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Available from 15th January
Intelligent microprocessor control with diagnostics programme and controlled charging process
With reverse polarity, short circuit and overload protection as well as pulse charge for flat batteries
Suitable for most 6V and 12V car or motorcycle batteries with a 1.2 - 120Ah capacity
4 variable charging rates, max. (A): 3.8
Similar charger to the ctek range.
Also sold by Aldi not sure if this version has the LCD.

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#1
it's ok, although current is very low compare to my 12 amp, still very good for £14.hot
#2
These are well worth the investment. I have the one from Aldi.
I don't use my car much, and it sits outside all the time. In winter I might only run it to the local shops a couple of times a month, a round trip of 7 miles, usually done at "lighting up time", with the heater on full blast!
I used to have battery problems at least two or three times during the cold weather! (surprisingly)
No more though, when I go on holiday, I take the battery in the garage and connect the charger and leave it for two weeks, never let me down since.:)

Edited By: willysnapper on Jan 08, 2015 01:08
#3
Narkodrom
it's ok, although current is very low compare to my 12 amp, still very good for £14.hot
I thought that too when I first used it.
My old 12V 3 Amp charger would pump enough juice into a flat battery in 20 minutes to be able to start the car, and the alternator would do the rest...as long as you kept the demand low!
These are often referred to as "Battery Conditioners", and as I understand it, they are a more gentle charge but can take 24 hrs to have any significant effect.
The up side being, your battery performs better for longer! ;)
2 Likes #4
Spend a bit more and get a CTEK one
3 Likes #5
heavymetal12345
Spend a bit more and get a CTEK one

Can you find us a deal on that .............. thought not
#6
I bought the Ctek MXS 5.0 over the Xmas lightning Amazon deal. Haven't used it yet, but may return it and get the Lidl one if it does a similar job. I do short runs most days and winter I have heaters, satnav/radio etc running battery down. For the price, it seems like a bargain
3 Likes #7
Narkodrom
it's ok, although current is very low compare to my 12 amp, still very good for £14.hot

This is a totally different product. What you're talking about is a battery charger for charging a dead battery. I have one of those, and find it more or less useless. If your battery is that much in need of a charge, there is a good chance you need a new battery, or a jump start followed by a long drive.

These are for keeping car batteries in good condition by charging them gently to their peak, and kicking in if / when they need it to retain peak. These can be attached to the battery whilst it's in the car for long periods of time. I have 2 cars which are always connected to a similar product when tucked away in my garage (Oxford Oximiser 900).
As a previous posted mentioned, you can also use these when you go on holiday, or won't be using the car for a couple of weeks to condition the battery.

heavymetal12345
Spend a bit more and get a CTEK one
I don't see what benefit a more expensive CTEK would be to be honest. I've never had any issues with my 2 Oxford chargers, and they've been in daily use for a couple of years now.

These are well regarded, and posted over many car forums as good quality conditioners, with many having been in use for years now.
#8
Good price. Paid about three times as much for my CTEK.
Shame they haven't included some different cable options though in the pack, would be handy to have added a permanent wire connection for motorcycles etc as a maintenance charger. Guess you could always DIY that though if required at this price.
2 Likes #9
I bought the CTEK for my motorbike as well - superb piece of kit.
This one is nowhere near as flexible, as Bobbler says you can make a permanent connection to the battery with a supplied CTEK lead then just plug it in whenever you want instead of exposing the battery and clipping on. That also means you can connect other things to the same permanent socket such as a sat-nav/phone charger with the approprate adaptor lead.

However, this Lidl one is far cheaper and I have seen good reviews by those that have bought it so it's a great buy if you are short on cash
#10
Some report quality issues with the charger http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=295328
#11
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psmith1958
heavymetal12345
Spend a bit more and get a CTEK one

Can you find us a deal on that .............. thought not


Quality issues with the Lidl charger. See later post with link to site. Why does everything have to be bought on the cheap?
[helper]#12
I had one of these but it only lasted just over 3 years and only used 4 or 5 times. That said you need to have a charger for the odd occasion so bought another when they next came up on sale hopefully this one will last longer. For the money you'll be hard pushed to find anything better. Heat added.
#13
Is there any chance you could fry an ECU on a modern car using one of these if it had 'quality issue'?

I know someone who changed a battery on a newish Renult recently, he had to have his ECU reprogrammed at the main dealer as when he disconnected his old battery it lost some settings.
#14
Those are good and will do the job!


