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#4641273 - 01/20/18 06:51 PM Battery insulation wrap or sleeve
SilverFusion2010 Offline


Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 1663
Loc: Crawfordville FL
My OE battery insulator had a tragic accident. Are there cheap aftermarket options available or should I order OEM from dealer?
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#4641284 - 01/20/18 07:02 PM Re: Battery insulation wrap or sleeve [Re: SilverFusion2010]
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Registered: 05/20/13
Posts: 1810
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
To tell the truth, I've never really found them to be particularly useful. If there is a small opening, cold is going to get in there and since everything moves from warm to cold, you are heating the outdoors a lot, which doesn't work well. A heating pad directly under the battery (don't bother getting one oversized, undersized is actually better) works better in my experience than trying to wrap the thing somehow. Lead-Acid batteries often need venting, which is counter-productive if you're trying to keep it warm.
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#4641285 - 01/20/18 07:05 PM Re: Battery insulation wrap or sleeve [Re: SilverFusion2010]
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Registered: 03/30/14
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Loc: NJ
I'm interested in the accident. What happened?
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#4641295 - 01/20/18 07:25 PM Re: Battery insulation wrap or sleeve [Re: Johnny2Bad]
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A review of the OP location is worth considering
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#4641315 - 01/20/18 07:58 PM Re: Battery insulation wrap or sleeve [Re: SilverFusion2010]
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Registered: 09/06/15
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Loc: Kalifornia Kollective
Usually a battery insulator is to keep spikes in engine room temps out of the battery... Batteries do not like to over-heat ...

You can use wet suit foam to insulate a battery. 3M77 adhesive and stick it on all four sides. Should be on there for the duration of the batteries life span smile
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#4641341 - 01/20/18 08:21 PM Re: Battery insulation wrap or sleeve [Re: SilverFusion2010]
MParr Offline


Registered: 10/28/17
Posts: 514
Loc: Georgia
OE insulators are not very expensive.
Check out Tasca Parts


Edited by MParr (01/20/18 08:23 PM)
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#4641360 - 01/20/18 08:39 PM Re: Battery insulation wrap or sleeve [Re: SilverFusion2010]
Rhymingmechanic Offline


Registered: 08/13/04
Posts: 1328
Loc: VA
DEI makes a foil-backed battery wrap that can be cut to size. It's fairly easy to install, and I have reused the same kit. I already had some aluminum tape to fasten it with the second time.

I don't know if it really does anything but make me feel good. I added it to a Vibe that had no factory insulator.

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#4641379 - 01/20/18 08:57 PM Re: Battery insulation wrap or sleeve [Re: BrocLuno]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32665
Loc: ME
Originally Posted By: BrocLuno
Usually a battery insulator is to keep spikes in engine room temps out of the battery... Batteries do not like to over-heat ...

You can use wet suit foam to insulate a battery. 3M77 adhesive and stick it on all four sides. Should be on there for the duration of the batteries life span smile


Or just glue four promotional mousepads to the sides. Save your wetsuit money for pizza and beer. cheers

"Someone" figured out the average car runs for half an hour or whatever and this foam helps keep the battery from heat soaking in that time. It costs them a dime and saves more than that in warranty costs.

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#4641480 - 01/20/18 10:55 PM Re: Battery insulation wrap or sleeve [Re: SilverFusion2010]
Nyogtha Offline


Registered: 10/13/14
Posts: 2330
Loc: San Antonio, TX
If yours was a Group 96R, I can send you the one I took out of my wife's Mustang

When I upgraded my wife's Mustang from a Group 96R OEM battery to a Group 48 AGM battery, this is what I used on the Group 48.

https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/desi...ttery+insulator

After discount code & Speedperks reward it was cheaper than Amazon. YMMV

You can also peruse eBay for your battery group size.

Also curious for more details on the incident. Rodent related?
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#4641575 - 01/21/18 05:08 AM Re: Battery insulation wrap or sleeve [Re: SilverFusion2010]
Ducked Offline


Registered: 10/25/12
Posts: 4388
Loc: Taiwan
Bubble wrap?

Or bits of torn windscreen reflector stuff? (Curses, just threw some away)


Edited by Ducked (01/21/18 05:10 AM)

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#4641600 - 01/21/18 06:49 AM Re: Battery insulation wrap or sleeve [Re: Leo99]
SilverFusion2010 Offline


Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 1663
Loc: Crawfordville FL
Originally Posted By: Leo99
I'm interested in the accident. What happened?


I happened to it. Long day, frustrating repair and it was getting in my way.

The battery is a 96R mounted by the firewall on the drivers side.
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