Win a high-tech battery charger!

If you’re not using your Porsche through the winter, it’s essential that you keep its battery charged. Modern 911s are notorious for draining batteries via their alarm and other circuits that remain live even when the car is locked.MXS 3600 Image larger still

We were caught out recently with a 996 that had a flat battery – because the luggage compartment (where the battery is kept) is opened via an electrically operated release, this meant applying a 12-volt supply to an emergency contact within the fusebox (in the driver’s footwell) to get into the boot.

Suitably caught out, we’re now using a CTEK Multi XS 3600 charger to keep the 996’s battery topped up. It’s an intelligent charger in that it monitors the battery and ensures that just enough charge is delivered as required, unlike basic chargers that constantly supply current to the battery. This means that the XS 3600 is safe to leave connected to the car and unattended for long periods. Find out more at 

The CTEK Multi XS 3600 costs £54.99 but we have five to give away. To be in with the chance of winning one, simply send your name and address to, marking your email ‘Charger giveaway’. The senders of the first five emails picked at random after the closing date of 14th January 2010 will each receive a prize charger.

Comments (2)

  • herman carstens

    Have 2003 996 turbo x-50 with 115,000 miles,mostly commuter miles in southern california. at approx. 90,000 mi. while at idle at mecanics shop, lost all coolant fluid. An aluminum tube became unglued from the manifold. Glued it back on, went merrilly on my way and few months later, noted large amount of steam out back, cruised into the Porsche dealer and deposited all my coolant on their parking lot. A second tube unglued. Bought all new parts-noted different color of glue, dropped the engine, replaced them. Since expect current glue to have limited life, have sent my old parts to be “tig” welded and will replace them in time. Read recent Excellence article discussing said problem with 996 gt2s and gt3s. Let me know if you are interested in more detail, thanks, Herman

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