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Old Aug 12th, 2018, 12:48   #1
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If you've ever been in the situation where your battery has gone flat and you wished you'd done something about it before you've had to go grovelling under the car to attach a +ve jump lead to the starter motor live and any available earth just to get back in, then consider this "little" gem from Aldi.

I came across this more powerful unit earlier this week and so decided to replace my relatively low power output solar panel hooked up to the V70's constant boot live socket to keep the battery topped up, with this one from Aldi at 11.99.

https://www.aldi.co.uk/auto-xs-solar...76274130462400

Mine was delivered yesterday: on open circuit voltmeter it was kicking out 17.3V which dropped to 13.37V with supplied current showing as 0.29A when connected to the constant boot live under a clouded late afternoon sky.

I was so impressed at the output in low light levels I went to order another for my son's ragtop this morning (12/08/18), but apparently it is now sold out online.

However it is still currently available in their stores.

NB it is worth noting that there is an in-built diode protection circuit which prevents the unit acting as a current draw in darkness - so no overnight losses other than those from the alarm and Can-Bus monitoring systems which is what I'm trying to overcome in the first place!

It knocks spots off the others I've tried over the years; the only downside is that it is a little on the large side at 500mm x 350mm x 20mm but either horizontally or vertically mounted on a pair suction cup hooks it fits the rear or rear side windows of a V70 window without problem - so off to Aldi later today to get another one
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However it is still currently available in their stores.
Not in Huntingdon, Cambs, it isn't..
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Re the post above, I phoned Aldi customer services this morning as our local branch was also sold out.

It seems that they have sold out nationwide, but was assured that the Solar Battery Maintainer is a regular item and as it was last re-stocked in March it should appear again a few months on their email updates.

I've asked customer services to notify me directly when it is restocked and will post again if and when it does.

In the meantime my apologies for posting so enthusiastically about what must have been the last of the current stock.
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Re the post above, I phoned Aldi customer services this morning as our local branch was also sold out.

It seems that they have sold out nationwide, but was assured that the Solar Battery Maintainer is a regular item and as it was last re-stocked in March it should appear again a few months on their email updates.

I've asked customer services to notify me directly when it is restocked and will post again if and when it does.

In the meantime my apologies for posting so enthusiastically about what must have been the last of the current stock.
Thanks for the update - and no apologies, please - you did a worthwhile service and I for sure wants one - or two - err - three..
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EXACTLY, you let people know about the stronger, better example.

Now let's hope the stock orderers and manufacturers take notice and build more of the better ones and let the junky ones fade away.

This is what should happen but alas, there's a constantly renewed supply of poor people so cheap goods will always be made.

I remember seeing a few shops in the UK with astoundingly cheap stuff during my first trip over (1981). Today every town in the USA has such shops.
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