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Old 7th November 2019, 18:46   #1
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Default These inexpensive SOLAR Powered Trickle Battery Chargers work very well.

My "spare" MG ZT-T 1.8T has been on SORN for several months. I plan to strip the Power Unit, fit Cylinder Liner Shims and generally refurbish the engine. When I replaced the CHG a few years ago some of the cylinder liners were a close flush worry. Could be simply a matter of time. It's a nice example and well worth the time, work and expense.

So, need to turn the car around to make access to the engine compartment better. Put a Multi-Meter on its Battery and pleased to see a healthy 12.73 volts. That due to disconnecting the battery from the car and using a Solar Powered Trickle Battery Charger for at least six months now. Obviously that has done exactly what it says on the tin and the 1.8T started within a second of turning the key.

Beautiful sunny day and I was tempted to spend more time on it having drained all the coolant. Too cold and it gets dark by about 4 pm making working conditions less inviting. These images show the pleasing result using the Battery Solar Powered Trickle Charger. Obviously work well :~









Have several of these trickle chargers and they are proving very useful
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Been using one identical to the one in your picture for over 5 years now. It's turned out to be one of those things you swear by rather than swear at.----


Mr MGJohn sir. Why are all your pics larger than life ???

The only ones on the forum that I have to move from side to side if I want to look at all the picture.---
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Old 7th November 2019, 20:56   #3
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Been using one identical to the one in your picture for over 5 years now. It's turned out to be one of those things you swear by rather than swear at.----


Mr MGJohn sir. Why are all your pics larger than life ???

The only ones on the forum that I have to move from side to side if I want to look at all the picture.---
Size matters as the well know saying goes....

On my LapTop they are a perfect fit to the screen. So...

If you have a LapTop, Ctrl and - should adjust to fit. Does on mine anyway.

Yes, agreed, have about five of these SOLAR chargers for some family cars /batteries on SORN and they've been doing the trick for years. They were not expensive either.
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Could you tell me what make you have please, as I was thinking of getting a solar charger for my ‘Silver’ one, which will not be used while I get it up to scratch. It is sorned for the time being. It is living outside because I have only room for one car in my garage. I looked at some on the net around the £20-25 mark with different charging rates. Would 5 watt or 10 watt be sufficient?
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Could you tell me what make you have please, as I was thinking of getting a solar charger for my ‘Silver’ one, which will not be used while I get it up to scratch. It is sorned for the time being. It is living outside because I have only room for one car in my garage. I looked at some on the net around the £20-25 mark with different charging rates. Would 5 watt or 10 watt be sufficient?
These are the ones I bought locally from TANDY before they closed down. Had mine for over five years and they work fine.

An ebay search turned up several of this same design from around £20.00p Here :~

Solar Powered 12 volt Car Battery Chargers.
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Got one on my classic Mini, had it a few years now. Works a treat!
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Could you tell me what make you have please, as I was thinking of getting a solar charger for my ‘Silver’ one, which will not be used while I get it up to scratch. It is sorned for the time being. It is living outside because I have only room for one car in my garage. I looked at some on the net around the £20-25 mark with different charging rates. Would 5 watt or 10 watt be sufficient?
Sealey, one of the most popular ones only produces 1 watt.

This, however, is all you need.
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Would it be ok if the battery is still connected in the car with the charger connected.It would be connected for around five months? I need it connected because of occasionally starting it up to move around.
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Would it be ok if the battery is still connected in the car with the charger connected.It would be connected for around five months? I need it connected because of occasionally starting it up to move around.
In my experience with several of the family's cars on SORN at any one time, best to disconnect the battery completely ~ both terminal clamps ~ as the alarm will possibly take more from the battery than the Solar Charger maintains. Some guesswork on my part here based on doing both methods. I have not actually measured the to-from the battery to confirm either way.

All I know is that every time I disconnect the battery and use the Solar Charger to maintain it over long periods, when reconnecting their batteries and starting the cars, they invariably burst into life straight away. That does not always happen when they are connected to the car with remote set and alarm..... armed.
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The efficiency depends on the amount of sunshine and the time of year.

The solar charger is useful but with longer periods of the car not being used but started up occasionally the battery would need to be put on a charger now and then.

The solar charger is meant only to MAINTAIN a battery, not to charge it.
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