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Connecting a battery tender

I just bought a Deltran Battery Tender for my '67 GTO. The instructions say to connect the negative terminal to the frame of the car. It would be simpler and more convenient to attach it to the negative battery terminal. Is there any reason not to do this?
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I've got mine connected to the battery terminals on my Goat and my Harley, no problem with either one.

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I always attach to something on the car that is grounded...
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Positive on battery first, negative anywhere else that won't cause a spark by the battery.
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I've got mine connected to the battery terminals on my Goat and my Harley, no problem with either one.

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Simply for safety. The fumes of a vented battery are flammable. Connecting the positive to the battery FIRST, then connecting the negative to an engine or chassis ground last, will move the possible spark away from the battery fumes.



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Same on my GTO, Corvette, Javelin, and the wife's Mazda6 when we're away for long periods of time.

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Thanks for all the replies. I used the cable with ring terminals that are bolted on to make a semi-permanent installation so all I have to do when I reconnect it is to connect two plugs. That can actually be farther away from the battery than anyplace I could reach with the negative terminal.
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Same on my GTO, Corvette, Javelin, and the wife's Mazda6 when we're away for long periods of time.
You agree with which? Negative connected to the battery or elsewhere?

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You agree with which? Negative connected to the battery or elsewhere?
Quote didn't work out as expected...I also attached both leads directly to the battery and all my cars.

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