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    Idle curiosity more than anything:

    Opened the bonnet the other day to give someone a jump & when I opened the battery compartment I discovered the battery is wrapped up in its own blanket with an electrical connection on it.

    Why???

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    To keep it warm! Lead acid batteries dont perform so well in freezing conditions, the blanket helps to insulate it from the cold.

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    Strange but true - KenP in Denmark didn't have one and I think it's a tad colder than the UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cameron43 View Post
    To keep it warm! Lead acid batteries dont perform so well in freezing conditions, the blanket helps to insulate it from the cold.
    actualy it is not to keep the battery warm but to keep the heat away from the battery,especialy on the diesels and v6 models,on the diesels they have less airflow through the engine bay than a petrol model because of the engine undertray,and the v6 because it runs hot,some other models get it as well because of heat

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    so what's with the electrical connection? It looks like it's got elements in it although that could just be the way the things constructed.

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    thats tru didnt have it.. and still dont... (still want one)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RhayaderSax View Post
    so what's with the electrical connection? It looks like it's got elements in it although that could just be the way the things constructed.
    there are no electrical wire in my battery jacket,but it is still there to stop heat as excess heat is a battery killer (why do you think high voltage kills the battery,it boils due to heat),where i work cars are sent to russia and none of them have any form of battery covering and russia gets a dam site colder than we get here,our climate is reasonably mild

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    Quote Originally Posted by solorider View Post
    there are no electrical wire in my battery jacket,but it is still there to stop heat as excess heat is a battery killer (why do you think high voltage kills the battery,it boils due to heat),where i work cars are sent to russia and none of them have any form of battery covering and russia gets a dam site colder than we get here,our climate is reasonably mild
    My jacket has got a pattern on it that looks a bit like an electric blanket you'd bung on your bed! It may (of course) only be a pattern & not actually wires but there is an electrical connector block on it with wires going somewhere.

    Is it a sensor? Is it actually an element of some sort?

    The guy whose car I jumped did comment that it was dead cute that my battery appeared to have its own electric blanket!! I have to admit that it took me couple of minutes to even find the battery - wondering exactly which black plastic box it was. And this is from someone that used to service his own car. Gone are the days of opening a bonnet & even recognizing an engine - it's just a big box that goes BRUM!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RhayaderSax View Post
    My jacket has got a pattern on it that looks a bit like an electric blanket you'd bung on your bed! It may (of course) only be a pattern & not actually wires but there is an electrical connector block on it with wires going somewhere.

    Is it a sensor? Is it actually an element of some sort?

    The guy whose car I jumped did comment that it was dead cute that my battery appeared to have its own electric blanket!! I have to admit that it took me couple of minutes to even find the battery - wondering exactly which black plastic box it was. And this is from someone that used to service his own car. Gone are the days of opening a bonnet & even recognizing an engine - it's just a big box that goes BRUM!!

    could u put a pic up

    my battery cover as no connecters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solorider View Post
    where i work cars are sent to russia and none of them have any form of battery covering and russia gets a dam site colder than we get here,our climate is reasonably mild
    well here we put jackets on the batties to keep the batteries warm....

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