I EOC (engine off coast) SO much it's hard to keep my battery fully charged.
Is there a way to manually override the voltage regulator to force the alternator to ALwAYS charge the battery. For long freeway passages, I'd like to be able to throw a switch to put the alternator into it's normal charging state.
The problem is, if your battery is even the slightest bit low, it will charge automatically when you restart the engine. You probably either need a larger battery and possibly a higher rated alternator.
I'll second those replies.
If the battery is low, the system should be charging it automatically.
I try to top off my battery once in awhile with a charger. I like the idea of the solar battery tender, but I make regular use of windshield shades in the warmer months, and you have take airbag placement into account when placing it.
Before upgrading the battery and/or alternator. I'd get the current battery checked. EOCing will age it quicker, and it just might be dying.
Ok. Here's what I've engineered. Instead of mounting an unsightly solar panel on my car's roof, I will have a pole dancer.
If my calculations are correct, which I can't be too sure, because my hand was trembling with excitement as I was doing the arithmetic, a decent pole dancer should be able to put out more than enough energy. I figure the energy output can be regulated by the choice of music.