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Old 11-23-2009, 07:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is my 1st winter storing my Exige & I have 2 questions...
1. What is the best/simplest battery tender to buy?
2. Can you use the ones that plug into the interior DC Outlet?
My friend uses one of those for his Porsche, I think itís a Porsche accessory.
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"Battery Minder Plus" which additionally "conditions" (de-sulfates) which is the prime reason a battery deteriorates. http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f129...rmation-64071/
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Thanks to all, just ordered the BatteryMINDer Plus that also is a Desulphator. I think if you register it you get a free battery condition indicator.

amazon.com had it for $39.99.

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You are still running the stock battery yes? Not an Odessey?
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It's simple enough to attach the wire leads permanently to the battery terminals. Then just run the cord through the passenger-side engine compartment intake/vent, and into the trunk to connect. So what if a 1/4" of gasket is slightly compressed by the cord? This allows you to close everything up, arm the alarm, and let it hibernate.
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This is my 1st winter storing my Exige & I have 2 questions...
1. What is the best/simplest battery tender to buy?
2. Can you use the ones that plug into the interior DC Outlet?
My friend uses one of those for his Porsche, I think it’s a Porsche accessory.
Thanks!
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For years I've been using a Diehard Charger/Maintainer 1.5 amps, fully automatic from Sears.

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I have BatteryMinder Plus (~$40), Sears (~$40) and several Harbor Freight (bought on sale for ~$3, yep, three). They all seem to work just fine. I do like the BMPlus the most, however, because of the desulfation mode.
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It's simple enough to attach the wire leads permanently to the battery terminals. Then just run the cord through the passenger-side engine compartment intake/vent, and into the trunk to connect. So what if a 1/4" of gasket is slightly compressed by the cord? This allows you to close everything up, arm the alarm, and let it hibernate.
+1 This make it so nice just plug it in easy as pie. The alligator clips were hard to get on the post on the stock battery.
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It's simple enough to attach the wire leads permanently to the battery terminals. Then just run the cord through the passenger-side engine compartment intake/vent, and into the trunk to connect. So what if a 1/4" of gasket is slightly compressed by the cord? This allows you to close everything up, arm the alarm, and let it hibernate.
On the Elise you can actually run that wiring around the inside of the boot perimeter and out the drain hole at the back center of the boot. It is then accessed through the rectangular hole just above the license plate. No gasket compression, can't see the wiring, easy access, etc.
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Guess is should also be mentioned you can also buy the cig outlet adapter (which will work with either Tender or MindR), because the cig outlet is always 'hot",
then just roll down the window a crack and run the cable into interior of the car.
easiest way to stay plug-in all year long.
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"Battery Minder Plus" which additionally "conditions" (de-sulfates) which is the prime reason a battery deteriorates.
Another vote for the Battery MINDer. I've been using one on my Elise (for it's OEM battery) for five years now. I used it on the Mitata for a few years prior to that. They work. They also take the same accessories as the more common Battery Tender Jr., including the 25 foot extension cord (the Battery MINDer plugs into the wall, the cord is run along the ceiling of the garage and hangs down where I need it...

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I have BatteryMinder Plus (~$40), Sears (~$40) and several Harbor Freight (bought on sale for ~$3, yep, three). They all seem to work just fine. I do like the BMPlus the most, however, because of the desulfation mode.
Any battery maintainer will do the job (note they are not "trickle chargers - they are something completely different). But I've heard a few horror stories of the Harbor Freight items - they have gone bad and over charged (and ruined) batteries when they have failed internally. But then their ore other people that have had no problem and used them for years....

Me? I'll stick with the Battery MINDers...
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Any battery maintainer will do the job (note they are not "trickle chargers - they are something completely different). But I've heard a few horror stories of the Harbor Freight items - they have gone bad and over charged (and ruined) batteries when they have failed internally. But then their ore other people that have had no problem and used them for years....
Add me to the list of folks without problems from the $3 HF maintainer . I use them for the tractor battery and whatnot outside and haven't had any problems.




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I've been running the Battery Tender Jr for 5 years now, but just ordered a BatteryMinder plus. 39.00 on amazon.
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I believe I still have the stock (black) battery. What is the best replacement? Not concerned about weight, but reliability is most important.

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My battery schedule is not showing along with others. PM me your e-mail and I will send it.
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I believe I still have the stock (black) battery. What is the best replacement? Not concerned about weight, but reliability is most important.

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I believe I still have the stock (black) battery. What is the best replacement? Not concerned about weight, but reliability is most important.

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My Lotus dealer installed an Interstate battery after my 2yr old OEM had died on me.
Since installing the new battery, I've kept it on the MindR as well as a TenderJR (I trade off using each with my MGB as well), and both batteries are still tight.
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My battery schedule is not showing along with others. PM me your e-mail and I will send it.
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Can't DM you, says you have exceeded capacity.
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I have BMW's Battery Tender, which uses the 12v socket. I just run the cable through the bottom of the door where the black plastic shelf is. I have a garage, so the tender sits behind the car and plugged into the wall. Anytime I am away, or notdriving for three weeks, I plug the Elise in.

I actually need a couple more battery tenders for my scooters and MINI...
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