Trickle Charger Advice Please?

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  1. TeeMyob

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    Hi,

    I am looking for a trickle charger for my Mercedes Car and or Traveliner for When we are away.

    Could anyone point me in the right direction or does anyone have any specific suggestions/recommendations please?.

    Trev
     
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    Aldi/Lidl.
     
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    In-stock now?
     
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    Don't know.
     
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    thank you anyway, the day I get a Lidl/Aldi special buy in-stock...........
     
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    Yes ! But you might get lucky and the Aldi one ( sat in my garage ) was a bargain and has worked faultlessly on car and bike.
     
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    For full unattended operation, the Aldi one is not for you.
    When it powers up, say after a power cut, it goes to standby mode and doesn't charge until the correct mode is selected.
    Go a proper ctek unit.
     
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    Or Optimate(y)
     
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    Not the cheapest, but I bought a small CTEK charger for keeping the car battery in condition. It comes with a short easy-fit lead that can be left attached to the starter battery (ring connectors) and this has a weather-proof plug at the other end to connect to the charger's fly-lead. This has the advantage of charging the battery properly and assessing its condition, rather than simply trickling a charge.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/CTEK-MXS-3-8-Functional-7-stage/dp/B00E5VS58Y
     
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    Thanks Folks, much appreciated.

    I will probably go with the Ctek, unless I can find an Aldi/Lidl one. There is always someone here who can re-set the charger
     
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    we leave our cars on charge with the Ctek charger..... sometimes for 5 months its so nice to get home after long trip and the car will start
     
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    20w solar in the windscreen does it for me and cost less than £30(y)
     
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    the solar does not work very well in the garage
     
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    No Garage for it yet, but the last solar charger we had drained the battery, binned it.
     
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    Put it on the garage roof then(y)
     
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    @TeeMyob I have a car stored on my dad's drive and I have a 20w solar panel sitting on the dash, it's not pointing south and it's kept the battery alive all winter, it's worth buying a descent power one, these tiddly lil things you see in car shops are not worth it, a 20w one doesn't need a charge controler(y)
     
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    ~any links? please?
     
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    Seconded on the CTEK. Got an MX5 one and it does a great job. Shame my battery was borked before I bought it though. New battery is next on the list :eek:
     
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    @TeeMyob
    Been well over a year since I bought mine on eBay and I'm sure I payed about £28 and really happy with it as it's connect and forget which is what I was after, I'm in France at the mo so a bit difficult, but make sure it's Monocrystalline as the cheaper ones are poly which is not so good, you want it long and thin to sit on the dash and as long a cables as you can get ok
    Try something like this but do a good search you may find it cheaper(y)
     
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    Check out the prices, we have just fitted a new battery to our MX5 Mazda price was £120, actually paid £56, not bad really as the old battery was the original Panasonic fitted from new in 2000.
     
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