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Old 03-12-2014, 06:26 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by usmclowrider View Post
So I should charge the pack with the key in the on position? I thought that voltage was kinda high. But the directions did not say anything about the key being on or off. Can someone verify this. Not that you are wrong red devil.
I don't know. I'm a clumsy clown unable to remove the trim around my hybrid battery to remove the plate covering the terminals. There is a manual breaker switch, I tripped it and then the IMA is dead all right. There should also be a relay doing that when the key is off. But I have not seen it yet. Maybe this weekend, if the weather stays fine and the kids behave.
(my aim is to build a cheap portable booster pack for my Insight; I got the theory worked out, but am scared of actually getting it done)

But I'm 100% sure that I think I've read some posts about the need to leave the contact on when grid charging. The experts are all on insightcentral.com, worth a visit imho. They even ponder about the Civic, which strictly speaking is not an Insight at all...

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