Battery charger advice please

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 13:24
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Hi all,
I want to buy a 3 stage charger and was looking at one on ebay
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I want it for charging several lead acid batteries that power electric fences and also a deep cycle battery I have for my fridge. Can anyone tell me is this a suitable charger and is it a reasonable price? Also with a charger such as this would it be ok to put an anti sulphation device (or whatever they call them) inline between battery and charger. Thanks in advance
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Reply By: Rock Ape - Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 13:42

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 13:42
Zapper,

Have one of these that is in use all the time with no problems, the price is also good. I bought mine from the same ebay seller and had excellent service.

We use these at work with no problems

Have a god one the Ape
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Follow Up By: Rock Ape - Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 13:45

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 13:45
Zapper, forgot say that the 3stage charger with act to stop sulphation.
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 16:22

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 16:22
C-Tek battery chargers are amongst the best and are available on Ebay. There are a few different models depending on the size of your battery. You may want to consider a 10amp C-Tek charger if you have mid sized battery or the 25 amp C-Tek for 100ah and greater size batteries.

http://search.ebay.com.au/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37&satitle=ctek&category0=

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Follow Up By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 09:32

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 09:32
I have a 7 amp c-tek charge and I often use it to charge up two 120amp AGM batteries in parrallel and it does the job OK, though it takes a while. Yes the 25 amp would be better, but they are very pricey.

Not sure I would go down that path again with the plethora of reasonable 3 stage chargers out there at the moment... worth looking around.

Cheers,

Mark
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Reply By: Robbates - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 02:10

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 02:10
I have the 7 amp ctek, brilliant charger but pricey.

If I could afford it I would ahve bought the larger capacity one but still happy with what I have.
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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 11:09

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 11:09
Yes agree the 25amp chargers are dearer however I noticed they are available for only $370 which is a long way down on what they used to be..
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Reply By: Member - Frank U (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 30, 2008 at 04:22

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2008 at 04:22
I believe whilst C-Tek are a good charger they are way over priced.

Xantrx Truecharge are the best in my opinion and experience.

They also have an equalise function which when used once a year is an excellent feature to desulphating standard lead acid batteries.

Their pricng has dropped significantly recently - ie. 40AMP Xantrex Truecharger's $499 !

They work down to 10 amp versions from there....

Definitely worth considering.
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