Trickle charge??

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I normally plug in my Deltran for a day or two, it goes into float mode normally after 5-6 hrs but I just leave it connected and I only do it once a month and things seem to be ok, I occasionally test ESS and it’s always worked, my daily commute round trip for work is about 90 mins on avg.
I'm surprised you're having to trickle charge yours at all if you're daily driving it 90 minutes. You would think the alternator would recharge it while driving 45 minutes each way.
 

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I'm surprised you're having to trickle charge yours at all if you're daily driving it 90 minutes. You would think the alternator would recharge it while driving 45 minutes each way.
I only put it on the charger once a month as that’s when it’s parked the most, I think I could get by without doing it but I just try to keep the batteries at peak.

I honestly believe it’s not a very efficient charging design, most of the time my voltage displayed in the EVIC is close to 14 and I have no issues but by design the charging algorithm is supposed to vary the alternator output but most of what I’m seeing from my JL is the alternator is putting out near max voltage and I have checked the main and ESS batteries right after a full charge and then weeks later and separately they both are above 12.55 -12.60 and combined they are 12.60-12.70

In my opinion it would be better just to have the alternator throw a constant 14+ volts all the time like back in the day rather than to have it variable to save a gallon or two of gas by putting less load on the alternator giving you minimal HP increase
 
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I only put it on the charger once a month as that’s when it’s parked the most, I think I could get by without doing it but I just try to keep the batteries at peak.

I honestly believe it’s not a very efficient charging design, most of the time my voltage displayed in the EVIC is close to 14 and I have no issues but by design the charging algorithm is supposed to vary the alternator output but most of what I’m seeing from my JL is the alternator is putting out near max voltage and I have checked the main and ESS batteries right after a full charge and then weeks later and separately they both are above 12.55 -12.60 and combined they are 13.60-12.70

In my opinion it would be better just to have the alternator throw a constant 14+ volts all the time like back in the day rather than to have it variable to save a gallon or two of gas by putting less load on the alternator giving you minimal HP increase
I hear ya...I stopped daily driving mine last September and was driving it once or twice a week for prob 5-30 minutes each drive. I went 2 wks in November and it wouldn't start. Jumped it and ran it for an hour. Had to jump it the next time. Bought a trickle charger and charged it...still struggled to start. Took it to dealer 3 times and finally had both batteries replaced under warranty. I'm now going to charge it once or twice a month and do my best to drive it every wk. We'll see how it goes.
 

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Has anyone tried plugging into the cig lighter to trickle charge? That is how I used to do it on a sports car I had that sat in th garage a lot between drives and in winter especially.
 

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Has anyone tried plugging into the cig lighter to trickle charge? That is how I used to do it on a sports car I had that sat in th garage a lot between drives and in winter especially.
Good question. I’m using a Noco Genius10 smart charger now that I can’t use the Jeep because of lockdown. It means opening and closing the hood weekly, so if I could use the power outlet on the rear it would be great. I should think you can, as it’s live to the battery and rated at 20amps. Who knows?
 

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I've run battery maintainers through a pigtail connected to the battery, a (hot) 12V outlet and through a hitch 7 pin connector. All work fine. I prefer the hitch connector for my outdoor vehicles as I don't like having a cord through a door or window, or for the small risk of the maintainer catching fire.
I'm currently using Battery Tenders on three of my vehicles and a CTek MX5.0 on a third vehicle. I've had several Battery Tenders fail over the years. The CTek has worked well but is expensive (~$80) so will likely move towards Noco in the future.

Hitch wiring and the maintainer-hitch plug adapter:

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Thanks @chevymitchell for confirming the 'always on' status of the rear hitch 12V power.
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I've run battery maintainers through a pigtail connected to the battery, a (hot) 12V outlet and through a hitch 7 pin connector. All work fine. I prefer the hitch connector for my outdoor vehicles as I don't like having a cord through a door or window, or for the small risk of the maintainer catching fire.
I'm currently using Battery Tenders on three of my vehicles and a CTek MX5.0 on a third vehicle. I've had several Battery Tenders fail over the years. The CTek has worked well but is expensive (~$80) so will likely move towards Noco in the future.

Hitch wiring and the maintainer-hitch plug adapter:

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Thanks @chevymitchell for confirming the 'always on' status of the rear hitch 12V power.
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What in the world???! I have never heard of this. Any draw backs at all? I don't see how there could be......:movember:

I'm just flabbergasted that I've never thought of this or seen anyone mention it before. Such a simple no muss no fuss hookup if your vehicle is parked in a secure location.
 

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What in the world???! I have never heard of this. Any draw backs at all? I don't see how there could be......:movember:

It has worked well for me, direct fused connection to the battery. If helpful, the connector was inexpensive on one of the large auction sites.

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I agree. Looks like the best idea I’ve seen yet! Certainly beats lowering the screen and feeding a cable through the firewall!
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What in the world???! I have never heard of this. Any draw backs at all? I don't see how there could be......:movember:

I'm just flabbergasted that I've never thought of this or seen anyone mention it before. Such a simple no muss no fuss hookup if your vehicle is parked in a secure location.
 

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