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Old 10-11-2018, 12:09 AM
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I have a battery tender, Porsche branded, that I used on my 911. It's the plug into the cigarete lighter type, this would work exactly the same on vette....in the battery charge port of course....right? I would think its exactly the same. Any issues using this?

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Old 10-11-2018, 12:46 AM
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Looks like a CTek, should work just fine. Remember if the Vette is a C7 the hot plug in in the right rear under the hatch.
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Old 10-11-2018, 01:23 AM
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Perfect, thank you. Finally kept something I can reuse
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Old 10-11-2018, 01:53 AM
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Perfect, thank you. Finally kept something I can reuse
All good, should work great.
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Old 10-11-2018, 08:39 AM
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Costs even more than the Corvette branded unit.... figures - it's a Porsche.
Can't imagine what a Lambo charger would cost.
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Lambo factory battery mgnt is about $200.
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Old 10-11-2018, 11:01 AM
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Any 12volt tender will work. I have a few John Deere ones on my bikes that work great and were cheap bc thats where I work. On the C7 I scored a cheap cteck branded one and its been treating me well also. The branding means nothing once you get past the logo's.
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Old 10-11-2018, 10:17 PM
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The C6 & C7 branded tenders are missing a couple of buttons that the stock CTEK tenders have. No Low Temp setting, different types of battery, etc.
My guess is that GM figured if you have choices, you can make the wrong choices. The unit that came with my C7 is one you just plug in, no settings to decide.
For the way I use it, that's fine. I have a regular CTEK for other uses.
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Old 10-12-2018, 11:24 AM
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is this used for owners who don't start their car often?
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Old 10-12-2018, 12:23 PM
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Some do, it does make the battery live longer. I did not use on my September 2013 C7 Vette although I bought the GM equivlant from Amazon just in case.

Just returned from a 2 1/2 week vacation and did not even bother! No issues starting. The C7 is not like old Vettes. The service manual says an 80% charged battery should start the car up to 30 days. In fact the last time I used it was to have it fully charged prior to hurricane Florence. If we lost power for any length of time I could charge iPhones and iPad.

Note, I live ~17 miles from town but even a round trip is not enough to fully charge the battery. It is my DD but being semi-retired I do not have to go in every day.

I do use a less expensive charger on my Street Rod that mostly only goes to Shows. It’s plugged in all the time. I just replaced that Yellow Top Optima battery after 10 years. It was working fine- BUT- the battery is inside the sedan and no door handles, only electric doors. Figured I was operating on borrowed time and if it failed at at car show could be a PIA to get into the car to jump start! Bought another Yellow Top!

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Old 10-12-2018, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by mcioci View Post
is this used for owners who don't start their car often?
Yes. If you don't regularly drive your car you should use one. I would say if you go one week or longer. Some will provide varying opinions, but the main thing is if you drive daily or close to that you don't need to use one. You don't need to buy an expensive Ctek either. Here is an excellent one for $18 all connections needed.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051D3MP6/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051D3MP6/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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