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Best Battery Charger Options

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Best Battery Charger Options

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at several different types of battery chargers. We're going to take a look at the similarities and differences in them, to try to help you determine which one is going to be right for your application.The four different styles that we have here today are all good at different things, some of them good at the same thing. We've got a Trickle style solar charger. We're going to have an onboard 12-volt to 12-volt charger, which is pretty unique. Going to have your traditional style, kind of battery charger in a box here. Then, with the CTEK, it's going to take a lot of the same things that we really like here, adds in a few more features.The larger box style, and the style similar to what we have here like the CTEK, these are going to be the more traditional style battery chargers, something that's going to have quite a few uses, why don't we take a look at those firstIf you have any experience with battery chargers at all, you've probably seen one very similar to this.

These are all going to operate very similar to one another. In most of these chargers, we have two modes offered, one is going to be a conventional styles, one is going to be a deep cycle, this happens to be the AGM style deep cycle.This is going to offer a two amp trickle charge, that's just a maintenance charge, that's just gently going to keep your battery refreshed, so you don't have any drain issues. The next one is going to be the 15 amp, that's a fast charge. We would set our battery up, going to monitor it here, this gives us the percentage of charge in our battery, once that gets up to a full 12 volts, then we're going to pull that off. This one is going to offer, if you go into the 100 amp, that's going to be like a boost, or almost like a jump start feature.For this style, of course, you're going to have the alligator clamps.

The biggest drawbacks I see with these, are sometimes the clamps aren't the right size or shape to fit all types of battery, and you have to gain access to your battery to use it. A limiting factor with this style of charger is that it does require to be plugged in. You won't be able to use this in more remote locations, unless you have a generator handy.Now, with more advanced styles, like what we get here with our CTEK, this still requires it to be plugged in, the remote application isn't really going to be applicable. But with this style of charger, most of these are going to recognize what type of battery that we are using, so we don't have to worry about selecting that.It's going to offer the charge mode, which is normal, that's just like for charging up your battery. It's going to offer the little snowflake icon there as your maintenance charge, that's going to keep your battery refreshed.

It's going to give us this supply, which we can use that for jump starting vehicles. But this one goes a step further, and also offers the recondition mode.Though, a lot of these more advanced chargers offer us the recondition mode, which helps to drain our battery down, it uses a pulse inaudible 00:02:46 through it to desulfate the plates, then it's going to recharge it, so that reconditioning process helps to extend the life of your battery. I really like that.When batteries get drained down, then they get a memory inside of them, it's good to be able to refresh those.One of the things I like about the more advanced style chargers are going to be the options in connecting to our battery that we have. You see, this one in particular is going to have your alligator clamps. It also has a hardwired kit option, so we could wire this directly to our battery, then simply plug it in when ready for use.They also offer a 12-volt cigarette lighter plugin option, if you didn't want to access your battery, didn't want to have to deal with alligator clips, simply plug in the 12-volt adapter, it'll plug right into your power source.Now that we've taken a look at some of the traditional style chargers, let's take a look at some of the alternative options.

I really like the solar style chargers, these allow us to maintain our battery without having a constant power source hooked up. Basically, this can be mounted to any trailer, any boat, any UTV, ATV, where the sun can get at it for that matter, you can just set it in the seat, set it up on the dashboard.As long as it has daylight outside, it doesn't even have to be sunny, this is going to provide a charge for us. We see we've got a simple plugin connector here, that can be plugged into one of two options available here, either plugging it in directly to your cigarette lighter, that's going to feed your battery that way, if these we're mounted up on the dash. Or, if you gain access to your battery, you can simply use the alligator clips to connect it.The charger offers us a 2.5 amp trickle charge, this isn't going to fully charge your battery up to maximum capacity if it's at zero. What it's designed to do is take a properly charged battery, and keep that from running down while it's in storage.Another style of charger that we have available, and I think this is going to be for a completely different area than the standard battery charges we've talked about, will be a 12-volt to 12-volt battery charger, it's pretty unique.This 12-volt to 12-volt charger is going to be something that you're going to mount in your boat, in your camper, wherever you have the need for it, this isn't going to be a standard style battery charger. This is not for starting batteries. This is going to be specifically for auxiliary batteries that we have either in the vehicle, or on the trailer.This is going to use the alternator of our vehicle to provide power to those auxiliary batteries, can also be used with solar power, so it gives us kind of an alternative option there. It's going to work out really well for the camping situations where you need to have your batteries charged up, and you don't have a way to charge them.Now, let's going to sum up what we've talked about. For our traditional style charger, this is going to take care of most of your standard applications. I think you'll want to use this on a battery that is pretty easy to get to, you don't want to have to fight, and try to get these clips in there.Once we go to the advanced style, I like this for ease of use, they can be switched over to multiple vehicles, and we have multiple ways of connecting to our battery. Of course, if power is a problem, I think the solar trickle charger is going to be a really good option to help maintain the battery, keep it from going dead over the long winter months, or something like that.Now, this style charger has a lot more complicated installation, we're not just clipping this onto a battery and charging it. This stays mounted in whatever it is that we need to charge the batteries on, as our vehicle runs, it provides additional power to charge up our auxiliaries.This is a really good option, inaudible 00:06:30 it does run off either the vehicle or off of the solar power charge of recharging camper batteries, and things like that, when there's not a good power source available.That's going to complete our look at the different styles of battery chargers that are available. We hope you found the right fit for you.

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