Setek Battery Chargers

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I have a new Jayco Discovery with the standard battery chargers that Jayco install - Setek [not Ctek]. I have heard that they are 'OK' but do not last that long.

I am keen to have a Ctek M300 installed but was interested in any feedback on the Setek before I part with my money.
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Reply By: Skulldug - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 08:59

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 08:59
Gary,

I owned a Jayco Freedom for eight years - only sold last Christmas. Whatever charger it came with worked fine. I had two 100 AH AGM batteries in it.

Skull
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:01

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:01
Ctek chargers are very reliable, I have 5 different models for years and never had a single problem. Also they are very safe due the spark protection. Whoever told they don't last was incorrect.
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Follow Up By: garytee - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:11

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:11
You misunderstood - I have been told that Setek are unreliable which is why l am keen to buy a CTEK.
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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:44

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:44
Not sure where you got Setek from? I have never heard of them and a quick online check confirms this. No reference to Setek via Google, so I think you have your answer, pretty simple hey.
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Follow Up By: garytee - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:49

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:49
Setek chargers are installed in every Jayco with a battery pack. I found several links instantly doing a 'Google'. Not sure where you got your Google from.
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Follow Up By: Razerback - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:50

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:50
I think a lot of people misspell Ctek chargers and often type Setek I think that is quite common.
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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:55

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:55
Hey Gary, Can see a company called Setek but they don't make chargers so no worries if they are in Jayco vans perhaps there made locally, is it Setek Engineering in Mordialloc perhaps? Anyway you can't go wrong with Ctek. The M300 is referred to as a marine charger.
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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:59

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:59
Are, found the problem Gary, you misspelled the name mate. It's not Setek, it's Setec. refer www.setec.com.au

Simple spelling mistake on your behalf, anyway it seems they have made new and improved models which can suggest they have had problems in the past.
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Follow Up By: garytee - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 15:58

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 15:58
Thank you - that usually helps.
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Follow Up By: Skulldug - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 18:10

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 18:10
TerraFirma,

I believe you misspelled ah! Unless of course you are a pirate. Then it's arre me hearties.

:) Skull
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Follow Up By: oldtrack123 - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 19:21

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 19:21
Quote:TerraFirma posted:
Are, found the problem Gary, you misspelled the name mate. It's not Setek, it's Setec. refer www.setec.com.au

Simple spelling mistake on your behalf, anyway it seems they have made new and improved models which can suggest they have had problems in the past[end quote]

The early model was more a regulated dc power supply
It also charged the battery but was not very sophisticated [not multi stage or adjustable to battery type
The later model Setec 11 is much better product & does include a multi stage charger.

PeterQ
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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 19:23

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 19:23
You could be right Skull read on,

Arrrgh, Nothin' lawk th' Skull Pirate t' right th' spellin' on this muddy site, arrrrrgh thanks mate
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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 14:25

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 14:25
Hi Gartee,

As far as I am aware the CTEK M300 is a 3 amp charger.

If that is the case then I would not use it to charge a 100 AH battery.
I note that you do not state what size is your battery so I am making an assumption that it would be around the 100AH for a caravan, or better.

Common rule of thumb is a charger giving 10% of your battery capacity, if I have my information correct. This means 10 amps worth of charger for each 100 AH battery capacity up to around 25 amps of charger. A three amp unit will not be adequate if all the above is correct.

Using the above rule a 3amp charger would be adequate for a motorbike battery, or a ride on lawnmower.

Cheers, Bruce.
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Follow Up By: Member - cherrywipe - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 14:41

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 14:41
Hi ,
I have a ctek m 200 which I believe is a 15 amp 8 stage charger works great. The M 300 as far as I can remember is a 25 amp.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 16:04

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 16:04
Hi Cherrywipe,
Thank you for the correction. You are correct, the M300 is a 25 amp unit according to my Google search. Obviously things have moved on since I got mine a few years back.

My slightly older unit is a Multi XS 25000 which is a 25 amp unit and that is where the mistake came in. When I bought mine those units with the 300 series designation were 3 amps according to the older CTEK information I have.

Many thanks, Bruce.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 23:05

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 23:05
The numbers in the M series chargers do not follow the current output like the other series. Here is a list of the Ctek chargers available to us.

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Reply By: SDG - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 19:29

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 19:29
I have the Setec in my camper which I purchased last November. It worked well for thirteen thousand k's, except the standard 7pin plug that it comes with melted in the last feww hundred k's.
I changed mine to a 12pin which is supposedly designed for the current with the larger pins.
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Reply By: Mark C - Friday, May 17, 2013 at 00:00

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 00:00
garytee

I have a setec in a jayco. It charges 2 100ah batteries, is three stage charger and supplies power supply as well. My setec is 35amp. To change to a cetec IMHO would be a backward move and waste of money and time.

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