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Battery chager to keep battery topped up all the time.

I've just had to replace the battery on my GTV becasue it wont hold charge for any more than about 5 hours - totally clapped. I'm sure this is due to me neglecting to keep the battery charge during the months I've been working on the car. My fault.

I got a good battery (Yuasa) with a 4 year guarantee, but I'm sure it will go the same way soon if I don't keep it topped up. I'll only use the car at most a couple of time a week and it might occasionally go for a couple of weeks without being used.

I've been told a slow/inteligent charger would be a good idea.

I found this one on ebay for not much money - any opinions?

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I'd be a bit dubious about the cheap trickle chargers. Personally I'd spend around 40.00 and get a decent optimiser type of charger which constantly monitors the state of the battery (Optimate 3 is a good one). With these, you can leave it charging without having to disconnect the battery. So, saves radio codes etc. The Optimate comes with a lead that can be permanently connected to your battery and allows you to quickly disconnect and reconnect it when you want to use your car. Designed for bikers who leave their bikes in the garage all winter.
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have you rewired you stereo to to use a proper switched live (eg cigarette lighter on phase 2 or later) this will eliminate the majority of alfa's built-in parasitic-draw 'feature' and as a plus you wont have to manually turn of the stereo every time you get out the car
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I have one of the CTEK units in my GTV owing to my usage pattern. Does what it says on the tin. Beware though that it isn't a fit and forget option if the battery isn't the sealed type as the electrolyte needs to be watched and topped up if it is permanently on charge.

I don't run mine all the time. I plug it in for a day or two after the car has been sat unused for a while.
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