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Old 04-10-2017, 05:51 PM
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Solar Powered Battery Charger

I bought one of these about a year ago for a not-ford, since it stays parked in the street, and I don't want to run a cord. After 6 months of sitting in the street, the car started right up. I was impressed, so I bought one for my '78 ford, since it stays parked in the street also.

It was a 1.8 watt solar charger from NAPA for $36.00. The beauty of the '78 is that the cigarette lighter is hot all the time, so I just plugged the charger into the cigarette lighter. Easy Peazy.

The newer cars don't have an active cigarette lighter when the ignition switch is off, so I used alligator clips from the inside to the battery(provided).

Here is the caveat; these are NOT intended to charge a battery, but rather to maintain a fully charged battery. A full battery charge is necessary before using the solar powered charger.

Thus far, I'm impressed.
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When the bronco and thunder were parked outside, I used some cheapo box store 'maintainer' as well. These are rides that would run for maybe 5 minutes every 6-12 months. Never had an issue either. Now that everything is inside though, I've swapped over to battery tender jr's...but they're more expensive.
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I would go with Battery Tender also if I could keep them in a garage.
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Old 04-10-2017, 07:05 PM
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When the bronco and thunder were parked outside, I used some cheapo box store 'maintainer' as well. These are rides that would run for maybe 5 minutes every 6-12 months. Never had an issue either. Now that everything is inside though, I've swapped over to battery tender jr's...but they're more expensive.
You need to watch when they go on sale, I snagged 6 of them for $24.99 each at batteries plus a few years ago. I kept two on Whitey out in the yard under the hood on an extension cord, never an issue. As a matter of fact the SXS and 4 wheeler as well as my boat all were outside on extension cords.
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I have the solar panel maintainer on some farm equiptment.they work great. They live out
At the one farm with no electric service. Had a big solar panel that would charge batteries in a day but it got broken. The older panels were so fragile it wasn't even funny.
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You need to watch when they go on sale, I snagged 6 of them for $24.99 each at batteries plus a few years ago. I kept two on Whitey out in the yard under the hood on an extension cord, never an issue. As a matter of fact the SXS and 4 wheeler as well as my boat all were outside on extension cords.
Daaaaang...I don't exactly remember what I paid, but I wanted to say $50-60.
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$21.99

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Good to hear, Guys. Thank you.
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Father Doug, sounds like you are being a bit shy. Your truck is beautiful, don't be afraid to parade her around more often! I think you would have no need for a battery charger. But on that subject has anyone done the research on the solar panel requirement to maintain a bank of travel trailer batteries?
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Thank you, Green. It used to be my daily driver before I retired. I work part-time now and I do a lot of driving to different sites, and I don't want to wear the truck out. Plus, some of the places I go to aren't exactly paved roads.

I haven't researched solar battery chargers for RV's. We do some camping with a 5th wheel, but it is usually only 3 days at a time, so I haven't found it necessary to worry about keeping 2 batteries charged.
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