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Battery Charger

Postby toayoztan » Sun Jun 09, 2013 4:11 am

Recommendations?

Looking for a decent standard battery charger for a car battery, eg optima, die hard, etc (not the odyssey batteries that require a special charger/trickle charger).

I'm looking at amazon at their options, and I've narrowed it down to 12 volt on the filter and 4+ stars lol.

Automated, I assume is a nice feature to have where I can hook it up and walk away without worrying about it later.

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Re: Battery Charger

Postby toayoztan » Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:05 pm

Come on guys, someone knows this stuff, especially on a car forum.

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Re: Battery Charger

Postby CMS-GT4 » Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:05 pm

Since my car is not driven a lot I got a battery tender just to keep it charged. I have a cheap $30 charger good for rapid charging. If you have the money to spend getting some sort of smart charger will pay off in the long run.
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Re: Battery Charger

Postby warracer » Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:27 pm

I use this one http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/4 ... ?locale=en

Its a more ''professional'' charger but its worth every penny, paid 120$ on sale. It charges extremely fast and is right on perfect voltage, its not an auto automatic charger (Since auto ones are waaay too sensitive to discharge and can call a brand new battery dead) , but it got a timer , I just always set it to 75% of the charge rate to avoid over-charging ...

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Re: Battery Charger

Postby CMS-GT4 » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:08 pm

I got the battery tender due to my other one over charging and ruining a new Odyssey battery. I am back to using optima though. Supposedly mine will prevent over charging, due to the reviews I have read.
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Re: Battery Charger

Postby sinerasis » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:21 pm

I've had a Shcumacher tender on a muscle car (regular lead acid battery) for several years now. The battery is always in great shape for yearly drives in the summer and starts right up. It's about the size of a chalkboard eraser. I leave the quick connect thing on the battery and it's a simple unplug and go... it does voltage monitoring and turns off and on as needed. It's been great as I never have to mess with it.

Also have a Shcumacher 10/2 amp 12v charger that my dad bought at some point that still works fine. It's a bigger thing, about the size of a battery itself, but have never felt the need to replace it since it keeps on working... on 10amp you can start a car after about 20 minutes or so I think.

Now that I think about it, I believe I have another Schumacher trickle charger that I rarely use. I guess that brand has done me well...
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Re: Battery Charger

Postby RedCelicaTRD » Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:11 am

I just use a 1.5A maintenance charger on all my stuff. I've got a Schumacher 5ish amp charger if I need something charged faster and it does just fine. If your not going to drive the car and just want to keep the battery fresh, something around an amp that will float will be all you need. They only cost around $35 and you can buy them just about anywhere.
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Re: Battery Charger

Postby YerRandO » Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:46 pm

I have heard good things about ctek might be worth a look :http://smartercharger.com/battery-chargers/
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Re: Battery Charger

Postby Hotrodhendrix » Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:42 pm

I just use an auto battery tender on my optima when I remember atleast. Lately I have driven it once or twice every few weeks so it hasnt been needed. Not sure of the brand. Just went to walmart and looked up reviews on what they had. Got the best available in front of me for 40 bucks or so I think. Has a quick disconnect which I like alot.

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Re: Battery Charger

Postby OptimaJim » Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:13 pm

Hi Bryan,

I noticed your question and wanted to offer some assistance. While we do have our own chargers, they aren't required to properly-maintain our batteries. In general, I would suggest units that are microprocessor-controlled and have specific settings for AGM (not gel) batteries. That should leave you plenty of options to choose from.

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Re: Battery Charger

Postby Meenya » Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:30 pm

YerRandO wrote:I have heard good things about ctek might be worth a look :http://smartercharger.com/battery-chargers/


+1 I have this one http://smartercharger.com/battery-charg ... 0US%203300
it has a few settings.
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Re: Battery Charger

Postby mike325ci » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:32 am

battery tender:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CI ... ecorgro-20

i have 3 of the battery tender juniors. doesn't overcharge batteries, works on regular lead acid, and glass mat (miata, odessey), and optima yellow and red top. has a nice quick disconnect wire you can use which i used to use to plug in the car when it was in the garage.
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Re: Battery Charger

Postby Impreza555 » Sat Sep 21, 2013 4:36 am

What's your budget?

I have Iotas at home for long-slow charging, and use Snap-Ons at work to get the job done.

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Re: Battery Charger

Postby Mafix » Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:45 pm

i use delran battery tenders for the celica and my bikes. they even come outdoor rated and waterproof.
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