Leisure Battery Charger - Recommendations?

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  1. MysteryMachine79

    MysteryMachine79 Deleted User

    Hello all,
    As the title says, I'm looking for recommendations on any reasonable battery chargers to suit my 12v 110amp leisure battery, but to also double as a charger for a standard engine battery.

    I've been using a cheap Halfords charger for years but it's giving up the ghost and clearly was never powerful enough for the mighty leisure battery (it seemed to take an age to charge it).:RollEyes:

    I've seen some on the internet for £55+ (even some at over £200:Eek!:). Are these really worth the cost or are there any decent ones out there that are a little lighter on the pocket?

    Thanks,
    Dylan.
     
  2. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    I used one of these on my kontiki with 2 x 110ah batteries.
    it also acts as a 25amp power supply.

    its a 3 stage charger so will provide the optimum charge to the batteries at all times without overcharging.

    it now resides, hardwired, in the wardrobe of my RV as a secondary/emergency charger (in case the 45amp one fails) to charge the 4 x 110ah batteries.

    well worth the money



    http://www.amperorassociates.co.uk/c-battery_chargers/BatteryC-3_25A.html
     
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  3. Madmark62

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    Hi mate, only thing I would say is make sure you get a multistage charger, one that does not boil the battery.
    There are some on Ebay for not a great deal of cash. I bought one from Aldi earlier this year.
    CTEK chargers are very good quality.
     
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    thats the one I use in my self build. I can recommend it. Been in use for over 2 years now none stop and worked flawlessly on my 500AH battery bank.

    I do need to upgrade to a 50Amp charger in the near future though to speed up the charge time:Doh:
     
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    it is said the optimum charge rate is 20% of the total battery bank capacity.

    25a is only 5%...so you would need 100amps.

    i have 440ah and a 45amp charger....10%
     
  6. MysteryMachine79

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    Thank you for the recommendations. After searching the internet as well, I eventually opted for the CTEK MXS5. An awful lot of rave reviews for this multi-stage charger that can trickle charge and supposedly recondition older batteries too (we shall see). It seems that I can also fix this into the campervan and use it away from home via the hook up.

    At £55 (Amazon) it was more than I had hoped to pay but if it's as good as the reviews say, I'll treat it as an investment. I'll let you know how I get on with it.
     
  7. Terry

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    HiDylan while the Ctec is a excent charger it only charges at max 5amps ---as such it will take a long time to charge your battery :Doh: The other recomended was 25amps so charging your battery 5 x faster: :thumb:You could have paid £12 for a Aldi charger that does the same thing but only @ 4 amps not 5:Doh:
    Terry
     
  8. MysteryMachine79

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    To be honest Terry I wasn't looking to spend as much as £55 on a charger in the first place so it was the fact that this unit appears to be all singing and dancing and suits batteries upto 110amp that it got my investment.

    As for the time to recharge, if it's any faster than the week or so that the Halfords charger took, I'll be very happy:BigGrin:. I expect that once the battery has had a full charge at home, then I'll just trickle charge it daily while on tour either from the engine battery whilst driving or from the Ctek on a hook up.
     
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    Amazing. Experts give first class advice and you go an buy a piddling little one that's not up to the job of charging a leisure battery in a reasonable time.

    5A for £55 or 25A for £80.
    12 hour charge time or 3 hours.

    Because it needs a button press to activate you can't just fit and forget as you can with a proper job one.

    Exasperated of Cheshire.

    There is a returns policy for on line purchases.
     
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