Battery Charger

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Jonblue
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Battery Charger

Post by Jonblue » Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:06 am

Has anyone invested in a Battery Charger yet? I do mainly short journeys so thought it might be a wise precaution in this cold weather although I have only had the car for about 5 months. Honest John recommends the CTEK MXS 5.0 Fully Automatic Battery Charger which at around £66 is a bit pricey. Has anyone been forced to charge their battery yet and can recommend a cheaper but efficient charger?

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greycross
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Re: Battery Charger

Post by greycross » Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:47 pm

I have a CTEK MXS 5.0 charger and can't recommend them enough, brilliant bits of kit !!

Like you I considered cheaper options and looked around but in the end I went for the CTEK as nothing else really compares.

Mine does a 7 stage charge and really does keep the battery up to spec.

I mainly use it on my motorbike as I have a plug permanently wired which hangs just below the seat so I can simply plug it in.

I love the connect and forget features of it, as it completely looks after its self and will not overcharge the battery.

Honestly, go for the CTEK, you will not be disappointed, and once you have one you will not ever need anything else.
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Re: Battery Charger

Post by Kugaman » Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:02 pm

Get to Lidl.
They do a battery charger thats £14. Highly rated and is also intelligent so will stop charging when necessary.
In fact I think its on offer this week actually!

Ive had one for about 10 years and used it on my Lotus Elise for most of that time. Excellent item.
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Re: Battery Charger

Post by Jonblue » Fri May 01, 2020 7:30 pm

Am back on this subject again. Think I will definitely need to invest in a battery charger for my T Cross R Line as my mileage is negligible. Am I correct in saying that I cannot use my VERY old trickle charger used for lead acid battery on these new start stop batteries? The top charger appear to be by CTECH -- the MX5 and the CT5 -- what's the difference apart from price? The MX5 says it s a start stop charger but the other does not refer to this. They are both pricey.

Ha anyone charged their T Cross battery yet and what charger did you use?

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Re: Battery Charger

Post by Kugaman » Sat May 02, 2020 8:31 am

Ive charged my wifes T Cross a couple of times since owning it.

As I recommended above, buy a Lidls charger for £15, works perfectly
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Re: Battery Charger

Post by Jonblue » Sat May 02, 2020 9:26 am

Thanks Kugaman -- must check to see if they still sell it.

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Re: Battery Charger

Post by greycross » Sat May 02, 2020 1:14 pm

As I mentioned earlier in this thread, you really won't go wrong with a CTek, superb bits of kit..

Having said that, have you looked at the Noco Genius range of smart chargers ?
These come out cheaper and also get good reviews for use on modern cars.

https://no.co/products

Just get yourself a Ctek though, I really can't recommend them enough, I have used it on my T-Cross during this lockdown, simply connect and forget.
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Re: Battery Charger

Post by Jonblue » Sat May 02, 2020 2:57 pm

Which model did you get greycross - the MX5 or the CT5? Also, did you charge it without removing the battery?

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Re: Battery Charger

Post by greycross » Sat May 02, 2020 3:48 pm

I have the MX5 and have used it on many cars.

The Ctek kit has interchangeable connections, I have the usual croc clips, cigarette lighter attachment and also a little harness thing which you can leave permanently connected to the battery.. This was really useful on my wife's Cmax as one of the battery terminals was well up under the bulkhead and inaccessible. I took time to connect the harness, and then simply plugged the charger in to charge the battery.

On my previous Golf, I simply plugged the cigarette plug onto the charger and plugged in into the spare Aux socket in the boot. Simples..

I have used the charger recently durring the current lockdown to charge both our new T-Cross and new Ibiza, both times using the croc clips straight on the battery.

On all of the cars, Golf, Cmax, T-Cross, Ibiza I have not had to disconnect the battery, as I believe the Ctek kit is voltage limited and kept below any voltage that can damage anything. You would have to check this, but I believe this is the case.

Strangely enough, when poking around my local VW showroom I have noticed they use CTek chargers to keep their display cars topped up.
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Re: Battery Charger

Post by Jonblue » Sat May 02, 2020 9:11 pm

Thanks again greycross for comprehensive explanation.

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