Except for the high end Genesis(now out of production) and the very similar HybridRevolt, most all of the other chargers are permanently installed and require some effort to do a car changeover. Even the high end chargers require a harness be installed.I would like to balance my battery as routine maintenance. if anyone is in the Metro area and has a good charger that I can balance my battery with, that would be great. Thanks.
I have done this for friends here in Richmond and I don't think you are understanding the complexities involved. First, the best balancing results are achieved by the top end chargers/dischargers that I mentioned. By both saturation charging and deep discharging they achieve both top and bottom balancing. Though Jeff652 of Hybrid Automotive is working on a discharger, he has not yet marketed it afaik. Second, every grid charger is either hard wired into the owners car, or it relies on some sort of battery harness, usually permanently installed, for the charger hookup. You don't have a harness.I'm looking for a one time charge to balance the cells that might be unevenly charged or charging. I'm hoping someone has a charger that could do this. I'm no expert in these things.I don't mind driving a ways to get this done. Thanks
As was already mentioned, charging an Insight battery pack isn't like charging a 12 v. battery. Charging the battery pack requires the installation of a charging harness for the charger to connect to and to run the battery pack cooling fan during charging. A charger owner would not typically have a spare harness that you could use, and removing the harness from his battery pack so that it could be installed on your battery pack is not a trivial exercise and certainly nothing that you should reasonably expect.I'm looking for a one time charge to balance the cells that might be unevenly charged or charging. I'm hoping someone has a charger that could do this.
If it is only 3 months out of warranty, it might be worth it to try the dealer to see if they will work with you.Thanks everyone. I let the car sit for 10 days and now the ima light is on. Almost sure batt. needs rebalancing. Its 10 years old and 3mos. out of warranty. (06) Even if I got a grid charger, Im wondering how long this tired battery would last? Anyone sell new batteries in minneapolis, or know of a hybrid shop that can help diagnose and fix? Would forcing a recal be a good first thing to try? I will prob take it to dealership to get codes read and see if they would replace battery (if needed) .thanks again.
Dang.I was just in Madison. Should ve had EricBecky throw one in. I'll take it in to the dealer.thank.