Nissan LEAF Bar Loss: Emotional Chemistry When Losing Battery Bars
Here is what some Nissan LEAF owners say about how long their batteries last and when the bars are lost. The answers are summarized from Nissan LEAF Owners group on Facebook.
Looks like first battery bar is lost at 16.5K
Blake is driving a 2013 Nissan LEAF SV. He is now at 10 bars and he considers it not too bad. Matt has a 2013 LEAF SL and writes that he has lost his first bar at 16,500 miles.
Tom writes that he drives a 2013 model too and lost his first bar at 16.5K. "This will be the 2nd Summer that I am charging in 100 plus degree heat here, in the blazing sun, while at work," he adds.
By the way, to get the battery percentage of your LEAF, look at the 4 buttons at side of steering/ door. Press the one repeatedly with the square on it. It's a feature added to 2013 and newer.
"Just hit 30,000 kms and still have all 12 battery bars luckily. 21,000 miles seams very low mileage to have 2 bars gone no?," writes and asks Greg, who may either be from Europe or Canada, bringing a perspectives counted by kilometers.
"Try and keep it between 20% and 80% charged as much as possible," replies Cody. He says, he only charge to the full charge when needed. Or if under warranty, he keeps charging it full and tries to charge with quick chargers to get it down to replacement level.
You need to know that things will also depend on your driving habits, location and therefore the weather. Some people driving in a city, which involves a lot of stop and go. Whereas, other people drive mainly on highways. Of course, climate control also effects it.
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What about you? How long have you been driving and how many bars have you lost on your battery? Please, also comment and let us know if you have replaced any batteries and what was the cost and the overall process.