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Automotive Battery Charger Recommendation #4941216 12/02/18 06:51 AM
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I have an old metal case Schumacher Model SE-82-6 that is a 6/2 amp, 12/6 volt dual rate and is no longer working. I presume these units are not repairable and I would like to hear recommendations for a new replacement. Looking at Schumacher's website there are a multitude of products. I don't need to jump start the USS Missouri but I think I'd like some additional amperage. I use this for my lawn tractor battery, my neighbor borrows it for his cars (which is fine with me) and various cars in my fleet including one that is parked for extended periods in an off site location with a power source. Thanks!


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Re: Automotive Battery Charger Recommendation [Re: Egg_Head] #4941231 12/02/18 07:34 AM
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They still make them-- I have an Everstart that seems suspiciously similar. Wonder what broke on yours; they are a very simple "buzz box" with a transformer and little else.

Once you get to above 10 amps you're in "fast charge" territory where the instructions read to monitor for boiling, perhaps remove vent caps etc. I'm not in that big of a hurry.

Their website is a hot mess with 100-ish chargers, all slightly different. Great way to get paralysis of analysis!

The ones with 50 amp starting might be useful that one day when you're at your remote location and want to get that car going quickly. Five minutes might give enough of a surface charge to kick it over.

I'd get one with the fewest computers possible. Sometimes with a really dead battery the computerized ones don't cooperate.

Re: Automotive Battery Charger Recommendation [Re: Egg_Head] #4941232 12/02/18 07:37 AM
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At the very least, take your old Schumacher apart and look at it. There's really not much to them, the biggest replacement parts would be the transformer and the diodes and you can repair them with cheap replacement parts.

Re: Automotive Battery Charger Recommendation [Re: Egg_Head] #4941233 12/02/18 07:38 AM
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Personally I use a Ctek mxs5. Switchable between 0.8amps and 5 amps depending on the size of the battery. Can stay connected for ages.

Re: Automotive Battery Charger Recommendation [Re: Egg_Head] #4941234 12/02/18 07:38 AM
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Just a thought!
Maybe you should look into a Battery Maintainer/Battery Tender. They're on sale everywhere(HF, AAP etc).
These turn on when voltage drops(at a certain point) and shut off again when proper voltage is reached.
As you may/maynot know, these keep batteries up to snuff all the time and can be left on the battery during storage.
I also keep a battery charger in stock for those times when I need to actually charge a battery or to loan out to friends/family as you do.


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Re: Automotive Battery Charger Recommendation [Re: Egg_Head] #4941239 12/02/18 07:49 AM
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I use a Deltran Battery Tender...

Note that this is a tender, not a charger. If the volts drop below 12.5, it will not put out a trickle charge. But you can leave it on for long periods without boiling the battery dry...

Has quick disconnects, so one tender can be swapped between several batteries...

http://products.batterytender.com/Chargers/BatteryTender-800-12V-800-mA-USA-Western-Hemisphere.html


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Re: Automotive Battery Charger Recommendation [Re: Egg_Head] #4941241 12/02/18 07:51 AM
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Stick with Schumacher ,, good customer service , I have had 4 or 5 different units in my garage for 20 + years , I use the smart battery tender for my equipment parked for a winter nap that I bought at Blaines farm and fleet on sale last year for 9.99 each. I also have 2 other units that can jump start if needed ,,,, if you have power at a remote location the smart charger /maintainer would be an excellent choice for what you have parked including your lawn equipment


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Re: Automotive Battery Charger Recommendation [Re: Egg_Head] #4941249 12/02/18 08:21 AM
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Harbor Freights Viking quick charger is actually pretty good. Ive had this one at my house for a year and use it often on the M cars since they mostly sit. Has 2/8/15 amp charge rates, Winterization and battery conditioning modes. With the coupon I think its 30$. Ive also had this Schumacher for a while at the shop, this one gets beat up as our backup charger when our Snap On DTAC is cranking away on another battery (85 amps max!) Its only 3/12 amp but its serve me well for 3-4 years in a shop.

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0009IBJE4/ref=psdc_15707061_t2_B0756NVGHY


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Re: Automotive Battery Charger Recommendation [Re: Egg_Head] #4941254 12/02/18 08:31 AM
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I have had great luck with the Ctek line. I currently have the CTEK (56-674) Multi US 25000 8-step, Fully Automatic 12 Volt 25 Amp Battery Charger \. A little pricey but well worth it IMO.


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Re: Automotive Battery Charger Recommendation [Re: Egg_Head] #4941258 12/02/18 08:44 AM
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I have the Pro Logix PL2320 for a couple of years now and its been great. Napa has the 2310 on sale now, same unit just lower jump start amps.

https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/SORPL2310


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Re: Automotive Battery Charger Recommendation [Re: Egg_Head] #4941259 12/02/18 08:44 AM
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Schumacher has a lot of great choices. I would think you want an “engine start” feature, the ability to charge at 20 Amps or more, an “intelligent” charge mode that can use modern charge technology to optimize the battery, perhaps a battery re-conditioning mode. There also might be a feature to optimize a deep cycle battery. On the other hand, if you are looking for old school brute 200 A amperage look at the FRO 1335. 2cents



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Re: Automotive Battery Charger Recommendation [Re: Trav] #4941265 12/02/18 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Trav
I have the Pro Logix PL2320 for a couple of years now and its been great. Napa has the 2310 on sale now, same unit just lower jump start amps.

https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/SORPL2310


This was the line I was thinking of when reading this, I have battery minder, battery tender, ctek and an OptiMate.

When non-routine, non maintenance charging is being done, some of the niceties aren't as critical. I was a fan of the Schumacher chargers because they offered a voltage readout, which is important to me.but they always overvoltage too far...

So a I went with the prologix like that and have been pleased. For other applications I like other chargers better, but to quickly get 20A into a battery, a I don't think there's much bette for the price.

OP, wouldn't you have to raise steam in order to start the MISSOURI? Not sure a battery charger can do that... smile

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Here is my charger I use to top up my RV and boat batteries over the winter, and top up one of my cars that is not used a whole lot. I only use it at the “2-5 amp Optimal” setting and it optimizes the charge. Takes about a day to complete it.
There are lots of other brand versions of it.

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Re: Automotive Battery Charger Recommendation [Re: JHZR2] #4941296 12/02/18 09:23 AM
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It looks like the 2310 at Napa does not have jump start capabilities. If that's a wanted feature..

https://www.amazon.com/Pro-Logix-PL2320-Battery-Charger-Maintainer/dp/B009RXYK5C?th=1

This company also makes a small 4A.


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Re: Automotive Battery Charger Recommendation [Re: Trav] #4941299 12/02/18 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Trav
I have the Pro Logix PL2320 for a couple of years now and its been great. Napa has the 2310 on sale now, same unit just lower jump start amps.

https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/SORPL2310


I have the 2320 as well and it has worked great so far.

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