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SOLAR POWER CAR PANEL BATTERY TRICKLE CHARGER 12V 1.5W
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2013
This is a VERY good solar battery charger. I've bought several of these over the years to keep the family's cars charged up and this one is definitely the best so far - by far
Unlike many other similar products this one supplies both a cigarette lighter socket plug AND crocodile clips for direct connection to the battery (which is necessary if your cigarette lighter socket does not stay live when the ignition key is removed). There is an in-line connector plug/socket mid way in the cable which makes it very easy to feed the cable through a small hole in the bulkhead to reach the battery if needed. This pug is designed so that it is impossible to reverse polarity. IMPORTANTLY - there is also an in-line fuse on the positive side of the cable so that, if the cable insulation gets chafed a short circuit will not cause a fire. I have not seen this on any other panel that I have bought.
I tested the panel with a multimeter on a 100% cloudy day with slight drizzle falling. It produced the stated 17 volts at 0.086amps - again most of the other cheap trickle charge panels will suffer some voltage drop in such conditions. This one is exceptional.
If I have one criticism it is only a very small one. The panel (again unusually) comes with 4 rubber suction cups (2 + 2 spares!) to allow you to stick it to the inside of a windscreen. In practice these suction cups are a little bit small and I found that I had to allow the bottom edge of the panel to rest against the top of the dash to take some weight of the cups, otherwise they tended to come unstuck. Due to the slightly textured finish of the dash the suction cups would not stick on to it. However a couple of strips of double sided tape would fix it in place quite nicely. In conclusion - if, like me, you do a lot of short journeys then a solar panel trickle charger is a brilliant way of ensuring you never have a flat battery - and this particular panel is definitely the best one I have ever come across - well worth the extra £2 or £3 compared to the very cheapest ones.
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103 of 107 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2010
I bought 2 of these ,one for my car and one for my ladies car, both of the cars are not used much due to us both driving company vehicles all the week, on my car the charger works just fine and I have not had a flat battery again despite the car not being used for weeks at a time .On my ladies car it is a different story she has an all singing and dancing security system on her car and the drain of the system is more than the charger can keep up with, so I still have to put a normal battery charger on her car from time to time.
So if you don`t have a high drain on your battery this solar charger works well ,if you do forget it, go and buy an optimate charger or similar.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2011
Bought two of these wee beasties and both work brilliantly. I got one for the car (always like to be sure it will start..it being an automatic) and one for the quad. Not a large item but very usefull. Everyone should have one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2013
This will be my third in ten years - We plug them into the cigar lighter on our camper van when it is parked for a long time. Before this discovery the leisure battery was being replaced annually and the main battery had a short life. This changes the game.
Why three? If you buy one and use it this way, make sure no one else starts the van without disconnecting the solar panel - it blows the blocking diode and that's it - dead.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2012
I use one on my old 1982 Trafic camper, and one on my Audi 80 cabriolet, both of which are only used in summer really. On the camper it works fine ( no electronics to speak of ), but on the Audi, the immobliser uses more juice than the solar charger provides so after about 6/7 days of no use the battery is flat. I have solved this by fitting a battery isolator to both vehicles ( about 6 quid each, 2 minute fit to the negative terminal on your battery ). This stops any drain whilst not in use and also stops anybody nicking the vehicle ( a would be thief wouldnt figure it out quickly! ). If you don't want to unhook your battery, then buy at least a 4W output solar charger to cope with any alarm/immobliser drain . Hope this helps.
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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2011
I regularly leave my car on my driveway all week and commute to work on a scooter - as a result the car gets used at weekends and sometimes it is left for weeks. When I did try to start it, I found that the battery was often flat and I had to jump start it. I bought this great little solar panel, popped it on my dashboard and plugged into the cigar lighter socket and now I can leave the car for weeks and it starts straight away. Can't recommend this product enough.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2011
I've got a small boat and unfortunately sometimes don't get to use it as regularly as I like so when it comes to using the motor I permanently have a battery problem - not good news. All that now solved with this terrific charger which attaches so simply with the two crocodile clips. So convenient to use - no more uncoupling the battery and taking it to be charged somewhere - and waiting for it. Plus no more worries about power when I'm out with the boat - can I take the boat out as soon as I get there - charges up fast even on a typical day. Great Product - and cheap.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2011
This is a really useful little thing! I have an old series ii Land Rover which I use for occasional trips to the local tip and mucky stuff like that. Consequently I often find that when I come to use it the battery has gone flat. This is a pain but I used to get round the problem by parking it on a hill outside the house and rolling it down to bump start it! (Not very elegant I admit but it worked.) So this is loads better. The panel just sits there keeping the battery topped up and no more scaring the neighbours as I drop the clutch outside their house!
Great service from the seller too! 5*****
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2014
I do not use my car very often during the week, and I found that the battery was regularly flat due to lack of use. I had heard of trickle chargers, and thought that I would buy one ... I had nothing to loose, and everything to gain. Well I can happily say that this has been one of my best buys in recent months. The charger is beyond easy to use & fit..it just plugs into the lighter socket,and sits in sunlight on the dashboard.Since starting to use it I have had no problems with the battery flattening due to lack of use, and my car starts without recourse to jump leads or calling the AA. Highly recommended
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2010
My battery kept going flat due to lack of use. Without removing the battery from my car, I Connected the Solar Trickle Charger to the battery, via a Two Pole Relay, so that it switches off the solar charger when I start. This is because my cigarette lighter socket is not energised when the ignition is off. Excellent and quick servive by Nikka will use them again. Dave
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