Parasitic Drain

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Parasitic Drain

Postby Bogdan » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:49 pm

Does anyone know how much my 2004's battery drains, just sitting? Also....the amount the Kisan Signal Minder I installed adds to that? I should have measured when I had the tank off last summer.

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Re: Parasitic Drain

Postby EasyBee » Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:24 pm

The clock also drains your battery.

I use a battery tender for 48 hours (Friday 6 AM till Sunday 6 AM) every week and the Motobatt is now over 8 years old.
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Re: Parasitic Drain

Postby sweatmark » Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:49 am

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Re: Parasitic Drain

Postby Bogdan » Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:35 pm

Much thanks, Sweatmark. According to that link our rides lose 2.6 mA just sitting. Still don't know how much the Kisan Signal Minder adds to that. FWIW the reason I asked: My solar panel maintains my battery to full capacity in the summer. In the winter there's less daylight and the sun moves south behind a tall building for a good part of the day. When the sun reflects into cloud cover my panel puts out 13-16 mA; when the sky is clear and the sun is behind said building the panel supplies 3 mA. After 3 weeks the battery reads 12V or a below. I usually am able to ride before it gets too low. If the snow persists I run a cord and trickle charge - a bit of a pain

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Re: Parasitic Drain

Postby Tundra Dweller » Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:44 am

If the Kisan Signal minder is in question try a voltmeter on your Battery then un-plug it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-SYN0cUcEc
I was going to buy a Kisan unit until I read some reviews stating parasitic drain and running hot.
Let us know what you find.
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Re: Parasitic Drain

Postby Bogdan » Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:58 pm

Yes..Tundra Man....the video describes it well. Trouble is, the fabled German engineers decided to bury our batteries. I don't feel like removing the tank as it's a pain in the derrièr. Hope to remember to do this next time I'm forced to remove said tank.

I find the Kisan no problem except the drain, which is not an issue during the main riding season. I find the stock system counter-intuitive; a second or two is important in heavy urban traffic. I was able to enjoy a pleasant jaunt last Sunday but today it's snowing here in Colorado.

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Re: Parasitic Drain

Postby swamper » Sun Feb 23, 2020 1:46 pm

Isn't there a fuse for the clock?
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Re: Parasitic Drain

Postby Bogdan » Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:26 pm

Yes..and a fuse for the Motronic. I pull these as well as the Kisan unit when I'm going to be out of town for extended periods. Then it drains very little. However...the box isn't made for the fuses to be removed repeatedly. I'm afraid of wearing something out. Mostly, the solar panel does the trick.

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Re: Parasitic Drain

Postby Mrclubike » Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:24 pm

I guess everyone already knows how to eliminate the drain from the signal minder
But just in case
Just cut the RED wire and move it over to the LT GRn/DRK GRN
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Re: Parasitic Drain

Postby Bogdan » Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:49 pm

No.. Mrclubike. This is the second or third time I've raised this topic and this is the only time this info has been posted. Opened my Haynes manual though I'm not the best at reading these diagrams. Am I correct in thinking that this move would cut the flow to the hazard lights ? Would you know where is an accessible/easy place to perform this re-route ?


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