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>Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 10:20:06 -0600 (MDT)
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>From: DeWitt Harrison <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: The "OFF" current consumption is 55 ma. Excessive or not?
>On Thu, 23 Sep 1999 22:17:56 -0400, Igor Kessel wrote:
>>the battery on my '97 S6 died yesterday and does not want to accept the
>>charge. I jump start the car, the voltmetre jumps to 14.5, then slowly
>>recedes to 13.6v and stays there. Let the car run for half an hour. Key
>>off - no start. Battery is at 9.5v (one cell is shorted?) The battery is
>>OEM German, only 2 years old.
>The battery is toast. Live hard, die young looks like. It would be
>interesting, though, to know what the charging current does as
>the volts taper off from 14.5 to 13.6.
>>I measured the current consumption with everything off - was 55 ma.
>>I am used to thinking that normal would be ~ 30 ma (alarm, ECU, clock).
>>Any light bulb would take ~400 ma, so the trunk light staying on is out
>>of question. 55 ma seems border line OK. [ ... ]
>I agree with you. 55 mA is reasonable. More than a 5000cs but
>the S6 is twice as plush. Besides, a good battery should
>be able to run a trunk light for several days. Your battery does not
>seem to be accepting a charge but it would be prudent to verify
>charging system function too.