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Old 15 October 2004, 10:27   #11
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My Standard Horizon doesn't have a soft key on off but even so I still carry a separate AA battery pack with Duracell Ultra cells in it. These have a seven year shelf life and a piece of tape over the contacts stop any chance of shorting.

You never know when the radio might get switched on by mistake and flatten the NiMH/NiCD pack you are using faster than you expect.

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Old 15 October 2004, 11:17   #12
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The reason... well because it relies on a push button 'soft key' for on-off it gradually uses up battery power just sitting on the shelf switched off.
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And did you expect the batter it to work? Surely not
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One thing to remember is that NiMh batteries discharge themselves when disconnected. Don't know why, they just do.
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Old 15 October 2004, 12:27   #14
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One thing to remember is that NiMh batteries discharge themselves when disconnected. Don't know why, they just do.
True - Lithium is only way to go for long shelf life but don't like high discharge rates - they are great for battery backup etc but not so good for main use - not cheap either!!!
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Blimey. Didn't realise I'd get quite such a response.

Most points are valid, I generally agree. All I wanted to do was make sure people realise this downside. Had I realised the problem before purchase I would have waited until I could afford the Euro 1V as I'm fully aware tha Li-Ion batteries are by far the best. But funds forced my choice and it was only meant as a reserve over my m401.

I just didn't expect a modern bit of kit to use up power whilst being turned off. Live and learn I suppose.
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I just didn't expect a modern bit of kit to use up power whilst being turned off. Live and learn I suppose.
Too right - old kit is no prob - real switches!!!

Think that's why I love my Landie so much - it is amazing - no buzzers if I chose to take my seat belt off - no buzzers if I decide to park and leave the side lights on - and best of all - I can squirt water onto the windscreen BEFORE the wipers start to scratch the glass - what progress!!!!!
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Oh yes! Landrover the "Zenith" of Car production technology!
My '84 County Station Wagon (that was the luxury spec) no intermittant wipe
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Oh yes! Landrover the "Zenith" of Car production technology!
My '84 County Station Wagon (that was the luxury spec) no intermittant wipe
Apparently many Ford's still didn't have this feature until quite recently!!!!

Of course many new cars have rain sensative wipers - such an advance - WHEN they work correctly which seems to be never!!!
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