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battery charging
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I have been locked up for covid, went out to start the can and would not even turn over.
Went to connect the batter charger and the ground appears to be going to the live side of the bat!!????
I have a C-Tec mxs 7 charger but do i connect it. 
Would appreciate a quick and easy answer nothing tech just where to hook up the + & -
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(16-01-2021, 01:16 PM)hawkeyefxr Wrote:  I have been locked up for covid, went out to start the can and would not even turn over.
Went to connect the batter charger and the ground appears to be going to the live side of the bat!!????
I have a C-Tec mxs 7 charger but do i connect it. 
Would appreciate a quick and easy answer nothing tech just where to hook up the + & -

Hi 

Yes I know what you mean same here .....

Assuming you have a Berlingo B9 then if you look to the right hand side (looking directly at the battery) on the wing there is an earth lug that you can attach the black negative crocodile clip  

See attached screen clip from the owners manual describing it on page 155

Stupid design TBH really awkward to get the battery out if the battery needs an overnight trickle charge

see link here in case you have to remove battery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8w9uPZHc3mA 

WORD of CAUTION, 

if you elect to trickle charge overnight without removed the battery. Then the next day make sure the weather warms up before opening the bonnet to disconnect charger. Stating the latter as the soft foam near the hinges were stuck to the bonnet in my case and ended up being destroyed. 

Adding insult to injury, the little bif foam is 25 pounds a corner from the dealership day light rubbery for a bit of foam

Hope it helps
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#3
What gives you the idea that the ground is going to the live side? I also have a C-Tek MXS5 charger and if you connect it the wrong way round it will tell you by lighting up the '!' lamp when you plug it into the mains. The reverse polarity protection will ensure that the battery or the charger will not be damaged.

During lockdown I have given the XTR several 'maintenance charges'. I do not remove or disconnect the battery. I just open the car with the remote, open the bonnet and then re-lock with the remote. Wait 5 minutes before connecting the charger as @manuk says, red +ve clip to the front terminal on the battery and black -ve clip to the stud on the inside of the r/h wing. The charger mains lead is then plugged into an extension lead (fed up from under the car into the engine compartment) from the house (RCH protected circuit) and charging starts. The bonnet is then lowered gently but not fully locked down. This lets me lift it every so often to check the indicator lights on the charger. When charging is complete (which can take a few hours) the mains is unplugged and the charger and extn lead removed. After a further 5 minutes I then open the car with the remote and shut the bonnet down firmly. Not had a problem with this method since the six charges I have given it since March last year.

The Ctek chargers can be left connected and fired up all the time and will keep the battery charged so no need to take the battery out for an overnight trickle charge.
B9 (2016) 1.6 BlueHDi 100 Multispace XTR = Mine;   B9 (2013) Enterprise 1.6 HDi Van = Hers.
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Well, called Greenflag as i i had breakdown cover (i forgot about that). Breakdown van arrived a couple of hours after i called, fast i thought.
He connected a batter checker ir what ever it's really called, and it showed the battery was kaput. One new battery later and all running ok.

What really threw me was that the positive lead off the battery was BLACK!!. He showed me the earthing knob to clamp to for the earth.

Only thing is that as i have a Kenwood radio/Satnav installed i can't change the time or date.
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Does the satnav not set it's own date and time from the satellite signals?
B9 (2016) 1.6 BlueHDi 100 Multispace XTR = Mine;   B9 (2013) Enterprise 1.6 HDi Van = Hers.
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Not sure if it shows the date but it does set the time from my phone connection i guess.
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Am I the only one who wonders what this thread is actually about? The positive terminal is at the front of the battery. The negative goes to the passenger wing bolt. The positive is marked with a big + symbol, not being funny, but it's hard to miss.
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Are you psychic.  Big Grin


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Hmmmm I wonder sometimes...Big Grin
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(16-01-2021, 09:48 PM)Zion Wrote:  Am I the only one who wonders what this thread is actually about? The positive terminal is at the front of the battery. The negative goes to the passenger wing bolt. The positive is marked with a big + symbol, not being funny, but it's hard to miss.

It has been many many years since i got involved with anything mechanical/electrical on car. I had company vehicles all the time, i never had to look under the bonnet AT ALL.

My last owned personally car was a Triumph Dolomite, under the bonnet there was a battery with two terminal, one red, one black, simple.

I did own a 2013 Kia, there was never any NEED to look under the bonnet.

So with the Citroen looking at the battery it made no sense to me.

As for the ramble after about the date perhaps i should not have put that in.

At 72 i just want to drive the car not play with it, not enough life left to learn it all!

I hope this explains things and sorry for any trouble caused.
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