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911_AS
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:27 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 8:56 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 11:18 am    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 6:29 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.


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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 6:59 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 7:20 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 8:47 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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Joined: 22 Apr 2013
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:19 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 10:28 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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BChivs
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:19 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 1:36 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 4:40 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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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, I've just bought one of these CTEK MXS 5.0 for my 997 Gen2 PDK. but I'm looking for advice on how to connect.

The CTEK video recommends connecting the earth terminal to the body:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ferF1cga3QA

But looking at numerous images and on other forums, the clips are connected directly to the battery.

How does everyone here connect their CTEK? If connecting to the body, where should this be?

Many thanks.
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911TEL
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2011 Porsche 997 Turbo S

PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TonyC911 wrote:
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


Agree no fuss , almost idiot proof .......
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:25 am    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?


Get the 5.0 far better piece of kit and it charges AGM batteries too , don’t think the 3.8 does....a bit of futureproofing required ....
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Magic919
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the comfort connect lead, attached to the battery terminals.
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ian_alex
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been using the same thing made by RING, half the price of CTEK and do exactly the same job. Available in a range of capacities, why pay more?
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ian_alex wrote:
I have been using the same thing made by RING, half the price of CTEK and do exactly the same job. Available in a range of capacities, why pay more?


Need to compare Oranges with Oranges .....it’s like comparing a 911 Turbo with a Nissan GTR........

It might say Battery charger on it but will does it have all the same functions, same options to connect to battery, fixed with comfort type connectors ? Or option to connect in power socket or even just the old fashioned way with croc clips ?
The Ctek has all these options , it’s easily the best I’ve used and I have experimented with many types through the ages ....

Sometimes paying a little bit more for peace of mind Is well worth it ....

That’s why we buy our cars isn’t it ?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Magic919 wrote:
I have the comfort connect lead, attached to the battery terminals.


Thanks. All hooked up now and charging.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 for Ctek MXS5.0 and the terminals connected directly to the battery.

Worth noting the ctek devices are battery conditioners rather than straight battery chargers, when the battery is charged they go into a maintenance mode to maintain the charged battery and are suitable for long term connection.

A battery charger if left connected will over-charge and wreck a battery.
 
  
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