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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:32 pm    Post subject: Lidl CTEK Reply with quote

Lidl are selling their version of CTEK from 11th Jan, £13.99. Seems very similar to CTEK, pulse charge, auto charging, diagnostic programme.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cannot be bad I say, cheers fella:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO9MWevR1yk

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got one, albeit the older style and for the money they're a bargain. They also have some of the power banks that you can jump start your car with, charge your phone etc
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quite a few of the PCGB guys use the Lidl chargers and rate them...I have not heard of any fires/explosions yet Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 - I have one too - excellent VFM
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ive got a CTEK for the Porker which works a treat but will get one of these for the bike which is not getting much use in winter and will save me swapping the CTEK over periodically.

In case you didn't know, the Porkers have a live power outlet (at least 996/997's do) so you can get a cigarette lighter adapter for the CTEK which plugs straight in, so easy to connect.
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fed wrote:
Ive got a CTEK for the Porker which works a treat but will get one of these for the bike which is not getting much use in winter and will save me swapping the CTEK over periodically.

In case you didn't know, the Porkers have a live power outlet (at least 996/997's do) so you can get a cigarette lighter adapter for the CTEK which plugs straight in, so easy to connect.


I must be missing something, how does that work?

The car uses it's own battery to keep it's own battery charged Question

Sounds a bit like a solar powered torch to me Confused
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought a Lidl charger last year. Don’t know if the latest version is the same but the only thing I could fault it on was that when it is first connected it doesn’t automatically select a charging mode. So if you have a power failure you have to remember to go and restart the charger. Not a big deal really but at the time my car was in storage and was moved but the storage people didn’t know to restart the charger so dead battery when I collected the car.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jpsh120 wrote:
Fed wrote:
Ive got a CTEK for the Porker which works a treat but will get one of these for the bike which is not getting much use in winter and will save me swapping the CTEK over periodically.

In case you didn't know, the Porkers have a live power outlet (at least 996/997's do) so you can get a cigarette lighter adapter for the CTEK which plugs straight in, so easy to connect.


I must be missing something, how does that work?

The car uses it's own battery to keep it's own battery charged Question

Sounds a bit like a solar powered torch to me Confused


Excellent love that analogy Floor

I think what they mean is you can charge through the live connection instead of lifting the bonnet and removing covers etc. So the feed goes into the ciggy socket and then the battery charges saving all the faffing around.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jpsh120 wrote:
Fed wrote:
Ive got a CTEK for the Porker which works a treat but will get one of these for the bike which is not getting much use in winter and will save me swapping the CTEK over periodically.

In case you didn't know, the Porkers have a live power outlet (at least 996/997's do) so you can get a cigarette lighter adapter for the CTEK which plugs straight in, so easy to connect.


I must be missing something, how does that work?

The car uses it's own battery to keep it's own battery charged Question

Sounds a bit like a solar powered torch to me Confused


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No, I think he means that you can plug the charger in the ciggy lighter and into the mains and it will charge the battery....saves you open the boot lid, removing the battery cover and clamping to the terminals..
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use one on my bike, had it a couple of years with no drama.
As said the only slight problem if you loose power it turns off and you have to manually reset.

For the money it's a bargain. Grin
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

angry wrote:
jpsh120 wrote:
Fed wrote:
Ive got a CTEK for the Porker which works a treat but will get one of these for the bike which is not getting much use in winter and will save me swapping the CTEK over periodically.

In case you didn't know, the Porkers have a live power outlet (at least 996/997's do) so you can get a cigarette lighter adapter for the CTEK which plugs straight in, so easy to connect.


I must be missing something, how does that work?

The car uses it's own battery to keep it's own battery charged Question

Sounds a bit like a solar powered torch to me Confused


Floor
No, I think he means that you can plug the charger in the ciggy lighter and into the mains and it will charge the battery....saves you open the boot lid, removing the battery cover and clamping to the terminals..


Ah in which case that is quite a neat trick, not heard of it before.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got one too, very impressed for the price (so might up another one, as I have to keep moving the others around across the 3 cars I don;t use regularly enough.

My only observation is that they struggle to revive a flat battery, usually just get an error (Err in the display). Otherwise as a maintainer been brilliant.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the heads up. I just took a pre work detour and picked a couple up.

I have a one from a few years ago and it has been great. I'm moving to an AGM battery soon though and these new ones maintain those safely too.

+1 on what Rob says though. They maintain a battery very well but they must need a decent resistant charge to sense it's there. They won't recognise a totally flat battery if you try and charge one. For £14 though every garage should have one. Thumb


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry for tardy response. JPSH120 - absolutely correct, saves opening the bonnet, frunk, whatever you call the thing at the front.
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fed wrote:
Sorry for tardy response. JPSH120 - absolutely correct, saves opening the bonnet, frunk, whatever you call the thing at the front.


I think that may well work for 987/997 generation cars but take care with later 981/991 (and so on) generation vehicles; I think that the feed to/from the ciggy-lighter socket is shut down after 10 minutes or so. So you plug the charger in, all seems fine, you lock the car, turn your back and then find it's been disconnected!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Passed a Lidl today so popped in and bought one. For £13.99 it would be daft not to.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got one of these about 4 years ago and it has been great apart from the previous mentioned problem of, if the mains supply is interrupted then come back on, say after a power cut, then the charger comes back on in standby mode, not charging so you do need to check at least weekly.
Anyway a great charger and price 👍 so I've bought 2 more😀
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Her indoors grabbed me a couple of these today - it'll be interesting to see how they compare to the Cteks.

Wasn't expecting much but first impressions are good - it's got more weight to it than I expected.

So far I've only taken it out the box though, so it could just be junk that burns down the garage! I'll be plugging them in tomorrow, so we'll see...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh ye of little faith!

Had mine plugged in for well over a month now and I've told the Fire Brigade to stand down!

Had one of the very early ones of these and it did stop working so I replaced it two years ago with another one. As others state they won't for some reason bring back a totally dead battery, I gather they need some volts to get the charger to recognise the battery. Also they revert to start up setting if they're powered down. 3 yr warranty as well so hang onto the receipt.
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