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I had always used a Battery Tender on my Subaru in the wintertime, since it didn't get driven much, and many of my wintertime trips were too short to fully charge the battery. Without it, my radio would keep losing its presets when the battery voltage dropped below a certain level.

Now that I have a new Mustang, I had been planning to use a Battery Tender on it as well, though I wonder if it is necessary since the Mustang seems to have a better battery. Paul W.'s idea to wire a quick-disconnector to the front grille is a good one, and I'll probably do that.


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I've not used any maintainer, etc on my battery.
Have about 58,000 on the original battery and also brake pads/rotors and it's a daily driver unless I go on vacation.


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I snipped off the alligator clips that come on the charger and hard wired a quick disconnect outside the front grill so I don't have to open the hood to hook up the charger. Easy.
You inspired me to go do do this on my 2014 GT today, with my Battery Tender.

I figure that one of the honeycomb holes in the lower front grille would be a good spot for the terminal connector to sit, but I'm having a hard time thinking of a good way to permanently mount it there so that it will be secure (i.e., so that it will stay put every time I push the connector onto it, and when I pull it off when I'm done charging), yet be relatively inconspicuous. I think it would have to project past the grille by half an inch or so, for the terminal to be fully accessible and still be able to cover it with its cap when it's not in use.

How did you attach yours, Paul, or does anybody else have any ideas?

I'm wondering if it would work to cut a block of rubber the size of one of those honeycomb holes, and then cut a hole in the center of the block for the connector. Then I could just wedge the rubber block into the honeycomb hole. It would block a tiny bit or air flow to the radiator, but I imagine not enough to cause any problems.

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Great point...attached the following article which supports your statement. I actually have a battery tender to be more specific.
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Trickle chargers vs. battery tenders: what's the difference? - The Globe and Mail
Maintainer, tender, all the same thing, just no trickle chargers unless you only leave it on for a few hours.

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Your right on that a trickle charger is a no no for long periods of time. I was confused as my charger has 3 functions charge, trickle charge, and maintain. Its a sears and I have had it a long time. I guess now a days you have to buy seperate equipment for the function you need.


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Your right on that a trickle charger is a no no for long periods of time. I was confused as my charger has 3 functions charge, trickle charge, and maintain. Its a sears and I have had it a long time. I guess now a days you have to buy seperate equipment for the function you need.
My charger also has a separate functions for regular charging and one for maintenance, and also a fast charge, so no need to buy different units.

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NEVER, NEVER use a trickle charger for battery maintenance.

A battery maintainer is the only proper device to use on a stored cars battery to maintain the charge. A maintainer uses a "float" charge that acts like the alternator on the car, charges the battery to the proper level and then cuts off until the level drops down and then starts charging again to bring the level back up.

On the other hand, a "trickle" charger charges constantly at a low level. If you leave it on the battery for long enough it will boil all the fluid out of the battery and destroy it.
I wonder if some folks might equate a trickle charger and a battery maintainer as one and the same. You very clearly point out the difference.

I do keep a maintainer on my car that is stored during the winter to keep the battery charged and all the electronics set. Starts right up every Spring. Wouldn't go without one.

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just a suggestion for some of the cheap guys like me. I have an small old charger (maybe 2 amp?) that I hook up for a few hours 1x a month when I store mine for the winter. If you already own something like this you'll be good. I've been storing various vehicles for years and it works for me. As mentioned do NOT overcharge your battery!

side note: I've started removing the fuel pump relay when starting in spring to give the car two 10 second crank intervals when 1st starting under the theory (sp?) of getting oil circulating before the engine sees real ignition. What does the hive think?

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just a suggestion for some of the cheap guys like me. I have an small old charger (maybe 2 amp?) that I hook up for a few hours 1x a month when I store mine for the winter. If you already own something like this you'll be good. I've been storing various vehicles for years and it works for me. As mentioned do NOT overcharge your battery!

side note: I've started removing the fuel pump relay when starting in spring to give the car two 10 second crank intervals when 1st starting under the theory (sp?) of getting oil circulating before the engine sees real ignition. What does the hive think?
Using a small charger like that is okay, my problem with doing that is that invariably, I would forget to disconnect it after a few hours.


And yes, after a motor has been sitting for an extended period, it is a good idea to let the motor crank over for a short time without starting to get the oil up to the top end.

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