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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-24-2019, 12:32 AM
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Interesting that the documents/links are for "pre-delivery service" (PDS) - meaning they're intended for dealer use before sale, rather than for the consumer. Seems like Toyota takes into account that hybrid vehicles can sit on dealer lots for a while, and require special checks to ensure battery quality and mechanical health. Would be nice if this type of information was communicated as a standard to all consumers.

The PDS that I've seen from Honda aren't nearly this detailed. I hope Honda internally has a detailed version like Toyota's; but given some of the 'battery failure' issues reported already among forum members, methinks Honda is lacking in this area...
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Well, I read everything I could and talked to everyone that claimed to know anything about whether we could charge or tender the 12v battery. Every source said no and claimed that if I parked the car for 2 months when I'm in Florida it wouldn't hurt anything. I'll find out soon. I parked my 2019 Insight Sept 27 and hope to get back in it about November 23. We will see how good that battery really is. Cross your fingers folks.
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Well, I read everything I could and talked to everyone that claimed to know anything about whether we could charge or tender the 12v battery. Every source said no and claimed that if I parked the car for 2 months when I'm in Florida it wouldn't hurt anything. I'll find out soon. I parked my 2019 Insight Sept 27 and hope to get back in it about November 23. We will see how good that battery really is. Cross your fingers folks.
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Winter storage

I live in rural Minnesota, and need to store my 2019 insight for the winter in a well ventilated outbuilding through much of the winter. Once the heavy snows come I won’t be able to drive the car until spring. I have two questions:
1. Can I use an AGM float/maintenance charge like the following to keep the 12v battery charged?
Battery Tender Plus 12V, 1.25A Battery Charger https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00068XCQU..._XM86DbEFSXSET

2. Will I be able to keep the HV battery alive and well by just starting the Insight once per month for 30+ minutes. I can do this at around 3000 rpm if needed, and can open large doors on the building to keep things well ventilated.
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1) That charger should work well with our AGM battery.

2) It should be fine, if you have enough room in the building, I'd pull it forward and backward a couple times to make sure the drivetrain stays well lubricated and to prevent flat spots on the tires from developing.

Obviously if you have a nice weather day, I'd take the car out for a short drive. (Also be sure to check for rodents and other animal debris, and hope they haven't chewed on anything.)

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