Fiat 126 Chat => Vehicle Security Discussion => Topic started by: Amateb8 on April 18, 2010, 06:28:39 PM

Title: Battery isolator
Post by: Amateb8 on April 18, 2010, 06:28:39 PM
I highly recommend a battery isolator as a form of an immobiliser. Not only does it deter thieves but it also stops any drain on the battery particularly if the car is not used as often.
Title: Re: Battery isolator
Post by: michaelodonnell500 on April 18, 2010, 08:11:10 PM
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Marine-Boat-Battery-Isolator-Cut-Off-Switch-waterproof_W0QQitemZ380143464712QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM?hash=item588250f108

Less than a fiver!!
Title: Re: Battery isolator
Post by: Amateb8 on April 19, 2010, 10:31:51 PM
That is the one! I got mine from Halfords. Before I connected one, for some reason the battery would become weak or close to being flat after a spell of none use. But now there is virtually no drain on the battery, even if the car has not been driven for weeks.
Title: Re: Battery isolator
Post by: bardy on April 19, 2010, 11:01:51 PM
weve fitted an isolater switch to my BIS nd i think its best thing you could do cos well they carnt hot wire it at all so there breaking in for nothing realy lol i put mine inside so it was easy to reach but its hidden out of view unless the  isolater switch is in
Title: Re: Battery isolator
Post by: Amateb8 on September 03, 2011, 08:06:18 AM
I am thinking of installing a battery isolator for my blue 126 and my Alfa GTV. I know Halford's sell them and Dajwid kindly provided an alternative supplier. For vehicles, there appears to be two types according to the Vehicle Wiring Products Ltd. A basic isolator switch and an isolator switch with ignition cut-off. I am keen to buy the one with the ignition cut-off and a spare resistor. My yellow 126 Bis has one but not sure what type it is. It makes a buzzing sound for 4 odd seconds once you turn on the switch. The battery isolator works perfectly as the battery retains the full charge (when car last used) even when the car has been unused for several weeks.

http://www.vehicle-wiring-products.eu/VWP-onlinestore/battconns/battisol.php

Does anyone know which is the one to buy?

On a complete tangent, a bit a dumb question, why does the other one need a resistor. Does it reduce/control the flow of electricity/current?
Title: Re: Battery isolator
Post by: RicePuddin on September 03, 2011, 12:00:37 PM
It allows power to go to some items like a clock, an alarm or a radio so you don't lose your programmed stations but you can't start the car.
A steering lock or similar that is easily seen will deter thieves from breaking into your car also.
Title: Re: Battery isolator
Post by: landyman on September 11, 2011, 04:54:35 PM
if you have a resistor in the switch kit there should be a 4 pin switch with spade connectors this grounds the ignition wiring to prevent the engine running on when isolated normally these types are compulsary for race or competition vehicules if you have one with a fuse link this stops memory loss for radios/ecu,s if you have the first type i can get you a wiring diagram good luck    andy
Title: Re: Battery isolator
Post by: Amateb8 on September 14, 2011, 10:47:13 PM
Do I also need to get one with say, in excess of 100 amperes or the amperage does not really apply.
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