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    What is the best solar powered battery tender out there for keeping the engines battery charged for the winter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cplne View Post
    What is the best solar powered battery tender out there for keeping the engines battery charged for the winter?

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    Search amazon reviews and you'll get a fair idea of which ones will work, though none would be my choice in the winter up here, just not going to get much juice each day, or take the time and do the math to make sure you're getting what you think you are.

    I considered one but then went with a plug-in maintainer wired in with my block heaters because the math on solar units looked bad to me.

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    Thanks limon, I leave the car parked next to my plane for the winter. No power outlets. I might have to consider a storage lot with power


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    Also, the windows could be snow covered or frosty, limiting your ability to transfer light through them to the panel in the colder months.
    Harbor freight has some decent panels I picked up for $80 bucks plus a trickle charger so it doesn't overcharge the battery. Less than a $100- total. Been happy with it for over a year maintaining a couple batteries at the cabin for toys.
    Why don't you pull the battery when you park it?
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    Go to a battery store and buy a battery disconnect switch $8-$10 or just disconnect one of the battery leads and you will not have to charge the battery. How long do you leave the car park?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver View Post
    Go to a battery store and buy a battery disconnect switch $8-$10 or just disconnect one of the battery leads and you will not have to charge the battery. How long do you leave the car park?
    NAPA and Oreilly's both sell decent ones too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cplne View Post
    Thanks limon, I leave the car parked next to my plane for the winter. No power outlets. I might have to consider a storage lot with power


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    Well snap, I guess a disconnect might be your best bet.


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    Never battery disconnect switch, I'll look into installing one. Poor old girl sits October through May


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    Just pull the battery and store it in the garage for the winter.

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