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Worth a special mention of its own, rather than just included in the general Lidl posts - this is a rather special battery charger, very much like the much more expensive CTEK models, but at a fraction of the price.

Electronic, versatile and capable of dealing with problems that an ordinary charger couldn't cope with.

Buy one for the cold weather battery problems - but be early. These are likely to sell out quickly.

Electronically controlled, fully automatic charging with LED indicator
Choose from continuous charging function or trickle charging with thermal overload and reverse polarity protection
Charging cable with insulated clips
Suitable for most 6V and 12V car or motorcycle batteries with a 1.2- 120Ah capacity
4 variable charging rates, max. (A): 3.8
Operating voltage: 220-240V~ 50/60Hz
Recovery mode helps to prevent sulphation
Size (cm): 19.5 x 6.7 x 4.4
Cable length (m): 1.9
3 year manufacturer’s warranty

Video here: http://www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/xchg/lidl_uk/hs.xsl/index_27894.htm

Available from Thurday 19 January.

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15 Likes #1
very similar to ctek


so like a golf
#2
Don't know if its just me but can't see it on site. Is it like a charger or a jump starter/
1 Like #3
I have this charger, it really is superb.

Watch the video at Lidl to see how good it is.

Great value for money.

Heat added.
#4
disneygirl
Don't know if its just me but can't see it on site. Is it like a charger or a jump starter/



Some items are " area specific ", so may not be in your area.
#5
when you go to the site click continue without post code and it will bring it up
disneygirl
Don't know if its just me but can't see it on site. Is it like a charger or a jump starter/
#6
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disneygirl
Don't know if its just me but can't see it on site. Is it like a charger or a jump starter/



Some items are " area specific ", so may not be in your area.

You might need to enter a postcode to view the charger. Worth a look, though - these are really quite exceptional and a steal at the price. There's nothing else like it on the market at anywhere near this price.
#7
Looks a good little charger
#8
I have one of these also...very clever piece of kit. Very good value HOT!
#9
Is this really as good as CTEK 'cos the CTEK ones are brillant
#10
Looks fantastic :D

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y297/ShamblesX/lidl.png
1 Like #11
I bought one to replace my old charger when it wouldn't charge my Bike battery, this also wouldn't charge it nor would the one I bought to replace this one. Turns out most chargers won't charge when the battery output falls below 4 volts I think it is. If your battery is completely dead this won't charge it (I have since borrowed a more expensive battery charger which done the job). Seems pretty good from the manual though
1 Like #12
heavymetal12345
Is this really as good as CTEK 'cos the CTEK ones are brillant



I would say yes, but I only ever borrowed a CTEK, I own this one, it is fantastic

Best £13 I have spent in a long while.(_;)
#13
i have two which keep my two motorbikes on constant charge in my garage, as ive got through a few batterys by not keeping them optimised..
#14
so, are these things like 'trickle' charges which you plug into say eg. mobility scooter to ensure the battery never dies and is always kept topped up?
#15
samwants2save
so, are these things like 'trickle' charges which you plug into say eg. mobility scooter to ensure the battery never dies and is always kept topped up?

Exactly - it can be left charging indefinitely.
suspended#16
Thanks OP. Will pop down Thursday.
#17
Beano007
I bought one to replace my old charger when it wouldn't charge my Bike battery, this also wouldn't charge it nor would the one I bought to replace this one. Turns out most chargers won't charge when the battery output falls below 4 volts I think it is. If your battery is completely dead this won't charge it (I have since borrowed a more expensive battery charger which done the job). Seems pretty good from the manual though


second this. i have one and it will not charge a dead battery.
#18
battery on my bike was flat the other week so put this on to charge it. it started charging ok but then got to where it thought the battery was charged and stopped. i fitted the battery back on the bike and it was not charged enough to turn the engine once let alone start it. i tried 3 times and in the end used another `non-intelligent` charger which worked fine.
3 Likes #19
Deserves a bit of heat for the longest title I've ever seen oO
[helper]#20
Used this to trickle charge a bike battery and to re-charge a flat car battery. One thing to be aware of - it took about 10 minutes for it to start charging the car battery (no indicator lights) so at first thought the charger was knackered.....

Edited By: gari189 on Jan 16, 2012 19:04
#21
Would have liked more max charging amps for my car battery..... but i think this charger would be good for my bike. Certainly seems comparable to the expensive Optimates.
#22
Biker Jeff
Would have liked more max charging amps for my car battery......


