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Give me your recommendations for battery chargers!

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08 Jul 2019 13:01 #31550 by Tyler
Real tired of tracking down one of the shop chargers when I need one. :angry: Something I can keep on my bench when a dead/dying battery comes along. Preferably in my toolbox so it's not out in the open. Starting assist and AGM aren't required, but definitely a plus.

I had something like this in mind, but I don't have any practical experience. Always used whatever wheeled charger the shop has available.

www.tooltopia.com/schumacher-sc1308.aspx



What's your go-to battery charger? All suggestions are welcomed. :)

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08 Jul 2019 16:19 - 08 Jul 2019 16:20 #31555 by Andy.MacFadyen
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I like the spec of that one and it gets good reviews on Amazon --- Can't comment on other chargers avaiable at your location but I bought a nice little 4 amp fully automatic charger for the bench top and love it, I hardly ever use my wheeled charger these days . It automatically tests and selects the correct charging mode and test the battery before charging I have no issues about letting do the business unattended as I know it will never over charge the battery and cut out if it is shorted. and it has a desulphation mode to recover deeply discharged and damaged batteries. . The desulphation mode seems to work as afterwards the batteries show better results on the tester.

One feature to look out for is if the charger resets automatically if it accidentally unplugged or the power goes down

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08 Jul 2019 17:02 #31562 by PDM
I use a 2 bank battery tender to keep things alive.

For quick charging, I really like my Schumacher 10a ship n shore
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09 Jul 2019 10:42 #31596 by Tyler
Thanks, guys. Do you ever find yourself missing a faster charging rate? Or 10/15 usually enough for your purposes?

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09 Jul 2019 11:44 #31600 by PDM
It’s quick enough. Only time I want more is for a big cranking box

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10 Jul 2019 21:40 #31698 by Tutti57
I use a Black and Decker auto charge deal. It has a jump mode but it's never been enough when I've needed it. That's when I roll a big one over or grab a jump box.

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16 Jul 2019 13:31 #31852 by Andy.MacFadyen
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I really do anything to avoid using my wheeled charger I have a 780CCA 74ah battery that I keep charged and handy for jump starts.

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17 Jul 2019 07:37 #31878 by Tyler
Everyone's suggestions and advice is appreciated. :cheer: Ended up on the Mac Tools truck last night, bought the MT6340:



Got it in green. B) We'll see how well it works out.

For anyone interested, I'm pretty sure it's based on this Solar PL2320:

www.amazon.com/dp/B007ESQW08/ref=psdc_15707061_t1_B01N1G46XV
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17 Jul 2019 09:00 #31881 by Andy.MacFadyen
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Like that :-)

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17 Jul 2019 09:07 #31882 by PDM
Looks great!

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20 Jul 2019 10:40 #31990 by gav09
Those are good chargers. I use the blue point version

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21 Jul 2019 17:20 #32035 by Tyler
First usage, '08 Escape with a battery complaint. I put the new charger on it, and within five seconds, the 'Charging Complete' light comes on. :huh: 100% charged, supposedly.

Open circuit voltage is 10.5V. Dead cell. :silly: Seems like the charger figured it out pretty quickly? But what it tells you on the display is a bit misleading. Maybe it spells that out in the manual...

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