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Title: 1994 Chevy G20 Van - Battery dying
Post by: Kspr030 on February 19, 2017, 10:20:15 PM

It got a new battery installed in my 1994 Chevy G20 Van just a few months back.
During the winter I only drive it like once a month and recently have not driven it for longer than an hour every 2-3 weeks really.
I do switch off all electronics, lights and unplug any chargers etc

However, the battery keeps dying.

I was thinking maybe the after market installed key less entry may drain battery perhaps?
Anything else I should be aware off?

While at it, I do have this Solar Battery Charger: http://www.batterychargers.com/solar/
Should I plug that in and have it sit there (for few weeks potentially)?
I don't want it to over charge either. Not sure how to manage that

thanks for all the help
Title: Re: 1994 Chevy G20 Van - Battery dying
Post by: Len and Jo on February 20, 2017, 09:06:00 AM
The small solar chargers are usually in the 10-15 watt range and will not over charge a battery.  It also might not keep up with what ever is draining your starting battery. 
Title: Re: 1994 Chevy G20 Van - Battery dying
Post by: ManWonder on February 22, 2017, 10:30:16 AM
i hooked up a 70watt foldable solar panel i found on ebay to a battery tender made for solar and it works great for keeping my battery charged. I place the solar panel in the windshield kind of like a sunshade.
Title: Re: 1994 Chevy G20 Van - Battery dying
Post by: aquadave on March 25, 2017, 09:55:28 AM
is it the truck or the house battery?
Title: Re: 1994 Chevy G20 Van - Battery dying
Post by: Kspr030 on March 25, 2017, 12:45:26 PM
I have only 1
Title: Re: 1994 Chevy G20 Van - Battery dying
Post by: Kspr030 on March 25, 2017, 12:47:15 PM
i hooked up a 70watt foldable solar panel i found on ebay to a battery tender made for solar and it works great for keeping my battery charged. I place the solar panel in the windshield kind of like a sunshade.

I got one too and I figured it does work to keep it charged. But if your battery is dead, it wont work. It apparently needs some bit of battery to have the cig port to work and so be able to charge it.