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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:04 pm    Post subject: Battery charging/conditioning Reply with quote

Hi All

It's nearly time to SORN my car for the winter months. I've just received my new CTEK MXS 5.0 charger. I understand that these can be used for trickle charging the battery whilst the car is stored for long periods. I've looked in the manual and it isn't very clear as to which mode i need to select for looking after the battery whilst the car is in the garage. Does anyone have one of these units? If so, what mode are you using to keep your battery conditioned whilst the car is off the road?? Many thanks. Question Question
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, can't help as I've always used Accumate; plug and play with no modes to confuse you.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got the MSX 7 but you should just need to leave it on 'normal' (on the MSX 5, I think that's the car symbol) - once it's fully charged it will then switch to a pulse mode where it monitors the battery and tops it up whenever it drops below (something like) 90%

There is a 'cold weather' mode (snowflake) but I believe that you only need to select that if you're charging a more depleted battery in temperatures <5C
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends what battery type you have, use the mode button to show car or AGM

Connect then forget, after fully charging it goes into 8 a maintenance cycle
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have two CTEK MXS 5.0 chargers and you just plug and forget them!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bri-E wrote:
Depends what battery type you have, use the mode button to show car or AGM

Connect then forget, after fully charging it goes into 8 a maintenance cycle


This. You can safely scroll through them whilst it's connected to the battery. AGM is for 'Optima or Odyssey' battery types only.

Once a year at least, run the 'recon'. Do not just rely on the trickle to keep the battery healthy as the plates deteriorate and the 'recon' desulphates them.

Ditto to WINNE1; running 2 here. Brilliant. Resurrected a couple of 'dead' BMW batteries and returned to unlimited use using 'recon'.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

another vote for ctek,, they are great I have a mxs 25, I have twin Bosh agm's

on my B10 a varta agm on both my one series and caddy van, both of these as most modern cars with start stop technology have agm for its ability to store and recharge quickly
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