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Old 27th June 2017, 09:56   #586
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I have been following the thread with a degree of interest. We have a SX (o) AT.

Recently we had a weekend drive. Bangalore to Coonoor and back.

The route taken was Kanakpura-Mallavali-Chamrajnagar-Satyamangla Forest-Dimbum Ghat-Metupalayam and Coonoor. This is the shortest route and has the least traffic plus the ghats are quite fun to drive. The Xcent AT is a wonderful car to drive in the hills as gear change happens on its own and there is one thing less to worry about.

On the way going we were using the Belkin charger for laptop charging in the rear seat and after a couple of hours the AC became in effective. I had no idea that this was connected or there was some power sharing but the AC was not good enough. This especially when we were in the hot part of Tamil Nadu. Anyway, we started to look for a Hyundai workshop to get it fixed. We were close to Metupalayam by then. Soon enough the climb began and the AC was no longer needed but this concern that the AC was not effective stayed in my mind. For a three day stay I kept thinking maybe I would have to take the car to Ooty to get it fixed or maybe downhill to Coimbatore.

Anyway, we reached our friends house in the estates and stayed over. The Belkin was also removed and so was the laptop. The next morning I was checking and guess what, the AC was perfect with its cooling. No, not because the temperature was cool outside but overall the AC was working fine. Soon it dawned on me that the laptop was getting charged and perhaps the AC was getting impacted.

We stayed in Coonoor was two days. Played tennis at Wellington Gymkhana. On the way back we started and it was around Kanakpura when it started to rain cats and dogs. Going through the road somewhere the light of the ABS came on. Back in Bangalore Hyundai is asking Rs 8000 for replacing some part. The 2 year warranty is over and one is thinking after all how much did the small vacation cost! The AC remained as good as it should be including through the hot parts of Tamil Nadu.

Specifically the AC including the rear vents - work fine with no additional power being consumed. (mobile phone charge is not an issue) A Thinkpad through a Belkin charger ended up being an issue and the AC lost its bite. Without other stuff being charged the AC worked perfectly fine and no issues at all. Cools the cabin, the air throw is pretty good, the AC vents in the rear also contribute to the cooling in the rear seat.

All in all I love the drive into the hills and the car can take any hairpin bend with happiness.

The ODO now reads 17000 kms.

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Old 27th June 2017, 11:00   #587
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On the way going we were using the Belkin charger for laptop charging in the rear seat and after a couple of hours the AC became in effective.

Soon it dawned on me that the laptop was getting charged and perhaps the AC was getting impacted.

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The car charger is a 12/24V DC supply while a laptop needs a more powerful 110/220V AC supply. Did you use an inverter for DC to AC? Even if you did, I'm sure it still wouldn't charge. You were inadvertently sapping the battery of all its power and the alternator isn't powerful enough to generate that much power. I know it's easy to assume so, since we charge our mobile phones but that isn't the case. It's a strict phone charger and nothing more. Good to hear everything is back to normal.
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The car charger is a 12/24V DC supply while a laptop needs a more powerful 110/220V AC supply. Did you use an inverter for DC to AC? Even if you did, I'm sure it still wouldn't charge. You were inadvertently sapping the battery of all its power and the alternator isn't powerful enough to generate that much power. I know it's easy to assume so, since we charge our mobile phones but that isn't the case. It's a strict phone charger and nothing more. Good to hear everything is back to normal.
I did actually use a Belkin F5L071ak200W AC charger. I use it regularly in my Ertiga and it works fine no problems. The only use is to charge a laptop. And yes it did not work well in the Xcent. Actually the laptop was charging but the car AC was not potent enough. So my experience was coming from the Ertiga and also Innova where I have regularly used it.

Yes you are right, it most likely was draining the battery and that impacted on the AC. On our return journey thankfully that was not the case. While the laptop was used briefly but we did not plug it in through Belkin.
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