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#4573540 - 11/14/17 08:28 AM Battery Chargers - Schumacher, Stanley, Peak
mjk Offline


Registered: 02/15/11
Posts: 1233
Loc: Wishin' I was in Wi
Hi,

It seems like the Schumacher brand doesn't get much respect, when doing a past search on this site.

Of those 3 brands (if all are indeed separate companies), which would you choose?

Looking for general charger, have some deep cycle marine batteries to maintain and any impending auto issues.

Thanks.

I currently have an older 6 amp Schumacher manual charger, just want to get something with a minimum of 10 amp charging.

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#4573551 - 11/14/17 08:37 AM Re: Battery Chargers - Schumacher, Stanley, Peak [Re: mjk]
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None of the above, although I still have an old Schumacher and its fine for what it is.

My current pick is a Prologix Solar smart charger/maintainer. Has a very good 7-stage charge/desulphate/maintain profile that has resurrected batteries that wouldn't hold a charge for more than a day using the old manual Schumacher.

Also if you choose to leave a battery on it for months at a time, it doesn't constantly apply voltage like a typical "maintainer," which can lead to sulphation. It just monitors most of the time, then periodically will put a light load on the battery for a while, then re-charge it.
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#4573554 - 11/14/17 08:38 AM Re: Battery Chargers - Schumacher, Stanley, Peak [Re: mjk]
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Registered: 10/22/09
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I've had my Schumacher for 12 years now not any problems. They have a pretty nice one at Walmart at the moment at least at my local store. Mine is 2/10 amp and an Auto/manual unit. The one at Wally world was pretty much the same $59.
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#4573556 - 11/14/17 08:39 AM Re: Battery Chargers - Schumacher, Stanley, Peak [Re: mjk]
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Registered: 02/19/13
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I bought a 6 amp Stanley last summer and it worked pretty good until my brother hooked it up backwards to a battery (supposed to be able to take it, obviously can't). So I ordered the ProLogix that 440Magnum posted above. Really like this charger!
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#4573563 - 11/14/17 08:42 AM Re: Battery Chargers - Schumacher, Stanley, Peak [Re: mjk]
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Registered: 06/22/16
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Loc: Watertown, NY USA
I have an older Schumacher buzz box identical to the one in the picture. I mostly just leave it on 10 amp mode, but sometimes use the 30/50 amp boost setting. It does the job for the most part. another bonus is if it's raining or snowing out and I need to charge a battery, I can just stick the charger under the hood. if I need more, I use the rolling battery charger that is 2/15/50/250 amp and 12v/6v. (Both chargers are fully manual, but I monitor both charging amperage and voltage)


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#4573564 - 11/14/17 08:43 AM Re: Battery Chargers - Schumacher, Stanley, Peak [Re: mjk]
Langanobob Offline


Registered: 04/24/09
Posts: 208
Loc: Reno, Nevada
Not on your list but I'm having good luck with BatteryMinder chargers (not to be confused with Battery Tender) They have settings for various battery types and a temp sensor that allows an internal circuit to adjust the charging rate to keep batteries from getting too hot while charging. They also have a desulfating mode that I question whether it actually works but they charge batteries very well. Adjustable for 2, 4, or 8 Amps which is a bit below your 10 Amp requirement.

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#4573573 - 11/14/17 08:48 AM Re: Battery Chargers - Schumacher, Stanley, Peak [Re: mjk]
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Registered: 09/27/15
Posts: 1416
Loc: USA
An old iron-core manual or semi-automatic Schumacher is good to keep in the garage because it is best at (attempting to) revive a battery that has been run down completely dead. The fancy digital stuff often refuses to charge at all. Maintaining a battery in storage is a different situation that calls for a completely different machine.

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#4573575 - 11/14/17 08:49 AM Re: Battery Chargers - Schumacher, Stanley, Peak [Re: mjk]
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I have experience with CTEK and Noco and have been happy with those.
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#4573593 - 11/14/17 09:04 AM Re: Battery Chargers - Schumacher, Stanley, Peak [Re: mjk]
mjk Offline


Registered: 02/15/11
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Does anyone know if the Stanley and Peak are actually Schumacher? Just throwing out some common brands that I see at Walmart, Menards, Fleet Farm, etc.

I have to admit that Solar Prologic is tempting.... if I could save some money and get a reliable unit with these other brands, I would probably go in that direction.

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#4573600 - 11/14/17 09:11 AM Re: Battery Chargers - Schumacher, Stanley, Peak [Re: 440Magnum]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10136
Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: 440Magnum
My current pick is a Prologix Solar smart charger/maintainer.


I'm looking for a good solar powered battery charger. So this one isn't solar powered even though it's in the name?

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#4573605 - 11/14/17 09:16 AM Re: Battery Chargers - Schumacher, Stanley, Peak [Re: mjk]
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Registered: 03/04/17
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Stanley is Stanley Black and Decker.
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#4573623 - 11/14/17 09:34 AM Re: Battery Chargers - Schumacher, Stanley, Peak [Re: mk378]
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Registered: 11/24/03
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Loc: Middle of Iowa
Originally Posted By: mk378
An old iron-core manual or semi-automatic Schumacher is good to keep in the garage because it is best at (attempting to) revive a battery that has been run down completely dead. The fancy digital stuff often refuses to charge at all. Maintaining a battery in storage is a different situation that calls for a completely different machine.


Pretty simple way around that. Wire a battery with some charge in it in parallel with the dead battery and charger. Let the charger start working, then after a few minutes remove the extra battery from the circuit. The charger will take it from there. You just need some initial voltage to get the charger going.
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#4573659 - 11/14/17 10:16 AM Re: Battery Chargers - Schumacher, Stanley, Peak [Re: StevieC]
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Registered: 08/18/09
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Originally Posted By: StevieC
I have experience with CTEK and Noco and have been happy with those.




+1. I own both, and both are good.
However, I prefer the CTEK, as I find it easier to use.
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#4573665 - 11/14/17 10:25 AM Re: Battery Chargers - Schumacher, Stanley, Peak [Re: mjk]
MolaKule Offline


Registered: 06/05/02
Posts: 19042
Loc: Iowegia - USA
I have had the Stanley 25 Amp/75 amp charger now for about three years and it has been very reliable.

I would never buy another Schumacher as I have had two them that have failed and their specs are over rated.

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#4573706 - 11/14/17 11:20 AM Re: Battery Chargers - Schumacher, Stanley, Peak [Re: SatinSilver]
440Magnum Offline


Registered: 02/01/09
Posts: 8754
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
Originally Posted By: 440Magnum
My current pick is a Prologix Solar smart charger/maintainer.


I'm looking for a good solar powered battery charger. So this one isn't solar powered even though it's in the name?


Correct. I don't know why they put 'Solar' in the name, maybe the company started out making solar chargers.
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