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Old 02-19-2019, 12:20 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Here's a weight saving mod you can try -- I recently did this to my G1 Insight:
https://www.insightcentral.net/forum...v-battery.html

I've saved 20 pounds by removing the lead-acid 12v and replacing it with two Insight IMA battery sticks.

IDK if they will crank the starter, but I think they might be able to.

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Old 02-21-2019, 05:25 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Here's a weight saving mod you can try -- I recently did this to my G1 Insight:
https://www.insightcentral.net/forum...v-battery.html

I've saved 20 pounds by removing the lead-acid 12v and replacing it with two Insight IMA battery sticks.

IDK if they will crank the starter, but I think they might be able to.
I wouldn't want to rely on the battery sticks for cranking an engine, even if they could do it. I also do a lot of EOC at night, which is hard on batteries. I have two massive deep-cycle batteries in my Civic, which give me over 100 miles of driving with the alternator off. I really want to come up with a lighter battery setup for the Insight, but I don't think the NiMH sticks will be enough. I could try using more sticks, but I don't know how many (if any) good sticks I have.
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I wouldn't want to rely on the battery sticks for cranking an engine, even if they could do it. I also do a lot of EOC at night, which is hard on batteries. I have two massive deep-cycle batteries in my Civic, which give me over 100 miles of driving with the alternator off. I really want to come up with a lighter battery setup for the Insight, but I don't think the NiMH sticks will be enough. I could try using more sticks, but I don't know how many (if any) good sticks I have.
I have a 20Ah LiFePO4 battery in mine along with supercaps. I've (accidentally) driven to work without turning on my DC-DC converter a few times. It's only about 10 miles / 20 minutes but I was very easily able to make the drive with the stereo + sub blasting, rear defroster, headlights, and climate control running, and only use ~20% of the capacity available. The batteries are much safer than LIon and weigh ~6.6lbs.

https://www.batteryspace.com/lifepo4...assed-dgr.aspx

I'd advise pairing them with capacitors on days below freezing, but YMMV. As long as you're gentle on them they may be ok.
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Old 04-13-2019, 11:17 PM   #44 (permalink)
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So I just got a second 2000 Insight in Silverstone Metallic. Recent catalytic converters and IMA battery from a Honda dealer. I need to build a grid charger and see if the battery will recover after sitting for a couple of years. I disabled the IMA before starting it up. Runs great! No mice in this one! Neither Insight came with keys, I had to drop the steering column on both to get them home. No, I'm not stealing Insights!

I might be a car hoarder.
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