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Old 10-30-2012, 01:19 PM
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Quick question for those of you that have your Challengers Hibernate for the winter

I just bought a Battery Tender Plus and was wondering if:

A) Its ok to hook up the battery tender to the battery in the car. Should I remove the battery from the car? If not, do I have to remove the battery cables from the battery?

B) Is it ok to use the battery tender if my car is going to be covered with a car cover?

I was thinking about removing the driver side tail light and running the battery tender cables through the tail light hole to the battery.

I don't want to fudge anything up, so I thought I would ask those of you that have been using a battery tender when you store your car for the winter.
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Originally Posted by no_pulse View Post
Quick question for those of you that have your Challengers Hibernate for the winter

I just bought a Battery Tender Plus and was wondering if:

A) Its ok to hook up the battery tender to the battery in the car. Should I remove the battery from the car? If not, do I have to remove the battery cables from the battery?

B) Is it ok to use the battery tender if my car is going to be covered with a car cover?

I was thinking about removing the driver side tail light and running the battery tender cables through the tail light hole to the battery.

I don't want to fudge anything up, so I thought I would ask those of you that have been using a battery tender when you store your car for the winter.
Hi. I have used the BTP. It is designed to connect to your battery while still in your car. You do not need to remove the battery. Is it also okay to cover your car with a car cover. The BTP is designed not to spark and will not react to water. However, you may want to start the car and let it run for about 10-15 mins every month in order to circulate the engine fluids and parts.
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Some owners connect their battery tender to the jump contacts under the hood. I prefer to use a cigarette lighter style power plug and route the wire out of the driver door (rear bottom), as the door seal is large enough to not pinch the wire when closing it.

I use the power port in the center console to plug the tender into. The center power port is connected directly to the battery and not "switched" like the one on the lower dash console below the radio. You do not want to use that one.
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I use the power port in the center console to plug the tender into. The center power port is connected directly to the battery and not "switched" like the one on the lower dash console below the radio. You do not want to use that one.
I like that idea even more

Thanks for the info guys, much appreciated
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I bought the extra Battery Tender terminal connector, wired it under the hood and run the cable out the trailing edge of the hood. Lots of ways to do it. Just make sure however you hook it up, you can see it easily and don't drive off with it connected.
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Figures, mine didn't come with the cigarette lighter connector. And I doubt I will find one since it was hard to find the unit itself. Sold out almost everywhere I looked!
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Battery tender.

no_pulse, have you checked Amazon.com?
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no_pulse, have you checked Amazon.com?
I might have to order from them, just hope they ship to Canada. I'm going to check out Walmart first, since I heard they sell the Battery Tender accessories there. Knowing my luck its only for the stores in the U.S and not the stores here in Canada.

I envy you guys in the states! You get all the good stuff. Canada barely has any stores that sell aftermarket products etc and no one wants to ship here! :P
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I have my battery tender hooked directly to the battery in the car via a quick connect that came with the tender. I run the cord out of the trunk right by the passenger taillight. I've been doing this for the past 3 winters and it works great!!
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just picked up the battery tender jr and the lighter adapter on amazon for a total of 29.00. Thanks for the tip!!
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