If you have a multimeter you can measure the leakage current.
Measuring is knowing.
Furthermore, the voltage does not say much about the starting capacity of a battery. An almost empty battery can still give enough volts, but the ampere available is then too low to start. Thus, the starting capacity of a battery is indicated in amp / h. A voltage of 11.9V with a good battery shouldn't be a problem starting your motorcycle.
I don't know how old / good your motorcycle battery is, but do you have the option to test with another battery?
When I read your story, I suspect that your motorcycle battery is starting to get bad and is just at the level of whether or not to start properly. The Innovv may ensure that your battery has just too little starting capacity to start properly.
Do not use a Scotchlok connector, they only cause problems because they cut into your cables. Use a good amp crimp connector or even better solder the connection.
Thank you for your reply. My battery is a year old. I do have a multimeter, can you tell me the procedure to measure leakage current? I understand what you are saying about Scotchlok connectors, but I don't have the knowledge or experience to solder the connection.
I do have a multimeter, can you tell me the procedure to measure leakage current?
Quite easy. Switch the multimeter to DC current and choose a setting with at least 200mA. Now disconnect the red wire from the battery, hold the red probe tip on the battery and the black probe tip on the red wire.
Give the power module some seconds time to charge its capacitor. During this time your multimeter will show 1 or an error, because the current is more than 200mA. But after some seconds you should get a value. This is what the K2 takes when shut off. If your multimeter does not show any value at all, choose a higher setting (500mA or 1A).
You should also check the current on the yellow wire. It should be zero when the K2 is switched off.
When I connect the multimeter to the yellow wire, it reads zero. The power module reads 13.6 when set to 200 ma. I could not start the motorcycle after leaving it for a week. The battery read 11.6. I have decided to disconnect the red and black Innovv wires from the battery, when the bike is sitting for any length of time.
With the first power module, there was a power drain issue. The K2 took 44 mAh when ignition is switched off, which would drain a typical motorcycle battery within some days. Innovv resolved this issue in the new power module, identifiable by their blue led.
Thank you for your reply. I have recently installed the new blue LED converter, but am still having problems. When I leave the bike for a week the battery drops to 11.9 volts. It starts but grudgingly. If I disconnect the Innovv from the battery, I can leave the bike for a fortnight and it will start no problem. My switched power source is connected to my rear stop light via a Scotchlok connector. The system seems to switch off when I turn the ignition off, as all the lights go out on the DVR. But there is a drain somewhere.
When I connect the multimeter to the yellow wire, it reads zero.
Thats what it should read.
The power module reads 13.6 when set to 200 ma. I could not start the motorcycle after leaving it for a week. The battery read 11.6.
The power module reduces the power drain when the voltage of the battery drops below 12V. At my power module, I measured 5,2 mA with the voltage below 12V.
Can't check the drain above 12V at the moment.
Anyway...13,6 mA are, extrapolated to a week, 2,2 Ah. If your battery is small and not the fittest anymore, this could already be enough drain to cause problems when starting the bike.
I have decided to disconnect the red and black Innovv wires from the battery, when the bike is sitting for any length of time.
It would be easier to simply pull the fuse.
If you prefer a "fire and forget" solution, you could install a time delay relay. This would reduce the power drain to almost zero, but the parking mode would not be available anymore.
Thank you for your reply frostie. What is the procedure for fitting a time delay relay?
It is explained here and here.
I have seen a few posts on this forum, talking about park mode. Does this draw power from the battery when the ignition is off? If so, can you turn this mode off via the Innovv App, and would it make a difference?
We had solved the problem early, the parking mode would be very helpful in some cases.You may turn it off if you don't want it. here the steps