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Old 06-23-2014, 04:16 AM   #1
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Solar charging via cigarette lighter socket

Hi folks

I don't use my 2001 Vector much and the battery goes flat (probably down to the alarm etc.).
I bought a solar maintenance charger that is supposed to trickle charge via the socket but doesn't. It's been tested and works fine.

Any clues?

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Old 06-23-2014, 06:33 AM   #2
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Does the socket have power when the key's off? If you want to use that socket to back feed power to the battery it has to be active when the key's removed and the car's off.
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Ah! A quick check and you have hit the nail on the head. Many thanks.
Now - how to get round the issue, tidily? I could run a separate lead into the glovebox perhaps....
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That could work. You just have to watch the amperage of the fuse and overall circuit. Alternatively, you could run a new independent feed direct from the battery (with it's own fuse)
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That could work. You just have to watch the amperage of the fuse and overall circuit. Alternatively, you could run a new independent feed direct from the battery (with it's own fuse)
this is your best option. also put a dedicated fuse inline for this and you will be golden.

you may also want to find the problem that is causing the battery drain to begin with.
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Your car was built with dirty hippie protection. Won't allow charging unless the donor is using fossil fuels or baby seal oil as its source.
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