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Old 11-25-2015, 02:27 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Hi Nowackim,
The Mike Dabrowski link may be defunct but you'll find others at
You could not use that particular design without adaptation anyway as the second gen has a lower pack voltage.

The HybridAutomotive charger may not be cheap, but it is a neat and safe design that adds value to your car should you come to sell it again.
Homebrew chargers may not...
It is not hard to make your own grid charger, f.i. by using LED drivers. But, at least in my opinion, it is not necessary either - not for the 2nd gen that tends it hybrid battery better than other Honda hybrids.

If only it were as kind to its 12V lead acid battery - those die frequently and may need monitoring.
A bad 12V battery causes all kinds of problems, even with the IMA system - as its control unit gets power from the '12' Volt system.
I keep the voltage on a permanent gauge on my UltraGauge.
2011 Honda Insight + HID, LEDs, tiny PV panel, extra brake pad return springs, neutral wheel alignment, 44/42 PSI (air), PHEV light (inop), tightened wheel nut.
lifetime FE over 0.19 Gmeter or 0.1 Mmile.

For confirmation go to people just like you.
For education go to people unlike yourself.

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