Voltage Regulator Bad???

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  1. Veloc

    Veloc Senior Member
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    Dear sifus and forumers....

    I recently acquired an Hot Inazma LR voltage regulator. Now having doubts to use it because I have heard from more than one friend that VS actually drains battery. It kills the battery faster. Is this true? Does this happen generally or only when the car is not in use for longer periods?


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  2. vr2turbo

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    As far as I know it does not drain the battery, unless the VS is faulty. Have heard of faulty VS draining battery before....
     
  3. Izso

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    I think it depends on the design of the VS. If it's a capacitor bank, then yes, it'll probably drain. But if you look at Pivot and their VS, it's not a problem. I've had mine for ages and it extends the life the battery if anything. 2 years and still going strong (the battery).
     
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    Pivot ones not capacitor bank?:hmmmm:
     
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    currently on guangdao and my previous free maintenance batt lasted about 2.5 years (30 months) and cranking was always easy.
    changed batt recently cos sent car for painting.
     
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    For me, with or without the VS, battery seems to last about the same time only.....:confused:
     
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    My ori Pivot VSM-E at the first few years the battery lasted longer than it should, after that probably the capacitor gone case so it drained my battery. Did a test using test pen the Voltage Stabilizer did 'run electric' in Cantonese (dunno the word in English). Just sharing.
     
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    Run Electric...."Chow Teen".....good one......:biggrin:

    I think same as what we have been discussing, VS faulty and draining the battery......:biggrin:
     
  9. YYC

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    Leakage.
    By the way I'm using Pivot Megaraizin for 7 years still work fine.
     
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    It's not la. Condensers I think.

    My Myvi with VS seems to have better electrical performance (no GK). Lights don't dim as much when the compressor kicks in. And the battery is still going strong like I said. The other Myvi of mine has nothing attached to it and it recently had the battery changed. According to the marking, it's 1.5 years old. Same Panasonic brand battery on both cars.

    So perhaps it's just me but VS seems to 'condition' the voltage into the battery so much so it prolongs it's life. My Sylphy running on 1 year old Century batteries. Let's see how long it lasts without anything connected to it.

    I want to connect my alternator-battery power cable to it but no point atm, I'll get it done once my sound system is done up and that'll be several months minimum to even get started. No budget.
     
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    Brother, in electrical field isn't capacitor and condenser means the same thing?:hmmmm:

    On the battery many say the life cycle is the charge and discharge cycle. Like my wife's SUV, no VS also can last more than 2 years.
    In my VR I found a parasitic leak and was draining my battery until flat in 4 to 5 days. Wire man cannot find the problem so following some youtube video, I check myself and found the leak from my ignition fuse, so what I did was remove that fuse whenever I am home. So far working well, and battery also almost 20 months already...:driver:
    Currently running without the VS, as I thought VS problem, I even change my HU (I got spare unit), thought was HU problem also....hahhaha
     
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    You're right, condenser = capacitor.. hahahaha.. whoops. Then i dunno la. Cuz I've had the Myvi parked there for 2 weeks without even starting and firing up the car after that no problem also. I dunno.

    And only vr2turbo would have a spare HU of all things in his storeroom. :biggrin:
     
  13. goohtj

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    Capacitors don't drain much electricity. <5ma. [car alarm >200ma]
    your unit c/w a led [15ma]

    to double check an old vs,
    1. open the casing
    2. check the capacitors for bulge , any abnormal . replace the bad capacitor .
    <rm5 per capacitor
    3. kaw tim

    vs helps to regulate and increases the battery cca and voltage stability.
     
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    Usually if battery in good condition, 2 weeks park without using can still fire up. If it does not, battery is weak already.

    HU with same plug, if not, I need to re-wire....hahhaha
    Single din and double din actually have another 2 units spare each....:driver:
     
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    Inazma Hyper user, so far satisfying. Buddy of mine ran his for 5years+ been prolonging his batt lifespan as well.
     
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    Since we're talking VS here, does anyone know where to buy original Pivot Raizin?
     
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    I bought mine from N1 Racing in Sunway
     
  18. Veloc

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    Thank you for all the discussions and testimonies guys. Definitely helped. Now I feel more confident trying out my Hot Inazma but definitely going to pry it open and check the capacitors first.

    By the way, there is this LED that always blinks whether or not the engine is on or off. This means that the current is always flowing through the capacitors whether or not the engine is on. And with current flowing through capacitors, there is bound to be energy loss right? Could that factor be the battery destroyer???
     
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    It's extremely low current and voltage. Too low to be a problem.
     
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    It is always on as it is directly connected to the battery terminals and not through the ignition switch....
     

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