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BigBC0 November 29th, 2019 12:41 PM

Trickle Charger question / installation
 
Hi - I have a 96 gts. Have owned for multiple years. Live in northeast so it gets tucked away for winter. Battery always dies and I have to replace. I installed a trickle charger on the jump post this summer but it is not charging. Battery is now dead. Any suggestions or thoughts? I was going to hook directly to battery but didn’t want to drill any holes.

Thanks in advance. Note: I searched board but didn’t find anything.

BC

7U Viper November 29th, 2019 05:37 PM

I'm curious too. Mine just developed a drain that I haven't been able to diagnose. I would assume you could connect to the post under the hood and just make sure you have a good ground.

mashford November 29th, 2019 05:47 PM

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Hook up the positive on the post under the hood and negative on the ground post a foot under that. Make sure its a charger that kicks off when fully charged. the cheap trickle chargers do not do that.

BigBC0 November 29th, 2019 06:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mashford (Post 4686011)
Hook up the positive on the post under the hood and negative on the ground post a foot under that. Make sure its a charger that kicks off when fully charged. the cheap trickle chargers do not do that.

That’s how I have it hooked up. It is a two bank “battery tender” brand that I have hooked up to an antique car on the other side and is charging just fine. Have switched the cables so I know that’s not it. Bad ground?

Ricketts November 30th, 2019 06:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mashford (Post 4686011)
Hook up the positive on the post under the hood and negative on the ground post a foot under that. Make sure its a charger that kicks off when fully charged. the cheap trickle chargers do not do that.

Same here. Been running same $19 Schumacher units on my GTS and my Harley now for MANY years.

AJ02 November 30th, 2019 06:42 AM

Before I moved permanently to Panama, I would leave my GTS in the parking garage at my condo for 3 months at a time. I would come back and it would fire right up like it had only been 1 day. It's weird to hear about all these batteries going dead after a few months storage.

Brickhead November 30th, 2019 09:38 AM

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=battery+d...f=nb_sb_noss_1

dirtbag November 30th, 2019 07:29 PM

I have a Schumacher unit I got a super long time ago when Walmart sold them. Attached to the posts in the front, battery is a yellow top optima. I'm going almost 10 years on this battery.


A month ago I tried a legit Battery Tender, and it damn near caused a thermonuclear meltdown. After an hour I measured the battery temp at 160 degrees. Tried it on a second battery and same thing.


I do drive my cars at least once per week though. That probably helps.

Lunchbox November 30th, 2019 10:46 PM

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Originally Posted by 7U Viper (Post 4686009)
I'm curious too. Mine just developed a drain that I haven't been able to diagnose. I would assume you could connect to the post under the hood and just make sure you have a good ground.

Check hood switch and hatch strut switch to make sure they're working as intended. Also ensure the alarm can be armed and trips when you try to open a door with the window down.

02192viper December 4th, 2019 05:28 PM

I have a 96 also and had the same problem a few years back. Issue turned out to be a loose ground somewhere. No issues since.

NukeGM/Ford December 4th, 2019 06:02 PM

Battery tender brands usually have a light showing that its charging properly. Mine changes color when battery is fully charged. Got it used, still going strong

Srtgreg December 5th, 2019 02:55 AM

I have 4 battery tenders, battery tender brand. They have never given me an issue ever


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Chris 05 SRT10 December 5th, 2019 03:36 AM

I've been using https://www.batterysaver.com/ for over 10years. Connected directly to the battery with pig tail secured to the battery hold down. I just connect the cord thru the diffuser.

needforspeed150 December 5th, 2019 09:40 AM

https://www.oreillyauto.com/detail/b...5565338?pos=10

I have this one that I got at o'reilly. I have one on 6 different cars. Never had one of these go bad but can't say that about others. Wired it with a permanent connection to the posts in the engine compartment and ran the line back by the door so it gets plugged in at that location when it's not being used. My battery was always low without a battery tender.

94NHViper December 5th, 2019 11:14 AM

I take the batteries out of my cars and place them on a clean work bench. Make sure there’s some ventilation in room if you do this. There is a tender brand name is Battery Tender model 75a I believe. It has WiFi and sends messages to your iOS or Android devices if voltage drops. I’ve heard good things. Best bet is an Optima battery as the other gentleman recommended. I have them in both my ‘94 RT-10 and ‘96 Porsche 993 C4. I live in New England and am accustomed to winter cold. I’ve gone through quite a few batteries and tenders through the years. Optimas are worth the extra price. Hope this helps.

misfit December 5th, 2019 01:33 PM

I've been using the Battery Genius for years. I've never had a problem

https://www.amazon.com/NOCO-G3500-Ul.../dp/B004LWVEKS

davy442 December 6th, 2019 02:22 PM

Had a problem with my 99 GTS. Battery went dead, and wouldn't charge. Turned out the ground post had some surface corrosion, enough that it wasn't making contact, so battery wouldn't charge. Wire brushed post, and connectors, and everything is fine now.

Uncle Paul December 7th, 2019 01:13 PM

I hooked up a battery tender to my 96. Worked great.
Ran the plug out through the "gill". Did not need to open my hood every time to plug in.

9yw559 December 12th, 2019 09:23 AM

Never had a problem in the driving months so only use tender in the winter. Disconnect the positive cable under the hood then connect the tender , .75amp. to the end of the positive cable and to the negative post also under the hood. This eliminates any possibility of a draw on the system. Have never had a problem. 2002 GTS

White Out December 14th, 2019 06:19 PM

I run CTEK on my Lambo. Could easily run the plug through the cabin vent near the amp.

On the Viper, I run a small cut-off switch on the parcel shelf.


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