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Starting with charger attached

spandit

Trekker
I've got a CTEK battery conditioner currently topping up my Defender whilst I battle with starting problems. Is it ever safe to try starting the car with the charger installed, or should I disconnect it? Is just switching it to standby sufficient?
 
I've only got a cheapo battery charger and I have never worried about disconnecting it when starting and although the meter goes a bit mad I ain't blown it up yet, although it probably isn't very good practice:eek:

cheers, Tim
 
As said, remove one of the leads, as when you start the vehicle, you are drawing a high ampage, and as such may damage the charger, or not get enough to actually start the vehicle....
 
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