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Old 10-06-2011, 06:33 PM   #1
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Trickle Charger

Hello,

my Camaro is the first car which I will not drive in the wintertime.
I have read, in an other treat, that there are Trickle Charger. I have never heard from a Trickle Charger or needed something like that. Because till now I drove all my cars over the whole year.
Can somebody recommend me a good Trickle Charger?

At Amazone I have found a Trickle Charger for the cigarette lighter:
http://www.amazon.com/Schumacher-SP-...941479&sr=1-87

Can I use a device like that for my Camaro?

Thank you very much in advance for your answers.
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:43 PM   #2
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Trickle charger should plug into a wall outlet. El-cheapo works fine... Walmart or parts store is a good place to look, shouldn't be over $30.

[edit] I see you're in Germany, just make sure it's good with your household current.
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Don't use a charger on the camaro but I use battery tenders on my bikes. Never had a problem with them in years.
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:06 AM   #4
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I see you're in Germany, just make sure it's good with your household current.
Thank you for your advice. I have totally forgot to think on our household current.
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:13 AM   #5
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Don't use a charger on the camaro but I use battery tenders on my bikes. Never had a problem with them in years.
+1 Battery Tender FTW... I have them on both bikes AND the Camaro.... you can hook to the + post under the hood and to the stud that holds the airbox right next to the + post.
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I use a battery tender as well. It permanently attaches directly to the battery and latches underneath with a L hook. You basically run an extension, and plug it in and that's it. There are small ports (holes) on the trunk floor with plastic grommets. You just pull out the grommet and run the extension cord through the port hole.

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Old 10-11-2011, 09:30 AM   #7
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I have several Shumacher battery tenders. They work great.

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Old 10-11-2011, 11:13 AM   #8
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Battery Tender makes a great product. Most electrical devices are 50hz(Europe)/60 hz compatible. Although, you need to check the household voltage (usually 220V Europe) and plug layout.
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:00 AM   #9
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very much for all your replies.

I have decided me for a Battery Tender product and have ordered it a few minutes ago.:

http://batterytender.com/automotive/...emisphere.html

I think an american product is the best for my american car.
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:44 PM   #10
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very much for all your replies.

I have decided me for a Battery Tender product and have ordered it a few minutes ago.:

http://batterytender.com/automotive/...emisphere.html

I think an american product is the best for my american car.
Lucky guy you can drive that car as fast and as hard as you want. We have to drive under 100kph most of the time.
I know you have some awesome tracks out there. Do you take it on tracks often?
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Old 10-13-2011, 04:32 PM   #11
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Lucky guy you can drive that car as fast and as hard as you want. We have to drive under 100kph most of the time.
I know you have some awesome tracks out there. Do you take it on tracks often?
Yes, that's true but high speed is not so important for me (I bought the car due to its appearance.) and the tracks are far away. If I drive on a highway/Autobahn then I mostly drive between 130kph - 150kph. Gas is not exactly cheap in Germany.

The higher the speed the higher is the risk to get rock chips or worse something breaks. And a big problem what I have is, that I have no garage till now and it is quite difficult to get replacement parts. Before I had the car, I told to myself - no problem if I need a replacement parts, then I order it in the US. But unfortunately it is not so easy as I thought.


By the way, you are the lucky guy. I would trade high speed for a life in Canada or the USA if I could.
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:56 PM   #12
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Today I have received my Battery Charger.
And now I need your help again.

Can I mount the charging cable as it is shown in the picture?
Or do I have to attach the cable direct to the battery?




I'm sure that is a stupid question. Sorry.
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:58 PM   #13
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^^^ I think you should connect it straight to the battery. Not sure it will work that way
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:25 PM   #14
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Yes. I have mine done in a similar way. I used the + post in your pic and the stud that held the rear of the stock airbox which is right next to the + post. Has worked perfectly for 2 years now...
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Old 10-18-2011, 04:49 PM   #15
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Those two points will be fine, they are there so you can jump start the car if needed. Don't forget some fuel stabilizer and to over inflate the tires to help stop them from flat spotting. When do you plan on getting it back out of storage?
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Again. Attach charger to the battery, put an extension cord in the battery compartment plug the charger into the extension cord.

There are ports (holes) in the trunk;

Pull the plastic gromet out to reveal the opening (hole) and pass the extension cord out the port in the trunk, plug the extension into you power outlet.
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Old 10-19-2011, 05:30 AM   #17
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Thank you very much for your help.

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Again. Attach charger to the battery, put an extension cord in the battery compartment plug the charger into the extension cord.

There are ports (holes) in the trunk;

Pull the plastic gromet out to reveal the opening (hole) and pass the extension cord out the port in the trunk, plug the extension into you power outlet.
I though this way would be much easier.
OK, I'm gonna go in for a closer look.


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When do you plan on getting it back out of storage?
Not before April.
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Again. Attach charger to the battery, put an extension cord in the battery compartment plug the charger into the extension cord.

There are ports (holes) in the trunk;

Pull the plastic gromet out to reveal the opening (hole) and pass the extension cord out the port in the trunk, plug the extension into you power outlet.
Much more effort than connecting in the front and running it forward to and thru the grill. Can be used at a moments' notice without all the shenanigans of extension cords, grommets etc etc....

Plus I don't like the idea of the charger being inside the car. They get warm/hot on initial charge depending on low/bad the battery is.

You can see my BT connector (old style) hanging just above the "SS" emblem in this pic. I usually tuck it back into the grill before driving but this was a short run for pics etc....

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Well actually I have mine connected to the battery in the trunk. I have the battery tender cord with the ring lugs connected to the battery terminals and have a slit in one of the cap/plugs in the trunk. The cord reaches just under the trunk floor and hangs out, there is a cap on that.
When I back into the garage the battery tender is already plugged in the wall and all I do is connect the tender cord to the cord under the car.
My truck is connected under the hood and I leave the cord outside the grill on that. Personal preferance on how you do it.
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Those two points will be fine, they are there so you can jump start the car if needed. Don't forget some fuel stabilizer and to over inflate the tires to help stop them from flat spotting. When do you plan on getting it back out of storage?

How much do you over inflate your tires too?

OK, another stupid question. Is the battery in the trunk? I havent looked and every car I have owned they have been in the engine compartment.
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I inflated mine to 44 PSI.
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Yes, the battery is in the trunk. Your owner's manual will show the location and how to access.
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Well actually I have mine connected to the battery in the trunk. I have the battery tender cord with the ring lugs connected to the battery terminals and have a slit in one of the cap/plugs in the trunk. The cord reaches just under the trunk floor and hangs out, there is a cap on that.
When I back into the garage the battery tender is already plugged in the wall and all I do is connect the tender cord to the cord under the car.
My truck is connected under the hood and I leave the cord outside the grill on that. Personal preferance on how you do it.
That's the best way to do it in my opinion.
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