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Battery tender and trunk mounted battery

Postby CMS-GT4 » Mon May 13, 2013 3:12 am

So has anyone relocated their battery and used a battery tender? I am curious about some of the setups out there. I don't drive my car very much so I picked up a tender and quick release cable.

My plan so far is the wire in the quick cable to my battery terminals and run it to the outside of the car somehow so I can unplug and go. I considered drilling a hole or finding a grommet I can go through for the cable. I was wanting to see if anyone else had solutions before I got into the project too far.
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Re: Battery tender and trunk mounted battery

Postby alltrac101 » Mon May 13, 2013 10:35 am

When I ran my battery in the hatch, I fed the charger wire through the drain hole at the bottom (there are on each side between the rear bumper & tire and already have grommets)
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Re: Battery tender and trunk mounted battery

Postby Hotrodhendrix » Mon May 13, 2013 1:50 pm

Mine is just a quick disconnect and I set the tender in the trunk then shut it. I did consider mounting the tender where the stock jack went and running the quick disconnect down some how but havnt really found a need to.

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Re: Battery tender and trunk mounted battery

Postby celigts » Thu May 16, 2013 5:00 pm

What's a tender haha. I made a racket to mount my plastic battery box... I'd have to take a pic later of it installed.
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Re: Battery tender and trunk mounted battery

Postby CMS-GT4 » Thu May 16, 2013 6:08 pm

A tender is a low rate charger that keeps your battery from going dead or being over charged. Needed if you don't drive your car a lot and don't want to unplug it all the time. I am going to try pats method and see if I can find a path in there to mount the plug end. They say not to use an extension cord with these so mine would not make it to the car.
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Re: Battery tender and trunk mounted battery

Postby Boo_Guy » Fri May 17, 2013 3:17 pm

Run the quick connect out the antenna hole, or in / under the spoiler in that area ,hide it there somehow :)
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Re: Battery tender and trunk mounted battery

Postby phattyduck » Fri May 17, 2013 3:35 pm

CMS-GT4 wrote:They say not to use an extension cord with these so mine would not make it to the car.
I have an extension cord for my battery tender that I bought directly from them. I used to keep a car parked on a tender outside, around 30' from the nearest outlet and it kept the battery up just fine.

My suggestion would be to connect the ring terminal version to your front (engine bay) battery connections and have it sit in the front lower grill opening. Easy to access and generally hard to see.

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Re: Battery tender and trunk mounted battery

Postby CMS-GT4 » Fri May 17, 2013 4:31 pm

I only ground to the rear chassis. I did not run one from the front. Should I had? I have not had issues that I am aware of.
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Re: Battery tender and trunk mounted battery

Postby phattyduck » Mon May 20, 2013 5:51 pm

CMS-GT4 wrote:I only ground to the rear chassis. I did not run one from the front. Should I had? I have not had issues that I am aware of.
There should be no need for that, especially if you chose a good beefy ground spot in the hatch/trunk area.

For the battery tender, you can connect it to the positive connection and one of the engine bay ground points.

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Re: Battery tender and trunk mounted battery

Postby zero06 » Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:46 pm

I thought about doing the same, thought it would be slick to have a connector it inside the fuel door, but then realized how horrible of an idea that is.
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Re: Battery tender and trunk mounted battery

Postby CSAlltrac » Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:26 pm

This is my current setup. Just a crap cell pic W/ flash so its extra poopy. Odyssey P680. I use a Battery Tender Jr when the car is parked. Its a float charger so after the battery is full it just monitors it, switches to charge mode automatically when needed. The two clips on top are the connection points, I just connect them and close the hatch. I was going to run a "quick connect" but decided its not worth it as well as not wanting the plug exposed to the elements when the car is driven.
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