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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:52 pm 
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Yeah, I just leave it plugged in all the time.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:48 pm 
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Yes, it my own stupid fault for not checking the battery more often. I wouldn't let the caravan's leisure battery end up like that. THIS is the one I ordered from Euro Car Parts and once I'd applied the discount it came to £45.55

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:24 pm 
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I don't know which one you got from ECP as all of the good ones are £100 plus. You should have gone to Tayna and got this.

https://www.tayna.co.uk/B34-Varta-Blue- ... P3207.html
When you have a good look and try hard James you actually can find some good reviews about the LION batteries. They also used the code DAVE33%.

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The good review that you found was for the film Lion Jeroen, not the car battery! :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:55 pm 
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I noticed that's a 36AH battery, is that big enough: https://www.eurocarparts.com/ecp/p/car- ... &&cc5_1026

This one is type 015, fits a Dolomite, but is 45AH https://www.tayna.co.uk/LP015-Lucas-Pre ... P9848.html

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:33 am 
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Incidentally you probably know that Car Parts 4 less is ECP's 'budget' brother. Same products but usually cheaper than ECP, you just need to order online, you can't collect.

My Lion battery in the MX5 btw is fine, been doing sterling service for the last 18 months.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:42 pm 
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Still no sign of the battery. I'm sure I specified same day delivery when I ordered it. I'll pay a visit to my local branch and if I get no joy, I'll get a refund (I paid with PayPal so I can claim my money back).

Mark I didn't know about Car Parts 4 Less being a budget version of ECP.

Somebody on the CT forum pointed out that Lidl are selling battery chargers at the moment so I'm going to get one. I won't let my new battery go the same way as the previous one and I can also use it on the caravan's leisure battery as well.

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Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of the month at 8.00pm at The Britannia, 239 Swinnow Rd, Pudsey, LS28 9AP.
1972 Dolomite 1850 auto (NYE 751L - The rolling restoration)
2008 Citroën C4 Grand Picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive (MA08 WCL - the modern)
1995 BMW 318i (M265 PNC - Project Bimmer)
2004 Vauxhall Corsa Design 16V (FE04 FKG - not mine! Being revived)
Former stable of SAY 414M (1974 Toledo), GRH 244D (1966 1300fwd), CDB 324L (1973 1500fwd), GGN 573J (1971 1500fwd), DCP 625S (1977 Dolomite 1300) & LCG 367N (1975 Dolomite Sprint) plus 5 Acclaims and that's just the Triumphs!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:40 am 
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I went to my local branch and they'd tried THREE times to deliver the battery so it was waiting from me when I got there. I've bought a battery charger from Lidl. I don't know how long the link will be live for. At £13.99 it was worth a punt.

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Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of the month at 8.00pm at The Britannia, 239 Swinnow Rd, Pudsey, LS28 9AP.
1972 Dolomite 1850 auto (NYE 751L - The rolling restoration)
2008 Citroën C4 Grand Picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive (MA08 WCL - the modern)
1995 BMW 318i (M265 PNC - Project Bimmer)
2004 Vauxhall Corsa Design 16V (FE04 FKG - not mine! Being revived)
Former stable of SAY 414M (1974 Toledo), GRH 244D (1966 1300fwd), CDB 324L (1973 1500fwd), GGN 573J (1971 1500fwd), DCP 625S (1977 Dolomite 1300) & LCG 367N (1975 Dolomite Sprint) plus 5 Acclaims and that's just the Triumphs!

Check my blog at http://triumphtoledo.blogspot.com

"There is only one way to avoid criticsm: do nothing, say nothing and be nothing." Aristotle


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:02 pm 
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The lidl does buy these also from aliexpress for 3,81 including shipping so I would take out the plug before going to sleep.

These were lidl chargers too.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:15 pm 
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Be careful using that Dave I have also seen members on other make sites that I am a member of have had these bursting into flame and burning down garages and destroying cars. So far a Rover 75 Launch car, Merc, and Rover P6B.

With your car kept under your house I would not chance using this, I would hate to hear what may happen if you do.


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I had no idea that these chargers were a known risk and have been shown to be the cause of a number of fires and utter complete devastation to property, valuables and no doubt livelihoods. As well as the physical damage, the emotional torture and havoc that these things do is beyond repair. Obviously the grief caused by this destruction is inconsolable in many cases and I for one will be saving myself from this needless self-harm.

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All cheap chargers are a risk. The c-tek one's are totally reliable and actually the standard for all chargers. Here in NL the most recommended and sold.

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Enough,
this is getting out of hand.

Reference the so called Lidl chargers, the ones on sale today are not Lidl branded.
Please provide links to the official reports so we can all learn which chargers were to blame, if indeed they were.




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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:36 pm 
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This is the charger I bought from Lidl:
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It is the same type of charger as the CTEK ones. It is not the same charger but it operates on the same principles. It is what you would call a "smart" charger. I don't need to use it on the Dolly because I have just bought a new battery (unless it needs charging. I haven't checked it yet) but I will need one in the future because my old one has died and I may also need to charge the caravan's leisure battery before the next outing.

EDIT: I've just remembered the Lidl were selling a charger with a jump starter a few weeks back at £39.99. It was the Ultimate Speed ULG 12B3. I'm wondering if it was this one that was prone to catching fire.

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Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of the month at 8.00pm at The Britannia, 239 Swinnow Rd, Pudsey, LS28 9AP.
1972 Dolomite 1850 auto (NYE 751L - The rolling restoration)
2008 Citroën C4 Grand Picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive (MA08 WCL - the modern)
1995 BMW 318i (M265 PNC - Project Bimmer)
2004 Vauxhall Corsa Design 16V (FE04 FKG - not mine! Being revived)
Former stable of SAY 414M (1974 Toledo), GRH 244D (1966 1300fwd), CDB 324L (1973 1500fwd), GGN 573J (1971 1500fwd), DCP 625S (1977 Dolomite 1300) & LCG 367N (1975 Dolomite Sprint) plus 5 Acclaims and that's just the Triumphs!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:35 am 
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That is just a charger and is nothing like the ctek one that I have. You dont understand the ctek charger/conditioner.

It doesnt matter if ther battery needs charging or not, with the ctek you leave it connected at all times whenever you are not using the car. They supply an adapter that you can connect to the battery and run through the grille so you dont have to open the bonnet if you like. This conditions the battery and maintains charge. They can also deep cycle a battery that has lost it charge, I have recovered a battery in this way.

For example, I used my spare battery to start Jonners car and get it onto my trailer. The battery still has plenty of charge and is less than a year old but I have still removed it from the car and connected it up. The charger will then mimic what happens when the battery is in use on the car to prevent it from diying.

If you let the battery go flat then charge it again and again you are just going to end up having to buy a new battery in 6 months.

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Ihave heard nothing but good things about the lidl chargers.
And yes, it is a "smart" charger, and works in a similar way to the ctek ones.And it seems it lasts well according to users...

If I didn't have a commercial charger (very clever) I would be buying one...

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