In such a small package at this price? This is a bargain. It's low amps but it's a good price. I've got chargers that cost 15plus times this price but I'd still buy a couple of these to keep things ticking over.
#23
haha.. love the video.. the guy hasn't even ironed his shirt.. just took it out the packet and put it on..
#24
very good charger at the best price ever!!!
I've been using it for ages now for one of the biggest 12V batteries around and it performs much better than the ones with more max charging amps...
#25
I had to use this on a faulty Vectra 2.2 battery (large) most of last winter - it would bring it to life with a decent overnigh charge - for the money I paid it was well worth
#26
Great charger at twice the price! Gonna grab another.
#27
These were £14.99 from Lidl in October last year, they've dropped the price as the version Aldi sold was £12.99 and has a LCD screen for readout of voltage etc. LINKY. They had them on sale within weeks of each other so my guess is that the Aldi ones will be on special again in the next few weeks if your after one with LCD readout.

Great bit of kit if you've got a bike or vehicle that doesn't get used regularly :)
#28
Godspeed
These were £14.99 from Lidl in October last year, they've dropped the price as the version Aldi sold was £12.99 and has a LCD screen for readout of voltage etc. LINKY. They had them on sale within weeks of each other so my guess is that the Aldi ones will be on special again in the next few weeks if your after one with LCD readout.

Great bit of kit if you've got a bike or vehicle that doesn't get used regularly :)


Any difference in specs between the two ?
#29
Yup it is special - 3.8A max output - that is very very very low. If you have a diesel it could take an eternity to fully charge a flat battery.
(I see a bit of hype here over this)
May be suitable f you have a classic car and you just want to keep the battery trickle charged over the winter months - otherwise I would recommend to steer clear of this.
- Scoob
1 Like #30
Biker Jeff
Godspeed
These were £14.99 from Lidl in October last year, they've dropped the price as the version Aldi sold was £12.99 and has a LCD screen for readout of voltage etc. LINKY. They had them on sale within weeks of each other so my guess is that the Aldi ones will be on special again in the next few weeks if your after one with LCD readout.

Great bit of kit if you've got a bike or vehicle that doesn't get used regularly :)


Any difference in specs between the two ?


Aldi
£12.99

Microprocessor controlled operation
4 Different operating modes
Regeneration mode for 12v batteries
Trickle charging function *
Polarity reversal protection
Charging current 0.8A (6v), 3.8A (12v)
Suitable for lead acid batteries of 1.2Ah - 120Ah (12v) and 1.2Ah - 14Ah (6v)
LCD display
Insulated clamps
1.8m long cable

* A battery can remain permanently connected to the charger without damage or adverse effect on its performance. The trickle charge can be used to maintain a battery

3 Year Warranty
#31
Is it possible to use this system to charge more than one battery at the same time? (I am currently renovating a boat, and have yet to turn my attention to the electrics -- seems like a v.cheap way of keeping a small bank of leisure batteries charged...)
#32
oh.. i currently have a nearly flat battery..wont start car.. and its a 1.9 diesel... is this battery charger not good for me? :(
#33
They seem the same charging output then, although i prefer the LCD display if it gives you volts remaining in state of charge.
1 Like #34
Good value.... but it's only a 4 amp charger.... I'm after a 10A to 20A charger to really bring a dead car battery back to life ASAP any suggestions please....
#35
The video looks like it's straight off a satellite TV shopping channel crossed with a bad sync Bruce Lee film
Hype hype hype - wow - it's even got HOLES!!! to fix it to a wall!!! isn't that just amazing.
3.8 amps MAX! - it's just weeny but have heat for making me laugh ...
- Scoob
#36
think i will get one of these for my bike and car that gets used for about 3 months every year.

heat added!
#37
rogercat
Good value.... but it's only a 4 amp charger.... I'm after a 10A to 20A charger to really bring a dead car battery back to life ASAP any suggestions please....



me too!
#38
Bought one of these last year, can't fault it for what I bought it for.....top up/maintenance on car battery not regularly used. If you're going to charge a flat battery, this isn't going to be the quickest, but it will charge it gradually and you can leave it connected until needed without reducing the working life of the battery. Might pick up the lcd version from Aldi if I spot them as a spare as they are cheap enough. Very similar spec to the ctek and a 3 year warranty should it die after first use. Recommended.
#39
Any idea if this will be suitable for charging a gel type battery? I can't find info anywhere.
#40
I want to make sure I get one of these. Voted cold. Less heat means less people to clear out the stock before I get there. ;-)

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