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Old 01-23-2013, 08:10 PM   #205
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Reverse does not work FYI.. DOA when I arrived back on a 5 day trip.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:13 PM   #206
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Reverse does not work FYI.. DOA when I arrived back on a 5 day trip.
That's odd mine sat for a week and yours was dead after 5 days.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:15 PM   #207
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No more TechLights now. Back with the factory setup. not as pretty but couldnt be happier.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:24 PM   #208
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Sorry to hear that, that sucks.
The tech lights having a wire go directly to the battery made me wonder.
I thought that was only to apply power when you use the other wire for show mode.
But it sounds like this is not the case.
Wondering aloud---- why techno cant just use the factory power harness that we plug into anyway to supply all power to the lights
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:26 PM   #209
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No more TechLights now. Back with the factory setup. not as pretty but couldnt be happier.
Sorry to hear about that. It's amazing how fast some people's batteries are draining. It really is the weirdest situation we all have, and it's incredibly hard to track down why. At least you won't have to worry about it with the stock lights. Let us know how the stock ones go in regards to battery life just to ensure everything is fine.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:37 PM   #210
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Lucky me, my car is now dead. I got home, went into the garage to see the lights and they were still flashing. So, I hit the door unlock button, and the car doesn't have enough battery power to open the door, or show any dash lights. So, I used my key and opened it manually, and I had to crawl in the back seat after folding it down to use the emergency trunk release latch to open the trunk lid. Now that I was finally able to check the battery and wiring, I looked to see if that purple wire (the show mode activation wire) was touching, and it IS NOT. Now THAT made me worried because now I have no damn idea as to why the car is drawing power, and it must be enough power to make the battery die. Something is seriously wrong, and I need to troubleshoot it fast. This is the second damn battery I'll have to purchase in the last 2.5 months because I came home to a dead or barely functioning battery.

How can I pinpoint where exactly what part of the car is draining all the battery power? It's like the life is being sucked out of it when it's not being driven. I can't have this happen again. This situation neverrrrr occured until I installed these taillights. So, there is no way I could ever blame any of my LED's that I've had installed for a long time. These lights have to go if I have to deal with this bullcrap again.

In the meantime.... you should consider purchasing a trickle-charger of some kind and hook it up in the garage (just to save the battery). May also come in handy at shows.

Oh and btw, I've had the technostalgia lights for 6+ months with zero issues (knock on wood!).

Can you describe the flashing? Is it the braking animation or the show-mode animation? Is it the turn signal? Hazard animation? If they all just flash in a way you haven't seen before it's definitely the lights.

As a general rule of thumb many of these vendors that ship us products (AAC/technostalgia/anyone who does anything with LEDs) don't make the electrical components themselves, they buy them from chinese wholesalers and assemble a packageable product. The issue is the quality of most chinese electrical components is crap. They're famous for using cheap/fake electrolytic components that fail very early. As an EE major currently doing digital systems design, I can assure you that losing a resistor or capacitor somewhere in a circuit with hundreds of thousands of individual gates (possibly millions) can cause the darn-dest things to happen. Combine that with the thermal cycling all of our cars get and that only compounds the problem.

As a result these companies get the product back, swap it, and send you the same thing back. There are minor things they can do (like waterproofing etc) but they are as much at the mercy of some chinese company as you are.

If it was American it would do better and last 30 years, but it'd be 3x the cost (ironic when you factor in the cost of replacement :( )
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:46 PM   #211
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Sorry to hear that, that sucks.
The tech lights having a wire go directly to the battery made me wonder.
I thought that was only to apply power when you use the other wire for show mode.
But it sounds like this is not the case.
Wondering aloud---- why techno cant just use the factory power harness that we plug into anyway to supply all power to the lights
Probably a current issue. Also, for the paranoid... you could wire an ignition-signaled interrupt-relay for the main power to the tech lights w/a $5 automotive relay and a few hours on a saturday. You shouldn't have to do this, but it would work.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:07 PM   #212
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Sorry to hear about that. It's amazing how fast some people's batteries are draining. It really is the weirdest situation we all have, and it's incredibly hard to track down why. At least you won't have to worry about it with the stock lights. Let us know how the stock ones go in regards to battery life just to ensure everything is fine.

I will let you know as soon as I can. I'm going to be leaving town again next month for a week and can report then! :-)
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:32 PM   #213
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Probably a current issue. Also, for the paranoid... you could wire an ignition-signaled interrupt-relay for the main power to the tech lights w/a $5 automotive relay and a few hours on a saturday. You shouldn't have to do this, but it would work.
but tying it to the ignition circuit would mean the key would have to be on for things like hazards, or when arming/disarming otherwise they will be off. Unless there is a way around that.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:55 AM   #214
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I have had these lights since May 2012. No water leaks or burnt out LEDs. I thought I was one of the lucky ones but came home today and the rear lights were barely flashing and the battery was dead after 2 weeks in the garage. I called Todd and he said that each of the 4 lights have a microprocessor that draws 900ma. He mentioned that after the battery goes down to about 9-10 volts, the lights go into show mode (hence the reason the lights go on as the battery is draining). There is no fix except to use a switch on the pink wire to the battery to cut power off or to connect it to the ignition. Now I am debating if this is really worth it. I love these lights but also like having a car that starts.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:10 AM   #215
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I think I decided what to do about the battery drain problem. I will connect them to the ignition and have a switch that will connect them directly to the battery in case I need them for hazard lights. A PITA!!!!
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:34 AM   #216
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:46 PM   #217
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I have had these lights since May 2012. No water leaks or burnt out LEDs. I thought I was one of the lucky ones but came home today and the rear lights were barely flashing and the battery was dead after 2 weeks in the garage. I called Todd and he said that each of the 4 lights have a microprocessor that draws 900ma. He mentioned that after the battery goes down to about 9-10 volts, the lights go into show mode (hence the reason the lights go on as the battery is draining). There is no fix except to use a switch on the pink wire to the battery to cut power off or to connect it to the ignition. Now I am debating if this is really worth it. I love these lights but also like having a car that starts.
Mine sat for 8 days and started fine. So it appears the cutoff is between 9 and 14 days?
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:26 PM   #218
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argh.. I really wanted these too..
oh well are there any other alternatives for an LED tail with sequential?
that was one of the things I loved on the 13 Stang.
Guess if not I'll just go with afterburners for now.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:10 PM   #219
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No good ones honestly. If you drive your car every day you wouldn't have to worry about it though. And if you don't it would be simple to put a switch in your trunk.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:08 PM   #220
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No good ones honestly. If you drive your car every day you wouldn't have to worry about it though. And if you don't it would be simple to put a switch in your trunk.
or the mfg could actually fix the damn thing.

or thats asking to much i suppose for a 400 dollar items.
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No good ones honestly. If you drive your car every day you wouldn't have to worry about it though. And if you don't it would be simple to put a switch in your trunk.
Mines a daily driver.
But there also seems to be many other issues than the power drain being.reported.



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