Month of May 2021 (Nat’l Avg $2.899)

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, May 4, 2021.

  1. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    So that's what those Dodge/Rams boast about... :)

    Agreed on the lithium ion jump starters. The newer ones boast some crazy burst amperage capabilities.
     
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  2. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    Yes! And the Hellcat has the HSD under the hood - Hydrocarbon Sucking Dinosaur
     
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  3. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    My $65 U1 AGM battery is well over 6 years old now, and still doing its job. I do watch its resting voltage so I won't be surprised, and have a spare one ready, just in case.
     
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  4. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    The AGM battery here is $220 , at Advance Auto in Naperville.
    I didn't buy it. I will research my options at lunchtime.
    Today , 55 deg F in Naperville , 53 in Elk Grove. Wind NE 13 ,
    which means headwind all the way in. 35.1 miles , fcd = 45.5 x
    1.021 = 46.4 MPG.
     
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  5. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Yes, super easy to install. And no corrosion on the battery terminals !
     
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  6. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

    I have had to use the cool feature on the Ioniq a few times. It doesn't have a 12V presa, but a dedicated couple of cells in the battery pack. If those lose their charge and the car will not start, there is button on the dash that allows you to charge it from the main battery pack and start it right up, assuming you have some charge in your pack already. :0) Nice feature to have and not have to buy 12V's anymore.

    I keep a battery minder on the Fit as it is rarely used anymore and it is a $130 special toy battery.
     
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  7. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Last night, non-motorway route, temporary traffic light detour again, tailwind W4, 55°F:
    47.0 (FCD 49.5) / 20.8

    Unfortunately got the call from the hospice this morning at 05:30, collected my mother-in-law and we went 3UP in my wife's Hyundai i10.
    Got there in time to spend my father-in-law's last hours on earth. He's at peace now. Very sad :(.

    Went to work early this afternoon for a couple of hours as it's vacation time from today for two weeks :), motorway route, tailwind E4, 66°F:
    54.0 (FCD 56.8) / 21.5

    Tank steady at 49.4 (FCD 52.0) / 622.2 / Range 30 . Guess gauge F____|___«E . UG up 0.1 at 50.5 / DTE 62.5

    LFL @ 588 miles
     
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  8. TheFordFamily

    TheFordFamily Well-Known Member

    I'm so sorry to hear about your father-in-law Gord. It's always very rough to lose someone you care about, but I'm sure he was glad that you and your family was there with him.
     
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  9. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Another miserable morning , just like Wednesday. 44 deg F in Naperville
    and in Elk Grove Village. Driving the Prius again , with a new Optima Yellowtop
    in the right rear corner. Raining all the way , constant headwind (NE 19 ).
    35.1 miles , fcd = 52.4 *.943 = 49.4 MPG. Ouch.

    Hopefully , just like Wednesday , t will be dry with a tailwind on the way home.
     
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  10. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Sorry about your father-in-law , Gord.
     
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  11. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Big hugs for your family, Gord.
     
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  12. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I really like that idea with the AGM U1. Just need to check Ah and resistance specs before purchasing, but at that cost difference, worth it to me. I gave away a fairly new Optima battery with our 2010 Prius. Now that the 2017 Prime is getting older, I'm happy to know of the possible U1 option.

    I keep a battery tender on my Crosstrek since the battery has run low a couple of times already. The telematics radio may be sucking a lot of current. I've run into low 12V battery issues with the Prime before with the OBD2 running all the time. That nixed my keeping the scan gauge plugged in. I'm sure it'll be the same with the Crosstrek.
     
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  13. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

    Sorry for your loss Gord.
     
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  14. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    The resistance rating is of little to no significance for use in a Prius, as far as I can tell, because battery current never approaches what it takes to crank an engine. The A-hr rating difference matters only if you leave the Prius parked unused for weeks at a time, leave doors ajar for long periods, or use ACC mode for long periods, etc. Typical U1 AGMs have 35 A-hr rating, roughly 80% of expensive Prius-specific batteries. A larger standard size generic AGM (maybe ~45 A-hr?) can be made to fit. To use a U1, you must adapt or rig the terminals, use spacers, and create a way to connect the vent tube if that matters.

    Harbor Freight sells the same battery I have, at a decent price if you use one of their %-off discount coupons.

    Another option is a Group 51 (fits some non-hybrid Honda's?) AGM with terminal adapters. In several brands, their Prius-specific battery is physically identical to their Group 51 AGM except the price and terminal type.

    I've had no problem with my ScanGauge draining the battery.
     
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  15. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Agreed. I only mentioned that because of some mention in PriusChat that some Priuses had issues with AGM batteries that had significantly different internal resistances. Just erring on the side of caution since I've had no personal experience with it. :)

    Again, agreed. One of the first that popped up on Amzn was a 35 Ah one at around $65. I didn't look further as I don't need one yet.

    I've been shopping more with coupons these days. I've been taking advantage of Greenworks battery operated tools using their 20% plus another 10% off (28% net) discounts. My wife is the real coupon shopper and she gets some deals in the 50% or more off variety. --> I bought a couple of good quality outdoor LED lights with small solar panel panels for 1/2 off at $26 each. They've worked really well running all night even with cloudy days to recharge. The 6W solar panels were constructed similarly to the 250W ones in my back yard.
     
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  16. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    I haven't seen those posts, and am skeptical, unless someone was trying to use a much smaller AGM battery. According to the spec sheet from UPG, the claimed internal resistance of their No. D5722 (aka, UB12350) is 10 milliohms.
     
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  17. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I had an SGII in the Prius for the 1st 3 years. Wonder if that hurt the original battery( also died at 3 yrs) ?
     
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  18. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I didn't have a problem with the Gen3... just the Prime and a similar configuration in the Crosstrek Hybrid where I could see the SG II was always lit even with the car off. It may be a newer SG II would have a fix in firmware. Mine is ancient.
     
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  19. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    Once might be bad luck, but twice is a trend. Any clue what's killing your batteries, if it's not the ScanGauge?
     
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  20. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Not a clue. I just thought it was normal. Not thrilled with it , but the car is SO good otherwise.
     
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