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Permanently mounting a trickle charger in a VF sedan

Discussion in 'VF Holden Commodore (2013 - 2017)' started by RTSV6UTE, Aug 26, 2017.

  1. RTSV6UTE

    RTSV6UTE Active Member

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    Hi all

    Has anyone tried to permanently mount a CTEK trickle charger in a VF sedan?

    I have seen cars such as new Maserati's basically have a 240volt outlet inside the boot where you simply connect an extension lead from your powerpoint in your garage to an outlet inside the boot of the car and it trickle charges the vehicles battery with an on-board, hidden CTEK charger.

    I think this would be fantastic for those keeping their Motorsport Editions/Directors in storage with very minimal use.

    Does anyone know how hard it would be to run 12 volt wiring from the batteries location under the bonnet to the rear boot so I can mount a CTEK charger inside my boot? I will probably just mount the CTEK charger to the moulded boot liner so as to avoid doing any damage to the car itself such as drilling holes.

    Could the wiring be installed from the front of the vehicle to the boot without doing any drilling or cutting? ?f so what is the best route?

    Regards,

    RTSV6UTE
     
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    Why???????? isn't the battery in the BOOT???????
     
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    Hi

    I must have my blonde wig on today....thanks for that! 2 x VF Utes, 1 x VF2 Redline and now a Director and didn't know the battery was in the boot!

    Regards,

    RTSV6UTE
     
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    I haven't used a CTEC, and haven't mounted the charger permanently in my ute, but have found this option to work well...Its a Victron Energy charger that I have hanging in the garage near where the front of the car is when it's parked, with a short fly lead and plug connected to the jump start point under the bonnet.
    In the Utes the battery is inside the cab behind the passenger seat, so I didn't want to have the lead go through the door...I can leave the bonnet not latched with the 12 volt lead going under the bonnet above the headlight and still cover the car if I'm not using it for a while.
    The other thing I like about this charger is the Bluetooth option, I can connect with my phone and check the battery and the charge mode that it is in, fairly basic but handy...
     
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    I will have a look tomorrow or Saturday and see If I can find them in my computer and I will host them again but this time not in Photobucket.
     
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    I found them. If I have time 2morrow I will stick 7 photos on the Forum.
    I have this car nearly 2 years and I have done only 450Kms LOL. Well I have other cars for 45 years and only have 25,670 Miles on the Clock Most people do this in one year not 45 of them (years) LOL,LOL.. The System works Very well as it charge the Battery ONLY. I do not recommend using the the Outlet they have this is use for ,,Say a hand help lantern aa have the current going the other way might causes issue like pooping a air bag and you don't want to do that.

    All our cars have the same system, Each have a Projecta Battery Charger on the Wall next to a dedicated Power Point next to each car. Its neat and tidy. All Sockets are under the plastic boot or under the Inner Guards. Everything is double insulated and fused.. The Lid is spring Loaded with high impact plastic and made of Stainless Steel (from Jcar)
     
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    Here you go
    Inside the Boot where the Spare lives.
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    You'll notice that the double insulated cable is in the lower corrugation so when you put your spare tyre back in the wheel well it does not interfere with the cable and tie mount.
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    You will notice the yellow insulation as this gives another insulation on the already double. I am being cautious here. Again when the tyre goes in, it does not interfere with anything. When everything else goes in place nothing it interfered with.
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    The charging circuit is directly across the battery terminals. You will notice a fuse on the right hand side.
     
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    Again the fuse is on the right hand side.
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    The cable plugged in to the socket. When you removed the charger connector the door automatically shuts closed. Its spring loaded. Everything is made from high impact plastic and stainless steel so there is no rust. A member on this forum said that the cable ties are on the outside. I think he was confused. Nothing is on the outside apart from the socket to where you used to plug into.
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    Sorry i stuffed this photo up. When i resized it I removed one too many zeros. Anyhow I used a projecto trickle battery charger. Each charger has its own powerpoint next to it and when I dont need it I just unplug it from the car and unplug it from the charger itself and roll the lead up.
     
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    Very nice, any more pics of your entire stable of cars? Sounds like a nice setup.
     
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    Do you have a part number for the Projecta charger?
    Can you plug more than one car in per charger?

    Nice work by the way - is the 12 volt socket a "marine" rated one? - that's the only thing I'd be changing if it was mounted under the car, only because most people would drive their vehicle in all conditions, and it seems quite a few people love your idea.
     
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    Hi

    The charger looks like a Projecta AC250B (1600 milliamp) hanging on the wall. I just purchased one as a trickle charger for my Director but are going to do my install differently.

    The charger has a bracket that allows you to install the trickle charger on the side of the battery without putting any holes in the car, I will then feed the 25cm 240 volt lead into the general boot area without cutting anything or drilling any holes whatsoever.

    So when I want to charge the battery all I do is open the boot and plug my nice yellow extension lead into the 240 volt connector that is inside my boot.

    This way I don't have any electrics exposed to the elements and wherever I take my car the charger is with it!

    Regards,

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    This will be the very last I will post photos of anything as some Forum change there name and have new terms and condition where that state that they own you and everything else. I had personal photos of our house put on the on googles. Never again.
     
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    No one charger for one car otherwise it wont work
     
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    I don't think Jcar sell it anymore. Yes Marine grade. It can put up with everything, rain hail and shine. Make sure you put the Socket on the right way otherwise when going at 100Kph your spring door will open with the breeze. Some have done this and wondering why mud has entered the opening that has a "O" ring
     
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    Fair enough... thanks anyway.
     
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    Cheers for that, I think having the charger outside the car is the way to go - that way the car can locked in the garage whilst charging.
    That means the alarm would be active as well. I personally don't like the idea of leaving the car unlocked, even in a locked garage with cameras all the time. Just makes it a little harder to steal/gain access into for thieves.
     
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    Hey good point...and lucky i found this youve posted ages ago but still relevant today...i have a vf 2017 and want to float it to do some cranking tests to see if battery on way out.
    Firstly how has yours gone as in did anything in electrical system not like a electronic type charger connected...
    If all good...i realised and thought this might help you that it might be easier to clip on to the jump start terminals in engine bay...that way bonnet stays open and ya not trying to close boots or tailgates...leaving the lights on...

    so out there if anyone reads this and done it any issues?.should be a common connection to batt...could even fit like you said in the maserati...but just have a charger terminal fitted in bay
     

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