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Old 09-05-2020, 11:55 PM   #341 (permalink)
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Today, drove 40 miles (10 remaining miles, 30 miles back) with no 12V charging after the connection to my DC-DC started smoking (the 3 phase high voltage connection to the 3-phase rectifier). Battery was down to 12.1-12.3 volts at the end so I didn't push it too hard. Going to investigate it tomorrow after church and hopefully get it fixed up right quick.

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I do notice a little bit of a power/mpg boost with the DC-DC disconnected, probably easier to notice on such an underpowered car that doesn't require much power just to drive itself down the road. Nothing huge but definitely noticeable if you drive both ways back to back.

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Old 09-06-2020, 04:04 PM   #342 (permalink)
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LEDs are complete ****. Get HIDs, I have them in my insight and they're awesome. LEDs = tons of scatter, so the foreground gets ton of light, but they don't penetrate/go as far as HIDs.
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LEDs are complete ****. Get HIDs, I have them in my insight and they're awesome. LEDs = tons of scatter, so the foreground gets ton of light, but they don't penetrate/go as far as HIDs.
The LEDs I've run are far better than almost all halogen setups I've experienced. I agree that it isn't as good as HID though.

With LEDs it's extremely important to keep the headlight housings clean, otherwise you lose a lot of visibility and add a lot of glare to oncoming drivers. This is true for all headlights, but especially with LEDs.
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Semi-related, I recently purchased a couple of LED flashlights and was highly impressed with the beam throw from the adjustable projector. A pair of Cree T6 LED flashlights running on 18650 batteries rivals, if not exceeds my headlight output. I've been hunting around for some LED projectors that are automotive-mount.
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Turns out one of the 3 high voltage leads had come loose somehow, not sure how it happened. Replaced the bolts and tightened it up and it's back to charging fine. Rectifier and meanwell work just fine.

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Semi-related, I recently purchased a couple of LED flashlights and was highly impressed with the beam throw from the adjustable projector. A pair of Cree T6 LED flashlights running on 18650 batteries rivals, if not exceeds my headlight output. I've been hunting around for some LED projectors that are automotive-mount.
LED flashlights are amazing, we've replaced all flashlights at the house with LEDs. We still have some of the older ones with incandescent bulbs but they're old and very dull. Haven't seen a flashlight that can meet both the breadth and depth of a proper headlight though.
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Turns out one of the 3 high voltage leads had come loose somehow, not sure how it happened. Replaced the bolts and tightened it up and it's back to charging fine. Rectifier and meanwell work just fine.



LED flashlights are amazing, we've replaced all flashlights at the house with LEDs. We still have some of the older ones with incandescent bulbs but they're old and very dull. Haven't seen a flashlight that can meet both the breadth and depth of a proper headlight though.
Check out Cree's XHP70, I believe it's nearly 3000 lumens per single LED diode.


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