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#4654500 - 02/03/18 06:50 AM Which BatteryMinder?
Gebo Offline


Registered: 09/18/02
Posts: 2077
Loc: VA
I have done 30 minutes of Googling and decided the BatteryMinder seems to be the best "maintainer" I can get to use on my '05 LS430 which stays in my garage most of the time.

Should I get the 1500 or 1510? It looks like the only difference is the warranty. Or can you educate me?
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#4654511 - 02/03/18 07:10 AM Re: Which BatteryMinder? [Re: Gebo]
dschultz Offline


Registered: 01/14/06
Posts: 5
Loc: Virginia
They look the same, the 1510 seems to have an additional certification, that plus the longer warranty might mean high quality components.
I had two of the original model, 1.5A, wall wart design. Lost them both, not to failure, but friends/family!

I just purchased two CTEK models, the .8 A and the 4.3 A.
I like the CTEK connector better, I put the pigtail connectors on all three cars and my generator. makes it easy to disconnect.

The CTEK is not a wall wart design, it has a line cord and a battery cord.

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#4654512 - 02/03/18 07:12 AM Re: Which BatteryMinder? [Re: Gebo]
Nukeman7 Offline


Registered: 09/23/06
Posts: 237
Loc: Virginia, USA
Gebo, the 1510 model includes the pigtail accessory in addition to the alligator clips that comes with both models. I'd suggest getting the 1510 so that the quick connect pigtail (with ring terminals that go on the car's battery posts) can be left installed on the car. That way, you would not have to rely on the alligator clips from coming off the posts. The pigtail can also be purchased as an accessory for ~$10. I bought my BatteryMinder from Northern Tools and installed the quick disconnect pigtail on my motorcycle.


Edited by Nukeman7 (02/03/18 07:13 AM)

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#4654539 - 02/03/18 07:43 AM Re: Which BatteryMinder? [Re: Gebo]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20447
Loc: Upstate NY
I am a big fan of BatteryMinder products and have several. The 2012 has temp compensation for both hot and cold temps. It will do a better job in the dead of winter and heat of summer. The one you mentioned is good for a battery in the basement like a boat battery.
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#4654542 - 02/03/18 07:48 AM Re: Which BatteryMinder? [Re: dschultz]
Errtt Offline


Registered: 11/14/10
Posts: 2806
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: dschultz
They look the same, the 1510 seems to have an additional certification, that plus the longer warranty might mean high quality components.
I had two of the original model, 1.5A, wall wart design. Lost them both, not to failure, but friends/family!

I just purchased two CTEK models, the .8 A and the 4.3 A.
I like the CTEK connector better, I put the pigtail connectors on all three cars and my generator. makes it easy to disconnect.

The CTEK is not a wall wart design, it has a line cord and a battery cord.

I also have both of those CTEK models (.8a for the motorcycle - 4.3 for other needs) and never an issue.

I had a BatteryMinder before (think it was a 12248) and would have it on an AGM battery. But every time we had a power outage or a power sag I'd find afterwards on the Gel setting. Seems it didn't have the memory to come back on from last setting, or I had a faulty unit.

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#4654592 - 02/03/18 08:52 AM Re: Which BatteryMinder? [Re: Gebo]
vintageant Offline


Registered: 10/27/06
Posts: 427
Loc: Florida, USA
Have had one Battery Tender Jr. for about 15 yrs that is in use 3-4 days a week. Has never faltered.

Hope this post doesn't jinx!
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#4654608 - 02/03/18 09:05 AM Re: Which BatteryMinder? [Re: Gebo]
Langanobob Offline


Registered: 04/24/09
Posts: 208
Loc: Reno, Nevada
I have a very old BatteryMinder wall wart charger., plus two of the larger models. Not sure what the cost difference is but I highly reccommend the larger models over the wall wart. Much more versatile, they have settings for various battery types and will also charge batteries. They are excellent chargers/maintainers but I canít vouch for the claimed de-sulfating capability.

Downside is, like seemingly all of these devices, they are made in China.

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#4654760 - 02/03/18 11:15 AM Re: Which BatteryMinder? [Re: Gebo]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20447
Loc: Upstate NY
The whole battery sulfation story is good in theory, but hard to really tell. However keeping it maintained is much better than needing to desulfate it.

I do not discount it. Just not 100% convinced. Wish I had a battery with a clear case so I could watch.
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#4654877 - 02/03/18 01:06 PM Re: Which BatteryMinder? [Re: Gebo]
Pelican Offline


Registered: 11/28/12
Posts: 148
Loc: Ajax,Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: Gebo
I have done 30 minutes of Googling and decided the BatteryMinder seems to be the best "maintainer" I can get to use on my '05 LS430 which stays in my garage most of the time.
Should I get the 1500 or 1510? It looks like the only difference is the warranty. Or can you educate me?


As others have said go with CTEK these are smart tenders that will not overheat the battery, though not as critical as with an AGM or late model battery it'll keep the battery in much healthier state than a regular old-style tender. I have CTEK and love it, much better built that the competition.


Edited by Pelican (02/03/18 01:07 PM)

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#4654900 - 02/03/18 01:25 PM Re: Which BatteryMinder? [Re: Gebo]
Gebo Offline


Registered: 09/18/02
Posts: 2077
Loc: VA
So am I correct in understanding many of you think the CTEK is better than the BatterMinder? What makes it better?
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#4656809 - 02/05/18 10:37 AM Re: Which BatteryMinder? [Re: Gebo]
Smokescreen Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 3356
Loc: Alberta, Canada
CTEK is what I use...on vehicles that sit for a month in sub zero temps. I bought CTEK because they are trusted in industry with very expensive sports cars and other high performance machines that may sit for periods of time in between uses.

Never had an issue, works flawlessly.



Edited by Smokescreen (02/05/18 10:42 AM)
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#4659266 - 02/07/18 04:25 PM Re: Which BatteryMinder? [Re: Langanobob]
y_p_w Offline


Registered: 05/06/05
Posts: 3650
Loc: SF Bay Area
Originally Posted By: Langanobob
Downside is, like seemingly all of these devices, they are made in China.

Schumacher has a basic 0.75A maintainer that's assembled in Mexico. Nothing fancy but it does the job.

http://www.batterychargers.com/sc1/

I bought one for less than $10 at Walmart. I don't see any in stock near me though.

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#4669196 - 02/17/18 10:44 PM Re: Which BatteryMinder? [Re: Gebo]
red7404 Offline


Registered: 01/24/18
Posts: 175
Loc: KS
i found a Schumacher SEM-1562A. this is a VERY sophisticated charger. it does 6 V or 12 V auto changes. the circuits are very well made. it auto tapers the charge rate. i use it on lead acid 6 V lantern battery. i find that i dont have to worry about un hooking it when it is fully charged. i can leave hooked of as long as i need to

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#4669280 - 02/18/18 05:24 AM Re: Which BatteryMinder? [Re: Gebo]
Duffyjr Offline


Registered: 01/13/16
Posts: 504
Loc: Nebraska
+ 1 on the Ctek 4.3. If you were to go with this I would get the rubber protector they make for it, keeps it from sliding around.

https://www.amazon.com/CTEK-56-915-Black...customerReviews


Edited by Duffyjr (02/18/18 05:24 AM)
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#4669351 - 02/18/18 07:59 AM Re: Which BatteryMinder? [Re: Gebo]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 18836
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
Look at Optimate also.
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