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Old September 12th, 2006, 01:39 PM
Huntsman Huntsman is offline
Justin B. Huntsman
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Question Seeking Battery Charger Recommendations

All-

I need to purchase a new 12v battery charger and I am curious if any of you have recommendations? I plan to use the charger to maintain an Optima 750U Yellow Top Battery (attached to my Tentrax trailer) when it’s not being used.

I’m thinking a 10 amp charger will work just fine for my needs (but have not ruled out multi-amp chargers). I really want a high-quality charger that I can plug in and know it will work. (Currently I’m using a ‘Speed Charge’ charger, which more often than not, does not work at all.)

Thanks in advance,
Justin
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Old September 12th, 2006, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Huntsman
(Currently I’m using a ‘Speed Charge’ charger, which more often than not, does not work at all.)

Thanks in advance,
Justin

Justin, have you looked at the Omega SPEEDmasters?
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Old September 12th, 2006, 02:56 PM
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Ha!

Why didn't I think of that?

The SPEEDmaster could probably do a better job at charging my optima than my current solution--and it does look better!
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Old September 12th, 2006, 09:00 PM
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I installed one of these in my Range Rover and it keeps all three of my Odyssey batteries fully charged between trips - I just have to remember that the truck is "plugged in" before I leave the driveway

I can recommend it:

http://www.batterymart.com/battery.mv?p=DEL-022-0157-1
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Old September 13th, 2006, 10:46 AM
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The Battery Tender looks great

Thanks Steve-

This looks like a great product. I love the permanent mount option too. And for $70 you can't beat the price.

Thanks again for the recommendation.

Justin
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Old September 13th, 2006, 01:11 PM
Keith Armstrong Keith Armstrong is offline
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I'm just a cheep bastard, but I've got an old 1 amp motorcycle charger and a clock timer that I use to keep things "topped up" over the winter if they're not being driven.

Set it to charge for an hour a day or so and all is well.

I have talked to a number of scooter guys who like the battery tender too ... it just lacks that certain Rube Goldberg element for my taste(?) though

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