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Hi, I'm new on the list, just having bought my 2001 Insight 3 weeks ago. Does anyone have experience with how many weeks you can leave an Insight sitting without running the IMA battery down to the point of damaging it?

Thank you: Ozone
 

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Welcome, Ozone!

I have a spare IMA battery that I had sitting in my garage for over a year before I started using it. No harm done, it even had some charge left!

I think unless you are talking about a year or more, I wouldn't do any maintenance on the battery while stored. In fact, the little lead-acid 12V battery would need more maintenance than the big 144V NiMH.

Only suggestion: charge the battery to full before storing the car if it's more than a couple months.
 

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Thank you

Dear Kevin & Armin,

The information you gave me is indeed helpful. It sounds like my upcoming periods of 5-week and 3-month storage will be fine.

For the most part so far, non-hybrid users are perplexed by my concerns, and I'm glad to be on firm ground with solid knowledge.

Cheers,
Oz
 
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