2nd battery + computer controlled lighting
I was demo'ing my car to a few officers that were taking a lunch break at a local watering hole... and they *cough* complained *cough* about not having enough stuff to look at....
well, only 2, and they said that my console sucked(the pro-copper)but they liked what I did with it,AND they wanted to see "more gadgets"......(and graphics,on the vehicle)
I stripped out all the PD wiring, which I should have done previously... ran some wire(I did the calculations,including resistance,amperage,voltage drop,etc) to the rear,and installed a SECONDARY battery,isolated,which charges BOTH batteries when the car is running, and seperates the batteries when the vehicle is off,meaning the rear battery can run all the electronics,if it dies, then you can start the car, recharge the battery in the rear,without issue, AND, if for some reason the FRONT battery is completely discharged, you can link the front + back battery, to allow the front battery to get a charge from the back battery, and "jump" the car, with it's secondary battery..
NOW, I want to show you what you can do with "off the shelf" commercial equipment, thats in use everyday, THAT, TBH, guys like "you" pioneered, people who wanted something, learned how to build it, MADE it, then sold it.
...Installed a Code3 RLS WITH touch screen interface, so all controls can be handled by the touch screen,with the physical control head as a backup in case the computer crashes...the officers really liked that , since they have to use the computer so much... it's easier just to put a few buttons on the screen to control lighting as well....I kinda cheated though, instead of making something myself, I used a commercially available product, although it was inexpensive, and cost only a few $$ more than something I would have put together myself..
....Installed a Command Console, and couldnt wait for them to SHIP the screws,(don't ask me how they "forgot") so I just used ones I had laying around, a quick coat of hammered paint will take care of the steel screws... or, I can just wait for them to send me the right ones...
Pics, from my super secret mountain hideaway
The trunk, tire mounted vertically,spare battery mounted behind the trunk organizer,on the left shelf is the radio equipment, the right shelf is the communications controller, that has GPS,Wi-Fi,and AMPS phone in one unit, and the RLS "brain".
The essentials,Lubricant,Oil,premixed coolant,jumper cables, heavy duty jack and jackstands,trans fluid,"spare" gas,spare serpentine belt and of course, a multimeter...
As you can see, the auxiliary battery, mounted in it's box, the box bolted to the floor,the MIC in the picture is for the RLS,I kept it back there to demonstrate the ability to maintain cover, yet still issue commands (over the PA),and, a trusty 400 Watt inverter,nothing special. I'm aware of the hydrogen produced by batteries, the battery box does it's best to trap it, AND, since hydrogen is lighter then air, it will tend to pool at the trunklid, and be released upon opening the trunk,but the amount of hydrogen produced by batteries is miniscule,and not really an issue..
Here you can see the touchscreen interface for the RLS siren, it's a DUPLICATE of the physical control head,which allows the same functions, regardless of which one you use..
At the top of the picture, you can see the physical RLS control head, as well as the Command Console, and the radio equipment I had installed in the old console.
The rest of the console, it's too big to fit in one photo, and the flash totally killed the shot, but, oh well
lets just say, yes, I know I need to clean my windshield,heh...for those that are interested, the little black square above the windshield in the center, is the antenna for satellite radio.
I'm still using roadrunner, very stable, easy to use, a pleasure to the eye, a great program overall. some of the officers get a kick out of the fact that I have that song in my library...
Just a few random shots
I have TWO different GPS variants, not only do I have IN car GPS navigation, I also have a GPS tracking device, that can track my car pretty much anywhere in the country, even if it's removed, or goes underground, it'll still transmit it's last known position.If someone parks it in an underground parking garage, I'll know its in there... hehe.All this can be tracked from 2 places, one, from another car, with an RF reciever, OR from any internet connected computer.Think of it as a mix between lojack and onstar, with all the benefits of both, but none of the shortcomings.
The computer is a Data911 MDT, it's a two(three) piece unit, a monitor/touchscreen, a "brain", and the power supply,it can operate on as little as 6 volts,has 2 USB ports, 4 serial ports(3 really, one is dedicated to the touchscreen),NTSC video input, PCMCIA slots, pretty well equipped.I have it on the rear battery, so I can have it on for awhile before it's an issue, it draws ~4 amps with full backlight/power, and about 500ma in standby,with backlight off,and about 20 MICROAMPS, while off.
I'm still running roadrunner(obviously),thanks to the developer(s)/beta testers for such a nice application.The secondary battery install is/was done with an inexpensive battery isolator, which will later be replaced with a better, microprocessor controlled, "smart" isolator/combiner.
BTW,due to the "issue" with the previous thread, I'll state, VERY CLEARLY...
All lighting/sirens are disabled via Fuses/kill switches when the vehicle is on the road.In addition, even WHEN fuses are in/kill switches enabled,the drivers door MUST be open for any lighting/"noises" to be on.
All my primary warning is "stashed", it's stuff I can suction cup on the windshield/back deck when needed.I can't put on mirrorbeams,concealed strobes,headlight/tail light flashers, etc. at a moments notice, so those have to stay installed,and since they're hidden, MSP doesnt have a problem with it,since the fuses are pulled during transport anyway.. when I get where i'm going, I put the fuses back in, engage the kill switch, throw the different lights I have in the window/rear deck, and demo.
THIS VEHICLE IS A COMPANY OWNED DEMONSTRATION VEHICLE,I OWN A COMPANY THAT SELLS/INSTALLS EMERGENCY VEHICLE LIGHTING AND EQUIPMENT, IT IS NOT OWNED BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, AND I AM NOT A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER!
what do you guys think? think I took care of everything?Any suggestions? in particular, anything you see that sticks out, in a good (or bad) way?
(I noticed that I need an alignment, BAD)
wow, that was a long post...
Always on carpc with back up battery
i'm looking at charging the secondary battery in my system via solar charger and leaving my carpc on all the time. do you thing a solar charger could keep the secondary charger topped off enough to power a pc in hibernation mode?