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Old 01-27-2019, 06:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, new here and new to insight. I sold my 03 civic hybrid 5 speed last month and have regretted it ever since so I figured this time, why not get the even better mpg insight.
Little back story, I never had a grid charger on my civic BUT I did driving easy on the battery(never let it peg the charge meter, etc..). Loved that car, wouldn't have I'm sure if the was the automatic though.
Ok. So my question, does anyone know who's (or this design) grid charger? How do I use it? I mean I obviously plug it in but does it discharge then charge on it's own? Also, I keep reading about checking the voltage, where do I check the voltage?
The guy I got it from said he put his sisters battery out of her 2010 in it? I thought they were different? Could that be why it seems to desert itself(calibrate? Sorry. Few drinks in, can't rremember the termaknowladgy, when it goes from low battery to full) a lot? Before I plugged it up last night, I had zero IMA. I charged it last night. Maybe 12 hours. I have now read charge u till it goes to 175v.
Sorry for the newb questions, not new to IMA but am very new to grid chargers, etc..

Side note, it amazes me how different the IMA seems to work in this vs the civic, I was assuming they were identical, not even close
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Looks like a homemade version,but well designed,,somebody knew what they were doing,,,grid charge 24-28 hours straight,,if it tops out at 175 around 23 hours and doesn't move up anymore go 2 to 4 hours more and call it done. There a ton of varying discussions. Use the search box .
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Looks like a homemade version,but well designed,,somebody knew what they were doing,,,grid charge 24-28 hours straight,,if it tops out at 175 around 23 hours and doesn't move up anymore go 2 to 4 hours more and call it done. There a ton of varying discussions. Use the search box .
I been searching forever lol. Where do I check the voltage? I can't even seem to find that information lol
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You have to check at the ptc taps ,go to the search tab on top ,
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Go to the box enter battery grid charge but not longer working,,post will come up s Keith is the second one on post ,there's a picture of the bcm connector and which wires to check ,,use the google custom search box,,it's your freind.
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Did you buy a G1 or a G2 or a G3.?
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Go to the box enter battery grid charge but not longer working,,post will come up s Keith is the second one on post ,there's a picture of the bcm connector and which wires to check ,,use the google custom search box,,it's your freind.
I'll search that, thank you
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I'm not sure? It's a 2000 5 speed insight?
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The crazy part is the insight got as good of mileage with NO IMA as my civic did with IMA working and I got way better than most civic hybrid owners did, mpg with my civic. I averaged 47mpg on my civic, yesterday driving home i averaged 56mpg with no IMA. My best on the civic was 61mpg to work but that was keeping a constant look and driving as fuel economic as possible
I think the gearing is different or something or maybe there isn't as much assist on the insight. The civic felt much peppier and would pull a hill in fifth with ease where the insight doesnt(but the civic had cruise, the insight doesnt). The insight being much lighter you would think the opposite. Fifth gear in the insight is LONG winded
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I have searched for the post honda_hybrid442 referenced but cant find it. I had the grid charger charging for around 28 hours and the IMA charge indicator was still at 3 bars. Not sure if thats normal or not though. Still cant figure out exactly where to monitor voltage. Maybe Im not good at searching??
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I have searched for the post honda_hybrid442 referenced but cant find it. I had the grid charger charging for around 28 hours and the IMA charge indicator was still at 3 bars. Not sure if thats normal or not though. Still cant figure out exactly where to monitor voltage. Maybe Im not good at searching??
Are you talking about the charge indicator on the dash of the car? If so, that isn't accurate at all during grid charging. After the battery is left full after the last grid charge, the car will have to do a recalibration cycle before the gauge is accurate. For that drive the car for 5 minutes.
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