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    With me going out of area soon for 2 months I could do with a permanent live cigarette lighter socket so that I can plug in my solar panel and just place it on the dash in the window and hopefully keep the battery topped up while I'm away.

    So couple of questions.


    Where do I get the live feed from exactly. I've read on here there's one in the passenger fuse box behind the glove box. Does it matter which one I wire into? I'm guessing you just test which one is live using multimeter?


    Also will there be any issues of it draining the battery by dong this? I was thinking about just leaving the original switchable live in and adding a permanent one to it, this shouldn't hurt should it? Or do I need to remove the switchable ignition live?


    People have also been saying about a rear accessory socket. Don't think i have this as mine is a pre-facelift model. Making a socket in the boot maybe better for what I want as I can leave the solar panel on the parcel shelf.


    Cheers Craig.

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    Best bet to fit one in the boot, running a per live off of the rear fuse box like a lot have done, then you could put the panel on the rear shelve.

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    Yeh sorry about this, iv just literally found the how2 on fitting the spare socket to the boot. Looks perfect for what I want. Although this is ignition switched I need to find a way to make it permanent.
    Last edited by craig20102010; 23rd December 2012 at 22:22.

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    We covered this very subject not too long ago in this thread :

    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showth...in-boot-needed

    The basis was my How2 for the boot socket, but with a change to the fuse point you see in his pics for permanent live as opposed to the ignition live I used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handyandy-UK View Post
    We covered this very subject not too long ago in this thread :

    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showth...in-boot-needed

    The basis was my How2 for the boot socket, but with a change to the fuse point you see in his pics for permanent live as opposed to the ignition live I used.

    Yeh thanks for that. Very helpful how2.

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    I'd be careful to use these solar panels, I used one and it killed my battery after about 6 to 7 weeks, best to disconnect your battery for this length of time if it's relatively safe where you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azacbr6 View Post
    I'd be careful to use these solar panels, I used one and it killed my battery after about 6 to 7 weeks, best to disconnect your battery for this length of time if it's relatively safe where you are.

    O right. I was going to see what the voltage was tomorrow in the light. But this is designed for charging car battery's and has a diode in it to prevent back charging from the battery to the solar panel at night.

    So basically when ever the battery is at a higher voltage it shouldn't be discharging to the solar panel which should be the only way it can destroy the battery.

    Certainly something to consider though. Thanks. Where did you get your solar panel from?

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    Maplin, good charger also designed for car charging with the diode to prevent back charging, it's a 1.8w 12v ideal for trickle charging (so they said). I also tried a 2.4w which worked alright at the beginning but started getting behind the charging until battery was flat. Still have the car off the road but now battery disconnected.

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    This doesn't sound good lol. So surely the car would be able to sit for 4 weeks and not have a flat battery. You've made me think now lol. Might test it on a 12v battery that's not connected to anything and see how that does over a few days. See if it looses charge rather then sustains it.

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    Well iv just tested the solar panel I had and its giving off 18v at some brighter points which is not ideal at all for charging a car battery. It will end up over heating but it only needs to be overcast and it will easily produce 15v

    Off to maplin i went and bought a voltage regulator for use with solar panels and car batteries even though I shouldn't really need one as this is what the panel was designed for.

    Its all wired up now and didn't have chance to really test it but when the panels producing enough power there's a yellow led to say its charging (anything below 13.4v) then once it's fully charged (anything above 14v) it stops charging the battery.

    The total draw from this little item is only 2.5ma so will be fine while its dark or while the panels in use.

    See what happens tomorrow and try get some photos.

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