Anyone think it worth upgrading to a smart(er) charger that can charge slower/within set limits? Worth it for battery longevity? Perhaps the included charger is smart enough..
Unless you have more than one battery or are someone who uses their battery every day for some significant mileage. Even if not there are advantages to a better charger. 100% charges may actually shorten battery life, but the opinions there vary. Before I started selling chargers I used an advanced charger for several years. BUT I have 36, 48, and 52V batteries. That makes it a no brainer. Even so I've always been one for having the best I can afford and given the cost of batteries. I have several friends that accomplish 80% charges with a timer and multimeter. Two items every one of us should absolutely be using anyway.Thanks for the input. It sounds like factoring in the potential drop in battery prices over 2-3 years and the fact that smart chargers for these types of batteries are pretty expensive...its probably a wash.
It's the idea of spending $300 on a charger that bites. It's hard. Even for someone who's flush. It's a big price tag when a basic single voltage can be as low as $30. I like that I have a battery history on the charger as well. I'm to old and daft to keep track on my own. Especially with the number of batteries I own. But I jumped in when I had just 2 36V. They were the price of 52V batteries, or more, when I bought them.Well I did read that a big part of the prius battery longevity is the management, keeping charge and discharge levels between set limits, watching temperature, adjusting speed of charge etc. so I see your point.
Absolutely! It works very well, and with just a little practice can be quite accurate!If you didn't want to spend that much on the Satiator, which is probably the best aftermarket charger you can buy, you can always buy an outlet timer to shut off your charging after a period of time. So if you knew it took 4 hours to reach 100%, you could have it shut off around 3.5 hours or something like that. Not nearly as accurate but cheap