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RRVSE



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Anyone bought a car battery conditioner for their L405

Hi all. I don't do many long journeys anymore in my L405 (4.4 diesel) and now for the first time in 3.5yrs am occasionally getting the 'Low battery' warning before I start my car (the warning message also says to start the engine which is a fair possibility as I rarely get into the car just to sit in the seat and watch the world go by Smile ). To cure the issue, I take the car on a 15-20 mile run to get the battery fully charged again. Hence, thinking ahead to winter when I may drive less - has anyone purchased a battery conditioner for their RR to trickle charge it when stood for several days at a time? I checked Halfords who had a range , but they were mainly chargers with a conditioner feature putting out @4A but did have a trickle charger that did 750mA but it only had a 2m chord. LR also sell one for £119 +VAT which looks like this I assume ..
https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Land-Rover-range-...amp;chn=ps
but I have also been looking at the CTEK MXS 5.0 ...
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CTEK-MXS-5-0-12...xyHslQ6~e4
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Anyone bought any of these and if so, what do you think? I ideally want the type where you permanently connect a couple of wires to your battery that have a quick connect socket on them. The CTEK one above also has a useful battery condition status indicator built into the part that you leave attached to the car battery. Steve

Main car : FFRR L405 Vogue SDV8
Other car : Vauxhall Lotus Carlton
Past cars : FFRR L322 Vogue TD6 SE (Sept 2006 MY07) ; LandCruiser SWB ; 4-Runner ; Supras; XJS V12 LeMans

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Hairy Dan



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I have a CTEK MXS 7.0 and I use it to keep a trickle charge on my 50th anniversary Defender as that doesn't do many miles, I also had one of the quick connectors on my Discovery 4 for when it was needed. The CTEK connectors are great as you can connect it up and have the other end out of the battery box so no need to keep having to remove the battery cover. Over on the Discovery 4 forum some people have wired the connector to come out of the wing vent so you didn't even need to lift the bonnet to connect. If you have towing electrics installed Martin sells connectors to charge through your towing electric socket
https://www.disco3.co.uk/shop/tow-electric...c-p45.html You just have to remember to disconnect before you drive away. Thumbs Up Cheers Ian
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Alistair



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I've hard wired CTek connectors to the terminals under my bonnet (bottom of this photo)

I also have Anderson connectors for my jump leads

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charlie croker mk2



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Ctek kit is the real deal , ideally go for the 10 amp version and I think RR needs the AGM option selected as well .

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Thanks Ian / Alistair / Charlie. So looks like the CTEK is a good choice then (pity I don't have the towing kit as the tow adapter on the Disco forum looks like an easy way to connect). I have also just seen this post in the forum...
http://www.fullfatrr.com/forum/topic39744.html
so also wonder if I need the software updating for the battery module. I'll ask my dealer next time I'm in check the version to see if this has already been done if my car is in the VIN range that had the issues.
With respect to the CTEK MXS version to buy , I haven't checked the Amp hours for either of the batteries yet , so don't know the one I need if it is only for trickle charging / conditioning as they seem to be able to do larger batteries of only for maintenance as opposed to charging, Steve

Main car : FFRR L405 Vogue SDV8
Other car : Vauxhall Lotus Carlton
Past cars : FFRR L322 Vogue TD6 SE (Sept 2006 MY07) ; LandCruiser SWB ; 4-Runner ; Supras; XJS V12 LeMans

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Also just seen this clever little CTEK product that connects to your battery and you can check battery health via a phone app...
https://www.ctek.com/products/vehicle/ctx-battery-sense#
FAQ says: For iOS you need an iPhone 4S or newer and iOS 7 or later. For Android you need version 4.4 (KitKat). Steve

Main car : FFRR L405 Vogue SDV8
Other car : Vauxhall Lotus Carlton
Past cars : FFRR L322 Vogue TD6 SE (Sept 2006 MY07) ; LandCruiser SWB ; 4-Runner ; Supras; XJS V12 LeMans

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I use a C-Tek MXS 5.0 (it provides for AGM) on the L322 starting battery and the AGM dual batteries in the rear. I also have a C-Tek XS 0.8 for my motorcycle which may not get ridden for months on end. Ron B. VK2OTC
2004 L322 V8 Auto
2007 Yamaha XJR1300
Previous: 1983, 1986 RRC; 1995, 1996 P38A; 1995 Disco1; 1984 V8 County 110; Series IIA

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Cheers Ron, the 5.0 is looking the likely candidate for me aswell. Steve

Main car : FFRR L405 Vogue SDV8
Other car : Vauxhall Lotus Carlton
Past cars : FFRR L322 Vogue TD6 SE (Sept 2006 MY07) ; LandCruiser SWB ; 4-Runner ; Supras; XJS V12 LeMans

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ADI



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+1 for the 5.0

Excellent kit MY2016 RR Vogue Fuji White SDV8 with a few extras...
Gone MY2016 Discovery Sport HSE

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For Aussies, Autobarn or Repco have the C-Tex MXS5.0 on special at the moment. Ron B. VK2OTC
2004 L322 V8 Auto
2007 Yamaha XJR1300
Previous: 1983, 1986 RRC; 1995, 1996 P38A; 1995 Disco1; 1984 V8 County 110; Series IIA

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Cheers ADI Smile Steve

Main car : FFRR L405 Vogue SDV8
Other car : Vauxhall Lotus Carlton
Past cars : FFRR L322 Vogue TD6 SE (Sept 2006 MY07) ; LandCruiser SWB ; 4-Runner ; Supras; XJS V12 LeMans

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Ok, got my CTEK now (went for the 3.8 in the end as only aim to use this for conditioning so doesn't matter if it takes a few hours longer than the 5.0 to achieve it). With respect to the + and - jump start points under the bonnet, the supplied comfy connectors are not of a large enough diameter, can I ask what methods people have used to connect the wires to the posts (do the posts unscrew out?).
Cheers Steve

Main car : FFRR L405 Vogue SDV8
Other car : Vauxhall Lotus Carlton
Past cars : FFRR L322 Vogue TD6 SE (Sept 2006 MY07) ; LandCruiser SWB ; 4-Runner ; Supras; XJS V12 LeMans

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Yes - the under bonnet post screws out - I used a deep socket - can't remember whether I needed to slightly widen the holes on the ctek cable or not

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Cheers Alistair, was hoping that would be the reply and I see you cut a small section out of the positive posts casing to allow your cables to exit with the lid shut, I'll also do that Smile Steve

Main car : FFRR L405 Vogue SDV8
Other car : Vauxhall Lotus Carlton
Past cars : FFRR L322 Vogue TD6 SE (Sept 2006 MY07) ; LandCruiser SWB ; 4-Runner ; Supras; XJS V12 LeMans

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You can get comfort connectors with different size eye holes on the cable

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_...YWLNCWEFD1 Cheers Ian
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