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Post by elfin girl on Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:46 pm

so, can i charge my battery with it still conected to the van?! i realy cant remember if thats deemed dangerous, cant think of any reason why not though!
if it is dangerous you better tell me quick cos ive already got it charging! Razz 
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Post by kentgpz11 on Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:18 pm

I think it depends on the output of the charger.
I use an Optimate on ours, but that's only a trickle charger.
Designed to be used that way.
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Post by bushwhacker on Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:24 pm

Perfectly safe; I've always done it that way.

Don't forget that's what you do with a jump start, so what's the difference? In any case CTEK have an accessory cigarette lighter plug for some chargers so that you can charge the battery that way (ie still connected)!
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Post by HighlyJetted on Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:26 pm

Yeah I mostly charge with them connected, even on the potent boost charger I've got.

But if I want to slow charge something properly I tend to take the battery off and put it somewhere warmer like in the garage, and so nothing is draining it while I try to charge it.

It's not that blonde either, I'd say its a pretty good thing to consider before jumping into ignorance.
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Post by elfin girl on Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:58 pm

cheers guys, i dont think its charging, the chargers says its doing something but its been on charge for 4 1/2 hours and there isnt even a glimmer when i turn the key in ignition
this is obviously because im supposed to be going to wales on friday, it only breaks if im planing on going away in it Mad 
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Post by HighlyJetted on Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:05 pm

Open the little caps on top of the batter and make sure all the cells are full of fluid.

Same time, batteries tend to be just sweet - e.g. never letting you down.

Or they are F***ed. Past their sell by date. Open your wallet and burn £45 on a new on.

Hijets are quite handy as you can fit pretty much any size battery in the compartment.
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Post by bushwhacker on Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:14 pm

A lot depends on the type of charger. Modern ones seem to take longer; mine takes about 8 hours from flat as far as I remember.
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Post by Logi on Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:08 pm

bushwhacker wrote:A lot depends on the type of charger. Modern ones seem to take longer; mine takes about 8 hours from flat as far as I remember.

Yep, I find some are crap at charging dead batteries, I have an ancient one that rattles away but works better than the "conditioning" one.



WHOA!!!!!!


When you say not a glimmer, do you have any electrics? At all? I'm wondering about the wee battery wires?
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Post by Logi on Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:09 pm

Get someone to jump start it, if nowt when connected to another car it'll be the wires
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Post by HighlyJetted on Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:35 pm

Good call logan
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Post by elfin girl on Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:43 pm

fluid in cells ok, the battery isnt 2 years old yet so better bloody not be that!

battery wires are ok, it was only flat cos the lights got left on but i turned the ignition key after a bit of charging to see if i got any dash lighs and nothing Sad 

i gotta wait for people to finish  work for jump Surprised
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Post by Logi on Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:00 pm

The little wires?

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Post by HighlyJetted on Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:04 pm

Maybe the charger is a POS
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Post by elfin girl on Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:20 pm

yup, the bloody chargers wer caput, both showed they were charging, nither of them were if anything they were draining it!
found my multi meter now too, could have done with it earlier!
so, emergency averted, but have just remembered i dont have breakdown cover, should probably sort that before i head to wales
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