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360 battery tender!

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by SrfCity, Mar 17, 2004.

  1. SrfCity

    SrfCity F1 Veteran

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    Can anyone recommend a decent battery tender that can be picked up at say Pep Boys for my 360? I'm looking for something similar to what I have for a motorcycle, whereby you attach a seperate cable to the battery and then conveniently plug in the tender when necessary to juice up the battery. Grazie.
     
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  3. colo348

    colo348 Karting

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    SrfCity,
    http://www.griotsgarage.com has some good battery tenders. It's not at Pep Boys, but the one I bought for my TR charges the battery, keeps it charged and is easy to use. You might check them out. Mine cost around $50.00 with shipping.
    Good luck,
    Jim
     
  4. GearHead

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  5. f355spider

    f355spider F1 World Champ
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    Many brands already mentioned, but Schumacher is good to. Most all of them are pretty much the same. You are looking for 1 to 1.5 amp output, and it has to say either "fully automatic" or "microprocessor controlled", those are the magic words that the unit will stop charging when the battery is fully charged. At that point it gives just a very small float charge if any at all. If the voltage drops below a pre-determined point, it will begin charging again.

    Pick any one that suits you. Some come with various wiring options, clamps, cigarette lighter adapter, or a direct wire kit with ring tabs that bolt right to the battery clamps, then you run the "pigtail" out to a convenient spot to connect to the charger.

    BTW, the Griot's unit is a privately labeled Deltran "Battery Tender", that can be purchased from many sources, including Ebay. Deltran private labels for BMW, Harley Davidson, and several other manufacturers.
     
  6. SrfCity

    SrfCity F1 Veteran

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    Thanks guys. I went to Pep Boys and they had the Battery Tender Plus. I hooked up the cable to the battery and left the plug dangling but hidden under the dash. It's charging up the battery as I write. The unit was $69.
     
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  8. f355spider

    f355spider F1 World Champ
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    Sounds great, you're set!

    Now if you are the super cheap b*stard that I am, you buy it on Ebay for $40! :)
     
  9. SrfCity

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    OK, I will then return the other one ;)
     
  10. charliek

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    29.99 at Sears, works great
     
  11. f355spider

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    Yup, that looks like a good one too. Not a Battery Tender Plus (one of the top selling ones around), but looks like it should do the job just as well...
    http://snipurl.com/5600

    Not sure if it includes the little ring adapters, but would appear to, since the clamps have the "quick disconnects". Can't knock that 3 year warranty either!
     
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  13. charliek

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    Yup comes with quick connect to attach to battery or clamps. I have been using it on my Boxer no prob. My friend has one for each of his cars, 360, 355, P turbo etc. never any prob. Good luck
     
  14. Birdman

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    I've got that Sears one too. Works great. I have the connector on a cable coiled up inside the spare under the bonnet. I pull the cable out, plug it in and close the bonnet.
     
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    Here's the solution I just found for my 328. I've been having discharge problems for over a year, and was looking for an answer. I'd seen the postings on the old board about buying a Battery Tender and 'adapting' it to charge through the cigarette lighter. That was the approach I was going to take as I didn't really want to hard wire it in. I was in Wal Mart today looking for some other things and found this. It is "fully automatic" has "reverse hook up protection" and "automatically switches from full charge to maintenance mode". Best of all, it has 3 connector sets: battery clips, battery ring terminal, and CIGARETTE LIGHTER! It can permanently installed or portable. All for the low low price of $16.96.
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  16. 575Mike

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    If anyone has photos and/or detailed description of how this works with a 360 it would be greatly appreciated. I'm more or less a clutz when it comes to these things.
     
  17. SrfCity

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    I assume you are referring to installation. It's very easy. Follow the manual for access to the battery. Install the cables to the battery. On mine they just bolt on and no need to move the battery at all. That's it, plug in the tender and your ready to go.
     
  18. ZINGARA 250GTL

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    Real easy on a 360. The tender comes with a cord with eyelets as well as clips. Remove the battery cover on the passenger side and take off the nuts which hold the wire terminals (Don't dare udo them or you will lose your settings). Attach positive to positive and negative to negative. retighten the nuts. Drape the cord over to bar at the top and secure with a wire tie. Replace the cover. Ready to go. Works great for me. Cheers, Ken
     
  19. 575Mike

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    Thanks SrfCity and granat. I think even I can do this (famous last words).
     
  20. SrfCity

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    Follow up!!! After putting the tender on and charging for what took about 12 hours, I didn't realize the battery was so weak. Up until now, the car started every time so I didn't think much of it(driving about once a week). Well this weekend I drove the car with a fully charged battery and the F1 shifting was considerably smoother. I didn't realize the fully charged battery would have that effect on it. Very little jerkiness from a start. My recommendation is to get and use one!
     
  21. ZINGARA 250GTL

    ZINGARA 250GTL F1 World Champ
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    Twelve hours to come up on these is pretty normal for a first time use. After a trip it takes about ten minutes to on maintenance mode.
     
  22. SrfCity

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    granat,

    Why is it that it takes that 10 minutes or so to come up after a trip? I thought that driving gives it a full charge. Other than putting a battery tester on how do you know when the battery needs replacing?
     
  23. ZINGARA 250GTL

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    Good Question. First, a tender keeps you at 14.5 volts, something higher that your alternater will do. Second, there is a sensing cycle where the tender checks out the battery. All this takes a little while to happen. It doesn't mean there is anything wrong with your battery. As to replacement, age is one thing and holding a charge is another. Getting your battery tested is a good idea so that you have a baseline from which to start as you use the tender. Oh yes. Yesterday, I was fooling around with my radio settings in the garage for awhile and left the tender hooked up. After a bit, it came on and charged back up (maybe ten minutes) because playing the radio drew the battery down below 14.5 volts. A good tender will prevent sulfating which is a result of drain-charge-drain over time. Perhaps some of the other fellows have a deeper knowledge than I and can give you a better answer.
     
  24. SrfCity

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    OK, that helps. Thanks. Doesn't sound like there is anything to worry about then.
     
  25. ZINGARA 250GTL

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    Nope, nothing to worry about. One thing. These tenders are very slow chargers and take longer that the average trickler.
     

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