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Smart charger for lead acid battery #4594230
12/04/17 06:27 PM
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92saturnsl2 Offline OP
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Can you folks recommend a good smart charger for charging automotive 12V lead acid batteries? I'll be charging starting and deep cycle batteries with it. Perhaps AGM batteries down the road, but right now I don't own any AGM.

I don't need some giant behemoth that can jump start a car, but output up to 20 amps or more would nice- needs to be a smart charger, one that is microprocessor controlled for setting the charging characteristics automatically. Any suggestions / info would be appreciated.


1985 F-250HD 7.5L 4x4 135k- Maxlife 15w-40 HDEO
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Re: Smart charger for lead acid battery [Re: 92saturnsl2] #4594246
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Solar ProLogix PL2320.


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Re: Smart charger for lead acid battery [Re: 92saturnsl2] #4594247
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Re: Smart charger for lead acid battery [Re: Quattro Pete] #4594251
12/04/17 06:48 PM
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Ontario, Canada
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Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
Solar ProLogix PL2320.


+1

Love these chargers, they are excellent.


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Re: Smart charger for lead acid battery [Re: 92saturnsl2] #4594252
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I've had good experiences with BatteryMinder chargers.

Re: Smart charger for lead acid battery [Re: Bluestream] #4594263
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StevieC Online content
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Originally Posted By: Bluestream


+1


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Re: Smart charger for lead acid battery [Re: OVERKILL] #4594266
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Originally Posted By: OVERKILL
Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
Solar ProLogix PL2320.


+1

Love these chargers, they are excellent.

Yes they are excellent, I have one as well.


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Re: Smart charger for lead acid battery [Re: Quattro Pete] #4594300
12/04/17 07:41 PM
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Nick1994 Online content
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Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
Solar ProLogix PL2320.
+1

Iíve got the PL2310 based on recommendations here. Works awesome. I didnít need 20 amps so I got the 10 amp model.


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Re: Smart charger for lead acid battery [Re: 92saturnsl2] #4594330
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Audios Offline
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https://smile.amazon.com/Schumacher-SC-1...umacher+charger

Ive had this one for over 2 years now at my shop, using it at least once a week, usually more, just for while working on the cars, or while scanning to give them a little boost. Its actually trickling an X5 all night tonight. The model before this one lasted me about 4 years, it had 3 stage charging while this only has 12 or 3amps. It does AGM or standard batteries as well. Not the fastest, but not that expensive. I also know Harbor freight just released a new line of charging and jumper packs, its only 15 amps. I can't comment on its quality though.
https://www.harborfreight.com/2815-amp-a...rger-63299.html


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Re: Smart charger for lead acid battery [Re: pcoxe] #4594331
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Upstate NY
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Originally Posted By: pcoxe
I've had good experiences with BatteryMinder chargers.


I have several BatteryMinder chargers and or maintainers.


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Re: Smart charger for lead acid battery [Re: 92saturnsl2] #4594349
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How about the SC-3? That one is 8amps, but it's only $30 and does regular, AGM and gel batteries. You don't really want one that's more than 10 amps anyway, 10 amps and less is a safe charging voltage.

https://smile.amazon.com/Schumacher-SC3-...=schumacher+sc3

Re: Smart charger for lead acid battery [Re: 92saturnsl2] #4594782
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Re: Smart charger for lead acid battery [Re: 92saturnsl2] #4595481
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I bought a Schumacher SC - 3 at Walmart recently. Works OK so far. I have a NOCO 3500 smart charger but it quit after a few years. I may have it repaired to have a backup charger.

Re: Smart charger for lead acid battery [Re: 92saturnsl2] #4601574
12/12/17 01:11 PM
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I see on the Clore Automotive website that they offer a PL2310, PL2320, Charge-It 4512 and 4520.

http://www.cloreautomotive.com/

I wonder if the Charge-It series would be as good as the PL series?

Re: Smart charger for lead acid battery [Re: Richie] #4601596
12/12/17 01:33 PM
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Valencia, CA
Richie Offline
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Just received an email from Clore and they said the Following:

The PL is a high end and the Charge It is more on the lower end of charger/maintainer

So, this pretty much answers my question that I would be better off with the PL series. Now just need to decide if I want the PL230 or the PL2320.

Originally Posted By: Richie
I see on the Clore Automotive website that they offer a PL2310, PL2320, Charge-It 4512 and 4520.

http://www.cloreautomotive.com/

I wonder if the Charge-It series would be as good as the PL series?

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