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Battery Disconnect Switch

2013 smart cabriolet can be towed four-down, but requires that the battery be disconnected. Anyone suggest (1) type and make of a switch, and (2) where is the best place to locate the switch?
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Wouldn't it be easier to just disconnect one of the battery terminals? If it has to be done frequently, keep the proper size wrench in the glove compartment.
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Wouldn't it be easier to just disconnect one of the battery terminals? If it has to be done frequently, keep the proper size wrench in the glove compartment.
Do you know where the battery is installed to write that ...

I did install a switch like this one http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00R...ilpage_o01_s00 and it works just fine and I installed it right under the dash right in the middle; I bought two 25" battery cables at Wall Mart; I removed the existing negative cable, installed the new ones, one between the switch and the frame and the second one from the switch to the negative battery pole.
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https://www.smartcarofamerica.com/for...61/#post459493 He installed the switch on the front of the car; check his Gallery photos.
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2013 smart cabriolet can be towed four-down, but requires that the battery be disconnected. Anyone suggest (1) type and make of a switch, and (2) where is the best place to locate the switch?
Many thanks,
Mike
I installed a remote controlled switch (latching 12v relay - intelletec from Amazon) in my 2013 Cityflame. The ON/OFF is on the front grill. I thought about doing a key, but decided I had enough darn keys. The push button is marine waterproof switch and it works well.

I embedded my relay in the top of the foam in passenger floorboard above the battery - in retrospect I should have put the relay in the battery compartment itself.

This allows me to lock the doors.
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I installed a switch up under the dash on the pass. side. I used a Summit Racing switch with bracket. It's the common plastic Chinese switch, but I wanted the bracket to give me a better option for mounting. I'll put up a couple of pictures as soon as I meet the minimum posting requirement. And here's the manual link for the switch. (Stupid minimum requirement).
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Here are the pictures of my Summit disconnect switch installed under the passenger side dash. I reused the negative battery cable by taping off the end and attaching the cable from the switch with a splice nut.



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Pics from this link. The switch is connected to the negative battery terminal.
Amazon link to the Hella 87181 switch. Amazon link to the Hella 87185 spare key.


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2013 smart cabriolet can be towed four-down, but requires that the battery be disconnected. Anyone suggest (1) type and make of a switch, and (2) where is the best place to locate the switch?
Many thanks,
Mike

In my 2013 Cityflame (Passion?) I installed a remote control battery switch in the foam above the battery.


In retrospect, I think I could have installed it in the battery compartment itself and saved a lot of cable.


Story and pictures at Citizens of the Road
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