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    [Low Priority] Leaking batteries

    Hiya guys.

    I have a reproducible problem, that I thought was fixed.
    I've build a little car to explore the planet a bit faster.
    I noticed however that during night time, the batteries start discharging, while there is not functioning on the car yet.

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    The car has 5 buttons, 3 in the rear, two in the front.
    The rear buttons have the following setup.

    1. Battery switch - connected to: Batteries, Solar panel switch, Winch switch, lights switch
    2. Solar Panel switch - connected to Solar Panles, Battery switch
    3. Winch switch - connected to Battery Switch (turned off)

    In the front there are the Light switch and the wheel switch which are both connected to each other.
    so the wheels gets its's power from the lights and they are dangling above the ground, since the vehicle is still on the jack.
    The lights are turned off

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    And still during the night time, my batteries are leaking.
    Why on earth would someone spent all his time in life being a little bit creative, when you can go all the way?

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    You could simply things a good bit here. My typical small vehicle build has 2 switches:

    1. Main Power - all batteries, generators and solar panels connect here.

    2. Auxiliariy - Wheels (for wheeled vehicles), and lights connect here.

    My large mobile bases use 5:

    1. Main Power - all power sources connect here.

    2. Drive - Wheels or Hover Pads connect here.

    3. Flight Control - Air blades connect here.

    4. Equipment - all machinery connects here, 3D printers, FADs, Medical Bays, etc.

    5. Auxiliariy Power - Lights and Doors connect here.

    In both, all switches connect to the Main power switch.

    Havenít noticed any battery discharge at night.

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    Nah, I'll keep it to the autistic way
    Why on earth would someone spent all his time in life being a little bit creative, when you can go all the way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaFuzz View Post
    Nah, I'll keep it to the autistic way
    Every way is valid, though it is at least in the realm of possible you either left something on that is draining power in that setup. Not ruling out a bug though, just wanting to be sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indigo View Post
    Every way is valid, though it is at least in the realm of possible you either left something on that is draining power in that setup. Not ruling out a bug though, just wanting to be sure!
    True that, but then still, the only things on my car that absorb energy are my two lights and my wheels.
    The lights are turned off and the wheels are dangling in the air.

    Shouldn't use energy.
    Why on earth would someone spent all his time in life being a little bit creative, when you can go all the way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaFuzz View Post
    True that, but then still, the only things on my car that absorb energy are my two lights and my wheels.
    The lights are turned off and the wheels are dangling in the air.

    Shouldn't use energy.
    Iíd make sure the wheels were off and see if it still drains power, dangling in the air or not, powered is likely still considered powered.

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    Wheels do draw power if they are connected to a power supply and turned on, even if they aren't in use. So make sure you rule that out.

    I usually put my wheels/hoverpads/airblades on their own switch so I can turn them off when not in use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clu_2 View Post
    Wheels do draw power if they are connected to a power supply and turned on, even if they aren't in use. So make sure you rule that out.

    I usually put my wheels/hoverpads/airblades on their own switch so I can turn them off when not in use.
    Thanks, I didn't know that.
    I thought I read somewhere that they fixed that bug, even when the wheels are stationary.
    Must have been re-implemented then or it's another bug.

    Like I said, I have my wheels connected behind my lights, so I usually just turn off the light to prevent my vehicle from drawing power.
    Why on earth would someone spent all his time in life being a little bit creative, when you can go all the way?

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