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Extending Battery Life on Cars NOT Driven Daily

Hi guys,

Just wanted to get some advise. I have 2 camaro's that I don't drive daily. In fact one of them is mostly for summer use. As with most 3rd generation camaro's and even vette's from the same years, the battery on these cars drains quick when not used daily especially in the winter. I just picked up 2 battery disconnect switches which only allow a small amount of electricity into the system so alarm and cpu memory etc can be powered.

Seeing this as a first step to making sure my battery doesn't die again I wanted to know what else I could do to extend my battery life.

I have a battery charger also which I use when my battery gets too drained and won't allow my car to start. I read that periodically I should charge the battery.

Any one have any thoughts on those battery additives they sell? Suppose to stop Desulphation.

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Hi Fcastro,
Use a Battery Tender, it will keep
your Battery charged without damaging
it buy replacing only what is needed,
you can get a solar powered one, or one
that uses AC if the car is kept in the garage.
Take care,
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hi richard thanks for the response.

I actually saw one of solar powered ones you can put inside the car and plug it into the cigarette adapter. That would be great unfortunately my cars are covered up :]

I wonder how good those solar chargers are...
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The Battery Tender is the ticket, I have four of the Battery Tender Jr's. One on my generator, lawn mower, 34 Coupe and a spare. They do a great job and you can leave them on all the time. They switch to a maintenance charge when the battery reaches a set voltage. You can find then on the net for about $25 if you shop a bit. Lots of places have them for $35+ which is way too much.

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The Battery Tender You can find then on the net for about $25 if you shop a bit. Lots of places have them for $35+ which is way too much.

Vince
ebay has good deals on them sometimes, but check the seller rating of the guy offering it. A good rating= decent guy and you'll get it . A low (less than 10 transactions) or more than a couple negative ratings, then the guy is probably shady.

I have a regular charger and just set it on 2amp mode for a little while (30min-1hr) every couple weeks.
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Check out http://www.harborfreight.com and see item #42292 , Automatic Battery Float charger.

My son bought me a dozen of these for Xmas a couple of years ago, I have 17 vehicles to keep track of the batteries on and these have lifted the burden somewhat. I plug them in to a power bar with a red "ON" light and run power cords to four or five vehicles. Each Float Charger has a small LED light to indicate what stage of charge its in. In Spring, no more dead batteries!
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