C Tech Battery charger

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 15:21
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Afternoon all,
I am chasing a C Tech battery charger and the best price I can get $430. I am after a 1500 as I want to maintain two bateries for 8 months whilst I am away.

Anyone know of a better buy?

Cheers

Steve
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 15:27

Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 15:27
Go to Ebay Steve. You will get the 15 Amp for about $269 or the 25 Amp for about $360.

I ordered a 25 Amp one for a neighbour yesterday for $360 (including postage), from 4wdextreme on EBay. They have a 100% positive feedback rating, so you should have no problems.

If you will be charging two batteries, it might be worth considering the 25 Amp model. If you need to get 100 Amps into the batteries, a 25 Amp charger can do it much faster, important if charging via a generator.

Norm C
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 15:30

Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 15:30
E Bay Ctek 15 Amp Charger

E Bay Ctek 25 Amp charger
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Follow Up By: blue one - Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 15:33

Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 15:33
Thanks Norm,
As the batteries will be charged and the unit is to only maintain them do you think I can get away with a 15 amp model?

I use solar when away.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 15:50

Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 15:50
Steve, either charger will do a good job. The 25 Amp one will just do it faster.

I bought a 7 Amp CTek about 5 years ago when I only had one battery to charge and normally had access to 240 V. We now have a lot more batteries (360 AH in van, 210 AH in vehicle and 100 AH in boat) and regularly use a generator (despite having 490 Watts of solar). I now have a 25 Amp CTek which we use as a portable charger and a 40 Amp Centaur hard wired in the van.

After a few experiences over the years with not buying well first time, I now always recommend getting the 'biggest' and best of everything first time (budget notwithstanding).

A 25 Amp charger will give you more flexibility (faster, more capacity if you add another battery or another fridge, etc).

I would go the 25 Amp, but as I said above, the 15 Amp will do the job you want, just a bit slower and with less flexibility for the future. But it is your money, budget and set up. I can only advise based on my experience.

Norm C
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Follow Up By: blue one - Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 15:54

Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 15:54
Norm,
A 25 amp charger here we come. Thanks for your assistance.

Cheers

Steve
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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 09:53

Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 09:53
If you just want to maintain charge, you can get away with a LOT less money on a charger.
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Follow Up By: blue one - Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 19:32

Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 19:32
What would that be Mike and does the unit stop sulphating of the plates?

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