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AA Car Essentials Solar-Powered Car Battery Charger

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  • Ideal for Cars, Caravans and Boats
  • EOBD Connector
  • Includes clips for battery connection
  • Trickle Charges 12.4V battery whilst parked
  • THINFILM' technology allows a wider spectrum of light to be absorbed even in cloudy winter conditions
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BrandAA
Item Weight1.2 Kg
Product Dimensions47 x 30 x 2.2 cm
Item model number5060114614185
Manufacturer Part Number5060114614185
  
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ASINB00AC1LLQY
Best Sellers Rank 1,434 in Car & Motorbike (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.2 Kg
Date First Available6 Oct 2012
  
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lennie on 6 Aug 2013
I bought one of these from the AA man who recommended it. I have a car which I only use rarely at the moment and this has proved to be perfect to make sure it always starts. I am now planning to buy one for my dad as he is using his car less and less and has had problems with a flat battery.

The product is easy to use - just plug it into the EOBD (I didn't know I had one! but it was hidden behind the plastic fascia). W.N. complains in his/her review that it has to be taken out every time you drive due to bad design BUT if you read the instructions it states clearly that it must NOT be left plugged in when driving!!!!!

If you have an older car with no EOBD there are battery clips also provided but in this case the lead would have to go outside of the car.

The solar panel works in very low light so is fine even in cloudy weather. It flashes to show it's working. Make sure the battery is in a good state before you use this - it won't be able to charge a dead battery.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Colin on 3 Feb 2014
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I was going on holiday for 2 weeks and wanted to make sure the car would start when I returned. After reading lots of reviews I decided to give this a try, but unfortunately it didn't work for me. Despite leaving it on the dashboard with the car pointing south towards what little sun we get in the UK in January I came home to find the battery totally dead and had to call the AA out to jump start it. I thought there might be a problem with the unit, but the AA guy checked it and confirmed it was definitely generating power. It seems it just wasn't enough to stop the battery draining after being away so long. Might have been a different story in summer of course.

I'm giving it 3 stars because it is pretty well designed, the instructions are clear, and it's simple to use. However, it ultimately didn't solve the problem I needed it to, so you might want to consider this before deciding whether it's the right unit for your own circumstances.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grahame Kelly on 10 Oct 2013
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The garage I rent to store a car has no electricity supply so this is the only way of keeping the battery "topped-up". I have only had the unit for three weeks or thereabouts so it's "early days" but it looks good so far with an output voltage of 17 to 21 volts depending on the strength of light.

This appears to be sufficient to keep the battery voltage at 12.3 to 12.5 volts which is ideal. It will be interesting to see how it performs in winter daylight hours.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Madge #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Sep 2013
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We left a new car on the drive while we went away for two weeks. When we returned we couldn't get into it with the electronic fob and the car wouldn't start. The car happened to have one of those electronic "keys" which you shouldn't actually have to use - just having it on you is sufficient to open and start the car - great when you come back to the car with luggage or shopping. However, there's no "free lunch" here. These "smart keys" mean the car uses significantly more battery current whilst parked up compared to a normal remote locking car. The AA duly attended and started the car but suggested we got one of these solar chargers to maintain the battery charge next time we are away for a significant period of time.

This AA solar charger looks well made and comes complete with ample cable (around 3m) to plug the unit into the car's EOBD socket (the diagnostic socket) inside the car which most modern cars have. You also get battery connector leads plus suction cups for mounting the solar panel on the window or dash top. The solar panel utilises "Thin Film Technology" designed to deliver better charging in overcast conditions - not having used another one of these chargers I can't say how much of an asset this feature is but the idea is good especially in the UK.

In use the charger appears to work okay, but remember, a solar panel is only going to give you a small trickle charge, albeit, hopefully enough to offset the leaching of current via the "smart key" system. The initial results are encouraging and I'm pleased I bought this product - I'll update this review with my further experience. Remember though, a solar charger isn't going restore a flat or faulty battery.

My experience with car electrical items suggests you're better off buying a known brand and this AA product does look well made and comes with clear advice and instructions. Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William LOCKIE on 7 May 2013
Having been advised by the AA patrol man to purchase this charger, after ordering and cancelling a simular one on Amazon, I'm glad I did.
My BMW is very battery power hungry and with the BODC socket this charger is supplied with, keeping in charged is easy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MR AC CARTER on 5 Oct 2013
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Modern cars have a constant drain on the battery from the electronic devices, such as in my case the imobilzer, so when they are not used for a while you may find that the battery is flat when you try to start the car. A solar panel would seem like a good idea. It cannot charge a flat battery but MAY be able keep it topped up.

I bought this panel to replace a "Visua 1.8W Solar Powered Battery Trickle Charger." which let me down. The connecting leads were faulty the battery went flat and my car did not start after using it. I retuned the panel and got my money back.

Thought this AA panel could be better as the product description says there is a charging indicator.
"... and is fitted with a flashing blue LED light to indicate charge."

This is not so. The product description is wrong. The blue LED flashes to indicate that the panel is generating electricity. It flashes even when it is not connected. There is no way of knowing if the battery is being charged..

This panel plugs directly into the EOBD plug socket. This may be a weakness. It is not possible to tell if it is properly connected.

I am hoping that this panel will be OK. I have had the panel for one month and so far it would seem to be doing its job. But there is know way of knowing if it is working ... until you try to start your car.
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