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New member : looking for a recommendation for a battery minder for my 07 XK convertible. Can this be installed and left in the car to be plugged in with out much trouble?


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Welcome to the Club Michael!

I keep my XK on a CTEK battery conditioner when it is not used for a week or two.

This keeps the battery fully charged, but will not overcharge, so can be left on indefinitely. I leave mine on charge for a couple of months at a time when we are away in New Zealand.

I have a comfort lead permanently attached to the battery, with a connector in the tailgate, and run the mains lead through the corner of the tailgate, which can easily be closed over it without causing any damage. I have been doing that for the last six years without any problem at all.

Hope this helps!

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Hi

I agree with David and have the same set-up in mt XF Sportbrake. The CTEK stays in the boot along with the comfort lead which sits in the boot space permentantly attached to the battery. Just plug the charger into the comfort socket, plug in the charger to my extension socket and close the tailgate on the cable.

I also use the CTEK battery sense which is left connected to the battery and then talks to the app on my phone by bluetooth so I always know battery state of charge and voltage. Very reassuring but perhaps a bit OCD 🙂

John

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On 6/29/2021 at 12:50 AM, Leo said:

Welcome to the Club Michael!

I keep my XK on a CTEK battery conditioner when it is not used for a week or two.

This keeps the battery fully charged, but will not overcharge, so can be left on indefinitely. I leave mine on charge for a couple of months at a time when we are away in New Zealand.

I have a comfort lead permanently attached to the battery, with a connector in the tailgate, and run the mains lead through the corner of the tailgate, which can easily be closed over it without causing any damage. I have been doing that for the last six years without any problem at all.

Hope this helps!

Thanks my friend, what model do you recommend? There are a number of them on the market.

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On 6/29/2021 at 5:39 AM, Big John said:

Hi

I agree with David and have the same set-up in mt XF Sportbrake. The CTEK stays in the boot along with the comfort lead which sits in the boot space permentantly attached to the battery. Just plug the charger into the comfort socket, plug in the charger to my extension socket and close the tailgate on the cable.

I also use the CTEK battery sense which is left connected to the battery and then talks to the app on my phone by bluetooth so I always know battery state of charge and voltage. Very reassuring but perhaps a bit OCD 🙂

John

Thank you sir!!😎

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I have the CTEK MXS10, but it was really a bit of an overkill bought at a time when I knew little about them. I think that most go for the MXS5, which will do the job perfectly well.

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