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Old 12-17-2003, 13:10   #1 (permalink)
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Question In car battery charging

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Would it hurt anything to trickle charge (@ 1 amp) the battery without taking the cables off and upsetting the computer? The car is garaged and not used often. I take it for a drive every 5 days to keep the battery charged.

I am not interested in solar charging or anything else, I have an Arlec charger here which I can use, and I don't want to undo the cables.

So - any harm?


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Re: In car battery charging

TopGhia, I charged my battery on car, 88 EA Ghia, without removing the cables on trickle overnight, using an arlec charger as well, and it still runs fine no harm done, runs perfectly fine in fact, well no worse then it ever has, it is old after all.

I connected it, then turned the power on, and left it charging :0)

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Re: In car battery charging

If anyone is interested,

Well, I charged it up in the car, used the Arlec on Low (1 amp) for 8 hours. Worked perfectly. The car is used only once a week and the battery reading before the recharge was 12.16V, which is a couple of cranks short of flat.

I found some stuff called Inox battery conditioner which you add 15ml to each cell. That was before the recharge. Now this 12.16V was just 2 days after my 80k drive to recharge the battery, so the battery is not up to scratch.

After the treatment and the recharge, the battery reads 12.6 (fully charged), and things are lookin good. Recharging in the car had no effect on the ECU or anything else, so I thought I'd let youse know it is safe to do it - as long as you hook it up right, and it might be safer to restrict the charging voltage to under 14. Mine was about 13.8 after about 7 1/2 hours.



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How much was the Inox battery conditioner??
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Re: In car battery charging

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<b>"Inox Battery Conditioner"</b>

$10.75 for a 90ml bottle. It's marked on the side in 6 15ml graduations, just bung 15ml in each cell. I'll take a reading tomorrow (2 days after a run), and if it is more than 12.16V it must be working.

It also says that it will double the life expectancy on a brand new battery.

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EBXR, I'll take a reading tomorrow (2 days after a run), and if it is more than 12.16V it must be working.
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Re: In car battery charging

Thanks for this thread

Ive got a question, Ive resorted to unplugging the Battery completly as I the EB is not driven for upto 2 week periods

Ive tried the solar recharge and its crap, obviusly ive got a leak that draws enough to bring it under crank requirements (engine been worked)

Whats are your thoughts on either unplugging it or getting one of those boost jump start packs

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Re: In car battery charging

If your battery needs charging after more than a week of no use, you may have something which is draining to much current at standby, or you have a suspect battery.

I have left cars for more than a month without use, and on return they start without problem.
Check the current draw and find the offender.

Disconnecting the battery all the time isn't ideal as the ECU must relearn everytime you drive it.

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I would not recomend charging your battery in your car unless you have a anti-zap device connected to your battery to prevent any electric spikes from frying your ecu
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