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Old 01-16-2012, 06:50 PM
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Any feedback on the O'Reilly $30 panel?
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:13 PM
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Also I just bought a new charger, a CTEK 7002. Will be using on both truck batteries, both camper batteries, motorcycles, and whatever else I can find that needs a chargin'.
What do you think of that charger Tim?

I've got a couple of the big bulky chargers that work ok but the once you linked to sounds interesting, especially for reconditioning older batteries - expensive though
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Any feedback on the O'Reilly $30 panel?
After having mine for 6 months I give it a thumbs down. I put it on the wife's convertible in hopes of it keeping the battery topped off while it sat in the garage all winter. No luck the battery was dead last week when I tried to move the car. The plastic housing also warped on mine sitting on the 80's dash board.
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After having mine for 6 months I give it a thumbs down. I put it on the wife's convertible in hopes of it keeping the battery topped off while it sat in the garage all winter. No luck the battery was dead last week when I tried to move the car. The plastic housing also warped on mine sitting on the 80's dash board.
ahhhh Corbet......solar panels probably just are not gonna give you the performance your looking for while used in the garage!
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ahhhh Corbet......solar panels probably just are not gonna give you the performance your looking for while used in the garage!
But I left my 500w work light directly over the top of it.... Actually set it in a south facing window
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What do you think of that charger Tim?

I've got a couple of the big bulky chargers that work ok but the once you linked to sounds interesting, especially for reconditioning older batteries - expensive though
bump - what say ye....I have one of those big chargers, but not sure if the CTEK would be better for the optimas. and I have some ebay bucks to expire tomorrow.
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bump - what say ye....I have one of those big chargers, but not sure if the CTEK would be better for the optimas. and I have some ebay bucks to expire tomorrow.
Down to under $113 on Amazon (see Tim's link) so I went ahead and bought one, mostly paid with using Amazon points

They have some cool accessories that are pretty inexpensive that i picked up as well - Figure I would put one of them on the 40 as a more permanent install that makes hooking up the charger even more simple:

CTEK 56-382 Comfort Indicator Eyelet

CTEK 56-380 Comfort Indicator Panel
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This charger so far rocks, data point of 1: put it on one of my camper batteries overnight a couple weeks ago, last used on the Spooky Night Run and was run down to 11.9 or so. I think I measured 11.7 before I put it on the charger. Next day it indicated that it went through 4 charging cycles and was on maintenance so I took it off. Right off the charger I measured 12.8v, a day later 12.7, a day later 12.6, and two weeks later still 12.6- this is sitting on the garage floor, I'm calling that a happy battery.

I haven't done the other camper battery yet as it's under the bench seat inside, so I need to raise the camper to do that. I will toss it on a car battery next.. my main battery on the 100 kind of blows, 3 hours of listening to the radio and the IBS alarm is going off. So this would be a really good testament if I can get it restored somehow, will post up results.

Shawn you are welcome to borrow this if you want, just let me know.
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Last edited by nakman; 02-02-2012 at 01:18 PM. Reason: just realized Jeff bought one, so no longer need to offer to loan him mine please carry on thanks!
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I bought a 50 watt "12 volt RV package" from a local supplier last year:

http://www3.telus.net/public/tps.x/page_4.htm

Haven't used it too intensly yet, but with good sun it will keep my fridge running for a week when i was testing it in the drive way.
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