Trickle chargers/maintainers

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by Wlindsey, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. Wlindsey

    Wlindsey Member

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    Who makes the best ones?
     
  2. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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  3. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    You can get a faulty one by any brand but I'd say just stay away from Harbor Freight. I've got Battery Tender Jr. and Black & Decker for a 6V option. Both have been working fine.
     
  5. Jennmarr

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    I will second this thought. I have been using a couple of Battery Tender Jrs for several years. Prior to that I had a Walmart special because I was too cheap to pay for the brand name one. After the Wally World special cooked a $150.00 battery, the other one looked cheap.
     
  6. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Here in the UK optimate chargers seem to be the main choice for maintenance chargers I have 2 one in each shed and a pigtail fitted to each bike

    OptiMate 3+ Battery Optimiser

    Brian
     
  7. Lawdog314

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    Gotta agree. I've had a Schumaker for 15 years and it still works flawlessly. Bought a second one last year for Momma's bike at Tractor Supply. $20.00!! I had been switching the charger between the two bikes every two weeks, no more!

    The old and new one have protection circuits and are a quality product. They don't have all the bells and whistles of some of the fancier, more expensive ones, but I never had the need for other features. Mine were not Sears, but I imagine it's the same thing since it is made by Schumaker.

    JMO,
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  8. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    The link shows alligator type clips. Can you easily convert it to the pigtail that most of us have permanently installed on our batteries?
     
  9. Lawdog314

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    Both my chargers came with attachment cables that allow you to hook into the battery, have about 10-12" of wire, with quick connect plug. Momma's bike is a bear to get at the battery, now I just pull off the side cover and hook the charger to the quick connector, plug in, forget about it. Nice rig.
     
  10. dbmg

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    Wal-Mart, Schumacher inexpensive and have not let me down in 10 years...