I am considering buying a battery charger but am very limited in terms
of space. I have been reviewing some online stores and have seen a few
chargers that seem to fit what i am looking for but since I am not
sure what the good battery charger brands are out there i wanted to
I am looking for a small-as-possible charger that can switch between
trickle (most important) and "speed charging" (less important but
would be nice) that can charge a 12v car battery and (most important)
will atuomatically stop charging when the battery is finished but
continue to "top off" the battery when it reaches below a certain
point. If it was dual voltage (ie 120v & 240 that would be great but
240 is more important)
Any help/suggestions would really be appricated!
You don't say where you are or what space is available but a quick Google
using the words 'battery charger trickle maintain' (without the ') found
about 23,000 hits in the UK.
The Draper 12V Automatic Battery Charger 8 Amp is 184 x 112 x 86mm should
be OK for your trickle and maintain requirements and also charges at 8amp
(the description says on a web site I found from Google
It's 240v AC only (no 120v option).
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I bought one from NAPA a dozen years ago and it works
beautifully; sounds like what you want. Never
overcharged or done any damage. Check it out. It is
about 12x6x3 and comes with ~4' leads.
Your're looking for a IUoU battery charger, in a short word. You might
want to google that word as well.
It means: charge at maximum (but limited) Intensity, than top off using
voltage controlled charge (U is the letter used to define electric
difference of potential), than stop (0 changed in a non capital 'o'),
than trickle charge, i.e. keep it at maximum voltage without
overcharging or 'boiling' the acid.
Than you might find a lot of more sofisticated charging cycles: any
combination of those letters fits your description, as far as it starts
with the above mentioned combination.
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