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    I was wondering, if I was going to leave the car alone for 2-3 months, should I use something like a trickle charger? I've searched the forum but couldn't find the answer to a few questions;
    Will a 1W charger (found in Maplin) be enough? And does a 04 Vectra C disconnect the in car ciggarette charger when it is off?

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    On mine, as soon as you switch off the ignition all the auxiliary power points are disconnected

    You should be able to leave the car unused for at least three months, providing the battery is in good condition
    Equally, it should be able to cope between March and October (8 months)
    It is less likely to be able to cope between November and February, so would remove the battery

    Providing you have the passcard, then remove the battery, lock the car up, and leave
    On refitting the battery the alarm will sound and will require the passcard to reset the stereo
    You then insert the ignition key and resynchronise the system to the key (lock then unlock whilst in the ignition barrel)

    Alternatively, just let it go flat, then jump charge or remove and recharge

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    That the Solar Charger from Maplins your looking at? I have one and keep meaning to do something with it too. What I was going to do is to add in a 12v aux socket in to the boot and wire it in via one of the spare perm live fuse spaces in the rear fuse box, then just put the charger on the rear shelf.

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    I've left a few cars stood for 4-5 months at a time, with no real problems. I wouldn't bother leaving it on charge. When you get back in the car, it it's flat, just jump-start it, and take it for a 20mile run to charge the battery

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    Thanks m8internet and tony, I had no idea a battery could go that long. Perhaps I've been using pretty crap batteries but my mum's Lexus has a pretty good manufacturer battery (at least I would hope that Lexus would fit something decent ), and that thing goes flat in a couple months even in summer conditions.

    DasArab, yes its a solar charger. You just reminded me that there is another point in the back I can wire it up too. I'll have a look later.

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    The last time it was really necessary (recommended) to trickle charge a battery was in the 1970s
    New batteries normally come with a 3 year guarantee now, and some will even do 5 years

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