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*Battery Charger*
#1366097 Tue Jun 23 2020 04:38 PM
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My old charger went belly up so I'm in the market for a new one. Only had it for 20+ years so don't know why it stopped working. I think this time around I'd like to get a charger and tender all in one. Anyone bought a new 12V charger lately? Pro's and Con's please.


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Re: *Battery Charger*
olezippi #1366103 Tue Jun 23 2020 05:18 PM
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here are a few to choose from [amazon.com]
I have used a 6v Battery Tender Junior for many years.

Here is a higher-powered version that does 6v & 12v [amazon.com]. This is what I would now buy, if I needed one.


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Re: *Battery Charger*
olezippi #1366105 Tue Jun 23 2020 05:30 PM
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If you're looking for something with more power, I have a 12V/6V charger that does up to 12A, for both AGM and standard batteries. Also maintains.
It's a Schumacher SC1200A. I believe I paid about $40 for it at Wally World.

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Re: *Battery Charger*
olezippi #1366111 Tue Jun 23 2020 06:03 PM
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For a while at the shop, we had a Schumacher auto charger. Multiple voltages, multiple battery types, etc. Shut itself off when done. We liked it so much, we picked up another one. Those are in addition to the few big boys we have along with the industrial jump boxes, etc.

I liked the Schumacher work chargers so much, I got one for home.

Re: *Battery Charger*
olezippi #1366118 Tue Jun 23 2020 07:02 PM
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I like to buy a battery charger "by the pound"- - - - -there's no substitute for a big transformer and a good rectifier. The little portable chargers are OK for occasional use or topping off a low battery occasionally, but if you want to actually have one that can boost a dead vehicle or be used frequently, bite the bullet and get one with a full-sized cabinet and some wheels, and at least a 100 amp boost capability.
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Re: *Battery Charger*
olezippi #1366144 Tue Jun 23 2020 11:50 PM
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I had a Battery Tender on a '06 Corvette that I don't drive enough to keep the battery charged. It gave out a few month's past the warranty. I replaced it with a cheap appliance timer connected to a battery charger with an auto shut-off. Set it to run about 30-40 min every day. So far this set-up has lasted 5+ years. Ir I need the charger I just disconnect it from the timer.


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Re: *Battery Charger*
olezippi #1366146 Wed Jun 24 2020 12:18 AM
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Thanks for the info guys.


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Re: *Battery Charger*
olezippi #1366373 Thu Jun 25 2020 07:29 AM
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I also have a Battery Tender and it works fine.

Re: *Battery Charger*
olezippi #1366392 Thu Jun 25 2020 01:20 PM
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Spending winters in the south and summers in the north I have acquired a few battery’s that need tending (seven to be exact). I tried three of Harbor Freight’s version and tossed them out after getting back to dead battery’s. I ended up buying Battery Tender Juniors and have been using them successfully for two years. They have a 4.7 out of 5 star rating and comes with a five year warrantee.

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Re: *Battery Charger*
Phak1 #1366422 Thu Jun 25 2020 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Phak1
Spending winters in the south snd summers in the north I have acquired a few battery’s that need tending (seven to be exact). I tried three of Harbor Freight’s version and tossed them out after getting back to dead battery’s. I ended up buying Battery Tender Juniors and have been using them successfully for two years. They have a 4.7 out of 5 star rating and comes with a five year warrantee.
I've been leaning towards this one. Haven't pulled the trigger on anything yet. I need to take a look at Walmart, Autozone, etc. and see what they have in stock.


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