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Old 04-11-2015, 03:36 AM   #1
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Dumb question re 12v socket and solar trickle charger!

Afternoon all - forgive the lack of electrical nous here but I have just bought a Solar powered trickle charger (living in Dubai = beaucoup sunshine!). I want to use the 12v socket as the connection point - how do I know if that would work as opposed to using crocodile clips to the battery itself (= more hassle, seat removal etc)!?

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Old 04-11-2015, 04:19 AM   #2
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If the 12v socket is live with the ignition is off then the charger could work (dependant on if the socket is plumbed into canbus trickery). If its only live when ignition is on then it wont work (assuming you don't want to leave the keys in).
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Old 04-11-2015, 04:42 AM   #3
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Another option is that a most CTEK chargers come with a weather proof socket fly-lead that has Positive and Negative eylets you can connect up to your battery and tuck in behind a side cover or somewhere convenient. When you want to trickle the battery just remove the fly-lead and plug in your charger.
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Old 04-11-2015, 05:48 AM   #4
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Add some loop style leads to connect to the battery with a bit of cable and a plug to sit somewhere accessible, then clip off the alligator clips, and attach the other side of the plug. Direct to the battery would probably be best IMO.
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Old 04-11-2015, 06:39 AM   #5
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Charging to the 12v socket works perfectly on the 1190. No need or difference to connect direct to the battery with that charger.

The only improvement to connect to the battery would be in high current applications such as getting a jump start - there you must connect to battery.
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:19 AM   #6
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Charging to the 12v socket works perfectly on the 1190. No need or difference to connect direct to the battery with that charger.

The only improvement to connect to the battery would be in high current applications such as getting a jump start - there you must connect to battery.
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:17 PM   #7
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I use a Battery Tender through the 12v accessory socket all the time. No problems at all.

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