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So I won't be driving the car and have bought a trickle charger.

So the stupid question is do I need to actually hook up to the battery directly or can I hook up to the terminals in the engine compartment?

if you have a car with the "smoker" option, meaning there is a powered cigarette lighter in the dash, that is a constant, unswitched power supply. plug the trickle charger directly into the lighter socket and, voila, that's it. many threads on this point. run through the search engine, its very good. the use of the lighter socket may be dependent on year, model, I'm not really sure. but it works great on my '03. good luck...

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So I won't be driving the car and have bought a trickle charger.

So the stupid question is do I need to actually hook up to the battery directly or can I hook up to the terminals in the engine compartment?

First of all, it had better not be a "trickle charger"; they never shut off and slowly cook your battery. What you need is a "maintainer", which only applies current when the battery needs it, then shuts down. That will keep your battery in optimum condition without cooking it.

Secondly, these cars are set up from the factory to have the maintainer plug into the cigarette lighter (it is hot all the time for this reason), so get one with an adaptor to do that............

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So I won't be driving the car and have bought a trickle charger.

So the stupid question is do I need to actually hook up to the battery directly or can I hook up to the terminals in the engine compartment?

First of all, it had better not be a "trickle charger"; they never shut off and slowly cook your battery. What you need is a "maintainer", which only applies current when the battery needs it, then shuts down. That will keep your battery in optimum condition without cooking it.

Secondly, these cars are set up from the factory to have the maintainer plug into the cigarette lighter (it is hot all the time for this reason), so get one with an adaptor to do that............

Yes it's a maintainer but no cigarette lighter adapter thankyou.gif

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So I won't be driving the car and have bought a trickle charger.

So the stupid question is do I need to actually hook up to the battery directly or can I hook up to the terminals in the engine compartment?

First of all, it had better not be a "trickle charger"; they never shut off and slowly cook your battery. What you need is a "maintainer", which only applies current when the battery needs it, then shuts down. That will keep your battery in optimum condition without cooking it.

Secondly, these cars are set up from the factory to have the maintainer plug into the cigarette lighter (it is hot all the time for this reason), so get one with an adaptor to do that............

Yes it's a maintainer but no cigarette lighter adapter thankyou.gif

So back to my original question, hook it up directly to the battery since I don't have a lighter adapter?

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So I won't be driving the car and have bought a trickle charger.

So the stupid question is do I need to actually hook up to the battery directly or can I hook up to the terminals in the engine compartment?

First of all, it had better not be a "trickle charger"; they never shut off and slowly cook your battery. What you need is a "maintainer", which only applies current when the battery needs it, then shuts down. That will keep your battery in optimum condition without cooking it.

Secondly, these cars are set up from the factory to have the maintainer plug into the cigarette lighter (it is hot all the time for this reason), so get one with an adaptor to do that............

Yes it's a maintainer but no cigarette lighter adapter thankyou.gif

So back to my original question, hook it up directly to the battery since I don't have a lighter adapter?

Would be the quickest way..............

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