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by FLKiaEV
Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:47 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Has anyone replaced their 12V battery with lithium?
Replies: 8
Views: 5932

Re: Has anyone replaced their 12V battery with lithium?

No issues whatsoever. I tested them individually about a month ago and they were still showing excellent voltage (13.something IIRC). I will say that if you are planning on doing this with a parallel setup, do take the time to make sure that the batteries are voltage-matched before connecting them t...
by FLKiaEV
Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: General / Main Kia Soul EV Owners Forum
Topic: Does charging only to 80% really make a difference?
Replies: 8
Views: 1559

Re: Does charging only to 80% really make a difference?

If I remember correctly it was in Estonia, and I think I remember seeing snow in the background when the guy was showing the car so the cold climate bit is probably true. I still was amazed that it had been quick charged almost 7,000 times and still was going along although it had lost about 30% of ...
by FLKiaEV
Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: General / Main Kia Soul EV Owners Forum
Topic: How to remove EV sticker
Replies: 0
Views: 1253

How to remove EV sticker

Hello everyone. I bought my Kia Soul EV+ used from California and had it shipped to my state (Florida). Great car and I love it. But! In California electric vehicles often (usually) have a sticker on them that allows them to drive in the "eco-friendly" lanes. We don't have those in Florida...
by FLKiaEV
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: General / Main Kia Soul EV Owners Forum
Topic: Does charging only to 80% really make a difference?
Replies: 8
Views: 1559

Re: Does charging only to 80% really make a difference?

Yep, that's what I've heard too (about staying between 40% - 60%). I rarely charge it to 100% and if I do it's because I'm going on a slightly longer journey and I drive the vehicle within a short time after charging has finished. On that note, I saw a YouTube video last week where a guy was using L...
by FLKiaEV
Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: General / Main Kia Soul EV Owners Forum
Topic: Does charging only to 80% really make a difference?
Replies: 8
Views: 1559

Re: Does charging only to 80% really make a difference?

That makes sense. Coincidentally, I received in the mail today an item I ordered a few weeks ago: An OBD-II dongle that works with the "Soul Spy" app I installed on my phone (via bluetooth) which should give a lot of highly detailed information about the state of the battery. It's a Konnwe...
by FLKiaEV
Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: General / Main Kia Soul EV Owners Forum
Topic: Does charging only to 80% really make a difference?
Replies: 8
Views: 1559

Re: Does charging only to 80% really make a difference?

Thanks. In that case though, does "full charging" mean to charge a battery to its actual full capacity or to what the management system is reporting as full (which might only be 90-something percent not counting the upper buffer)? I'll check out the article.
by FLKiaEV
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: General / Main Kia Soul EV Owners Forum
Topic: Does charging only to 80% really make a difference?
Replies: 8
Views: 1559

Does charging only to 80% really make a difference?

That is, as far as battery longevity goes, does only charging to 80% make a big difference? I know that charging to 100% is not actually charging to 100% because of the upper buffer, but am I wasting usable range by not just charging to 100%? Anybody know what Kia says about this? I didn't see anyth...
by FLKiaEV
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: General / Main Kia Soul EV Owners Forum
Topic: Better mileage using "B-mode" all the time, or only some of the time?
Replies: 4
Views: 8906

Re: Better mileage using "B-mode" all the time, or only some of the time?

I always keep mine in B-mode EXCEPT when driving on the highway because lifting off the accelerator will rob you of too much momentum which requires additional energy to regain. Of course, even in normal non-B mode it regens a bit but less is better in this case. If I could turn it completely off on...
by FLKiaEV
Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:50 pm
Forum: Modifications and Accessories
Topic: DIY LED headlights - did not work out.
Replies: 4
Views: 10061

Re: DIY LED headlights - did not work out.

I wonder if switching to LEDs would even be worth the effort. Do they really use THAT much less power than the stock ones? If it's only going to increase my range by a few percent then I would say it's not really worth it, especially if these other claims are true (not good in the rain, etc).
by FLKiaEV
Sat Dec 19, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Modifications and Accessories
Topic: seat covers? seat cleaning?
Replies: 11
Views: 6540

Re: seat covers? seat cleaning?

I sent you a PM. Hopefully it will be useful to you.

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