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Best Batt Maintainer #5285641 12/05/19 07:30 AM
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Suggestions please, my CTEK is going south and it cost near 100.00. I need a maintainer/ charger that you consider the most bang for the buck.
I'm not into cheap,but hate to over spend on my tools. Harbor Freight ???

Thanks Smoky


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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: Smoky14] #5285645 12/05/19 07:35 AM
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I have one NOCO3500 that’s a bit wonky, my CTEK 3300 seems ok. I’ve found the classic Battery Tender Jr. from Deltran to be holding up well.


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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: Smoky14] #5285649 12/05/19 07:39 AM
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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: Smoky14] #5285695 12/05/19 08:27 AM
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I have 12 batteries sitting on wood in my unheated garage that are out of vehicles for the winter, and I rotate a single Battery Tender Jr among them every few days. Another Battery Tender Jr is dedicated to my motorcycle.

I've been doing this for a few years now and haven't had any battery issues.

Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: Smoky14] #5285699 12/05/19 08:31 AM
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In what way is it “going south?”


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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: dkryan] #5285715 12/05/19 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by dkryan
In what way is it “going south?”


+1

CTEK is the best maintainer I've owned... my first was a MUS 4.3, which I gave to my father after a few years (he needed one) and I bought a MXS 5.0 for myself. Their only downside is the time [long] to charge a full-sized car/truck battery if its a bit depleted vs. just maintaining them. For more depleted batteries, I plan to get a Clore PL2320.

Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: Smoky14] #5285737 12/05/19 09:03 AM
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I have a CTEK and have never had any problems. I would get in touch with CTEK and tell them about the problems you are having. Maybe they can provide a solution.


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I prefer my optimate products over my CTEK products.

The 6 has been perfect and I own well over a dozen of them.
Its my go to charger/maintainer for everything from a motorcycle battery up to an 8D.

The 7 has has some issues with members here. I had one die when pressed into commercial use and it was promptly replaced by my dealer.

The pro logix gets good play here.

Anything over 10 amps should have temp compensation either as a probe, or in the clamp.

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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: dkryan] #5285761 12/05/19 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by dkryan
In what way is it “going south?”

I have a CTEK 7000 which is constantly cycling from start to complete at a rate so fast that my digital meter can't keep up with the voltage change, hence the going south reference. I have sent an email to CTEK without a reply.
Does that help with your diagnosis?

Thanks Smoky


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Originally Posted by bmwpowere36m3
For more depleted batteries, I plan to get a Clore PL2320.

My PL2320 behaves erratically. I suspect it's broken, and it happened after only the first year of ownership. I honestly cannot recommend it.


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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: Smoky14] #5285791 12/05/19 10:00 AM
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I have used a Deltran Battery Tender Jr. for about 5 yrs. on a motorcycle and a couple of different Miatas that were stored for the winter. No premature battery failures, vehicles started strong after storage. So, seems like a good product to me.


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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: Smoky14] #5285795 12/05/19 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Smoky14
Suggestions please, my CTEK is going south and it cost near 100.00. I need a maintainer/ charger that you consider the most bang for the buck.
I'm not into cheap,but hate to over spend on my tools. Harbor Freight ???

Thanks Smoky


Battery Minder products. You want high and low temp compensation.


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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: Smoky14] #5285817 12/05/19 10:23 AM
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Got a reply from CTEK which states their charger can't act that way".....don't know if that makes me blind or just a stupid fibber .
What has happened to customer service?
Smoky


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I have about 6 WalMart maintainers. They are made by one of the big companies and are $20. I've used them on regular and agm batteries. Seem to work great.

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Originally Posted by Smoky14
Got a reply from CTEK which states their charger can't act that way".....don't know if that makes me blind or just a stupid fibber .
What has happened to customer service?
Smoky


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