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Searched for info on this but could not find any...I own a BatteryMINDer Plus model 12118 AGM battery charger, which I used on my 2008 Toyota Prius to maintain the 12 volt battery. (Does anybody else have one, and know what I'm talking about?)

Does anybody know if this same charger will be ok to use on my new 2017 Chevy Volt? (I was thinking ahead, if for instance I went on a long vacation and wanted to trickle charge my 12 volt battery while I was gone) If so, I will keep it...if not, I will try to sell it.
 

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Give them a call. I burned out a very expensive aircraft battery with a "Battery TENDER" that was advertised on their website as suitable for such batteries. When I confronted them with the problem, they changed the website and denied that they'd ever recommended their charger for that purpose.

I then contacted BatteryMINDer, and was amazed how engaged and informed they were about "all things battery." They went the extra mile with me, pointed me to the right equipment, and encouraged me to call them back simply to discuss batteries. First rate outfit, and I'll bet they will give you all (if not more) the information about your application and their equipment that you could ever ask! And I now have two of their products that are designed for automotive applications.
 

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Your best bet is to check your battery to see if it is an AGM type. I say this because some manufacturers install different batteries for colder climates and Chicago may be one of them. If your battery is not AGM, you should get another charger since an AGM charger will charge and maintain at a higher voltage than what you want for a standard wet cell battery.
 

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Searched for info on this but could not find any...I own a BatteryMINDer Plus model 12118 AGM battery charger, which I used on my 2008 Toyota Prius to maintain the 12 volt battery. (Does anybody else have one, and know what I'm talking about?)

Does anybody know if this same charger will be ok to use on my new 2017 Chevy Volt? (I was thinking ahead, if for instance I went on a long vacation and wanted to trickle charge my 12 volt battery while I was gone) If so, I will keep it...if not, I will try to sell it.
Do you have a reason not to just leave the Volt plugged in? Even the Gen 1 (2013 and later) Volt itself will do its own minding of the 12V AGM for up to 30 days, just by being plugged into its normal supply.
 

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Whoops,mine noted above was a Battery Tender...Not Battery Minder....sorry for the confusion!
Good luck with those turkeys.
 

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JD4JC, Thanks...I will call BatteryMINDer and ask. I have not always had good luck with customer support, so that wasn't my first inclination.

I have no need at this point to leave my vehicle for any extended period of time, and probably won't ever have to leave it for more than 2 weeks. I'm thinking ahead, in case the situation ever becomes necessary. I read in various posts that some people seemed to favor not plugging the car in and putting the 12V battery on a trickle charger.

The most compelling reason, though, for my question is trying to decide if I should keep the thing or sell it. If it doesn't work for the Volt I will probably try to sell it on Prius Chat.
 

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would be better off with a Power port Volt meter.
 

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JD4JC, Thanks...I will call BatteryMINDer and ask. I have not always had good luck with customer support, so that wasn't my first inclination.

I have no need at this point to leave my vehicle for any extended period of time, and probably won't ever have to leave it for more than 2 weeks. I'm thinking ahead, in case the situation ever becomes necessary. I read in various posts that some people seemed to favor not plugging the car in and putting the 12V battery on a trickle charger.

The most compelling reason, though, for my question is trying to decide if I should keep the thing or sell it. If it doesn't work for the Volt I will probably try to sell it on Prius Chat.
Probably don't need it. If things change and you need to (for example) park the Volt unplugged for a few months, there's a little dance you can do to put the car into a "for-shipment" mode where it basically disconnected EVERYTHING internally that should handle pretty much everything except a 12-v with internal shorting. In which case you probably want a new battery anyway. :)
 
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