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Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: United Arab Emirates
County: Abu Zaby
Battery conditioner..... Issues?
I don't use my 156 enough..... On Weekdays I use it to get me to/from my railway station which is a 10 minute drive (just too far to walk). This time of year that means I use it in the dark in both directions - so lights on, and normally with the blower on for the windscreen.
At weekends, with babies etc needing lugging around, we almost always use the wifes CRV so it can be several weeks where the only use the 156 gets is these 2 x 10 minute runs to the station.
Unsurprisingly, my morning starts on the coldest mornings are starting to feel a bit sluggish as the battery gets nothing back at all in the use it is getting.
It's a 2004 car - so my battery is 4 years old, but when used for a long run on a weekend it's all fine for the next couple of weeks so I'm thinking that it's good in itself when it gets a chance to have a bit of a charge.
I have a battery conditioner which I use on one of my older cars that gets no winter use - and I am thinking about sticking it onto the 156 for a couple of nights a week.
For older cars (pre-electronics) it's a no-brainer to use a conditioner/trickle charger, but anyone got any experience of using one on a 156? Am I likely to cause grief in the electronics somewhere? On an old car I can leave everything connected and just clip on the connecters.....
Maybe I should just go and get a new battery for the winter....