Battery charger ?

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  1. beachcaster

    beachcaster Read Only Funster

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    Is it worth buying a good one like a CTEK ????

    barry
     
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    Probably not unless you're going to use it a lot. A cheap intelligent charger like those sold by Lidl will be enough for occasional use.
     
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    I bought this one http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/..._productId_927425_langId_-1_categoryId_255205

    Actually was cheaper than that as I have trade card.

    I connected it to the engine battery, which then links through to the sterling b2b charger so it actually charges all 3 of my batteries. I needed one that could put out 8 - 10 amps, where as this one can put out 12. The best price I could find for a 8 amp was just under £100.

    Halfords are becoming more competitive, although it is alwasy best to look around.

    The only drawback to this one was is that the fan is noisy, but that hardly matters if the vans on the drive.
     
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  4. Jaws

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    Given the amount of CTEK chargers I have had to repair ( due almost exclusively to bad solder joints ) I personally would not class them as being in the 'good one' catagory !
     
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    I have been using one as a replacement for the Zig on my leisure battery for about 18 months with no problem.
     
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    As already said,, get a smart 4 stage charger from Lidle.. Had ours for 4 years and no problems.. It will charge anything from a motorcycle battery up the van and can be left connected without worries... AND, it cost £9.99p... A CTech is nearer £75 I think...
    Also as JAWS said the Ctech is not so reliable.... Good luck.. Mitch...
     
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    Well we have had a CTEK for years now and no issues, it is brilliant. Bought a second one on Amazon's Boxing Day sale marked down to £29 so I can have two batteries on charge in different vehicles at the same time. Our first CTEK was £49.99 so am not sure where the £75 comes from?
    Its all a personal choice, however, and I do not think that CTEK are necessarily inferior to a Lidl 9.99 number, despite someone on a forum decreeing this to be the case :roflmto: The CTEKs are also recommended a lot on the specialist BMW forum I visit, in the end you pays your money and makes your choice!
     
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    Not knocking the Ctec but they are £35 ish for the cheapest that does the same job as the now 13 quid lidl and Aldi chargers -replaced a 5 yr old Aldi charger with a newer model that now comes with a digital read out instead of traffic light s -worth it if only to watch it going up and down from 11.6 v to 14.7 v before settling at 13.6v :thumb:
    little things please little minds :winky:::bigsmile:
    terry
    Forgot to say all 3 only charge at 4 amps ish (3.8) and are all ideal for leaving on 24/7
    edit that Halfords one looks a good buy at £64 for a 12 amp smart charger
     
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    Whilst it MUST be true that many CTEK units are just fine ( esp the older ones before they moved production to its present location ? ) I do not get to see the ones that are working ok, only the faulty ones ( and I have seen enough to know there must be a QC issue somewhere )
     
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    I think you might have saved me a few bob....thanks

    barry
     
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    bought mine from halfords a few years ago,keeps batery/s charged when fully charged green when in discharge red, i leave it connected all the time on ehu or genny
     
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