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Old 10-28-2015, 05:06 PM   #1
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My family is suffering from what appears to be a battery virus that attacks without warning.

Three weeks ago our daughter (lives a few miles from us) called to see if we would loan her a car to get to work. Her battery was dead. Two days later the battery on her DH's truck went out. The following week I discovered the battery on my riding mower was dead - and wouldn't take a charge. Then we headed out on a 10 day RV trip, and on the third day the batteries in my truck failed. It has two batteries and although only one was shot I replaced them both (almost 4 years old).

We returned home and DW jumped in her 2014 Toyota and - you guessed it - the battery was dead - no sign of life whatsoever. Jump started it and took it to the dealer who said the battery checked out to be fine. To their credit, the service guy did agree there was no way the thing should have gone completely dead after sitting for only 10 days, so they installed a new one under warranty.

I found I'm now holding my breath each time I turn an ignition switch or push the start button.
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That is strange . Just in time for Halloween.
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That's bad luck.

DW has a 2014 Subaru that won't hold a charge long. Even a couple of weeks and it's heavily drained. I suspect the battery is undersized, but the car has so much electronic gear that stays on and uses battery even when the car is off I got a battery tender.
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Another reason to not live in Texas?
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I hope someone will add it to the master list of why not to move to Texas. Every little bit helps.
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Unless you LIKE fireants, etc.
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I hope someone will add it to the master list of why not to move to Texas. Every little bit helps.
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Do you live in Texas?

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I have read that today's cars electronic systems use battery power even when the vehicle is not running. I guess it has to do with storing settings for the vehicle. A dead car battery after sitting for a week or two does not seem unusual.

I'm considering purchasing a lithium ion jump starter battery to be carried in the trunk. Any thoughts on this?
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I'm considering purchasing a lithium ion jump starter battery to be carried in the trunk. Any thoughts on this?
I don't have any experience with them but a quick look on Amazon showed the most popular units are priced between $70 and $130. I was thinking of something MichaelB mentioned earlier- a battery tender. They are less expensive and will keep the battery charged when the car sits for several days:

http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender...battery+tender
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You could try this one cheaply:

Automatic Battery Float Charger
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I think it is another variant of the bird flu virus, known as the battery chicken virus.
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Thanks, I forgot about that one.
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I'm considering purchasing a lithium ion jump starter battery to be carried in the trunk. Any thoughts on this?
I have one and they are simply amazing. Once charged they'll start a car at -30F more than once.
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REW,

I have read that today's cars electronic systems use battery power even when the vehicle is not running. I guess it has to do with storing settings for the vehicle. A dead car battery after sitting for a week or two does not seem unusual.

I'm considering purchasing a lithium ion jump starter battery to be carried in the trunk. Any thoughts on this?
I am also.... I had one of those big bulky (and crappy) lead acid ones that would keep a charge for a couple of months...

I have heard on many car shows that they are great... will also charge other electronics if needed...

Anybody have an suggestions (thread hijack )
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I still use one of the lead acid types. I charge every 2 month whether used or not to keep the battery fresh. Making the charging a habit doesn't seem too bothersome. In fact, 11/1 the battery is due for the next recharge .
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