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Old 03-24-2015, 10:43 AM   #15
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Northern carries the BatteryMinder line of solar trickle chargers. They go up to 15 watts and have their own mini controller.

They DO actually work to keep your batteries topped, providing of course that they were fully charged initially.


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Do you guys think it would be possible to use a small solar trickle type charger and wire a 7 way plug to charge the tow vehicle battery when vehicle is not in use?
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Usually the small solar chargers for cars comes with a 12 cigerate lighter type plug.
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Do you guys think it would be possible to use a small solar trickle type charger and wire a 7 way plug to charge the tow vehicle battery when vehicle is not in use?
Sure...as long as the vehicle does not have a diode or isolator which prevents back-feeding the charge line from the umbilical connector.
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Usually the small solar chargers for cars comes with a 12 cigerate lighter type plug.
Careful though. Many of the charge ports in modern vehicles are ignition controlled and are an "open circuit" without the key on. My current truck has 4. two are hot all the time and 2 are ignition controlled.
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BE CAREFUL!!!!

A single solar trickle charger is not built to charge disparate, multiple battery banks. You would be far better simply buying a second unit for your TV battery.
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Careful though. Many of the charge ports in modern vehicles are ignition controlled and are an "open circuit" without the key on. My current truck has 4. two are hot all the time and 2 are ignition controlled.
Thank you, well aware of that. My Jeep GC has three 12 volt plugs and two 120 volt AC plugs. They only work when the Jeep is running. Bit of a nuisance.
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Thank you, well aware of that. My Jeep GC has three 12 volt plugs and two 120 volt AC plugs. They only work when the Jeep is running. Bit of a nuisance.
I like the choice. I only want items like my dash cam and rear view camera to power up when ignition is turned on. Since I still am using company trucks as TVs, I can't hardwire anything.
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