fob battery and 12v battery

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  1. lenjack

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    What's the expected lifespan of the keyfob batteries on an 07 smartkey setup? The same question for the 12 volt auxiliary battery. If I had to guess, I'd say 3 years on the fob and 4 on the 12 volt. Need your inpout.
     
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    One data point: After 3 years my 12v battery needed replacing, but both SKS fobs are fine so far...
     
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    The FOB battery should go 7-10 years. In my experience, FOBs wear out from pocket abuse before the battery dies.

    The 12 V battery life is dependent on whether it has been accidentally discharged. If it has never had this happen, it should last 5 years. If it's happened once, I'd estimate 3 years life. Less if it's happened more.
     
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    The fob battery life can be shortened if you keep it near a cell phone, such as in the same pocket. The RF from the cell phone can spoof the fob into responding repeatedly, which greatly shortens the battery life.

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    Another car, another fob, but perhaps the story may be of interest.

    I own a 2002 Audi A4, and always use the fob to lock and unlock the doors.

    About a year ago, I started noticing that occasionally I would get a specific beep pattern from a source hidden behind the rear seat just after starting the car. Always the same: I think it was about five beeps, about ten seconds after ignition.

    This summer I decided to check that I could figure out how to replace the fob battery (the owner's manual sends you to the dealer). Checking the voltage, I found it considerably down, so replaced it from stock in hand.

    A month or so later I realized I had not heard the post-ignition mystery beeps in quite a while--and I still have not. I surmise that somehow a low fob battery in that car could have that undesirable effect.

    I'd not like to get caught on a cold day with a malfunctioning fob, so if I remember, I intend to replace our Prius fob batteries after no more than 5 years, even if I have not noticed anything. Lithium cells fall off a cliff once they finally are near the end, much more rapidly than most other consumer battery chemistries.

    Back to the Prius. Can anyone post specific symptoms they have observed for a near end of life fob battery in the Prius?
     
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    2005 Prius (purchased April 2005, about 60k miles). I had to replace the 12 V battery a couple of months ago, so 3.5 years. The fob still works, but i occasionally need to pull it out of my pocket and press the buttons on the fob to lock or unlock the car. I suspect i should replace the batteries soon in both of them.

    and i often carry it in the same pocket as my cell phone - so perhaps only the one i actually USE needs a new battery
     
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