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911_AS
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2010 Porsche 997 Carrera 2S

PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:27 am    Post subject: Which CTEK? Trickle Charge Reply with quote

Due to limited usage, my car needs a trickle charger. I've never used one before, hence need some guidance from owners who have experience with such things.

Which is the best CTEK to buy for a 911 Gen 2? I found this :-
http://www.ctek.com/products/vehicle/mxs-3-8,
however, I am unsure if something better / more suitable is out there.

Also - are they easy to use? I have heard some stories of owners not connecting them properly and nearly frying the electrics!! nooo
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there. I think the Ctek is a great piece of kit and I swear by them. I use MXS5 and this is the place I found was good value when i last bought it

https://www.frazerpart.com/acatalog/Charge-o-mat_battery_conditioner__optimizer_and_trickle_charger.html#SID=25

I like the cigarette lighter cable as it's really convenient if you keep the car in a garage. Not had any issues myself with overheating and they are properly protected nonstop that happening as far as I know

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toffeeman
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also have a Ctek MXS 5.0. I’ve had it for many years and used it on multiple vehicles. They are incredible bits of kit and I’d recommend anybody who owns multiple cars to get one. The MXS 5.0 is particularly good as it caters for multiple battery types, some chargers only cater for one battery type.

I don’t know how you’d fry your electrics with one of these as it’s all quick release connections. I’d advise to buy the extended cable with it as it just makes placement of the car/charger much easier. Attach the quick release connector to the battery, red cable to red terminal and black cable to black terminal. After that, it’s just quick release connectors which only connect one way.

I’ll never be without mine.
 
  
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TonyC911
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

toffeeman wrote:
I also have a Ctek MXS 5.0. I’ve had it for many years and used it on multiple vehicles. They are incredible bits of kit and I’d recommend anybody who owns multiple cars to get one. The MXS 5.0 is particularly good as it caters for multiple battery types, some chargers only cater for one battery type.


Yeah

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I like the cigarette lighter cable as it's really convenient


Agree
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've got a 3.8 for my 3.8 and it works just fine Thumb
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3.8 = 7 step charging
5.0 = 8 step charging, includes a reconditioning mode

A 0.8 should be good enough really, I use these for my bikes, but they will handle a car battery for maintenance

I also have the li-po charger too, the above don't do everything.

However, the Noco Genius will do everything and seen to be quite well regarded.
 
  
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toffeeman
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sim996 wrote:
However, the Noco Genius will do everything and seen to be quite well regarded.


Wow, I’d never heard of these but they look impressive. The styling makes them look like something the military would use. I do like a good garage gadget.
 
  
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911_AS
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2010 Porsche 997 Carrera 2S

PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to Mark Pearce, I now have a fully working Porsche branded trickle charger.

I bought the car from Stirlings just under a year ago (20 Oct 2016). I called Mark to get some advice as the car was not firing up as quickly as usual, (mainly due to lack of use recently). Mark suggested the battery may be on it's way out and could need a charge, or replacment. I was fully prepared to order a C-TEK and / or source a new battery. However, during our call, Mark very kindly says "I have a charger, I'll send it to you".

Bearing in mind the battery is a "wear & tear" item, and therefore is not covered by warranty. The very next morning, a battery charger arrived on my door step, neatly packaged up, never before used. I connected it up and left it doing it's thing, tried the car last night and it fired up immediately.

It's service like this which goes a long way, exceeding expectations. Mark didn't even charge me anything for the Postage!

Credit where credit is due. Thank you, Mark. Keep up the good work.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

911_AS wrote:
Thanks to Mark Pearce, I now have a fully working Porsche branded trickle charger.

I bought the car from Stirlings just under a year ago (20 Oct 2016). I called Mark to get some advice as the car was not firing up as quickly as usual, (mainly due to lack of use recently). Mark suggested the battery may be on it's way out and could need a charge, or replacment. I was fully prepared to order a C-TEK and / or source a new battery. However, during our call, Mark very kindly says "I have a charger, I'll send it to you".

Bearing in mind the battery is a "wear & tear" item, and therefore is not covered by warranty. The very next morning, a battery charger arrived on my door step, neatly packaged up, never before used. I connected it up and left it doing it's thing, tried the car last night and it fired up immediately.

It's service like this which goes a long way, exceeding expectations. Mark didn't even charge me anything for the Postage!

Credit where credit is due. Thank you, Mark. Keep up the good work.
great to hear of good service! He is a top bloke and it looks like he built a lovely little company on the back of it.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to Hi Jack the Thread, but I need a trickle charger as the car doesn't get much use....Will a CTEK 3.8 do the job?
 
  
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911_AS
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BChivs wrote:
Sorry to Hi Jack the Thread, but I need a trickle charger as the car doesn't get much use....Will a CTEK 3.8 do the job?


IN a word - yes. That should be fine.
However, the one I was looking at was the 5.0

http://www.ctek.com/products/vehicle/mxs-5-0

Could be worth calling CTEK directly to find out which is best for your car.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another thumbsup from me for CTEK. I've been using them for years on cars and bikes. The new MXS 5.0 also has automatic temperature compensation so could be handy if a car is parked outside on the driveway through the winter. They are basically a plug-in and forget product if you hibernate your toys.

It also has a recondition mode which I'm currently testing on a 5year old Yuasa battery which my (very) old CTEK 3.6 has failed to revive, so it will be an interesting test...
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