3 stage chargers

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 08:42
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G’day folks,

I am looking at buying a 3 stage charger, any recommendations as to brand and reliability



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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 09:19

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 09:19
www.sidewinder.com.au

Its Dereks site who advertises and posts on here.
I have one of his 15 amp chargers and it works well.
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 09:49

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 09:49
I have the 30amp version for Derek and it works really well and I am happy with it
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Reply By: feral - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 10:23

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 10:23
Jaycar sell a very good charger that does all types of batteries.

CAT. NO. MB3620

12V 16A Car Battery Charger

This fully automatic switch mode car battery charger utilises a four stage rapid charge design to optimize the life and performance of lead acid/GEL batteries. The pulsed current charging system allows batteries to accept up to 15% more energy than typical charging methods. Once the battery is charged, the unit switches to maintenance mode to keep the battery in peak condition. The charger has a number of other advanced safety features including automatic short circuit protection, anti spark circuitry, and reverse polarity detection. The charger also has a series of LEDs to indicate charging status and battery fault conditions. The ergonomic design includes a top mounted carry handle and cable storage for the battery leads and clamps. Size270(W) x 220(H) x 120(D)


To get this type of charger in a Ctek or similiar expect to pay double and more. This is the one excellent charger that you do not have to pay big dollars for.
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Follow Up By: Member - Porl - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 16:56

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 16:56
I can vouch for the Jaycar one, I use on on NZ70, and Optima AGM, a small 33amp/hr Chairman deep cycle, and the car batteries. Had it for about a year, seems to work fine. It also has places to clamp the alligator clips to which seems dorky but is really handy.
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Follow Up By: bob2 - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 18:09

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 18:09
The exact same charger 16A charger as the Jaycar is available in BigW for about 1/3 less.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ian W (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 23:20

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 23:20
Go the above.

Two now in use in our extended family and no complaints whatsoever.

If further arecommendations are required check out the Caravan Forum.

You don't need to spend a zillion dollars to get a first rate product. Amazing the number of timea a good product gets drowned out by noisy advertising on behalf of some lump of bleep e.

Ian
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Reply By: Rut Tearer - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 13:17

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 13:17
Ctek have to be the best brand I would have thought, the quality of construction is second to none. Otherwise pricewise you could use Derek's at Sidewinder.com.au

Ctek make up to 25amp , I have 2 of them, awesome chargers. They are going on Ebay at a reasonable price.

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

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Follow Up By: Gronk - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 13:30

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 13:30
C Tek are very good.....but I used an Absorbed Power 10A 3 stage charger for a few years and although it was made in China ( what isn't ) it performed very well with my 4 AGM's in the CT..

Absorbed Power specialise in Marine applications ( AGM's and charging on boats ) but found them to be very knowlegable on charging..

10A was approx $150 and the 20A was approx $250..
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Follow Up By: Member - Nev (TAS) - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 18:05

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 18:05
I agree CTek are really good. Use the 7A model for my cars and boat and mower etc. Very mobile and easily stored.
Got it from Ebay a couple of years back before I joined ExplorOz.
Not cheap but don't stuff batteries like my old cowboy unit use to.
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Reply By: Scrubcat - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 18:34

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 18:34
XANTREX
Google "Xantrex" or look here ---http://www.outbackmarine.com.au
Not cheap but arguably the best.
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Follow Up By: Member - SNAKE (RAOUL) QLD - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 20:30

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 20:30
I have a 40amp Xantrex,had it for 12 months,definately not cheap (about $800 ) but worth every cent.Use it to charge 3x120 a/hr lead acid and 2x80a/hr gels plus 1x120a/hrFullriverSLA.Cheers Snake and Josie
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Reply By: Member - Smithy (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 21:36

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 21:36
Thank you one and all for the response, I need to purchase one in the next week or so
Will check out your recommendations

Many thanks
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 11:12

Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 11:12
Hi Smithy let us know which way you go and what the cost was mate?
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Reply By: wafarmer - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 02:08

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 02:08
You can buy the jaycar one from Kmart for 74.95 I have one and it works very well it has a very good PWM charging feature.

Very good value

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Follow Up By: Steve - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 20:28

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 20:28
is that the 16 amp job?

If so, it's now $99. Had a look a couple of days back
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Reply By: Member - Smithy (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 12:10

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 12:10
G'day Bonz

Well I was in jcar this morning and noticed there Power Tech 4 stage chargers
Seems to do everything the other chargers do so I got one

Says it will charge from 25-200A batteries

Sealed lead acid
Lead acid
Maintenance free
Gel-cell
Deep cycle

Cost was $169.00

So will see how it performs, its charging the bike battery at the moment

Site Link

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Follow Up By: Member - Smithy (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 12:23

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 12:23
wafarmer

they had none in my local K-Mart bummer ay
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Follow Up By: Rod - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 21:20

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 21:20
Got one too. Great unit
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Follow Up By: bigjohn1 - Friday, May 02, 2008 at 17:13

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 17:13
i found this guy had the cheapest and good quality.

http://www.allpurposebatteries.com.au/shop/index.php
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Follow Up By: wafarmer - Saturday, May 03, 2008 at 03:11

Saturday, May 03, 2008 at 03:11
Hi Smithy

Yep 16 amp is the one there were some on special in the last two weeks at 59.95 if you can hang on they have been out on special three times at least in the last twelve months.

cheer's

wafarmer
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