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A trickle charger is a device used to slowly and continuously charge a battery.


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Greetings, everyone. I really wish that all individuals present in this chat room, including their families, friends, and loved ones, are now in a state of safety and good health, prioritising these aspects above everything else.πŸ™

I just acquired my ideal vehicle, a 2012 Spyder in Daytona Grey, which is in fantastic condition. The mileage is 15,000.
What are the guidelines for using a trickle charger, including recommended frequency, duration, and seasonal considerations?


Any knowledge or understanding would be beneficial. Anticipating the prompt resumption of work and normalcy in the near future.

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Congratulations on achieving a long-desired goal, and I extend the same sentiment to you and your loved ones. Currently, I do not own a R8. However, I can provide you with information on the measures I take for my Huracan. I use a reputable battery charger, such as Battery Tender, which is connected to the battery terminals on a constant basis. This is because I only drive the vehicle once a week, at most. I have not seen any detrimental consequences on my vehicle or other vehicles that are seldom used. While several individuals highly recommend CTEK battery tenders, my own experience was disappointing as my malfunctioned within a span of 6 months. I trust that this information will be beneficial, and I am certain that others will also contribute their thoughts.

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I have used a CTEK charger in conjunction with the R8 for a duration of 5 years, and it has shown to be really satisfactory. The reason I chose the Multi US 7002 model was due to its extra functions, including the deep reconditioning mode, "supply" mode for battery changing, and AGM mode. It is evident that many automobile manufacturers effectively rebrand CTEK chargers, which are considered one of the top products in the industry.

Regarding the timing of its use, I have consistently employed it throughout the winter season when the vehicle is stationary for a duration of around 4 to 5 months, often spanning from December to April. During this current driving season, I have been using a trickle charger to keep my car's battery charged between trips, especially since the battery is now more than 5 years old. In recent driving seasons, I had refrained from charging the vehicle as long as it was being driven at least once every few weeks. Whenever I use the vehicle, I usually drive it for a duration of 1.5 to 3 hours, which allows enough time to recharge the battery as well.

The CTEK maintainers can be continuously linked for many months without interruption. This is a distinct advantage of maintainers compared to regular battery charges. The device will regulate the charging rate based on the battery's requirements, ensuring it maintains an appropriate level of charge. However, as previously said, a well-functioning and recently manufactured battery should be able to remain in good condition for a period of many weeks, or perhaps a few months, without being used. The R8 will initiate the shutdown of systems after extended periods of inactivity in order to save battery life. For reference, during the first winter I had the R8, I abstained from using a charger for a period of around 3 to 4 months, and encountered no issues (although it is worth noting that the battery was new at the time).

One last observation I would like to make is that, as seen in the picture below, it is possible to carefully manoeuvre the wires out from underneath the vehicle's bonnet in close proximity to the light source. I have observed that there is sufficient flexibility in the wires, enabling them to move unrestrictedly, but yet allowing for complete closure of the hood. Lower it with caution, ensuring that you may delicately tug on the wires and verify their ability to move in and out as well as from side to side. If the hood is left slightly open (rather than completely closed), it may allow unwanted visitors (such as vermin) to enter. Therefore, it is advisable to fully shut the hood while storing the automobile for an extended length of time.

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