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I read:

- a pulse charger/tender/maintainer is “better” (I don’t remember in what way) than a constant trickle charger.

- CTEK, PulseTech and Deltran are quality brands for battery maintenance.

- MB labeled devices for seasonal use vehicles are made by CTEK, if that’s an endorssement.

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I like my Deltran . Use it on my BMW r1200 gs Motorcycle. I would recommend theirs.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Deltran-Bat...frcectupt=true

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You will find CTEK chargers at MB, BMW and Porsche dealers for three times the price for the logo.

I use two CTEK MUS4.3 chargers. Pulse function "exercises" battery simulating normal daily use.

For backup I keep NAPA branded 10 A dummy charger. Smart chargers don't work on completely discharged batteries.

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with the evolution of battery compositions the past decade(s) or so, what is
important is to match the charger with the battery type. if you're getting AGM
or spiral wound or gel or lithium (you get the idea) it no longer becomes a
one-size-fits-all when it comes to proper charging. investing in a higher tech
battery means using the correct charger in order to maintain proper health.
read up on the manufacturer's recommendation

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I was considering CTEK till someone brought me a dead one, for me to find out what was going on. It was slightly bulged, and no sign of life at all. Maybe some quality control issue. Ended up in the garbage bin.
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I was considering CTEK till someone brought me a dead one, for me to find out what was going on. It was slightly bulged, and no sign of life at all. Maybe some quality control issue. Ended up in the garbage bin.
They do get hot. I wish bottom part was made out off aluminum to act as heat sink. Newer ones simply back off charging current when they get too hot.

Still, for safety any charger needs to be placed in ventilated area outside of vehicle.

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I was thinking about opening a new thread but this seems sort of related, issue is not with my car but a friend of a friend lol.
Same thing, after the vehicle sits about 2.5 to 3 months, no juice in the battery and even with a new battery he gets “Remove Key” error which I never seen before, any ideas?
It is a 2001 E320
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I was thinking about opening a new thread but this seems sort of related, issue is not with my car but a friend of a friend lol.
Same thing, after the vehicle sits about 2.5 to 3 months, no juice in the battery and even with a new battery he gets “Remove Key” error which I never seen before, any ideas?
It is a 2001 E320
It is probably a good idea to start a new thread, because the problem you mention is more likely an issue with ESL / EIS which the 1996 E320 does not have (infra red signaling between the key fob and the ignition switch).

Is the steering locked ? can the key be removed and reinserted ? Does the car crank and start ?
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The new K40 arrived today and within a few minutes, the module was installed and the car started right up! Yay!!

A special "Thank you!" to mrboca and Witek_M for all of your help, links to schematics and patience in walking me through the troubleshooting. We isolated the problem to the K40, proved that the K2 relay was bad and replaced the defective part. I learned a lot along the way. And I'm especially glad that it wasn't the CPS sensor -- I still can't find the darn thing!
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