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    • geek84
    • By geek84 3rd Dec 17, 2:20 PM
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    Recommendations for portable battery charger
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    • 3rd Dec 17, 2:20 PM
    Recommendations for portable battery charger 3rd Dec 17 at 2:20 PM
    Hi Folks

    I'm thinking of buying a reasonably priced reliable portable car battery charger.

    Any recommendations?

    Thanks
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    • Iceweasel
    • By Iceweasel 3rd Dec 17, 2:31 PM
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    Lidl or Aldi.

    Very similar.

    Very good.

    Very cheap.
    • Richard53
    • By Richard53 3rd Dec 17, 3:04 PM
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    I have an Optimate charger bought for motorcycle batteries. It has an intelligent charging regime and can be left connected permanently (i.e. over winter). It charges the battery in stages and then keeps it topped up with a float charge. I have successfully used it for car batteries (and reviving a lawn tractor battery that I thought was dead). Being designed for smaller batteries, it takes a while to charge a low battery to full charge, but it will do it. No good for an emergency boost, but for storage or regular top-up charges it's brilliant.
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    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 3rd Dec 17, 3:06 PM
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    • 3rd Dec 17, 3:06 PM
    Lidl or Aldi.

    Very similar.

    Very good.

    Very cheap.
    Originally posted by Iceweasel
    +1. Agreed.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 3rd Dec 17, 4:05 PM
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    • 3rd Dec 17, 4:05 PM
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    • 3rd Dec 17, 4:05 PM
    Lidl or Aldi.

    Very similar.

    Very good.

    Very cheap.
    Originally posted by Iceweasel
    But almost impossible to get hold of outside the couple of weeks they have them on sale every year.
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    • geek84
    • By geek84 3rd Dec 17, 6:09 PM
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    • 3rd Dec 17, 6:09 PM
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    Thanks Folks.

    Any further suggestions greatly appreciated.
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 3rd Dec 17, 6:11 PM
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    Are all battery chargers not portable? define portable? Do you mean a jump pack?

    Avoid all the cheap ones.. The batteries will expire days after the warranty.

    I bought mine from Machine Mart 10/11 years ago and it still started a car the other day.
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    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 3rd Dec 17, 7:08 PM
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    Thanks Folks.

    Any further suggestions greatly appreciated.
    Originally posted by geek84
    CTEK chargers tend to get good reviews, particularly the MXS 5.0.
    • geek84
    • By geek84 3rd Dec 17, 7:45 PM
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    Thanks Folks.

    Any further suggestions greatly appreciated.
    • Norman Castle
    • By Norman Castle 3rd Dec 17, 7:50 PM
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    Suggest you answer whether you want a charger or a jump pack. Do you know the difference?
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    • Iceweasel
    • By Iceweasel 3rd Dec 17, 8:08 PM
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    CTEK chargers tend to get good reviews, particularly the MXS 5.0.
    Originally posted by neilmcl
    They are very good and would probably last 3 times as long as the Lidl/Aldi versions which do the same 'smart charger' things.

    Only problem is they cost 5 times as much.
    • peter_the_piper
    • By peter_the_piper 3rd Dec 17, 9:04 PM
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    Jumping Jacks. not cheap but very good, some work on mobile phones etc.
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    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 4th Dec 17, 12:17 AM
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    They are very good and would probably last 3 times as long as the Lidl/Aldi versions which do the same 'smart charger' things.

    Only problem is they cost 5 times as much.
    Originally posted by Iceweasel
    Which goes back to the point raised in post #5. Also, the equivalent CTEK charger to the Lidl/Aldi ones doesn't cost 5 times as much.
    Last edited by neilmcl; 04-12-2017 at 12:20 AM.
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 4th Dec 17, 9:02 AM
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    Jumping Jacks. not cheap but very good, some work on mobile phones etc.
    Originally posted by peter_the_piper
    Never had to jump start a mobile phone, don't know anyone called Jumping Jack either so probably don't need one.
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    • Iceweasel
    • By Iceweasel 4th Dec 17, 9:26 AM
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    Which goes back to the point raised in post #5. Also, the equivalent CTEK charger to the Lidl/Aldi ones doesn't cost 5 times as much.
    Originally posted by neilmcl
    You are right on both points - but the one you mentioned does cost approx 5 times as much.
    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 4th Dec 17, 10:15 AM
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    They are very good and would probably last 3 times as long as the Lidl/Aldi versions which do the same 'smart charger' things.

    Only problem is they cost 5 times as much.
    Originally posted by Iceweasel
    Are Lidl / Aldi chargers £6.50 then?

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/CTEK-XS-0-8-12V-1-2A/dp/B004RADNCQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1512382305&sr=8-2&keywords=ctek
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    • Iceweasel
    • By Iceweasel 4th Dec 17, 12:47 PM
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    No it doesn't but I googled the one that was recommended.

    CTEK chargers tend to get good reviews, particularly the MXS 5.0.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dautomotive&field-keywords=CTEK+MXS+5.0+Battery+Charger

    and there are even dearer ones than that.
    • sk240
    • By sk240 4th Dec 17, 1:06 PM
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    Another vote for CTEK, they can actually recover poorly batteries, along with prolonging the life of good ones.

    if you use it a couple of times a year on a good battery, you will get years more life out of it, easeily recovering the initial investment in the charger.
    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 4th Dec 17, 1:22 PM
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    No it doesn't but I googled the one that was recommended.

    CTEK chargers tend to get good reviews, particularly the MXS 5.0.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dautomotive&field-keywords=CTEK+MXS+5.0+Battery+Charger

    and there are even dearer ones than that.
    Originally posted by Iceweasel
    I think the point being its wrong to assume a CTEK unit is x5 more expensive.

    The more expensive ones are expensive for a reason and offer additional functionality that some people may or may not need. I've the MSX 5.0 as i had specific requirements for a car i kept in storage during the winter months.

    But for general requirements i'd prefer the "standard" CTEK unit over some spurious unit from a supermarket, particularly given one can be bought for £30 ish.
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    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 4th Dec 17, 1:23 PM
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    Another vote for CTEK, they can actually recover poorly batteries, along with prolonging the life of good ones.

    if you use it a couple of times a year on a good battery, you will get years more life out of it, easeily recovering the initial investment in the charger.
    Originally posted by sk240
    +1

    At £30 odd, they're great value. The 5.0 is worth the extra if you need the extra capability, but the standard unit is great.
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