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Do any of you guys have an ingenious way of hooking up a battery trickle charger to your V8s with out opening the rear hatch, taking off battery cover then finally connect clip to the terminals? I was thinking it would be good to run a tidy little plug off the battery that went through the floor and exited by the rear bumper somewhere. What does everyone do? I never used to bother with the 89 Turbo as it would last 2 weeks before starting to go flat and would get driven in that period but the V8 needs it after 5 days.


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cigarette lighter isn't on in our V8 car, if parked. But we can use the drain hole under the battery to line an cable outside between right rear wheel-housing and rear bumper section.


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I've seen various ways of it being done.

There is an article on LEW showing one way of doing it here

I use the same connector but leave the cable lying in the boot. When I put the car away I put the cable up through the engine vent louvres and close the boot. The connector I use is the same as that shown in the article and just fits through the louvres.

I didn't want an unfused direct connection to the battery hanging a few inches off the ground behind the rear wheels (which is where the article shows the connector).

RobC on his 350 has made the dummy fuel filler into a charging point. You can lift this off fairly easily. He has put on a magnetic catch and fitted a socket behind to provide a point for charging.


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I bought my trickle charger at Halfords a few years ago but checking their website this morning it does not appear on the list.

I have a fused connection permanently connected to the battery. The lead lies in the boot and has a cap on it to protect the plug when it is not connected to the similar plug on the lead from the charger. I usually leave one side of the boot unhitched but since reading the previous post I will see if the plug on the charger side of the lead will slip through the louvres. I can't believe I didn't think of that route.

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I do the same as Dave Oneshot. It is a tight squeeze but the plug end does fit through the louvres.

I previously dangled the lead down the drain pipe but it didn't last long before the water and dirt caused the connectors to rot away.

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I've got the same as bingoking and very good it is too. They still do them in the stores for only

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Kylie,

I use a batter tender waterproof and it comes with the O ring cables. (see attached photos) The O ring cables goes to the battery connectors directly. It has a 3 amp fuse & a quick release connector so I can disconnect it fast. The battery cover always stays in place, never need to be removed (it's a pain to take that off). The trunk still needs to be open because the battery tender stays in the trunk but I figure it's perhaps the easiest way for me already. Besides I always open the trunk after driving. I'll take some photos of my set up in the trunk tonight & post it.

Alan

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Using the water drain pipe is quite good ( even if I do say so myself ! ) but a bit of a faff to plug in. But it's a lot less hassle than having the battery go flat.

I've recently bought one of these for my Noble as it too goes flat within a couple of weeks ;

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I've seen various ways of it being done.

There is an article on LEW showing one way of doing it here

I use the same connector but leave the cable lying in the boot. When I put the car away I put the cable up through the engine vent louvres and close the boot. The connector I use is the same as that shown in the article and just fits through the louvres.

I didn't want an unfused direct connection to the battery hanging a few inches off the ground behind the rear wheels (which is where the article shows the connector).

RobC on his 350 has made the dummy fuel filler into a charging point. You can lift this off fairly easily. He has put on a magnetic catch and fitted a socket behind to provide a point for charging.

Nice, I like the idea of mounting a plug through the dummy fuel filler, what a cool idea, trust Rob to do this :beer: B)

Putting the cable up through the vents, I never thought of this either!! Some top options here.

Kylie,

I use a batter tender waterproof and it comes with the O ring cables. (see attached photos) The O ring cables goes to the battery connectors directly. It has a 3 amp fuse & a quick release connector so I can disconnect it fast. The battery cover always stays in place, never need to be removed (it's a pain to take that off). The trunk still needs to be open because the battery tender stays in the trunk but I figure it's perhaps the easiest way for me already. Besides I always open the trunk after driving. I'll take some photos of my set up in the trunk tonight & post it.

Alan

Thanks Brian, Dave, Davegt, snuffy and Graham :devil: All good replies.

Alan, how much power drain does the car have when you leave the hatch open, when ever im tinkering in there I like to disconnect the rear boot light but have no idea how much power im saving. Bugger all id say?

Ive got plenty of options now just have to choose - oh the dramas! :beer:


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Kylie,

I have no idea how much power drains when the hatch is open with the rear boot light on, because it has always been disconnected :beer: The Battery Tender Waterproof indicator shows green when it's done charging & orange when it's charging. When it's connected the green light wouldn't turn orange until 10-12 hours later. (And it's probably due to the alarm system), and if I open the door for over 10-15 minutes, it'll start chargine...Therefore, I assume there's no power drain when the rear boot light is disconnected even with the hatch open.

The reason I choose the battery tender waterproof over others is because I found water in my trunk every time after I wash my car, so I use a waterproof trickle charger & I always leave the battery cover on.

I attached some photos of my set up, the battery tender is mounted w/velcro on the top of the trunk (so I can monitor whether it's charging or not without lifting the trunk cover). Sorry the photo quality is kind of bad. When I got home from work it was already kind of dark.

Alan

Brian, Dave, Davegt, snuffy and Graham :devil: All good replies.

Alan, how much power drain does the car have when you leave the hatch open, when ever im tinkering in there I like to disconnect the rear boot light but have no idea how much power im saving. Bugger all id say?

Ive got plenty of options now just have to choose - oh the dramas! :beer:

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