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by SparkE
Wed Feb 03, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Level 1 Charger with 16 amps
Replies: 1
Views: 613

Re: Level 1 Charger with 16 amps

The EVSE (what you call a "charger" - the charger is actually in the car) tells the vehicle what it can provide. The Spark pulls what it pulls. The spark will *never* pull more than 12 amps on 120V. NEVER. The max the SparkEV will pull at 240V is 3.3 kW. So buying anything over a 16A 240V charger is...
by SparkE
Mon Feb 01, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: "Propulsion Power Is Reduced" + "Service Vehicle Soon," 12V Battery is New
Replies: 10
Views: 1402

Re: "Propulsion Power Is Reduced" + "Service Vehicle Soon," 12V Battery is New

Bingo. Thank you. I just found that same Delco LN1AGM elsewhere on the forum. I could put that in myself, right? Doesn't seem like it would require anything special. A wrench to undo the bolts, take out old battery, put in new, screw bolts back on. BUT - you already paid for a battery from AAA. *TH...
by SparkE
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:51 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: "Propulsion Power Is Reduced" + "Service Vehicle Soon," 12V Battery is New
Replies: 10
Views: 1402

Re: "Propulsion Power Is Reduced" + "Service Vehicle Soon," 12V Battery is New

8.5 V is "dead battery" - as in completely useless. Talk to your neighbors and see if anybody has a battery charger that you can borrow for a day.
by SparkE
Fri Jan 29, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: "Propulsion Power Is Reduced" + "Service Vehicle Soon," 12V Battery is New
Replies: 10
Views: 1402

Re: "Propulsion Power Is Reduced" + "Service Vehicle Soon," 12V Battery is New

12.22 Volts is low , about 50% - full charge it should be around 12.6V .

I wouldn't think that 12.22V would cause a problem, but to be sure I would trickle charge the 12V battery overnight.
by SparkE
Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty
Replies: 118
Views: 76278

Re: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty

Still not a warm and fuzzy, as I think someone here mentioned they don't really test capacity? I just let her know that I'll just continue to drive the car for the next year or so and if I truly do dip below 40%, then I would schedule the appointment. Frankly, I would drive it until it either (1) n...
by SparkE
Thu Jan 07, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty
Replies: 118
Views: 76278

Re: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty

So after chatting with GM on my phone with texts, I set up another appointment with the dealership via a local Customer Experience Representative. The same shop manager told the rep there is no "capacity test" and if there is a problem the car will throw a code. My next call will be to the State At...
by SparkE
Thu Jan 07, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty
Replies: 118
Views: 76278

Re: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty

PS: you can probably find a used Bolt with less than 35k miles near Portland for around $12k-$14k or so. Even with battery degradation (which is much less than on a Spark, maybe 5-10% after 3-4 years) you will have over 200 miles (summer) and over 150 miles (winter) of range. And it should last you ...
by SparkE
Thu Jan 07, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty
Replies: 118
Views: 76278

Re: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty

Concerning Dealer fees : they will try to kill you with fees , putting more money in their pocket. look at the sticker to see if there is both a destination charge as well as a delivery charge. If there is, tell the dealer you aren't paying the delivery charge, because it's nonsense. The Destination...
by SparkE
Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty
Replies: 118
Views: 76278

Re: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty

I have a long list of things I do at car dealerships to (1) not get taken, and (2) fvck with them when they fvck with me. The most useful one is knowing what *their* invoice price is (what they pay) *and* all about the current Rebates and Incentives from (*and to*) the dealer. (Sometimes the dealer ...
by SparkE
Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: service battery charging system
Replies: 50
Views: 48145

Re: service battery charging system

As added insurance, I keep a 12-volt Viking Compact Power Pack (Harbor Freight) under the driver's seat in each Spark EV. . DrMorgan : I highly suggest NOT leaving your emergency "jump starter" pack in your car in the summer in the central valley. The heat will not do good things for the life of th...

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