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Anyone tried a solar power trickle charger?

Just wanted any views. Many thanks.
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My mate has one on his 911 that spend 95% of its life in the garage, seems to work ok and means he can take it out whenever (not to often though)
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i used one on my astra last year after having battery issues...
worked fine for me...
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Thanks guys.
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I dont think it would work up here have'nt seen sun for months, now if it was powered by rain ..... would cook the battery
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My mate has one on his 911 that spend 95% of its life in the garage, seems to work ok and means he can take it out whenever (not to often though)
How does a solar charger work in his garage???
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I thought that, must have a window somewhere.

Wouldn't work for me as mine is totally enclosed.
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Better to get a plug in version then...Very little current consumption and surely better for a car kept indoors
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Yup plug in trickle charger would be better I think - my old man uses one on his Focus RS Sunday car & has always used it on his kit cars etc
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How does a solar charger work in his garage???
You don't need sun these days just light. Panels are far more efficient. In fact many panels become less efficient if they got hot in direct sun. Best conditions are bright light.
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Better to get a plug in version then...Very little current consumption and surely better for a car kept indoors
Only if the garage has power. Presumably why these solar ones were developed.

Which, thinking about it, why don't car manufacturers develop a permanent battery charge solar solution to help those standing for long lengths ..............

Can I patent it ?
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Which, thinking about it, why don't car manufacturers develop a permanent battery charge solar solution to help those standing for long lengths
The Nissan Leaf has that as an option, although not with the focus on long length standing obviously.

For anyone looking for a plug-in trickle charger I can really recommend the C-tek range.



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Thats what I would get a c-tek charger if it was standing for long periods or had lots of short runs. They are expensive for a charger but I believe you can charge through cigarette lighter on some models
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How does a solar charger work in his garage???
Its in a garage block away from the house, the charger is attached to the door then a cable to the battery
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So he can afford a 911 but can't afford an extension lead?



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Its in a garage block away from the house, the charger is attached to the door then a cable to the battery
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The Nissan Leaf has that as an option, although not with the focus on long length standing obviously.

For anyone looking for a plug-in trickle charger I can really recommend the C-tek range.
I've been seeing these everywhere lately. Nearly every motorshop seem to have them on display by the tills.
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