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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: StarCaller] #5285875 12/05/19 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by StarCaller
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


take your phone, make a short video & show it to them /


I'm old school, my phone hangs on the wall and only works if you talk to it. It is their simple way of handling a "last time " customer.
How to build a loyal customer base???
Smoky


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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: Smoky14] #5285888 12/05/19 11:54 AM
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I have about six of these and they have brought back to life batteries I was going to scrap. Worth every penny.

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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: Smoky14] #5285918 12/05/19 12:22 PM
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I don't personally own one, but I've heard good things about XC100-P Xtreme Charge 12V Battery Maintenance Charger Desulfator ($99.95)- https://bit.ly/2KST2w1

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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: Smoky14] #5285929 12/05/19 12:33 PM
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I'm very happy with my Schumacher SC1319. Affordable, simple, and reliable. I use it to keep three random used car batteries I have at home charged up in case of power outage so I can use my large pure sine wave inverter to power my appliances, networking equipment, etc. I have a cheapo 410W Schumacher inverter I bought at Walmart like 5 years ago and I've used it pretty much daily since across various cars and although I did replace the noisy stock fan with a silent Noctua fan it still works great to this day. So Schumacher makes good products! I honestly laugh at anyone who spends $100+ on a battery maintainer when a unit 1/3 of the price will work the same.

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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: Smoky14] #5286092 12/05/19 02:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Smoky14

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



[censored], Smokey, calm down.

I simply asked a question that I and others wanted an answer to. “Going south” could mean anything.

Sad to hear of your difficulties with the CTEK as my 5.0 has yet to discover a southerly heading.

I agree with taking a video and sending it to CTEK. If they don’t respond, obviously you will be looking at a different brand name.

Good luck.


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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: dogememe] #5286573 12/06/19 01:31 AM
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Originally Posted by dogememe
I'm very happy with my Schumacher SC1319. Affordable, simple, and reliable. I use it to keep three random used car batteries I have at home charged up in case of power outage so I can use my large pure sine wave inverter to power my appliances, networking equipment, etc. I have a cheapo 410W Schumacher inverter I bought at Walmart like 5 years ago and I've used it pretty much daily since across various cars and although I did replace the noisy stock fan with a silent Noctua fan it still works great to this day. So Schumacher makes good products! I honestly laugh at anyone who spends $100+ on a battery maintainer when a unit 1/3 of the price will work the same.


Why not get the SC1279, it's an 8amp charger instead of the 1.5 amp one you have and it's about the same price although the price has gone up. Was around $20 initially, now up to about $35.

https://www.amazon.com/Schumacher-SC1279-12V-Rapid-Charger/dp/B07DM22XTN

Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: Wolf359] #5286574 12/06/19 01:47 AM
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I'm very happy with my Schumacher SC1319. Affordable, simple, and reliable. I use it to keep three random used car batteries I have at home charged up in case of power outage so I can use my large pure sine wave inverter to power my appliances, networking equipment, etc. I have a cheapo 410W Schumacher inverter I bought at Walmart like 5 years ago and I've used it pretty much daily since across various cars and although I did replace the noisy stock fan with a silent Noctua fan it still works great to this day. So Schumacher makes good products! I honestly laugh at anyone who spends $100+ on a battery maintainer when a unit 1/3 of the price will work the same.


Why not get the SC1279, it's an 8amp charger instead of the 1.5 amp one you have and it's about the same price although the price has gone up. Was around $20 initially, now up to about $35.

https://www.amazon.com/Schumacher-SC1279-12V-Rapid-Charger/dp/B07DM22XTN



IIRC I paid $18 for mine? And really didn't need anything bigger. If I need to charge a battery quickly l take it to work at the auto parts store.

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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: Smoky14] #5287550 12/07/19 09:03 AM
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I have a bunch of the old Yuasa transformer style, 1 failed (all LEDs out) in the last 2 years, it was probably 10 years old.
I have a newer Yuasa transformerless unit connected to my Mustang, so far so good.
I had an older optimate (2005 vintage) fail (all LEDs out), but another about the same vintage still working.
Recently got a great deal on some of the newer Noco's 0.7A to try out.
These are all charger / maintainers < 1.0A

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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: Smoky14] #5295718 12/16/19 07:42 AM
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no issues with Deltran Battery Tenders (several and given as gifts)...I did try a pair of battery maintainers from Harbor Freight...one worked fine and the other died in short order...no receipt no replace but they were about $5 as I recall on sale so...I wouldn't use those maintainers...Battery Tenders will exercise the battery so there is that (as do the CTEK I am told)

I've seen the Deltran Battery Tender go on sale for a nice price from time to time at Costco if you have a membership...

Good luck with your choice,

Bill

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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: Smoky14] #5296012 12/16/19 01:55 PM
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Been using several Deltrans for years. None have failed me yet.


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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: Smoky14] #5296022 12/16/19 02:09 PM
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In recent years I could Schumacher products basically for free. I still use a bunch of Battery Minder charger/maintainer/ desulphators, that have been mentioned several times in this thread.

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When I go to hook up the maintainer to my parents car while they are enjoying the weather in AZ for 4 months, the past few years I've hooked it up to a timer. I figure it doesn't need to be connected 24/7, so I just turn it on for an hour a day, instead of being on for 4 months solid. Starts every time!!!
In daily use driving it, that's about all of the time it spends charging anyway.

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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: Traction] #5296169 12/16/19 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Traction
I figure it doesn't need to be connected 24/7, so I just turn it on for an hour a day, instead of being on for 4 months solid.


Why try to outsmart it. It was designed to be connected 24/7. That doesn't mean it's charging 24/7. Everytime the timer turns it on, it gets an electrical spike shortening its life, not to mention resetting it's internal memory which cause it to repeatedly perform some undesirable events.

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I figure it doesn't need to be connected 24/7, so I just turn it on for an hour a day, instead of being on for 4 months solid.


Why try to outsmart it. It was designed to be connected 24/7. That doesn't mean it's charging 24/7. Everytime the timer turns it on, it gets an electrical spike shortening its life, not to mention resetting it's internal memory which cause it to repeatedly perform some undesirable events.

Really? It's a total waste of electrons. I don't even leave my phone charger plugged in when not charging. It's still using energy just being plugged in. You can feel the heat just touching it. I don't think a simple battery minder, won't mind if it's just turned on once a day, and not self-destruct. All of the power supplies have transformers in them constantly using power. We have to save electricity for the wave of electric cars coming down the road. smile

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Re: Best Batt Maintainer [Re: Traction] #5296246 12/16/19 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Traction
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[quote=Traction]I figure it doesn't need to be connected 24/7, so I just turn it on for an hour a day, instead of being on for 4 months solid.

I don't think a simple battery minder, won't mind if it's just turned on once a day, and not self-destruct. All of the power supplies have transformers in them constantly using power.


Yes all the power supplies have transformers in them constantly using power but you are turning them on and off every day, not something they were designed for. It's great you want to save 2 cents a week electricity but it's at the cost of the service life of the charger.

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