The Results are in, and they're great!
AutoChipsDirect has been selling the PowerBOX for three years now, and we've loved every minute of it. Not only does our chip increase your Horsepower and Torque, but it also increases your overall miles per gallon. We're so happy and proud to produce high quality products, and service, for each one of our customers. All of our products are made in the USA and made specifically for you. Each product is hand built and tested prior to shipping, that's why we're confident enough to say AutoChipsDirect is one of the best places to shop for your vehicle.
Many people have asked us how our chip is able to save fuel and increase power - the answer is simple. Our chip "piggy-backs" onto your vehicle's air/fuel ratio sensor and alters it. This is a very common method of "re-tuning" used widely in the automotive industry. The thing that makes ACD different is that we provide you with a high quality product at a low cost - compared to other tuners.
Below are a few tips to help you save fuel and enjoy the increased power after installing our PowerBOX.
- Use cruise control whenever possible, and safe
- Log your average MPG on paper, after you fillup, instead of relying on the vehicle's computer which isn't always accurate
- If you're enjoying the power too much, we know it's hard, you will not save gas - there is no way to avoid that
- Research forums for tips on how to drive more "economically" to maximize MPG
Now, if you don't care about MPG, but instead just want the power, feel free to enjoy it, but drive safely and obey traffic laws!
About our recent testing from Florida to Virginia
There will be speculation, there always is, but we're here to put the critics at ease. First of all, the only modification on the vehicle was the PowerBOX, and we installed it a few hours before testing, which means we didn't even wait the "100-150" miles for the vehicle to fully adjust, so theoretically there could have had better results, but this was a last minute trip and there hadn’t been one installed on this specific vehicle yet - so we figured, what the heck, why not? When the vehicle was tested, we instructed the user not to use any other fuel saving devices, methods, or tips/tricks, just the PowerBOX – so these results are EXTREMELY accurate. In most cases, we tell our customers to avoid using the vehicle’s MPG calculator and to log it on paper, but in this case, the vehicle’s MPG was accurate to-the-tee. Below we’ll explain why we advise users to ignore the MPG calculator
There are a few things to note when using a vehicle’s MPG calculator
- It's just a prediction, and it's not always accurate
- It's only really accurate when you've driven the car for a while (long trips) or you've reset it as soon as you refilled your tank
- Even then, if you decided to "punch the gas" even for a second to pass somebody on the interstate, your average MPG could drop
- Again, it's only a predition, if you drive with cruise control, but later drive in the CITY your MPG will be off
Because of this, we advise all users actually use their trip-o-meter or write down their exact mileage when they fill up, and then look at it again when they're tank is empty. Keep in mind you may not fill up at "empty" so put in a "buffer" for any left over miles. Do not drive to empty, or allow your vehicle to run out of gas for testing purposes, this is bad for your engine, and very un-safe for you. It's wise to track highway miles vs city miles to see as driving in different conditions will make a difference on fuel mileage - that's why cars are advertised with "City MPG" and "Highway MPG".
Back to the test:
The trip was long, and done within a short time frame. The user left for Virginia at 6:00am from Mid-West-Coast Florida. After arriving in Virginia, our user did not drive the vehicle, but instead rode with others. After 48 hours, our user then drove back to Florida via the highway. Our user, naturally, used cruise-control for most of the trip - this helps with MPG. Upon arrival back, we inspected the vehicle to ensure the PowerBOX was still connected and fully functional, got our report back from the user, and our user stated they had an increase of 6MPG on average.
The vehicle specifications:
- 2006 Chevrolet Equinox
- 3.4 L V6-cylinder
- 185 hp @ 5200 rpm (base numbers, we did not test for power after installing - our mission was MPG)
- Front wheel drive
- 5-speed automatic
Trip specifics & results:
- Original MPG 16-17 MPG
- Final results 22-23 MPG
- Two adult males, one adult female
- 5 bags of luggage
- Tires inflated to specs, stock tire size
- No additional fuel saving additives, methods, or tricks
- Total miles 2000+
- Roads taken, I-75 & I-95