Since the SOC device does not provide any feedback as to OBDII data, permanent installation may depend on your expected frequency of charging. The devices have an aggressive adhesive pad on the rear, that sticks strongly to clean surfaces. The adhesive is able to be removed, but I can't swear that the process will be easy or leave no trace,after the device has been attached for some time. We also include a small label that has an adhesive back, that shows the key entry codes for the different functions. This label could be attached to the SOC device rear if permanent install is not desired, or could be attached to the dash next to the device if it will be mounted on the dash.
The other end of the cable plugs into the OBDII connector, and has a selector switch to select the Insight or gen 1 Civic modes.
1. Checking the fan operation:
When a grid charger harness is installed, it is a good idea to confirm that the stock fan controls are working, as a reversed wire or poor connection on the fan control board could allow the fan to run with the charger, but in theory the car circuit that we switch to when the charger is unplugged may not be able to run it.
Of course if you follow the video and are careful to make good connections, the risk of that is minimal, but the fan activation functions on the SOC device can easily confirm the fan operation.
Just boot up the car, and key in function 5 or 6 on the SOC reset, and listen for the fan to come on. selecting function 7 will turn it off.
2. The ability to set the SOC to 19 bars, is a great way to get the car in better sync with the freshly charged pack, after an overnight charge. Simply turn on the ignition, plug in the SOC reset, and key in function 1 on the device. The SOC display should rise at about 1 bar/second until it is at 19 bars.
3. The reset to 19 bars and reset to 6 bars allows you to "fool" the car into thinking that the SOC is at either of those levels at any time. There is some evidence that one can use this functionality to charge the pack to a higher than normal level and drain it to a lower than normal level, essentially giving the pack a wider cycle than the car would do on it's own.
When the pack is actually low, and you set the SOC to 19 bars, it will cause the car to continue to use assist even though the pack is more empty than the car would have allowed,similar to the MIMA pack whack, where we charge and discharge the pack using MIMA's ability to reach higher and lower SOC levels.
When the pack is actually near full, and we set the SOC to 6 bars,the car will charge more fully than it would have normally. Doing this could potentially do some damage to the pack, but we do not have enough experience to say for sure, the high and low voltage limits that seem to limit things on both ends while using MIMA to do this may not work the same when this mismatch is SOC reset generated, so until some controlled test are done, it is best to not do this.
Especially if you do not know what the battery voltage is doing.
4. A press and hold of the bottom blink code button will display The blink codes on both the check engine and IMA indicators, and can be read by counting the slow (10'S) and fast (units) blinks of the indicator, and then looking up the codes here:
Blink codes page 1
Blink codes page 2
Blink codes page 3
5. The IMA codes should be cleared first when both the IMA and the check engine indicators are on.
If the check engine code does not clear, try doing function 8, the OBDII initialization, then do the OBDII code clear. If it still does not clear, there may be a persistent code present than cannot be cleared, same with the IMA codes.