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Hi everyone,

I replaced the original 05 Elise battery with an Optima 35 group battery.

Do I need to trickle charge this battery like I did with my old battery?

I store the car in my garage over the winter.

Also, my trickle charger took a dump. Any recommendations for a new one?

Thanks for your help.

mr t
 

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Yes...I killed an Optima in another car from (I think) not using a trickle charger and only driving the car every couple of weeks.

Remember, you really want a battery 'maintainer' or 'conditioner' rather than a true trickle charger. I got a small unit from Griot's Garage...they don't sell it anymore, but have something similar called a battery 'manager'.
 

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Thanks!

Thanks for your input Matt and Ace.

I put in an e-mail to battery country to see which one they recommend.

I will let you know.

Best regards,

mr t
 

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I am not sure you need to trickle charge. I have had an Optima in an Austin Healey 3000 for three years and NEVER charge it. I drive the car 1500 miles a year and it can sit for a month. Warm weather in Florida could help the situation.
 

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UPDATE

Hi everyone,

Here is an update on what I bought.

I bought a Battery MINDer PLUS from batteryweb.com model 12117 12v 1.3Amp. It was $58.95 plus shipping and that includes a free battery condition indicator.

The package says it is rated #1.

For all sizes, types and brands of 12 volt batteries.

Charges and maintains from 1 to 5 batteries when in parallel.

Full time Sulphation process.

Weatherproof.

Does not overcharge-prevents boil-out.

Recovers weak batteries automatically.

Only 15 cents/month to operate. [based on KWH rate of 17 cents].

Computer chip brain.

Replaceable fused quik-connect plus battery clips. [NO CIG. ADAPTER].

Unconditional 1 year guarantee plus 5 year "no Hassle" warranty.

Built toISO9001 quality certified standards.

BUILT IN THE U.S.A.

Hope that's helpful to someone.

Take care.

mr t
 
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