Trip Update! Was [xj] How Long will a battery last

Well. I have some very interesting results. I made it! I
took heed to the advice listed here. Removed one brake
light. Ran with nothing electrical on of course.

I started my trip this morning at 10:30 am. 2 full tanks of
gas, completey charged battery which I jump started
initially as to not lose any battery power.

In my trunk, I had waiting in the wings, 2 of the biggest
batteries I could buy with 770cca.

I also brought with me an extension cord and battery charger
(just in case).

Here are the results:
1st battery lasted 116.5 miles, averaging 71mph and 16mpg.
2nd battery lasted the rest of the trip (another 120miles),
with plenty of power left to spare. (averaging just about
the same) I was even able to turn off the engine and start
it again once home.

I stopped for nothing, just to change the battery. I had
great timing as I was contemplating stopping at Breezewood,
a major interchange area, I pushed on and I ended up driving
another 16 miles on the same batter. It died right as I
pulled into a gas station. A fellow onlooker commented on
how great the car looked.

So all in all, the initial worries faded to just enjoying
the driving knowing I would make it.

I returned the 2nd unused battery and decided to keep the
new one I had used, it definitely is an improvement over my
only 6mth year old battery that I was previously using.

Thanks for all the replies, it was a fun trip.

D. Justin Cutuly
83 XJ6 (in the garage for winter, awaiting a new alt. and
belt, plus the usual detailing before spring again)–
Dominic
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Well. I have some very interesting results. I made it! I
took heed to the advice listed here. Removed one brake
light. Ran with nothing electrical on of course.

I started my trip this morning at 10:30 am. 2 full tanks of
gas, completey charged battery which I jump started
initially as to not lose any battery power.

In my trunk, I had waiting in the wings, 2 of the biggest
batteries I could buy with 770cca.

I also brought with me an extension cord and battery charger
(just in case).

Here are the results:
1st battery lasted 116.5 miles, averaging 71mph and 16mpg.
2nd battery lasted the rest of the trip (another 120miles),
with plenty of power left to spare. (averaging just about
the same) I was even able to turn off the engine and start
it again once home.

I stopped for nothing, just to change the battery. I had
great timing as I was contemplating stopping at Breezewood,
a major interchange area, I pushed on and I ended up driving
another 16 miles on the same batter. It died right as I
pulled into a gas station. A fellow onlooker commented on
how great the car looked.

So all in all, the initial worries faded to just enjoying
the driving knowing I would make it.

I returned the 2nd unused battery and decided to keep the
new one I had used, it definitely is an improvement over my
only 6mth year old battery that I was previously using.

Thanks for all the replies, it was a fun trip.

D. Justin Cutuly
83 XJ6 (in the garage for winter, awaiting a new alt. and
belt, plus the usual detailing before spring again)–
Dominic
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Memories of Apollo 13! Nice pushing of the envelope Dominic. We all lerened
something. Now, how about trying it at night, just for another data point?
;]–
Alex
79xj6L SII (BRG + wires)
86xj6 SIII (Black)
61 Sprite MkII (Red)
Menlo Park, Calif.

Dominic wrote:

Well. I have some very interesting results. I made it! I
took heed to the advice listed here. Removed one brake
light. Ran with nothing electrical on of course.

I started my trip this morning at 10:30 am. 2 full tanks of
gas, completey charged battery which I jump started
initially as to not lose any battery power.

In my trunk, I had waiting in the wings, 2 of the biggest
batteries I could buy with 770cca.

I also brought with me an extension cord and battery charger
(just in case).

Here are the results:
1st battery lasted 116.5 miles, averaging 71mph and 16mpg.
2nd battery lasted the rest of the trip (another 120miles),
with plenty of power left to spare. (averaging just about
the same) I was even able to turn off the engine and start
it again once home.

I stopped for nothing, just to change the battery. I had
great timing as I was contemplating stopping at Breezewood,
a major interchange area, I pushed on and I ended up driving
another 16 miles on the same batter. It died right as I
pulled into a gas station. A fellow onlooker commented on
how great the car looked.

So all in all, the initial worries faded to just enjoying
the driving knowing I would make it.

I returned the 2nd unused battery and decided to keep the
new one I had used, it definitely is an improvement over my
only 6mth year old battery that I was previously using.

Thanks for all the replies, it was a fun trip.

D. Justin Cutuly
83 XJ6 (in the garage for winter, awaiting a new alt. and
belt, plus the usual detailing before spring again)

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In reply to a message from Dominic sent Wed 31 Oct 2007:

glad to hear you made it home safe justin. look forward to hearing
you’re back on the road.
ken–
Ken Cantor, 1992 Series III V12 Vanden Plas
Edmonton/Alberta, Canada
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Dominic wrote:

Well. I have some very interesting results. I made it! I
took heed to the advice listed here. Removed one brake
light. Ran with nothing electrical on of course.

I started my trip this morning at 10:30 am. 2 full tanks of
gas, completey charged battery which I jump started
initially as to not lose any battery power.

Here are the results:
1st battery lasted 116.5 miles, averaging 71mph and 16mpg.
2nd battery lasted the rest of the trip (another 120miles),
with plenty of power left to spare. (averaging just about
the same) I was even able to turn off the engine and start
it again once home.

I returned the 2nd unused battery and decided to keep the
new one I had used, it definitely is an improvement over my
only 6mth year old battery that I was previously using.

I would have thought your first battery to last a bit longer than it
did, Justin - it may be perfectly OK but the new one is obviously
better, for whatever reason. It would have been interesting to know the
battery voltage when it failed, though…

Well done - challenging deed rewarded…:slight_smile:

Frasnk
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In reply to a message from Frank Andersen sent Wed 31 Oct 2007:

So as a rule of thumb if the same question is asked again (how
far will I get just under battery power) we should be fairly
confident in saying with a ‘‘good’’ fully charged used battery we’re
talking 100 miles, probably twice that distance with a nice fresh
new one, assuming minimal loads during daylight.
Good excercise, and glad you came up smelling of roses Dominic.

Dave–
Dave Collishaw '79 S2 Daimler Sov '92 xj40
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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