I was just wondering if starting up the heating using UVO would be a way to ensure the 12v battery get topped up? Would be an option for those situations where the car is parked some distance away for a long time.
I think not recommended. 15 minutes is nowhere near enough to do any good. The daily battery saver+ feature charges it for 20 minutes every day anyway (providing you have it enabled!). Also, every time UVO is used there is some period of discharge on the 12V battery for a few minutes. This would likely negate any slight gain that just 15 minutes charging could possibly give. To usefully charge a 12V battery takes hours, not minutes.I had it with my first edition 3 times. I now have the 4+ but was wondering if it was in an airport car park say for a couple of weeks. If I ran the heating a few times concurrently now and then it would add a bit extra top up just as insurance. I know from the FE once the battery has died once it can happen quite often. So I would like to insure as best I can against it.
Yes that was the only time mine has said caution as well. It was a 4+ straight from the boat so no hanging around. I put it on a smart charger which took about 12 hours to indicate fully charged. Not had a problem since December despite not being driven much yet.The only time UVO said my battery status was Caution was just after I got it. I sat in the car for an hour in Utility Mode playing with all the features and haven't seen it since.
I wonder how many 12V battery issues would've been avoided if everyone did that?
I've just taken delivery of our 4+ and FINALLY got UVO working (had to drive round the block to get a network apparently) and it's showing the 12V with an exclamation mark. I decided to go put it in utility mode in the garage by leaving the key in the car. Managed to do that, but the headlight won't go off. Froze my bits off searching through the options looking for how to turn off the lights. Failed, dismally.The only time UVO said my battery status was Caution was just after I got it. I sat in the car for an hour in Utility Mode playing with all the features and haven't seen it since.
Duh! Realised how to turn the lights off. Just been to do it, but you posted before I could get back. Thanks.Just turn the lights stalk switch to off. (Maybe also need to engage parking brake?)
You could have used the heater whilst sat fiddling around BTW. It works in Utility mode. In fact everything does except actual driving. Peter
OK - thanks for all that info. If I try and fool the car by switching into Utility mode and leaving the key inside while I come in to the warm, is the car likely to lock itself - with my key inside;. My old GTE used to do just that. If you unlocked the car but didn't use the doors, it would lock itself after 30 secs or so.Auxiliary battery saver+ is great for maintaining a well charged to start with battery (providing no additional loads have been added such as certain Dashcams, OBD scanner devices etc).
However it is only 20 minutes a day, irrespective of how flat it may be. 20 minutes is nowhere near long enough to actually recharge a discharged lead acid battery. It is just enough to nicely maintain a well charged battery. So using Utility mode for a few hours, occasionally or whenever you suspect the SOC may be low is a good prophylactic thing to do IMHO. Peter
You don’t need to leave the key in the car. Car will always stay on even if the key is taken away. It will beep an external warning but that’s all. It also means nobody can get in to drive it away, as to exit Utility mode and drive you must firstly turn the car completely off. If you really need to lock it up whilst it’s sat in Utility mode charging, you can do it via UVO. Then unlock via UVO when you need to open it. (Could be interesting if UVO goes on the blink in the mean time though!). PeterOK - thanks for all that info. If I try and fool the car by switching into Utility mode and leaving the key inside while I come in to the warm, is the car likely to lock itself - with my key inside;. My old GTE used to do just that. If you unlocked the car but didn't use the doors, it would lock itself after 30 secs or so.
I don't think we've bought a car here. I think it's a computer on wheels. I can't believe after all the years I've been driving, it's proving so challenging getting used to the 4+. Of course, old age and stupidity might be playing into the equation!