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I recently acquired a 2016 Kia Soul. This will be a vehicle that is only used occasionally. In the past, I kept the battery of such cars charged with a trickle-charger plugged into the cigarette lighter jack. This car has such jacks but I find they are only active when the key is in accessory or run position. I need a way to get a direct connection to the battery from inside like my previous cars. Can someone tell me how to do this with the Soul?

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I recently acquired a 2016 Kia Soul. This will be a vehicle that is only used occasionally. In the past, I kept the battery of such cars charged with a trickle-charger plugged into the cigarette lighter jack. This car has such jacks but I find they are only active when the key is in accessory or run position. I need a way to get a direct connection to the battery from inside like my previous cars. Can someone tell me how to do this with the Soul?

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"Trickle charger" as they were called many years ago could wreck a battery if left on too long.

Battery Tenders are the later technology - they can be left on the batter indefinitely as they are electronically regulated.

If you have things such as security etc. then best to get a battery tender at least 1A.

I used a cord with a quick connect attached to my battery making it easy to put it on the tender while in the car.






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The one I have has a regulator to prevent over-charging. The battery in my previous car was 6 years old and still worked fine.

I don't want to have to open the hood to make a connection. Before I had a window rolled down just enough to pass the cord through.
This worked well and is what I want to do again.
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all the asian cars we've owned, Honda, Toyota, Mazda (back in the 90's), Kia, the cigarette light goes off when the engine is off.

you'll have to get a battery tender/charger that clamps directly onto your battery terminals.
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I don't want to have to have the hood up in the weather so I don't think this is a satisfactory solution.
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I don't want to have to have the hood up in the weather so I don't think this is a satisfactory solution.
You can't charge the battery from the cig lighter. Hooking a battery tender to your battery is the only way. Sorry if this is not a satisfactory solution...
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I don't want to have to have the hood up in the weather so I don't think this is a satisfactory solution.
If you've ever seen the wires that feed a cigarette lighter receptacle, you'll understand why it probably isn't a good idea to backfeed power through them to the battery. They're quite thin. Kinda like people who think it's a good idea to power their homes by backfeeding generator power into their main electrical panel through a dryer receptacle. It may or may not work, but it's definitely a fire hazard.

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If you've ever seen the wires that feed a cigarette lighter receptacle, you'll understand why it probably isn't a good idea to backfeed power through them to the battery. They're quite thin. Kinda like people who think it's a good idea to power their homes by backfeeding generator power into their main electrical panel through a dryer receptacle. It may or may not work, but it's definitely a fire hazard.

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Back when they were actually used for cigarette lighters the wire was pretty heavy because a cigarette lighter draws a lot of current to heat up in seconds. Since smoking is less common now a days they are mostly used for low power devices. In fact, the Soul I got didn't even come with a lighter. But this charger is a low-current device- just use to replace the charge a battery loses when sitting. I think it's rated at 1-amp max.
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