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by Don
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Buying/Leasing the iMiev
Topic: i-bargains
Replies: 69
Views: 33311

Re: i-bargains

Keep looking! When you find a '16 with a battery like the one you bought anywhere near me, I'll run out & grab it. The new(est) Raspberry I bought for Carolyn could sure use a newer battery & I'd jump all over a good one. I suppose you already put that one in your Mom's car??

Don
by Don
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: shudder from rear at hwy speeds
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Re: shudder from rear at hwy speeds

It can happen with any brand, especially if you run them inflated too high - Hit a chuckhole and if the tire is inflated so hard it can't flex, it will break a belt I've never run any of my tires above about 45 psi and I had a Dunlop Ensave blow apart on the front left. It was on my wife's car and s...
by Don
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Always on lighter/12v port - Charging battery banks
Replies: 25
Views: 5656

Re: Always on lighter/12v port - Charging battery banks

Do you think a 50A fuse would be ok ? Any similar users in Canada that did this type of 12V connection ? (I'm in Montreal) https://addison-electronique.com/en/products/electricity/high-current-connector-with-eye-terminal-fuse-50a/ Also, do you think a switch would be needed to avoid having the 50A ...
by Don
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: Help with problems with the 12 v battery
Replies: 13
Views: 1106

Re: Help with problems with the 12 v battery

Anyone have any more suggestions for Casper? How old is the 12 volt battery? iMiEV's are notorious for all sorts of problems associated with weak 12 volt batteries, as that battery runs every computer in the car. If the battery is more than 3 or 4 years old, swapping it for a new one would be my ve...
by Don
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: General Technical Discussions
Topic: 12V Battery needs replacement - Question on power rating of DC/DC (12V) - Refubishment of OBC?
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Re: 12V Battery needs replacement - Question on power rating of DC/DC (12V) - Refubishment of OBC?

The DC to DC converter for the 12 volt is rated at 75 amps I believe. It should support any battery you choose to put in there, so long as it's output voltage is a good match for the battery chemistry you choose. I have put AGM batteries spec'ed for early Mazda Miatas in all 3 of my cars and they're...
by Don
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Buying/Leasing the iMiev
Topic: Good price for a 2016 i-MiEV?
Replies: 3
Views: 162

Re: Good price for a 2016 i-MiEV?

For a 2016 iMiEv, the mileage is a bit high, IMO (the 3rd 2012 we bought only has 27K on it) but that could be a good thing as it means it's been regularly driven. I don't know much about Canadian prices either, but $8,700 US for a 2016 with all it's advantages sounds like a pretty good deal to me -...
by Don
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Private For Sale, Want To Buy
Topic: i-MiEV Trailer Hitch Wanted
Replies: 17
Views: 884

Re: i-MiEV Trailer Hitch Wanted

Bummer. I guess I'm fabbing something myself! You can buy used trailer hitches for other cars very cheaply - Find one in a recycling yard & you might get it for $10 or $15. *Assuming* you can find one with a center section similar to the hitches made specifically for the iMiEV and *assuming* th...
by Don
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Enjoying the heck out of this i-MiEV thanks to the prior owner.
Replies: 1
Views: 125

Re: Enjoying the heck out of this i-MiEV thanks to the prior owner.

They do 'grow' on you, don't they? There are several of us here with 2 or 3 of them, so I guess you could say we're 'addicted'. In 50+ years of driving, I've never experienced a car which is better at what it was designed to do than these cars - You'd better grab a spare (or two) while you can still...
by Don
Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: 12V battery cumulative drain higher then overall charging.
Replies: 16
Views: 583

Re: 12V battery cumulative drain higher then overall charging.

Had an 'interesting' experience: after I unlocked the iMiEV door with the key fob I then tossed the key fob onto the driver's seat through the open window... about 30 seconds later, the doors all locked themselves! Many (most?) vehicles do this automatically. If you unlock the doors with a Fob, but...
by Don
Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: 12V battery cumulative drain higher then overall charging.
Replies: 16
Views: 583

Re: 12V battery cumulative drain higher then overall charging.

In 2 month, at 13mA my i-Miev would consume 19 Ah. I believe, a good quality deep cycle battery would be able to handle it I think any good battery could handle it - It's only about a 50% discharge and there's no engine to start, so no huge current needed to get it running But . . . . you're not le...

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