Go Back   AnandTech Forums > Social > The Garage

Forums
· Hardware and Technology
· CPUs and Overclocking
· Motherboards
· Video Cards and Graphics
· Memory and Storage
· Power Supplies
· Cases & Cooling
· SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs
· Networking
· Peripherals
· General Hardware
· Highly Technical
· Computer Help
· Home Theater PCs
· Consumer Electronics
· Digital and Video Cameras
· Mobile Devices & Gadgets
· Audio/Video & Home Theater
· Software
· Software for Windows
· All Things Apple
· *nix Software
· Operating Systems
· Programming
· PC Gaming
· Console Gaming
· Distributed Computing
· Security
· Social
· Off Topic
· Politics and News
· Discussion Club
· Love and Relationships
· The Garage
· Health and Fitness
· Merchandise and Shopping
· For Sale/Trade
· Hot Deals with Free Stuff/Contests
· Black Friday 2014
· Forum Issues
· Technical Forum Issues
· Personal Forum Issues
· Suggestion Box
· Moderator Resources
· Moderator Discussions
   

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-09-2011, 08:33 PM   #1
vshah
Lifer
 
vshah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 18,748
Default installing battery tender - connection points question

So I'm installing a permanent battery tender (this one).

I've got it mounted in the engine bay. The instructions call for the positive O-ring/lead to connect directly to the positive terminal of the battery, and the negative to connect to a body ground point or the engine block.

However, I can't find a suitable point anywhere within reach of the negative cable. Would it be terrible if I just connected it to the negative battery terminal bolt? It's all the same "Node" in the circuit, isn't it?

car is a 2008 acura RL, and the tender is mounted to the right of the battery as you face the car.

Thanks!
__________________
Intel Core i7 920 || Asus P6T Deluxe V2 || Noctua NH-U12P|| 12GB DDR3-1600
GTX 670 || Intel x-25m 80gb || 1TB Caviar Black || Antec 902 ||Antec 550w
HEAT
XBL: the4ner85

Last edited by vshah; 07-09-2011 at 08:35 PM.
vshah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2011, 09:22 PM   #2
Eli
Super Moderator
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 50,005
Default

Can't find a ground strap?

I'd probably just connect it to the negative terminal honestly, lol.
__________________
http://www.bumblebeebatteries.com

2001 Honda Insight 5MT, MIMA #163P - 158,388 miles and counting as of 7/2011
Best Trip - 82.0MPG over 1200 miles
2001 Honda Insight 5MT - 450,000 miles and counting as of 2/2012 (Fiancee's)
Best Trip - 92.4MPG over 400 miles
2000 Honda Insight 5MT, MIMA #173P, BCM Gauge, OBDIIC&C Gauge, Upgraded 8Ah battery - 227,248 miles and counting as of 10/2011
Best Trip - 83.1mpg over 458mi
Eli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2011, 09:44 PM   #3
Zivic
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 2,496
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by vshah View Post
So I'm installing a permanent battery tender (this one).

I've got it mounted in the engine bay. The instructions call for the positive O-ring/lead to connect directly to the positive terminal of the battery, and the negative to connect to a body ground point or the engine block.

However, I can't find a suitable point anywhere within reach of the negative cable. Would it be terrible if I just connected it to the negative battery terminal bolt? It's all the same "Node" in the circuit, isn't it?

car is a 2008 acura RL, and the tender is mounted to the right of the battery as you face the car.

Thanks!

There should be a ground strap coming off the negative battery cable. just follow it it a ways...

if you can't find it off the cable, you could find just about any bolt coming off the engine itself. most cars have multiple grounding points coming off the motor.

but if all else fails, you will be fine grounding it to negative battery terminal
Zivic is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2011, 09:47 PM   #4
LTC8K6
Lifer
 
LTC8K6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Under an American chemtrail
Posts: 18,275
Default

You can either lengthen the wire so it reaches, or just go ahead and connect it right to the battery.
__________________
no offense, but does he have some sort of mental dissability? -nick1985

Brainwashed, mentally unstable, and stupid Intel user, screwed by Intel and located directly under a chemtrail.

Don't be a moron! Buy AMD!
LTC8K6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2011, 10:19 PM   #5
vshah
Lifer
 
vshah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 18,748
Default

there was a ground strap unfortunately getting to the nut behind it would have required taking off the bumper

Sent from my Nexus One using Tapatalk
__________________
Intel Core i7 920 || Asus P6T Deluxe V2 || Noctua NH-U12P|| 12GB DDR3-1600
GTX 670 || Intel x-25m 80gb || 1TB Caviar Black || Antec 902 ||Antec 550w
HEAT
XBL: the4ner85
vshah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2011, 11:12 PM   #6
Eli
Super Moderator
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 50,005
Default

Yeah, screw that. Battery terminal will be fine.

Sent from my Inspiron 7010 using the keyboard
__________________
http://www.bumblebeebatteries.com

2001 Honda Insight 5MT, MIMA #163P - 158,388 miles and counting as of 7/2011
Best Trip - 82.0MPG over 1200 miles
2001 Honda Insight 5MT - 450,000 miles and counting as of 2/2012 (Fiancee's)
Best Trip - 92.4MPG over 400 miles
2000 Honda Insight 5MT, MIMA #173P, BCM Gauge, OBDIIC&C Gauge, Upgraded 8Ah battery - 227,248 miles and counting as of 10/2011
Best Trip - 83.1mpg over 458mi
Eli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2011, 12:48 PM   #7
vshah
Lifer
 
vshah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 18,748
Default

yeah, I just went to the battery. works fine.
__________________
Intel Core i7 920 || Asus P6T Deluxe V2 || Noctua NH-U12P|| 12GB DDR3-1600
GTX 670 || Intel x-25m 80gb || 1TB Caviar Black || Antec 902 ||Antec 550w
HEAT
XBL: the4ner85
vshah is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:15 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.