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Old 10-04-2010, 04:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Daox View Post
...not put the charger in the engine bay due to heat.
I had considered that, and figured that since most of the actual operation of the charger would occur at night w/ the engine off it might be ok.

BUT...the engine bay idea didn't work out anyway (I should have expected as much with an econobox). I mounted it right in front of the driver's side front tire, in the bumper cavity where cold air intakes are usually designed to run. I was shocked by how clean it was in there. I think I introduced the first dirt that area had seen in its 7+ years.

Maybe I've misunderstood the instructions, but it seems when I kill 120V power to the unit, under charging mode, it will stay in charging mode, with the cooling fan running, until I remove the 12V clamps. However, if I just attach the 12V clamps to the unpowered unit, just the trickle charge light will come on. I guess I'll just install an in-car switch to kill the 12V side..?
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