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figgy said:
... it seems to keep inside temps (with the AC off, fan on four bars) to 3-8 degrees above outside temps. ....
3-8 degrees above 95 is HOT! And it's just a little humid here...
I miss So Cal for that one reason.

Since we seem to try to push the envelope here (some more than others...), perhaps we should try a contest to see who can tolerate the highest heat index (to even the field versus the "dry heat" out west) inside the car, without losing consciousness.
 
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