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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 12-18-2017, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All,

Somewhat familiar with the site, but I just joined. I have a 13 XC, and I have an accessory that is draining my battery unless I plug it into the trickle charger every night. I have LED lights and I have the right amp inline fuse and no ground/frayed or touching wires. I also have an HID headlight kit that when I turn on my high beams my 7" samsung tablet stops playing music until I turn it back on, but this does not happen every time. My tablet stays plugged into the cigarette lighter via usb port most of the time. I believe it is my tablet that is draining my battery. Last weekend my bike was unplugged from the trickle charger and parked in the driveway most of the day and when I went to start it that night I had to jump the battery. Once I rode it on the freeway for 30 minutes the battery charged up, and started right up again 1-1/2 hrs later when it was time to head home. What do I need to do to stop this from happening? Thanks

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Those USB thingys are a transformer and are causing a draw. Oh, and welcome aboard this crazy ship.

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Thanks RicZ. At least I know my recent electrical class is paying off. Just wanted to double check what I was thinking.
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Get a fuse block to supply all your accessories. Power it via a relay so that its off when the ignition is off. There will still be a tiny draw from the radio memories though.

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My LED accent lights do that if I don't turn them off at their main switch.

My lights are hooked to the battery and have a push button on/off switch. I can turn this switch on and then use the remote to turn the lights off but if I do this they are still drawing power and drain my battery overnight.

If I leave them on with the remote but turn the main switch off I don't have any issues.

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Welcome from Florida. I am inclined to believe what Rid said. The fuse block on a relay is great also! I had the fuse block set up and a negative side bus bar, but I did not install a relay yet.

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I know for sure that the cigarette lighter plug in the left lower of my XCT stays on even when the key is off. I have a Sirius/XM radio in there that I have to remember to turn off and unplug.
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It could be as simple as the battery is getting week. Is it the original battery? With my XC they only last about 3 years.

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Au contraire....Depending on how well you have maintained it, a MC battery can last 6+ years. Don't maintain it and you can turn it into a boat anchor in less than a year.

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hope this helps you

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