SORTED Battery chargers ...

Discussion in 'Mech Tech' started by Dub and Dubber, Nov 20, 2023.

  1. Dub and Dubber

    Dub and Dubber Supporter

    I've read several comments way back, but didn't take them in ...
    Which battery charger would you use / have you happily used to keep a starter battery or leisure battery topped up?
    FWIW this is probably going to be for "free-standing" mainly.
    Thanks :)
  2. CTek. End thread.

    When you're free-standing, do you go for one hand on hip, or the full Rik Mayall leer?
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2023
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  3. Zed

    Zed Gradually getting grumpier

    Solar panel on roof for leisure, nothing for the starter one, just be sure you have no drains on it.
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  4. Dub and Dubber

    Dub and Dubber Supporter

    If I can manage both at once then that's what I aspire to ;)
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  5. Or just connect the batteries straight to the mains, for a quick charge :thumbsup:
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  6. Dub and Dubber

    Dub and Dubber Supporter

    Sorry, I should have given a bit more "back story" ... I have a spare redundant starter battery thanks to a bit of dodgy practice courtesy of one rogue technician in an orange taxi :mad: Ten months of chipping away at various parties has drawn a blank so I'm trying to "move on" by using it as a "test-hub" for DIY VAWT.
    The charger is to keep it healthy during the many pauses involved :rolleyes: hence the free-standing ......
  7. Dub and Dubber

    Dub and Dubber Supporter

    :don’t approve::rolleyes:
  8. Instead of "moving on", why not try "moving on up"? Or even "getting on down"?
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  9. docjohn

    docjohn Supporter

    I did a product review on my Absaar Pro4 battery charger nearly 3 years ago. Still using it and still like it.
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  10. mikedjames

    mikedjames Supporter

    Nordelettronica 12A mobile home charger / maintainer . Installed inside the bus / building rather than in the engine bay. Silent. No fan. Disconnects itself from the battery when the mains goes off.

    Also from 12voltplanet.

    A small Ctek will do if all you want is to keep it charged. Or actually a 10w solar panel and a diode without a regulator will trickle charge a car battery at under 1 amp forever without damage..

    Avoid the middle of LIDL style chargers .. quite good spec but .. they can suffer from condensation buildup inside their "waterproof" cases which eventually causes the mains to start dissolving components before they go bang.
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  11. bluerustybucket

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  12. Dub and Dubber

    Dub and Dubber Supporter

    :hattip:Not heard of them ...
    PS any "brake" ING news from Nottingham :)
  13. Dub and Dubber

    Dub and Dubber Supporter

    Nordelecttronica probably a bit too good/££ for this ... Good heads up on the condensation factor :thumbsup:
  14. Dub and Dubber

    Dub and Dubber Supporter

    "Carpe Diem" ... About to nab one. :hattip:
  15. 0.8A is pretty weedy. It'll take an eternity to charge a battery. Go for the 5A one.
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  16. mikedjames

    mikedjames Supporter

    That Ctek trickle charger at Black Friday prices looks good.

    If your wind turbine works then you wont be needing more than a trickle charge off the mains while between experiments.
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  17. vinnyboy

    vinnyboy Supporter

    I’ve got a couple of Ctek chargers. Reviews were good. Seem to work well and are of very good quality. Good price from Halfords with a discount/trade card.
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  18. "Friday of Colour", surely?
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  19. Dub and Dubber

    Dub and Dubber Supporter

    The deed is done ... Yes, 0.8 all I'll need I think.

    Thanks all!
  20. mikedjames

    mikedjames Supporter

    Even a 120AH battery will charge up in 120/0.8 = 150 hours or 6.25 days...

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