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Hello All,

I am new here and its my first post

I bought new Mercedes Benz E300 few months back.

My concern is that I travel a lot due to WORK and for long durations.
My car is parked in my apartment parking for long time. Initially it was just parked for 2-3 weeks MAX as i would return from work trip and again enjoy driving my car.

But recently I am away from home for over ONE & HALF month and i will only go back home after another 10 days. So i will go back after 2 months.

My concern is car battery will die soon due to this FREQUENT idle state.

Can you advise me any solar panel that I can attach my car too? I live in Dubai and there is plenty of sunlight (more than plenty actually )

Will it be any good if i connect it to SOLAR BATTERY charger and leave?
Can you please advise if any of you have used any such product and which one might be good.

I contacted my showroom here and they STRONGLY advise against disconnecting the battery. Further they dont have SOLAR CHARGERS (i will order online).
The parking in apartment dont have power outlets so this is my only option.

Please help.

Thanks and sorry for making you read such a long post.
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Parking in an apparment dont have sun either.

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Parking in an apparment dont have sun either.
My apartment has no reserved spot for parking so i am not bound to park at a certain spot. Further it is not BASEMENT parking. It is Ground 1, 2 parking plus open air parking.

All parking floors gets sun in the corner lanes for good few hours of the day.

Also i can park in the open air parking spot which gets LOADS of sun but can also FRY the solar panels (if you know what i mean).

I dont know if i can actually explain you any better but there are two options to get parking, one gets partial sun from early morning hours and one spot can get sun all day long.
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Partial sun seems the best option, you do not want to bake the car as well. But I have never seen a solar powered trickle charger, maybe over the internet.

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Partial sun seems the best option, you do not want to bake the car as well. But I have never seen a solar powered trickle charger, maybe over the internet.
Sorry for being novice but what is the solar powered trickle charger
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I just looked on the yahoo search and there are quite a few companies doing these units, here is one link;

Solar Car Battery Charger | Buy Solar Car Battery Chargers | FREE UK DELIVERY

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And some of them simply plug into the cigarette lighter

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Sorry for being novice but what is the solar powered trickle charger
Normal battery chargers can run at full power and are only used to boost a battery for starting purposes over a short period. But you are away for very long periods so a slow trickle charge is what the battery needs, basically just keeping it active and topped up.

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Do you know how much VOLTS or WATTS i will need?
There are products with different specification.
Which one is correct for my car?
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Although I am in China I am from the UK so I use the yahoo UK search engine. But if you use a local search engine maybe you could buy one quickly and easily in your own location. The uk search engine lists many companies who make or sell these.

Trickle Charger, Trickle Chargers - The latest and greatest

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