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    Trickle Chargers

    My trusty CTEK charger is showing its age now being 8 years old ! It's still going strong though but I feel it's time to get a new one as technology has moved on quite a bit since then !

    Before I buy another CTEK one does anyone have any suggestions of what's worth a look for sub 100. I only need it for maintenance whilst the car is standing and it won't be used for anything else like reviving dead batteries etc so doesn't to be a jack of all trades. It will only ever be used on the Supra and just needs to be safe to be used for long periods of time.

    I am currently looking at the CTEK MXS 5.0 charger at 62.
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    I've got the basic Halfords one on both of my cars. Costs around 25 and has worked perfect
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    The CTEK MXS 5 is what i have, it works a treat and saved a mates battery several months
    ago that was dead so well worth the 62
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    The CTEK MXS 5.0 is the only one I have any experience with - no complaints at all!

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    i have a ctek one. honestly if it's not broke don't fix it. Best chargers there are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric View Post
    i have a ctek one. honestly if it's not broke don't fix it. Best chargers there are.
    The button has moved inside the unit so it's a very fine art to flick it between modes and turn it on and off. It has been going 8 years of which it's probably been in constant use for 6 of those so I think it's earnt a well deserved retirement !
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    I was given a CTEK Multi MXS 3.8A recently, not had a chance to use it yet but heard good things
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    I bought a few of these for the bike and car

    CTEK Indicator eyelet M8: practical LED indicator for immediate indication of battery charge levels
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/CTEK-Indica...ords=ctek+lead

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jellybean View Post
    I bought a few of these for the bike and car

    CTEK Indicator eyelet M8: practical LED indicator for immediate indication of battery charge levels
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/CTEK-Indica...ords=ctek+lead
    Have one on my Range Rover
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    I use CTEK and always recommend them

    Some can charge through the cig lighter, others are just clamp on and you also have the option to install an adapter wire so can quick connect/disconnect
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    My Aldi charger works great so far, they recently had them in stores for about 18 quid and it has various modes. I used it this week and overnight went from not being able to start to fine.

    https://www.aldi.co.uk/auto-xs-car-b...97043233607400

    Seems the alarm is draining the battery more than I thought when the car is only used once a week

    Are you all using yours with the battery still attached to the car? I disconnected mine in fear of an expensive rookie error.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxx View Post
    My Aldi charger works great so far, they recently had them in stores for about 18 quid and it has various modes. I used it this week and overnight went from not being able to start to fine.

    https://www.aldi.co.uk/auto-xs-car-b...97043233607400

    Seems the alarm is draining the battery more than I thought when the car is only used once a week

    Are you all using yours with the battery still attached to the car? I disconnected mine in fear of an expensive rookie error.


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    I leave my CTEK connected all the time on my Range Rover and no issues, no idea if you can do that with your Aldi version
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxx View Post
    https://www.aldi.co.uk/auto-xs-car-b...97043233607400

    Are you all using yours with the battery still attached to the car? I disconnected mine in fear of an expensive rookie error.
    I leave the battery fully connected to the car when I use my Lidl/Aldi and CTEK chargers. If you have to remove the battery, then it's not really a trickle charger. The one you link to will be fine, I'm sure.

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    Go for it Mike. We have two at home and they are great. My first MXS 3.8 packed in after 5 years as the on/off button went dodgy but the replacements have been solid.

    Just check the cable length as they new ones are a lot shorted than 8 years ago. You may need the extension cable which is 2m long.

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