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Post by mammamia on Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:25 am

I hope someone out there can answer my question. We have just rented a garage to keep our vehicles in, but there is no power there. My husband wants to know if anyone has experience of using a 12volt solar powered system for charging a car/motorbike battery? I am sure there is someone who knows the answer?Smile
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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:29 pm

If you don't get an answer here, try the web... This came up under using solar to charge a car battery LINK

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Post by Geotherm on Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:22 pm

You could also try Amazon, as they seem to have some for sale.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/SOLAR-POWER-BATTERY-TRICKLE-CHARGER/dp/B002V9JEF0

Or Maplin

http://www.maplin.co.uk/solar-powered-12v-1.5w-battery-trickle-charger-98358

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Post by mammamia on Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:42 pm

Thanks guys! Very useful stuff. I can always rely on you. OH is very happy with all this, and especially as they can be found at such a good price.Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:49 pm

mammamia wrote:Thanks guys! Very useful stuff. I can always rely on you. OH is very happy with all this, and especially as they can be found at such a good price.Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
Ah ... but do they work... do let us know how you get on if you do buy one... Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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Post by Carciofo on Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:42 am

Sorry for the late response on this.  I'm just catching up on forum posts after a bit of an absence.  

I just wanted to report that we bought one of these in a failed attempt at reviving our car battery after being away for a month.  Next time we do this, I will connect up the solar trickle charger and see if it is enough to keep the battery from running out but I suspect it will never be enough to revive a battery that is truly dead.

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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:32 am

Did you disconnect the car battery when you were away? A friend here with a rather large car was away 4-5 month over the winter and had done so - it started first time when reconnected! Mind you this summer he came here and left his lights on < an hour and it would not start....

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