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Disconnects (Saves) Battery at Low Voltage

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Several weeks ago I read about a device called a Battery Buddy, and I believe it was in your column. The device in question attaches to the battery cable, and when the battery voltage drops to a predetermined level it shuts off all current to the vehicle.

 

I spend part of the year in Minnesota and part of the year in California. I leave a car at each end, and have trouble with the battery going dead over time. I now disconnect the cables when I leave, but the device mentioned above would be much simpler, especially if someone had to start the car to move it while I am away.

 

I would certainly appreciate any information you might have on where the Battery Buddy can be purchased.

 

Answer:

 

There are several different manufacturers that produce items for this same basic purpose. That is to break the connection to the vehicle's battery when battery voltage drops below a certain point in order to prevent a no start condition. This can happen due to a number of reasons, such as leaving your lights on, a door ajar, sitting for long periods of time, or even a power draining short (or electrical draw).

 

I'm going to suggest looking into the "Priority-Start" Automatic Battery Protection Device. Reports show its electronic design to be innovative, and of higher quality than other versions. The unit will disconnect the vehicle's battery when battery voltage drops below 12 volts. Then it will automatically reconnect the battery and get you on your way by simply switching on the ignition. In other words, you don't have to do anything!

 

The unit requires a very simple installation and goes for about $64.95. You can order one by calling BLI International at 1-800-780-8276. They also make a marine and a 24-volt version for a few dollars more.

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Comments:

marie
21 Jan 2012, 12:02
i bought a battery buddy and had it installed a year ago.. today i am stranded as my battery buddy did not work . warranties are worthless . I have been online looking for ways to report my non functioning battery buddy and all i found were these sites selling the battery buddy. Is that what the battery buddy is selling discomfort battery.. " the act of beating or pounding"
Stefan Rosik
29 Jan 2012, 07:16
Hi,

can you drop me a not where to get ? MIne went bad last nicht and my chevy needs a new one urgently

thanx
Stefan
Admin
29 Jan 2012, 10:33
Google it. They're all over.
Patrick
08 Nov 2012, 11:54
I have had a Battery Buddy for about 10 yrs now... I have never replaced my car battery... Not to say the Battery Buddy enhances the battery, but it prevents it from ever going dead! I have never had to jump my car since I've had it... 1 time dead battery = 1/2 the life! Buy one! It is a very useful tool and a time saver at very least!
Ron
14 Nov 2012, 22:19
I have a Battery Buddy automatic disconnect. It has been around for quite a while on the shelf. Itdoes not have an automatic reset. It has a button to push to reset.

I am trying to install this unit but don't have the instructions. I see how to hook up the battery cables, but what do I do with the third wire, the small one? Help, please!

Thnks
Admin
15 Nov 2012, 08:50
I believe that's a ground wire to be connected to the negative battery post or any engine/chassis ground. But you should do a search on the manufacture for instructions to be sure.
Mark
08 Feb 2013, 13:54
Do you sell battery buddy's for Chevy g20 gladiators
Admin
10 Feb 2013, 11:06
Search for Priority Start system. It's a universal device which can be installed on your Chevy van.
Hal
16 Aug 2013, 20:56
@Ron who asked: "What do I do with the third wire, the small one?"

I realize this is an old thread, but as Admin suggested, the Battery Buddy owners manual says: "Secure [the small wire, which Battery Buddy calls the ground terminal] to bolt at vehicle ground point such as a metal fender, a metal battery tie down, or under the nut of the Neg (-) battery cable. Battery Buddy will not function without proper ground connection. (Note: Use a knife or sandpaper to make sure grounding surface is free of paint and dirt. Plastic, rubber, and/or painted metal surfaces in contact with Ground Terminal prevent proper ground connection.)
Xavier Ramirez
07 Aug 2014, 15:44
I had a battery buddy several years ago and let it go when i sold the van. Now i need another one. The problem is i can't find the brand Battery Buddy. if anyone can help, that would be great. thankyou.

 

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