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  • Poll: Has your car pc ever killed your battery?

    Simple poll, simple question. Please don't answer unless you have a car pc actually installed in your car.
    44
    Yes
    59.09%
    26
    No
    40.91%
    18
    Originally posted by ghettocruzer
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    Yellowtops, Redtops, Walmart batteries and Die Hards, they've all fallen a time or two the the power of the car PC! lol
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    • #3
      Only once in 3 years thankfully.

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      • #4
        The KINO-690S1 has killed my battery at least 2 times. Any other time the OPUS did a good job at protecting my battery.
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        • #5
          I've had my carPC since March 2008. If my battery were to die tomorrow, I couldn't say if it was due to the carPC.

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          • #6
            Gotta love the killed AGMs - how to damage an expensive battery when a $20 device will protect it. (Maybe with a current boosting relay for $5; not to mention $5 battery isolator for most dual battery systems.)

            Not that an AGM provides added reserve time over a flooded cell mind you...

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            • #7
              I answered yes, but I think I misundertood your question after reading some posters. I never had to buy any replacement battery ever. So no long term damage.

              However my batteries were discharged ("completely" as in no dash lights etc.) about 3 times. After a slow charge/or assisted charge, everything back to normal.

              So I think the answer is NO for me.
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              • #8
                Never even had trouble starting my car, i am still using the original Battery that is now over 4 years old, and I used the Bybyte amp that does not turn off for the last year and a half

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                • #9
                  well, I missed the "currently installed" part.. heh, if only there was some way to take that one back. though I DO intend on doing my best to put things in place to make sure it never happens, the one dry run off of my cars electrical was fine.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RipplingHurst View Post
                    I answered yes, but I think I misundertood your question after reading some posters. I never had to buy any replacement battery ever. So no long term damage.

                    However my batteries were discharged ("completely" as in no dash lights etc.) about 3 times. After a slow charge/or assisted charge, everything back to normal.

                    So I think the answer is NO for me.
                    Actually, I really meant "Has your battery every gone dead". Not, has it ever failed. So, you answered correctly. I changed the question wording to make it clearer.
                    Originally posted by ghettocruzer
                    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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                    • #11
                      I've caused my battery enough trauma to require it being replaced. It only took a few deep cycles to push my stock battery to its grave.
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                      • #12
                        Nope, other causes for battery replacement include:
                        corroded terminals, failed alternator/voltage regulator, and poor maintenance of the battery.

                        Note each of those has occurred on my vehicles but only the corroded terminals was with a PC installed I think they would have happened either way....

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                        • #13
                          Amazingly enough my car pc has NOT killed my yellow top [my stereo has]

                          Turned my car off one night came back the next day to find out my PC had failed to shutdown. `uptime` read 18 hours some odd minutes. Still not sure how it survived and why my opus didnt cut power after the set 2 minutes.

                          But point being: I love me a good yellow top battery and a low[ish] power pc.
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                          • #14
                            For me it was the OBDII reader drank the battery when I went on vacation, even though the car computer stuff was turned off :-(

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                            • #15
                              Yes..numerous car pcs have killed batteries for many mp3Car employees.
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