I've got an older schumacker solid state 12v charger (model # se
10-52). Once after I plugged it into the electric outlet I touched
(by accident and the first time this ever happened) for a fraction of
a second the pos and neg clamps together (I know that's a bad thing).
I only saw a small spark at the clamps for a moment. I proceeded to
clamp them on to the battery but as I was doing it I noticed the clamp
handles (clamps are small light gage) getting very hot and the needle
seem to go from extreme reading high ?? to zero. It seemed like the
clamp handles were getting even hotter to the touch immediately when
clamped to the battery which made me uneasy so I quickly unplugged the
charger from the electric outlet. Never remember the clamp handles
getting hot when in use.
Is it possible I fried the charger if it's solid state??? No big
deal, I'm just curious. I've already replaced it because I'm not
going to take any chances and the replacement has a floating charge
when in use which I've read here is a good thing.
it may have been still hot from when you touched the leads
try it again on another battery when it cools down.
a floating type charger is better to use any way.
personally I use a battery tender because
"Battery Tender WaterProof 800 offers 3-Step Charging with
"Super Smart" technology. It will automatically charge any
type 12 volt storage battery without ever over-charging.
Including AGA, SLA, Gell, Flooded, Conventional Automotive
and Motorcyle batteries. Brands such as Optima, Hawker, etc.
Encapsulated, protected from shock and moisture..
g'day to ya
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