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2.0 out of 5 stars Solar Powered Battery Trickle Charger, 31 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: SOLAR POWER CAR PANEL BATTERY TRICKLE CHARGER 12V 1.5W (Electronics)
I can't really say how well this works, as by the time the charger came I had bought a new battery. I had previously been told that my starting problems were not down to the battery, but an unknown problem (possiblly starter motor being on the way out). I use my car for 6 short journeys of about 6 miles each per week. In the winter starting was getting more and more uncertian.

Since having the charger my car has never faltered once on starting, but this does suggest that its down to the new battery.

That apart my only grip is that I didn't realise that you shouldn't start the car with the charger attached to the battery. If you can work it off the cigar lighter thats fine as you can obviously just pull it out. On some cars the cigar lighter only works if the ignition is on so you have to use the crodile clips and attach the solar panel direct to the battery. I thread the wire out via the door then under the bonnet. The problem is the connecectors are under the bonnet not in the car,And I find it annoying having to keep opening the bonnet every time you need to start the engine. The instructions say that if you don't disconnect before starting the car you can damage the solar panel.

To my mind that is a major drawback. I wanted something that I could connect and then just forget about.
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Initial post: 8 Apr 2010 22:36:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Apr 2010 22:39:25 BDT
J. Harrand says:
why not seperate the 2 wires, cut one of them and put a switch on it, that way you can leave it connected all the time and just flip the switch when you start the car?

i just leave mine connected to cigarette lighter (which is always powered) and i can't say i've damaged it and it also has a diode built in to prevent reverse charging so current doesn't go IN to the panel, just OUT of it.

i'll find out if i have damaged it when my car is SORNed - if i get a flat battery, i damaged it. if not then i haven't :)
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