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by FLKiaEV
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:02 am
Forum: General / Main Kia Soul EV Owners Forum
Topic: Comprehensive online Kia Soul EV manual
Replies: 3
Views: 489

Re: Comprehensive online Kia Soul EV manual

Ah, good to know. Could come in handy. I needed an in-depth manual recently because I needed to remove the front bumper cover (some idiot backed into my Soul at a car wash. Luckily he was going slowly and also luckily he had a trailer hitch so 95% of the damage was concentrated in a small area). I b...
by FLKiaEV
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: General / Main Kia Soul EV Owners Forum
Topic: Comprehensive online Kia Soul EV manual
Replies: 3
Views: 489

Comprehensive online Kia Soul EV manual

Thought this might come in handy for some people: https://www.ksoulev.com/kia_soul_ev_ps_ ... -2239.html It's an online service repair manual for 2015-2020 Kia Soul EVs. I stumbled upon it by accident. Hope someone finds it useful.
by FLKiaEV
Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Has anyone replaced their 12V battery with lithium?
Replies: 16
Views: 8049

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

Thanks! I'll check into it and see if there are any others that can give the SOC of lithium batteries. As for the other parameters being measured, this reminds me of something that always annoyed me about car manufacturers: Dummy warning lights that don't even come on until you ALREADY have a fatal ...
by FLKiaEV
Sun Mar 07, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Has anyone replaced their 12V battery with lithium?
Replies: 16
Views: 8049

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

Lithium batteries also do much better at holding a charge when not being used for extended periods of time. Lead acid is not good at this. But you're right that it's good to test them regularly. Lithium holds its charge while being used really well until the very end and then it just dies suddenly. ...
by FLKiaEV
Sun Mar 07, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Has anyone replaced their 12V battery with lithium?
Replies: 16
Views: 8049

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

Well, I think the reason Kia used that 45AH battery is because it was readily available and so they didn't have to have a specially made one (which would increase cost slightly). Just my guess. But you're right: A typical lead-acid battery for an ICE vehicle gets used up so quickly because of the hi...
by FLKiaEV
Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:47 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Has anyone replaced their 12V battery with lithium?
Replies: 16
Views: 8049

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: 2907

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: 2443

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: 2907

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: 2907

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...

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