Battery Charging?

Discussion in 'General' started by Gord, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    It's toast. Get a new one.

    After a good overnight charge, I watched mine closely this morning. It was at 12.1 during a FAS, dropping to 11.8 with brake lights.
     
  2. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Thats's what I thought Andrew. I borrowed a charger last night and gave it a good charge.
    Garage tested it when I took it for a service today and said it was strong.
    I may have been worrying unduly about my battery :eek:
    12.2V this morning, low of 11.9V during FAS (no lights).
     
  3. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Sounds good. Maybe you'll get by with only a charger, not a whole new battery. :)
     
  4. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    I hope so , thanks Andrew :)
     
  5. lxmike

    lxmike Well-Known Member

    brake lights?? :p:p:)
     
  6. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    :p Sometimes it's unavoidable.

    I regularly use the handbrake instead for that very reason. Well, also to preserve brake boost if needed. Stopped at a light? Handbrake always.
     
  7. lxmike

    lxmike Well-Known Member

    :eek: I never thought of it that way!


    How many other here use handbrake when it is "feasible"
     
  8. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    I do.


    That shouldn't surprise you. ;)
     
  9. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Whoops - I meant headlights on :eek:
    I try and avoid brake pedal and use handbrake at lights or nothing if road is flat :D
     
  10. FSUspectra

    FSUspectra Practicing true conservatism!

    Handbraker here too, usually. :p
     
  11. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    It's fun in the Fiesta. It plays a little "tweedle-dee" chime every time you handbrake.
     
  12. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    That could get a bit irritating Andrew!
     
  13. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    That's what wire cutters are for. ;)
     
  14. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    I've been running around on same battery since last post - borrowed a charger in March and gave it a full charge last time I hadn't used it for a while and then this happened this morning.

    I'd decided I'm was going to get myself a charger for the week when I'm not using my car through car-pooling to make sure it starts OK when it's been sitting all week not being used but now I'm not sure whether just to get another battery now I've looked at how much they are!

    I've probably been doing even more FAS and P&G than I used to!
     
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2012
  15. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Hi, Gord – are you sure it isn't a parasitic draw from an accessory? My Elantra drains after sitting for a while but I don't know what causes it as I have no reference to compare to – it used to be driven nearly every day and I never had issues when it didn't sit longer than 3 days at a time.

    You could try unplugging the Scangauge after it goes into hibernation mode to see if that is the culprit. Otherwise, have you done any other electrical modifications to the car? Mine has a remote start system installed and that might be the problem for that car.
     
  16. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Hi Sean - I haven't got SG, I've got a UG - it's always possible that could be slowly drawing it. Does anyone know what happens if you unplug it - does it lose all the mpg, trip, etc. info. I don't really want to unplug it until I finish this tank as I'm pretty sure it will be a record for me :D

    Since April 20th to 26th, I only did 26.2 miles in multiple small trips and a fair few of the miles the engine was off too, then it was parked on the drive for 4 days in torrential rain until this morning so I've probably stressed the battery a bit.... maybe the charger would be the best bet, I've found a few with good reviews at a better price now!
     
  17. some_other_dave

    some_other_dave Well-Known Member

    In the MINI world, the UG is known for spuriously waking up again after the car is shut down. It wakes up several other systems on the car, which drains the battery relatively quickly. The problem seems specific to the UG and the MINI, but there is some possibility that your car might be encountering similar problems.

    There is a setting that will help, and supposedly is a cure for the problem on some cars, but it doesn't fix the problem on the MINI.

    -soD
     
  18. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Cheers Dave, I came across some posts about the Mini/UG issue while I was looking around for stuff.
    My neighbour has lent me a charger and I've got it on charge now. It started at 50% and 11.7V. He's been clearing out his garage, I've never seen so much stuff! He had 3 chargers, a Sinclair C5, endless tools, etc. You can actually see the floor now. He's retired and has been at it for 2 weeks now :D
     
  19. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Right. It's now indicating full charge. My little plug in gauge says it's 12.8V now so I'll check it in 10 hours when I set off for work tomorrow morning. Hoping do do my usual 5 FAS in the first 1.2 miles to first car pooler pickup!
     
  20. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

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