Battery Tender & Generator

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Battery Tender & Generator

Post by RussellK » Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:19 am

I don't drive the '68 in winter and want to hook up a tender to the battery. Rather than deal with lifting the seat and using alligator clips to hook the tender to the battery I'm wondering it I hook the tender to the black generator wire if that would function the same way with easier acccess or will the voltage regulator keep the trickle from reaching the battery?

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Re: Battery Tender & Generator

Post by hambone » Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:22 pm

I think it's best to remove the battery from the car's system and charge it independently. But I am a worrysome old hen.
Has anyone used the solar trickle chargers? I wonder if they are worth a damn. It would come in use for long camp trips when you worry about such things.
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Re: Battery Tender & Generator

Post by Amskeptic » Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:25 pm

RussellK wrote:I don't drive the '68 in winter and want to hook up a tender to the battery. Rather than deal with lifting the seat and using alligator clips to hook the tender to the battery I'm wondering it I hook the tender to the black generator wire if that would function the same way with easier acccess or will the voltage regulator keep the trickle from reaching the battery?
Voltage regulator cuts the generator out at shut-off.
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Re: Battery Tender & Generator

Post by RussellK » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:38 am

Amskeptic wrote:
RussellK wrote:I don't drive the '68 in winter and want to hook up a tender to the battery. Rather than deal with lifting the seat and using alligator clips to hook the tender to the battery I'm wondering it I hook the tender to the black generator wire if that would function the same way with easier acccess or will the voltage regulator keep the trickle from reaching the battery?
Voltage regulator cuts the generator out at shut-off.
What '68?
Colin
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I bought a standard to use as a daily a couple of years ago. Working on the body now. Had a little front end damage and some dings etc but overall a nice solid car. Funny thing is it has a GEX engine that is about 20 years old. I didn't realize it until I got home and started sorting through old receipts. I almost threw up but then rationalized if its lasted this long it must not be too bad an engine. Compression seems to be good, doesn't use oil

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Re: Battery Tender & Generator

Post by Amskeptic » Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:14 pm

RussellK wrote: I bought a standard to use as a daily a couple of years ago.
GEX engine is about 20 years old. must not be too bad an engine.
Did you, it pains me to ask, post a thread here on this acquisition, something I could read to get up to speed around here?

A twenty year-old GEX engine was from waaay back in the good ol' days when mediocrity meant "serviceable enough".
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . .111,130 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,787 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 93,996 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . 55,510 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 72,113 miles

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Re: Battery Tender & Generator

Post by RussellK » Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:45 pm

Amskeptic wrote:


Did you, it pains me to ask, post a thread here on this acquisition, something I could read to get up to speed around here?

A twenty year-old GEX engine was from waaay back in the good ol' days when mediocrity meant "serviceable enough".
I don't recall. And yes memory is the first thing to go.

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Re: Battery Tender & Generator

Post by Kubelwagen » Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:57 pm

Hammie - I have one of the solar trickle chargers. Seems to work OK, I don't know that it makes enough juice to make a big difference over a camping trip though.
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Re: Battery Tender & Generator

Post by hambone » Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:31 pm

Maybe in the summer, when you don't need a charger of course.
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