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Old 15th December 2020, 12:33 PM
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Having not even started mine for a while I decided today to see if the AA large solar panel had been doing it's job and keeping the battery alive.
It started fine.
It's been a month, though very little sun and very low when it is out so I did another check. Presumably the worst time for solar panels until we're well into February.

Voltage on the battery was below 12V but it did start quickly despite turnover being a bit sluggish.
Left it running for quite a while to get thoroughly warmed up and blow some dry air through the cabin.
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2016 Volvo V40 T5 Cross Country (4WD) with ALL the toys including adaptive cruise etc. etc. Osmium Grey with Blonde/Charcoal leather interior. Polestar performance "optimisation". (A much rarer model than a D2 S8 by the way!)
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1998 D2 PF S8. AgateGrey/Platinum. Every option (I think) except electric rear seats, tiptronic steering wheel, ski hatch, towbar & dimming door mirrors.
e.g. Cruise control, NavPlus/TV, Bose, GSM, Xenons, Solar roof, Parking sensors, Alcantara/leather everywhere of course. (internal dimming mirror added later)
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Old 8th April 2021, 05:07 PM
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Voltage on the battery was below 12V but it did start quickly despite turnover being a bit sluggish.
It's been a while and it's been on SORN for over 6 months now, with the big AA solar panel plugged in.
That seems to look after the battery to some extent, but not completely, enough to keep the basic electrics (locking, radio codes etc.) alive for sure over winter.

I have connected an external charger just once in those 6 months and run the engine 2 or 3 times, more to blow its cobwebs out than for the battery.
To be honest I'm not sure the battery is in tip-top condition despite being relatively new. I think it's a Halfords/Yuasa that others have had issues with.

Today I have connected a charger again just to make sure the battery is back up to starting power. It's my birthday this weekend so I might just have a little run round the block.....
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2003 D2 FL S8. Irish Green Pearl/Beige. Solar sunroof, auto-dim mirrors, electric rear seat functions, ski hatch retrofit; extended leather. Aftermarket DVB-T, reversing camera and full XCarlink (Bluetooth etc.).
2016 Volvo V40 T5 Cross Country (4WD) with ALL the toys including adaptive cruise etc. etc. Osmium Grey with Blonde/Charcoal leather interior. Polestar performance "optimisation". (A much rarer model than a D2 S8 by the way!)
Finally: gone, but not forgotten.....
1998 D2 PF S8. AgateGrey/Platinum. Every option (I think) except electric rear seats, tiptronic steering wheel, ski hatch, towbar & dimming door mirrors.
e.g. Cruise control, NavPlus/TV, Bose, GSM, Xenons, Solar roof, Parking sensors, Alcantara/leather everywhere of course. (internal dimming mirror added later)
1998 (very early) Ford Focus 1.8 Zetec; ABS/TCS, Heated screen/mirrors, Aircon, Auto-dim mirror, Leather, Trip computer, Cruise control, OEM Ford SatNav with CD changer.
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