Battery charges are mainly used in workshops or in industrial areas such as construction sites where portable equipment is left and at times when the equipment is required, the battery needs to be charged. The battery charger is then needed to recharge the battery but this operation normally takes up to 12 hours and can take up to 24 hours depending on the setting that you prefer. A battery charger will charge the battery to full capacity and most battery charges have different settings for the different voltages that are required. There are plenty of models and it depends on what features you would like for your workshop or personal needs
When you are thinking of buying a battery charger whether it be for personal use or for industrial purposes such as workshops or big trucking businesses the main criteria is what type of batteries you would like to charge. Some battery charges are only suitable for a set voltage whereas other can be adjusted to suit 6 volts, 12 volts or 24 volts.
- Check the capability of the battery charger. What voltage and how many hours are required to charge the battery to full charge.
- If the battery charger can be adjusted to suit different voltages or if it is set to one voltage.
- Is it able to charge more than one battery
- What the input voltage rating is and if it can be switched to take a different input voltage
- Price needs to be taken into consideration because as an individual if you live in a city it might be cheaper for a service station to recharge your battery but if you have a workshop the price and features should be what will suit your business
Schumacher SC-600A-CA SpeedCharge
The Schumacher SC-600A is a fully automated battery charger and with its microprocessor, it detects at what rate the battery should be charged and it will detect the voltage that the connected battery is. It will detect whether it is a 6 volt or a 12 volt and set the charging parameters for the required charging rate. The Schumacher SC-600A is a small unit but because it uses the microprocessor controlled technology it will charge your battery twice as fast as any other charger but it is more suitable for personal use and can be used for your motorbike, car and utility vehicles. One of the features that will help you if you are not familiar with charging batteries is the reverse connection protection which will ensure that the battery charger will be protected.
The Schumacher is well built with an inbuilt handle and is very lite for moving it around your property which makes it a good battery charger for personal use. When it is charging the battery it is quiet which helps if it is in your home garage. As a personal charger, it is a good charger.
KeyLine Chargers KC-75A-MP 12V
The Keyline Charges KC-75A-MP 12V .75 Pro Semi Automatic Car Battery charger is a 5 stage charger for your car battery and is rated as a very good charger to maintain your car battery and will prolong the life of the battery. The charger will take 1 hour to charge a battery to 48 hours and this is because the settings in the charger making sure that the battery is charged according to how much of the battery has been discharged. It is only suitable for 12 Volt batteries but it is suitable to charge both lead batteries and AGM type batteries. It is designed for personal usage and is small and the dimensions are 2 x 2 x 4 inches and have a built in wrong connector fuse to protect the battery and the Keline Charger. It has very good reviews and is a good portable battery charger.
The Keline Charger is a great accessory to have at your home or take with you when travelling and at that small size is easy to store in the toolbox and the trunk of your car.
Black & Decker BM3B 6V and 12V Battery Charger / Maintainer
The Black and Decker BM3B ha the capacity to charge either 6-volt batteries or 12-volt batteries and if you are the person who does not know what voltage your battery is or how long to charge it then this is a very useful charger for you. The charger makes all the decisions for you and it will charge liquid, gel and AGM batteries. If you have a boat, motorcycle, car or even a lower motor this battery will do the job for you. the charger will not over charge your battery as it will go into float mode once the battery is fully charged and if is left connected it will go into float mode making sure that your battery is maintained at the optimum voltage.
The charger is a smart battery charger and fitted with connector incorrect warning which makes it easy to protect the battery charger and the battery but it will not charge your battery within hours. Like most battery chargers it will take at least 12 hours but it is sold at less than $20,00 making it good value for money.
Black & Decker BC15BD 15 Amp Bench Battery Charger with Engine Start Timer
This is a slighter larger model than the portable battery chargers on the market but it also has other features like engine start which is really useful if there are no spare batteries around. The reason batteries in vehicles often run down and lose power is because the alternator is not working properly and the Black & Decker BC15BD has an excellent feature whereby it can analyse how well the vehicle’s alternator is working. It has the built-in technology with its 3 stage charging system to ensure once it has been connected to the battery you don’t need to worry about anything else the Black & Decker BC15BD will do it all.
Make sure that the portable battery charger is plugged in and switched on before you hook it up to the battery this is so that it is active or else it will not recognise if you have made a mistake especially with the reverse polarity protection mechanism. A good buy but a bit on the expensive side.
