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post #1 of 12 Old 11-26-2012, 06:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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I have a 05' 612, that I'm putting up in the garage for winter. I was looking into trickle chargers? Any advice on which one to get also where does the trickle charger connect is their an outlet in the trunk or do I use a non-Ferrari trickle charger and simply connect to the terminals in the front of the car as if I were j ping the car?

I was told that there is an outlet in the trunk to plug. To haven't been able to locate it. Thanks for the help in advance and also any info on the preferred trickle charger will be greatly appreciated

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post #2 of 12 Old 11-26-2012, 06:58 AM
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The CTEK 3300 is a good choice. The package includes a pigtail you can attach to the battery terminals which is ideal for year round use. The 7002 is a more featured charger but should be used with caution because of the restore capability.
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I have CTek MX 3.6 for the F cars and all the bikes. Never had a problem with any.

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Izzy- Early 612s like yours had an optional, very expensive Zivan battery charger that came in a Schedoni case and had built in connectors for the battery. Later 612s (late summer 07 approximately) came with a standard CTEK battery charger with a connector in the trunk.

Ferrari sells an accessory CTEK charger in red with Ferrari markings for ~$200, but for $70 or so you can get the same charger without the red paint. The other CTEKs recommended are higher performing than the late OEM chargers and have proven very reliable.
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Thanks Taz, this was the information and drawings I needed. The trickle charger you recommended has alligator clamps, I haven't checked the socket area in the trunk yet. I'm assuming there is a plug in socket (pin socket) or are there actual battery terminals that the alligator clamps attach to. If it is a socket with pins for plug then does the recommended charger ctek, have some adapter?

I'm at work, so once I get done I'll take a look, hopefully the charger is in the luggage compartment with the car cover etc etc as we.l.

Thanks again, izzy
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Izzy- The connectors were only supplied when the Zivan charger was ordered as an option on early 612s, so there will most likely be no factory connectors on your car. If you look at the CTEK 3300 above, you can see that there is a plug for the wall connector and then another plug that allows you to use the alligator clamps or a battery connection.

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Taz,

I bought a factory charger for my 360. It required the addition of a pigtail adaptor which I got from Ferparts.

Does the 612 use something similar? If so, it was a VERY inexpensive way to add the original (about 1/4 of the OEM cost).

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David- Do you mean you bought a factory Zivan or a factory CTEK? The Zivan connectors are fairly simple to install and, if you got a good deal on the charger, can cost way less than the $880 or so for the factory option.

I have a Ferrari CTEK in a Schedoni charger case, so mine is a hybrid. Never use it anyway, unless I will be gone over 2 weeks.

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David- Do you mean you bought a factory Zivan or a factory CTEK?.
Taz, I bought a Zivan with the leather case, cables, and the instruction booklet (usually missing). With the pigtail it was $400. List price on the charger as an option was over $1200.

You are correct, the pigtail took all of ten minutes to install.

However, I use a Deltran charger on all my cars, they work great and you can't beat the price!

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I checked and as expected no plug in socket as you mentioned Taz. So then how does one connect to the trickle charger? By connecting to the terminals under the hood that are for jumping the car? It doesn't seem that one can connect to the battery directly in the trunk due to the electronic panel that connects to the battery.

Sorry for all the questions, the dealer kept saying there is a socket to plug into thus confusing things more.

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Izzy- You connect the cable shown above to the battery terminals and then run the connector to someplace where you can connect the charger. On the Maranellos, that was under the hood, but since your battery is in the trunk, you should be able to snake it somewhere you can reach it.

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My 612 had the Zivan option but no charger. I assumed all 612's had the trunk outlet.

Someone before my ownership had sticky fingers.

I would get the Ferrari charger - 612's are sensitive to CEL's.
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