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PostSubject: Re: CTEK Battery Charger Install   Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:37 am

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You might want to go for the MXS5 or 7 as they will provide more power than the 0.8 that I went for

Thanks all. I've ordered the MXS5. I'll let you know how I get on.
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PostSubject: Re: CTEK Battery Charger Install   Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:29 am

I've got the 3.8 which doesn't have the Recondition mode , The MXS 5 I'm sure will suit your needs HH.
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PostSubject: Re: CTEK Battery Charger Install   Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:37 pm

Eddie's been at Brand Autos for a couple of days having a pre Kaper tune up. Whilst there I asked Paul to install the CTEK charger unit. It is now permanently wired to the leisure battery and connected to a mains socket inside the van. The control unit is attached to the back of the wardrobe. You'll notice in the second picture that there is an orange connection which means that an extension wire can be attached to charge the starter battery.


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PostSubject: Re: CTEK Battery Charger Install   Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:22 pm

Looks good. Would it have been possible to wire it straight to the EHU point, freeing up a mains socket?

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PostSubject: Re: CTEK Battery Charger Install   Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:57 pm

This wouldn't have been easy as my EHU is situated underneath the van. I was advised that this was a good place to put it although in hindsight I would have preferred it in the engine bay like everyone else.
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PostSubject: Re: CTEK Battery Charger Install   Sun Sep 25, 2016 7:59 pm

Next up on my list of things to install in Bella is one of these CTEK battery chargers.

As I understand it the hookup charges the leisure battery initially, but Bella has a smart split charger relay that will top up the starter battery too?

Just checking that I should connect as Kiteman has above - i.e. between the starter battery and the hookup socket?
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PostSubject: Re: CTEK Battery Charger Install   Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:33 am

My CTEK was installed to keep the starter battery charged, I didn't have a charging system on my hookup all the charging was done from the alternator before the install. My split charger charged the main battery first then topped up the leisure battery. By fitting the CTEK the way I did worked the same way as charging everything frommthe alternator

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PostSubject: Re: CTEK Battery Charger Install   Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:47 am

@BMac wrote:
Next up on my list of things to install in Bella is one of these CTEK battery chargers.
As I understand it the hookup charges the leisure battery initially, but Bella has a smart split charger relay that will top up the starter battery too?

Just checking that I should connect as Kiteman has above - i.e. between the starter battery and the hookup socket?

Sounds like you already have a charger in your setup along with a split charge relay, no need for another?

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PostSubject: Re: CTEK Battery Charger Install   Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:03 pm

Thanks Tallulah, I will look at the split charge relay that is already installed. Ian from Brazilian Kampers seemed to think the CTEK would be good in addition to the split charge relay. Need to do some more investigating at my end I think.
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PostSubject: Re: CTEK Battery Charger Install   Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:01 am

We have a ctek that we use independently to recondition the battery (ies) occasionally. At some point I will swap it with the charger already installed but haven't got round to that yet.

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PostSubject: Re: CTEK Battery Charger Install   Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:33 am

Need to sort one of these now!

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PostSubject: Re: CTEK Battery Charger Install   Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:19 am

You'll probably be able to recondition your leisure battery with one of these Tim. It'll save buying a replacement.
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PostSubject: Re: CTEK Battery Charger Install   Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:01 pm

@TimV wrote:
Need to sort one of these now!

You're welcome to borrow mine as I STILL haven't got round to swapping it for the charger already in Tallulah.

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PostSubject: Re: CTEK Battery Charger Install   Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:14 pm

@Tallulah wrote:
We have a ctek that we use independently to recondition the battery (ies) occasionally. At some point I will swap it with the charger already installed but haven't got round to that yet.

We also have a stand-alone trickle charger that we use to charge first the starter battery and then the leisure battery, but I like the idea of a charger that will trickle charge both batteries (and therefore also power the fridge) while on EHU.

I'm looking for something that would also be able to work off solar power, as a future install; perhaps the set-up that Surfwagen Stan has already covers this?

Must check the stuff he sent through.

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PostSubject: Re: CTEK Battery Charger Install   Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:38 pm

Max has had one of these CTEK XS 0.8 chargers connected for the last 7 weeks. Because the leisure battery is charged via a SMARTCOM unit, by fitting the CTEK connectors to the starter battery, once that was fully charged, the leisure battery then received a maintenance charge too. Result on my return is that Max fired up instantly and the leisure battery was showing a full charge.

I'm going to install this device somewhere permanent in the near future, within the cabin. Basketball

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