Schumacher SC-1200A-CA SpeedCharge 12Amp 6/12V
The Schumacher SC-1200A is fitted with two different charging modes and with the 12 amp mode it will rapidly charge your battery and in the 6 amp mode will charge it over a longer period of time to suit your timeline when you would like to use the battery being charged. It also adjusts automatically the amperage it uses so that the battery is charged without damaging any cells. The car start feature is really convenient if the battery has no charge when you need to go. The car charge mode lets the Schumacher SC-1200-CA charge the battery in super fast mode and you will be able to start your car in 8 minutes. The Schumacher charger is not a backup battery car starter but with the mode in super fast, it is probably not needed for that function.
The microprocessor controlled charger will not allow a completely dead battery to charge because of the safety features built in but there is a way to bypass the safety controls and then you will be able to charge a complete battery. The Schumacher SC-1200C is highly rated and well worth the money spent.
NOCO Genius G750 6V/12V .75A UltraSafe Smart Battery Charger
Charge your fully drained batteries with the NOCO genius G750 with the smart battery technology that the NOCO genius offers and maintain your batteries whether they are for your car, boat, motorbike or utility vehicle. It can be used with start-stop vehicles and CANbus electrical systems. It charges 2 x faster than other chargers that are on the market and with the onboard microcomputer it has the ability to monitor the charging of the battery and makes sure that it is not overheated, overcharged and once the charge is on maximum will automatically go into float mode. The NOCO is very safe to use and will prevent polarity sparks, open circuits and short circuits.
The NOCO Genius is well designed and very compact with a lot of features that will protect your battery from overcharging and with its interactive ability with the battery changes the charging mode to make sure that the battery is not damaged. If the battery is not required it will keep the battery on full charge until you decide to disconnect it. At less than $30,00 it is good value for money.
Schumacher SEM-1562A-CA 1.5 Amp Speed Charge Battery Maintainer
The Schumacher SEM-1562A is a charger that is rated to charge both 6 volt and 12-volt batteries and is one of the better chargers that are on the market. It has the smart charger technology controlled by a microprocessor and once the battery is fully charged it will automatically switch to float mode. It can also be used to maintain both 6 volt and 12-volt batteries at full charge without damaging the batteries due to its sensitive float mode. The charging times vary with the type of battery and what the use is. Small motorbike, lawn mower and the garden tractor will charge within 2 1/2 hours and the bigger marine batteries will take up to 44 hours. The same goes for motor vehicles it will take from 12 hours to 44 hours depending what type of batteries they are. The good thing is with all the smart LED display you will know exactly when the battery is fully charged.
This is a good battery charger and highly recommended.
Battery Tender 021-0123 Battery Tender Junior 12V Battery Charger
The Battery Tender 021 -0123 is a very apt description of this 12-volt trickle charger. The charger is more complex than that as it comes with a microprocessor and acts as if it has its own brain which makes it better than most chargers in the market. The Battery Tender uses ISM technology which is technology that it allows it to respond to the battery needs hundreds of times per second. It has reverse hook protection and on top of that, it will not send any power to the battery if it detects that there is a bad connection avoiding sparks.
The Battery Tender 021-0123 is not intended to be a fast battery charger but it will do the job for any 12-volt battery and it will take about 20 to 24 hours to achieve full charge and this is dependant on what type of battery that you are charging. It is very reasonably priced at less than $30,00 and if you are looking for a 12-volt trickle charger this would be a good charger to have.
Battery Tender 021-0156 Battery Tender Plus 12V Battery
This is the best 12-volt charger and it is specifically designed for gel batteries which require a lower recharge voltages due to the sensitivity of the gel. It requires a charger that is able to adjust to the charging because overcharging a gel type battery will have adverse effects. Being the best portable battery charger all you need to do is connect it to your battery either in the vehicle or out, switch it on and forget about it. The Battery Tender 021-1056 will do the rest and like all the Battery Tender chargers once the battery has reached full charge it will automatically switch to float mode. The Battery Tender charger uses a 4 stage charging cycle starting with initialization, bulk charge, absorption mode and lastly float mode.
The Battery Tender charger is the best charger in the market and it is built with quality materials especially the wiring. It is primarily for gel type batteries but can also be used for lead-acid batteries with the same results. This is the best portable charger and well worth the price.