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CLS Get an Early Xmas Pressent

Discussion in 'Electrics, Vacuum, Ignition and ECU' started by whitenemesis, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. whitenemesis

    whitenemesis Senior Member

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    The CLS does not get out and about as much as it should really and I keep getting the consumer off-line message, so I have just bought it a Ctek MSX5.0 charger from Amazon. 1/3rd the price MB are asking for the same unit with their label on it!
    MB advise Ctek (well, actually they advise only their "own" chargers..) because of the very low ripple current these units deliver. Apparently poor quality charger current can adversely affect the car's systems.
    I plan to connect directly to the rear battery using Ctek's convenience connector, leaving it permanently installed. Then I can simply plug the charger into the connector as and when required. The convenience connector has a traffic light indicator of battery condition, so a quick look into the boot will tell if charging is needed. The Ctek works out the best charging mode to use :cool:

    Hopefully this will maintain the car's electrics in the best of health :)
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    Nice to know that you have one but the simplest of chargers cannot hurt anything as the battery is no more than a giant cap across it, I guarantee that if you joined a scope up to a simple charger coupled to a battery it would be impossible to see anything in the way of ripples or anything else
     
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    whitenemesis Senior Member

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    That links to a thread over 5yrs old!

    The Ctek is exactly what MB sell, the side labelling is unchanged on the official MB product.
     
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    Ctek for me...roll on the 25th...:lol:
     
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    Ctek versions now also come with convenience connector. :)
     
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    Do not forget that the positive terminal of the charger connects directly to the battery and the negative terminal goes direct to the body and not the negative post on the battery. This is so the control module knows its being charged and it can set the read out correctly.
     

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