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Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 19:50
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I Have a smart charge BC-012-15A on my van. I have just discovered the light circuit was dead. When I checked the battery was dead flat and the smart charger seams dead as well. The 240v supply to the charger is ok and when a separate current was supplied directly to the battery all the downstream circuits were ok too.

Can these chargers just die? Do they have internal fuses? How can I prove the charger is the problem, nothing seams to light up?
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 20:09

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 20:09
They have a 15-20amp fuse. They can blow fuses sometimes if you clip and unclip the croc leads on and off a battery whilst the power is on. I don't use this charger I use a Ctek, but speak to Derek at Sidewinder if you get stuck.

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Reply By: Member - Ron M (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010 at 14:17

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010 at 14:17
Do you have dry cell batteries in the van..
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Reply By: Member - Charlie M (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010 at 22:31

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010 at 22:31
If battery is dead flat it may need hooking to a charged 12 volt battery then starting charger as most late model chargers will not start if battery below 7 to 9 volts, as it deems battery faulty.
Some chargers will go below this down to 2 or 3 volts but you need to look at charger specs.
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Reply By: Member - Ron M (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010 at 23:24

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010 at 23:24
A smart charger will not charge a dry cell battery
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Reply By: Morgo007 - Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 09:00

Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 09:00
Thanks for the replies guys.
The battery is one of those sealed gel types. I measure it still has 1.9v of charge. I'll throw it on my other charger then put it back in and see if the smart charger kicks back in. Thanks Morgo
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Follow Up By: Roach"ee" - Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 16:22

Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 16:22
I think if it's been allowed to drop to 1.9 volts, there is a better-than-even chance that the battery is a bit like wallaby-Ted's brother..... (ie: Roo-Ted).
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Follow Up By: Member - Ron M (NSW) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 15:23

Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 15:23
A smart charger will not charge sealed gel types battery.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 18:37

Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 18:37
Tell us more Ron???

My "common" smart charger charges GEL type batteries, i'm almost sure most others would do the same.

1.9V is another issue ;)

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