Anybody use a battery maintainer on their challenger during winter storage?
If so ,which one, and what method of hookup do you use( permanent hookup to battery with eyelets, 12 volt socket adapter...??)
I use a tender on my GTO, GP, Viper and my Harley. I bought another one for my Challenger (GWE), just waiting for the car!. The Challenger will be my daily driver, but I don't drive daily so I want to maintain a full charge. I have the luxury of walking to work. I attach the alligator clips to the terminals. Go to batterymart.com and buy the battery tender plus.
I agree, go with the Battery tender. Got one on my Belvedere, Duster, Challenger, and generators. Works great. Just check your electrolite level in your battery about once a month...(add distllled water if level is low)
ive stored cars over winter before(but 20 years ago)....i never did anything...id start them up once a month and let them run for 1 hour...i dont know if you really need to do anything when your storing for 4-5 months....a year yea i could see it, but from the end of Nov. to the middle of March...i think it could be over kill
I don't need one on any of my cars, but I use a Battery Tender on all my bikes during the off riding season. Keeps them fully charged without allowing overcharging. Each bike starts up with full power first of the riding season.
I use a CTEK tender on the Challenger. The reason I use a battery tender instead of starting the car occasionally is that the tender will condition the battery and help maintain the health of the battery. An idling car does not fully charge the battery and it does not get hot enough to burn off the condensation in the exhaust or engine. I NEVER start my car while in storage unless I'm taking it out for a drive.
In fact I passed on buying an old firebird years ago because the guy said he started it once a month for 15 minutes to "maintain" it. The engine oil was full of impurities and the exhaust was rusting from the inside out.
Do yourself a favor and look into a battery tender. Check out the CTEK brand, I switched last year and love this thing. I also bought a quick disconnect plug that gets hard wired to the car for easier hook up of the tender.
I've been doing some research and the CTEK 3300 has alot of good reviews and is used by alot of highend car manufactures with their name stamped on the unit. I may go with that.
Their manual says to hook up the negative to the chasis but many sites(videos) show them hooking it up to the negative post on battery!! What do you guys think of this ? Any advice!
Ohhh! And the most important thing of all, I just pulled the trigger on a GWE 6sp with black stripes, FF wheels, fully loaded minus the mopar acc. package. Got it for $1500 under sticker (Canadian). Let the anxiety headaches begin!!!!!
I use a Battery Tender on most everything including the Challenger when parked over the winter.
These cars draw about 30 -35 mA from the battery when dormant which will drain your battery in 60 to 90 days. If you have any aftermarket add on electronics, the draw may be much greater. My Trinity draws about 100 mA when it is "asleep".
I use the CTEK Multi us 7002. It's expensive but my Baby is worth it. A standard battery tender runs $30-$60, the 7002 is $149. It will condition a battery as well as charge it. I saved a few motorcycle batteries for people with this thing. If you're going to buy one, go to their website and find the one that will work the best for you.
Just plug battery tender into outlet in console cubby it is constant on. Outlet in front of console off when car off! This is same way i do my classic! Harley a little diff! Float charge never hurts! I maintain my bimmer same way oitlet plug not to battery!
I read on another post here that they where using the center console 12 volt plug in by the shifter, because the power was always on at that plug in and it would back feed the battery to charge it with the battery tender.