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Default Figured out whats going on with battery drain, expensive way to learn :(

For over a year now I thought my amps were fully shutting down when the dome lights did. They have not been, but I didn't start suffering low volatge the next morning until recently.... which means that my batteries must have been stronger before but doing this over a year has damaged them marginaly. Today I was waiting for my GF with the ACC in the off. After 15 minutes the toggle switchs shut off and the deck shut off...as they should. I looked in back, sure enough the amps were off... wait... the red lights on the 3 KX amps were off and the blue display was off on the SX...but I saw a faint green glow. I stuck my head through the port and looked at the bottoms of the amps, the green LEDs were on! I kept waiting and waiting, they looked very dull... the LEDs on my home theater EP4000s take a few seconds to drain the capacitors. Kept waiting. After 2 minutes I knew they were going to stay on so I flipped the toggle switches, the toggle switch lights were off, into the off position and the LEDs went out right away.

So there must be a very low level current left over after the dome light times off, not enough to make the toggle switches glow or the Power lights and displays on the amps but enough to leak through the amps!

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i think marginally damaged batteries is a very optimisitic term.

sounds like you need to Wire a relay into your head unit remote amp control feed.
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get a standard automotive relay and Wire it like this Krypto:

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Default Re: Figured out whats going on with battery drain, expensive way to learn :(

I just need to shut the switches off like I have been for the last month, havent had a problem since. Do AGMs swell when there is an issue?
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Default Re: Figured out whats going on with battery drain, expensive way to learn :(

sometimes they do sometimes they don't...
they are no dif than a regular battery other than they have absorptive glass mats instead of lead plates.
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I did notice months and months ago that they seemed to be swelling. Couldnt have been easy on the alt either, having to recharge them every day.
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