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Solar charger for car batteries?

Anyone have any experience with this product or something similar?


Keep your car battery charged wherever it is with the Battery Tender 10-Watt Solar Charger. A 10-watt solar panel provides power to your 12 volt car battery when another power source isn't available. A built-in three-step automatic microprocessor controller keeps the battery from overcharging. The Battery Tender 10-Watt Solar Charger is completely portable!

The Battery Tender 10-Watt Solar Charger has all high quality features you expect from Battery Tender battery chargers. It is sparkproof and has a temperature compensation sensor. Battery Tender backs up the Battery Tender 10-Watt Solar Charger with a 5 year warranty.

The Battery Tender 10-Watt Solar Charger is convenient for people who store their vehicle where there is no power source, like a carport or shelter. As long as you have sunlight, your vehicle's battery will stay charged! The lightweight Battery Tender 10-Watt Solar Charger can easily be carried with you on extended trips to keep your car battery charged anywhere.

The Battery Tender 10-Watt Solar Charger works with all lead acid, sealed maintenance free and gel cell batteries. Use it on 12 volt batteries on cars, RVs, trucks, tractors, and recreational vehicles.

Battery Tender solar panels are the only panels available with a built-in charge controller to prevent overcharging! No other battery trickle charger works like a Battery Tender battery charger.



Product Specifications:
26" x 16" x 0.875"
5.5 lbs
12 V Nominal Voltage 540 mAmps
Temperature Compensation Sensor
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5 Year Warranty


Battery Tender 10-Watt Solar Charger, solar power battery charger, car battery charger

I guess this is for those who let their truck sit for long times or take it camping. Would this be a good item to add to the SHTF list?

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My way of thinking is when something is called a tender that it has barely enough power to maintain a battery sitting there unused. So if your drawing power out of the battery I don't think 10 watts is anywhere big enough to keep it topped up. Every time I drive by one of those solar powered road information signs with the HUGE sets of panels on top I have an almost uncontrollable urge to mount those panels to my Excursion's roof rack. Too bad most of them have a wireless theft protection system. ROTFLMAO.


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Re: Solar charger for car batteries?

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My way of thinking is when something is called a tender that it has barely enough power to maintain a battery sitting there unused. So if your drawing power out of the battery I don't think 10 watts is anywhere big enough to keep it topped up. Every time I drive by one of those solar powered road information signs with the HUGE sets of panels on top I have an almost uncontrollable urge to mount those panels to my Excursion's roof rack. Too bad most of them have a wireless theft protection system. ROTFLMAO.


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Now that would be awesome to see!!!!

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Re: Solar charger for car batteries?

It would be .84 amps not enough to maintain one large battery let alone two. If you want to do it look in to rv solar chargers.

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Re: Solar charger for car batteries?

Well, would you worry about over charging?

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Re: Solar charger for car batteries?

A tender will shut off when a full charge is reached.

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Re: Solar charger for car batteries?

I have a year 2000 7.3 Ford diesel. 205k miles runs perfect, but at 40 degrees if i don't plug it in it does not crank. At 10 degrees now, if i don't crank it every 3 hours it does not crank. Glow plugs? or fuel?
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I have a year 2000 7.3 Ford diesel. 205k miles runs perfect, but at 40 degrees if i don't plug it in it does not crank. At 10 degrees now, if i don't crank it every 3 hours it does not crank. Glow plugs? or fuel?
Welcome Newb.

Does your area have winter fuel to prevent gelling? Also you can cycle the glow plugs like 3 or 4 times before crank to help warm up the engine.

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Thanks I'll check. and i'll cycle the plugs.
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