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Old 11-30-2023, 09:32 AM   #11
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This is a timely post as I need to go disconnect the battery in the 987 for the winter. I rent a garage spot in a condo building and I don't think there are any convenient outlets to plug into unfortunately.

Regarding covers, I ended up buying the Porsche outdoor cover even though the car is garaged.
You should take the older Porsche maintainer I have. I have no use for it now that I am getting a new one.
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Old 11-30-2023, 09:40 AM   #12
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I had good luck with the Porsche outdoor cover on the 987; I went through two of them in the 12 years I had the car, but given that I was using them outside getting 5-6 years out of them seemed reasonable.

Personally I’d probably just buy the Porsche indoor cover and be done with it.

And yeah on the 987; it will kill a battery in a few weeks if you don’t drive it or plug it into a tender. Fortunately swapping batteries is pretty simple but no reason to do that if you don’t have to.

You should take it to an audio shop and get the Porsche Classic unit installed over winter, though!
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Old 11-30-2023, 09:56 AM   #13
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OK, thanks everyone. I'll roll the dice with the Porsche cover. We'll see how that goes.
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Old 11-30-2023, 10:01 AM   #14
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You should take the older Porsche maintainer I have. I have no use for it now that I am getting a new one.
Sure if you definitely aren't going to use it. Thanks!

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I had good luck with the Porsche outdoor cover on the 987; I went through two of them in the 12 years I had the car, but given that I was using them outside getting 5-6 years out of them seemed reasonable.

Personally I’d probably just buy the Porsche indoor cover and be done with it.

And yeah on the 987; it will kill a battery in a few weeks if you don’t drive it or plug it into a tender. Fortunately swapping batteries is pretty simple but no reason to do that if you don’t have to.

You should take it to an audio shop and get the Porsche Classic unit installed over winter, though!
Ok yeah I will plan on taking it out for a spin tonight I guess. It's going to be tough to use the tender in my current parking situation but I'll poke around. Worst case is I just disconnect the battery.

Edit: and yes I need to find a solution for the Porsche Classic thing. There have been some very middling reviews, especially from folks with the Bose system, regarding sound quality issues so I want to make sure we do it right.

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Old 11-30-2023, 10:34 AM   #15
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I'm going on 4 years with the cover for the 991 and it looks brand new. I guess my experience is different. I use the ctek maintainer wired directly to the battery. For some reason the idea of charging through the cig lighter makes me uncomfortable.
Year two on mine and it is only used during the winter months when the 997 is thoroughly cleaned prior to storing.

Truthfully, I think some old flat bed sheets would do just fine, at least for my purpose of keeping the dust off a clean vehicle.
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Old 11-30-2023, 10:48 AM   #16
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Given my experience with the current Porsche indoor cover, I am more inclined to purchase one of the top three for the 992. Edit: I currently do not plan on covering it though as it will be a semi DD.
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Old 11-30-2023, 11:57 AM   #17
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I'm not a fan of the CTEK chargers - the buttons fail, rendering them useless.

I like the Noco chargers and jumper packs these days.

If you are JUST using it as a trickle charger, this is great:
https://www.amazon.com/NOCO-GENIUS1-.../dp/B07W46BX31

They make a lot of different variants, including higher amperage and multi-car charging. I have a couple of the GENIUS1, and a GENIUS10 for higher draw uses.
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Old 11-30-2023, 12:58 PM   #18
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I'm not a fan of the CTEK chargers - the buttons fail, rendering them useless.

I like the Noco chargers and jumper packs these days.

If you are JUST using it as a trickle charger, this is great:
https://www.amazon.com/NOCO-GENIUS1-.../dp/B07W46BX31

They make a lot of different variants, including higher amperage and multi-car charging. I have a couple of the GENIUS1, and a GENIUS10 for higher draw uses.
Interesting. Thanks.
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Old 11-30-2023, 01:40 PM   #19
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FC, #2 is produced by CTEK for all the European manufacturers. One is simply paying for the labeling/marketing from the manufacturer. I have used the one below on all my autos for years. No issues…

Edit: I have the indoor car cover from Porsche for the 997.2. I will not purchase another one for the Carrera T. They are not worth it… I purchased it from Suncoast. It is definitely nothing extravagant given what they cost.
Had a feeling it was a regular electronics company making the maintainers for Porsche. The "Porsche" name is an automatic 20% increase in price, LOL.

Never did quite understand why in the world people would pay extra for the brand name. That's like paying extra for BMW-labeled motor oil, when Castrol meets/exceeds the requirement at a far lesser price.

I suppose people do it because they have money to burn and they sleep better at night.



(Which reminds me. I better top off my tires with BMW-approved air due to the colder temperatures).

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Had a feeling it was a regular electronics company making the maintainers for Porsche. The "Porsche" name is an automatic 20% increase in price, LOL.

Never did quite understand why in the world people would pay extra for the brand name. That's like paying extra for BMW-labeled motor oil, when Castrol meets/exceeds the requirement at a far lesser price.

I suppose people do it because they have money to burn and they sleep better at night.



(Which reminds me. I better top off my tires with BMW-approved air due to the colder temperatures).


CTEK manufactures their tenders/chargers for Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Ferrari, Maserati, etc., and etc. You get the gist.

BTW, Castrol has not been the supplier for BMW OE motor oils for quite some time. Shell is the current supplier.

Edit: Perfect example of just how out of touchup I have become in regards to BMW, apparently they switched back to Castrol in 2021.
https://gearshifters.org/bmw/who-makes-bmw-engine-oil/
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