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Citroen C3: 12 V battery / Charging the battery using a battery charger

Citroen C3 2016-2021 Owners Manual / In the event of a breakdown / 12 V battery / Charging the battery using a battery charger

For optimum service life of the battery, it is essential to maintain an adequate state of charge.

In some circumstances, it may be necessary to charge the battery:

  • using the vehicle mainly for short journeys;
  • if the vehicle is to be taken off the road for several weeks.

Contact a CITROËN dealer or a qualified workshop.

Citroen C3. Charging the battery using a battery charger To charge the vehicle's battery yourself, use only a charger compatible with lead-acid batteries with a nominal voltage of 12 V.

Citroen C3. Charging the battery using a battery charger Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the charger.

Never reverse polarities.

Citroen C3. Charging the battery using a battery charger It is not necessary to disconnect the battery.

  • Switch off the ignition.
  • Switch off all electrical consumers (audio system, lighting, wipers, etc.).
  • Switch off charger B before connecting the cables to the battery, so as to avoid any dangerous sparks.
  • Ensure that the charger cables are in good condition.
  • Lift the plastic cover on the (+) terminal, if the vehicle has one.
  • Connect the cables of charger B as follows:
    • the positive (+) red cable to the (+) terminal of battery A,
    • the negative (-) black cable to earth point C on the vehicle.
  • At the end of the charging operation, switch off charger B before disconnecting the cables from battery A.

Citroen C3. Charging the battery using a battery charger If this label is present, use only a 12 V charger to avoid causing irreversible damage to the electrical components connected to the Stop & Start system.

Citroen C3. Charging the battery using a battery charger

Never try to charge a frozen battery - risk of explosion!

If the battery has frozen, have it checked by a CITROËN dealer or by a qualified workshop who will check that the internal components have not been damaged and that the container has not cracked, which would mean a risk of toxic and corrosive acid leaking.

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