View Poll Results: Has your car pc ever caused your car's battery to go dead?

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

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    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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    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....

    Master switch off.... works great. I have however left it on while in the theater for a two hour movie and the Suburban still started. The joys of a system that consumes about 30 watts.
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    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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    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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    Yes..numerous car pcs have killed batteries for many mp3Car employees.
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    Just had to replace my battery today. lol. Cant say that it was due specifically to the Car PC, but it was only 4 year old.

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    mine dies semi regularly. the m2-atx is a solid psu but its not completely reliable. at least it always powers the pc ON, thats for sure.

    bottom line, there is nothing better then adding a second battery to your car, even if just a small motorcycle battery, just for the computer. run it with a smart isolator and you will never have a dead battery again.

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    Why are the batteries getting drained? PSU not doing a proper shutdown of the system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trader007 View Post
    mine dies semi regularly. the m2-atx is a solid psu but its not completely reliable. at least it always powers the pc ON, thats for sure.

    bottom line, there is nothing better then adding a second battery to your car, even if just a small motorcycle battery, just for the computer. run it with a smart isolator and you will never have a dead battery again.
    A main switch is less money than any second battery set up, they are also very reliable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckinMP3 View Post
    A main switch is less money than any second battery set up, they are also very reliable.
    you wait around for your pc to shutdown and then use a main disconnect to kill all power to the pc? that would be terribly inconvenient.

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