Battery charger for the shed

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Trying to find a good reliable 240v battery charger that won't blow the budget, for charging and maintaining my batteries. Any ideas?
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Reply By: madcow - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 07:48

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 07:48
just bought a 6-12 amp job from Jaycar with 2 stage charge and float capability's. At around 100 bucks it seems good value. There are otheres but for what you want it may suffice. Part number MB-3612

http://www1.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=MB3612&keywords=mb%2D3612&form=KEYWORD
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 07:55

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 07:55
This is actually a Three stage charger, even though the marketing material refers to two stages.

Monitoring the current and voltage proves that it's three-stage and the power light also changes colour to indicate the three stages - red - yellow - green.
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Follow Up By: madcow - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:01

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:01
even better:). i looked at a Ctek but could not justify spending that much at this time.
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Follow Up By: Muddy doe (SA) - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:35

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:35
I have one of these Jaycar ones. works really well.

Muddy
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Reply By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:05

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:05
Do yourself a favour spend a bit extra and buy a ctek even if you have to get lower amp rating to make it a bit cheaper.

I wish someone had told me years ago, it would have saved me $$$ in fried batteries and failed chargers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rick P (NT) - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 09:26

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 09:26
I'm with GoneTroppo get a Ctec and you won't regret it, same same I wish someone had told me about these gems years ago.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 13:45

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 13:45
Another vote for Ctek......

I got mine (+ 1 for daughter & SIL) from ebay seller - 4wdextreme -
His prices were by far the best that I could find when I was looking, and warranty is valid in Aust. (sometimes a concern with some items purchased on ebay)...
Of course, I haven't had to test the validity of the warranty, but I take his word for it;-))...

Confucius say.....
"He who lie underneath automobile with tool in hand,
....Not necessarily mechanic!!"

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Reply By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:07

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:07
Hi C&C

It would depend on the batteries you are charging.

Voltage, size and chemistry.

Please provide more info.

Regards

Derek from ABR
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Reply By: iccey_1969 - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:16

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:16
I use a standard 4 amp Charger, but i purchased a timer which i set to run 30 min per day.
I run electric fences around my property, so while one battery is working the other is being topped up dayly while waiting to replace the one on the electric fence.
so far batteries i have been using still going strong after 4 years.
these are just standard supercheap batteries.
I know its not high tech, but it works for me.
Regards
Chris
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Reply By: Rolly - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 11:32

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 11:32
I have a Projecta 7 stage 16,000mA (P/No. IC 1216) which has served me well so far and has 'resurrected' a couple of "dead" batteries for a mate who's sons leave their cars parked in his drive while they bugger off o/s for years at a time.
Bought through eBay it cost me less than $170.00 from memory.
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 12:28

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 12:28
I purchased one yesterday from Supercrap...I had thought that some of their stuff was a bit questionable..but this charger lasted nearly 5 hours before it blew up !!!

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Reply By: Member -Signman - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 12:28

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 12:28
I purchased one yesterday from Supercrap...I had thought that some of their stuff was a bit questionable..but this charger lasted nearly 5 hours before it blew up !!!

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Follow Up By: Rolly - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 13:22

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 13:22
Are you refering to the Projecta or to an in-house brand?
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Reply By: Member - Mike R (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 23:14

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 23:14
Go for the ctek charger i bought 3 of them , fantastic.
i got the 3600 model and you can leave them conected
for months with out frying your battery.
great if you have a boat/camper that dosent get much use!
nothing worse than when it comes time to use it and the
batterys are flat.

MIKE / WA
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Reply By: Member - aussichef (SA) - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:09

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:09
I also vote for the Ctek
I have had 2 of the ones from jaycar in a year the fans seam to go in them
Last week i bought a Ctek Multi 25000. And couldnt be happier
A friend just replaced 2 115 ah batteries in his caravan and said i could try & reserect his old ones
Well one was dead & came up with error on the Ctek
The other is resurected & i now have a $300+ battery that i have added as a 3rd battery in my GQ patrol ,as my second battery is only 64 ah running a waeco 80 litre
So i have learnt over time & money that if your going to buy something buy the best you can afford
I was going to buy the Ctek 15000 but on the Brides suggestion "get the bigger one" .That way i wont have you saying on the way home "i should have gotten the bigger on " lol
After 27 years seems Barbara knows me prity well

warren aka aussichef
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 21:17

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 21:17
Calibre 17 amp from Supercheap. 3 stage, about $200.

Had one for two years and it is brilliant.

Aussie made.

Cheers,

Jim.

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