Blue LED on Moto car charger...


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  1. Droidood

    Droidood Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Any idea if this could cause battery issues? I usually drive my car every day but I've never had anything like this stupid charger with a light that is PERMANENTLY on. My cigarette lighter port is powered 100% of the time, even when the car is turned off, locked, etc.

    This also seems like a theft issue to me... it's just a stupid charger but that won't stop them from thinking "OMG SHINY BLUE LIGHT, MUST BE FANCY STUFF INSIDE!!!"

    Any way to turn it off other than breaking it?
     

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  2. Redflea

    Redflea Well-Known Member

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    I had the same question, frankly...my moto charger has a small blue LED on it, and my cig port it hot all the time as well (yours a BMW too?).

    I figured that a tiny LED light can't hurt the battery, but I was paranoid enough that I always remove it...my commute is about 10 minutes each way, so it would be sitting there being blue w/out any engine running about 23 hours and 40 minutes a day....
     
  3. mplevy

    mplevy Well-Known Member

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    My GPS has a blue led on the power plug, I haven't had an issue in 2 years, including when I had another charger with led plugged into another always-on cig lighter plug.
     
  4. barry99705

    barry99705 Well-Known Member

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    Little black paint will fix that.
     
  5. jimdibb

    jimdibb Well-Known Member

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    Electrical tape.
     
  6. PhishFunkadelic

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    The charger is always on in my VW and i was paranoid about keeping something plugged into it all of the time. I didn't want my battery to die on me. But after having something (usually an ipod with a radio transmitter) plugged in all of the time for about a year and a half now, i have never had to jump my car. I've actually jumped at least 20 cars in my work parking lot in the past six months alone. As for the light, i agree that electrical tape would be the best way to go.
     
  7. Redflea

    Redflea Well-Known Member

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    Cool...thanks for the info. I guess I'll not be worrying about that any more...
     
  8. cb2000a

    cb2000a Active Member

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    Unfortunately, Honda, in their infinite wisdom made the power plug on my Element go through the ignition. :rolleyes:
     
  9. bigbill25

    bigbill25 Well-Known Member

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    If you don't like it always-on or if you don't like it on with the ignition, rewire it! It's pretty easy to find switched or un-switched 12V lines almost anywhere behind a dash, and as the charger will only draw .2 amps, doesn't add a discernible load to what ever circuit you connect it to...

    --Bill
     
  10. barry99705

    barry99705 Well-Known Member

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    I have no problem with that. I also wired in a plug in that storage compartment by the map lights. Kept my gps up there. Though that would keep it safer since you can't really see it from outside the car, I was wrong.... In 17 years of having a car in Alaska I never locked it, move to Ohio and in 6 months it gets broken into, in my own damn driveway! :mad:
     

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