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PostPost by: jono » Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:08 pm

Well, I've just ordered a remote battery brain direct from the supplier by calling them on the phone. They are in stock and cost ?89.99 + ?6 p&P in the UK. Being posted out today.

Okay, this is quite a lot of dosh for a relay unit but what price piece of mind? I have spent hundreds of hours and a quite considerable amount of my hard earned in building my car so ?90 seems a good price to have such a safeguard which also doubles as an anti theft device.

What prompted me to bite the bullet was I drove my Plus 2 home last night and was parking it when there was a strange 'hot' smell from behind the dash - the trip set cable for the speedo was red hot and the battery gauage had dropped right down - obviously a short somewhere after all my fiddling to get the speedo cable in. :shock:

My immediate thought was to kill the battery but I fumbled for what seemed to be ages in the dark trying to get a spanner on the terminal, which was stuck. I eventually removed it and no harm done :oops:

My worst fear is a car fire or an igniting wiring harness. This made up my mind very easily.

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PostPost by: saildrive2001 » Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:20 pm

As I have mentioned on this site before, many years ago I had the voltage regulator stick closed which burnt out the generator, starter motor & all the wiring in the engine bay. Whenever I stop now I always disconnect the battery with the remote for the battery brain, what price peace of mind!
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PostPost by: holywood3645 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:49 am

Keith, Im in burlington for a couple of days, I was going to pop round and see you?
send me a text if this is ok!

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PostPost by: jono » Thu May 15, 2014 10:31 am

I received my Battery Brain and it's brilliant - really impressed by the quality and professional feel of the device and was only a 5 minute fit.

It provides me with huge peace of mind - a simply click on the plipper and you know that all power is off. For info I obtained mine on overnight delivery from:

Dextera Uk Ltd, 6 Station Rd, Coleshill, B46 1HT, tel 01675 465 191 | [email protected]

They actually call it a 'Sure Start' now but it's the same device. Quite a lot of money at ?96 delivered but that's only the price of a new battery and for peace of mind/convenience very much worth it in my view.

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