Just bear in mind that if the battery is to flat it won't charge it. It needs to be boosted for a few minutes using another battery.
#15
Can somebody confirm if you need to disconnect battery terminals to charge with the Lidl one. If its a yes, then no point and I will keep the CTEK.
1 Like #16
Will this only charge the batteries on a Smart Car?
1 Like #17
paulj48
Is there any chance you could fry an ECU on a modern car using one of these if it had 'quality issue'?

I know someone who changed a battery on a newish Renult recently, he had to have his ECU reprogrammed at the main dealer as when he disconnected his old battery it lost some settings.

Changing the battery fried some settings?
1 Like #18
These are a new design, different from the previous one which had detachable clips and several LEDs to indicate selected mode, no LCD display. So may or may not be the same quality as the previous one. I have the previous one and find its fine.
suspended 4 Likes #19
Outrunner
Some report quality issues with the charger http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=295328

1 unhappy person, lots of happy ones!
#20
Taz1529
paulj48
Is there any chance you could fry an ECU on a modern car using one of these if it had 'quality issue'?I know someone who changed a battery on a newish Renult recently, he had to have his ECU reprogrammed at the main dealer as when he disconnected his old battery it lost some settings.
Changing the battery fried some settings?

no, try reading again, disconnecting the old battery lost settings in the ECU that only the main dealer could reprogram
#21
FAMILYGUY
Can somebody confirm if you need to disconnect battery terminals to charge with the Lidl one. If its a yes, then no point and I will keep the CTEK.

No you do not have to disconnect battery to use this product.
Have had several cars connected for long periods of time (2 years) whilst still in the car and connected up to terminals.
#22
bobbler
Good price. Paid about three times as much for my CTEK.
Shame they haven't included some different cable options though in the pack, would be handy to have added a permanent wire connection for motorcycles etc as a maintenance charger. Guess you could always DIY that though if required at this price.

I posted a deal just the other day on the oxford Oxmiser which for £6 more comes with the quick connectors for permanent connection

Here: http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/oxford-oximiser-600-12v-motorcycle-battery-charger-busters-2009-ebay-store-19-99-2110096

I used to have the Aldi one which I modded with the Tamiya connectors used in the optimate/oximiser and it worked great but now I can't find it, so bought the Oximiser instead.
banned 1 Like #23
heavymetal12345
Spend a bit more and get a CTEK one

Not sure I follow your logic. I have one of these and it refreshed the batteries on our Fiat 500 and Vauxhall Mokka. Both cars have S/S, and had stopped working due to batteries not being in top condition. 24 hours on the Lidl charger did the job. S/S now works again on both cars.
You also made comment about the Oxford Optimiser not worth the money either. Been using one for 15 years, never been switched off in all that time.
So CTEK make battery charger/conditioners, and they are expensive. Does not mean they have to be the only ones that work!
#24
Very useful for motorcycles/scooters with the low amperage. Do not own this model myself, but my battery charger for my motorcycle I hook up to my battery in the winter months whilst not riding to top up at 2A
1 Like #25
Is it just me that was wondering when Lidl started selling smart cars lol
1 Like #26
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matty9815
Will this only charge the batteries on a Smart Car?

I see what you did there (only because I was going to!)
#27
NoFinPhish
I bought the CTEK for my motorbike as well - superb piece of kit.
This one is nowhere near as flexible, as Bobbler says you can make a permanent connection to the battery with a supplied CTEK lead then just plug it in whenever you want instead of exposing the battery and clipping on. That also means you can connect other things to the same permanent socket such as a sat-nav/phone charger with the approprate adaptor lead.

However, this Lidl one is far cheaper and I have seen good reviews by those that have bought it so it's a great buy if you are short on cash

Why would anyone want to connect devices up to their battery? I can see the convenience of hooking up to charge, but it really is not adviseable with the low power of motorcycle batteries to hook directly any additional electronics.

I currently have (and due to change shortly) my heated grips connected to my battery. I intend to fit a relay instead to power a 12V socket and my heated grips via switched live. Even switched off my heated grips I notice have a faster drain on battery if my bike is not used regularly during winter months with.
#28
love mine though don't use it often. my mate bought one to keep batteries topped up on his boat while away. works a treat. deal wise I think they're usually sold at this price or thereabouts.
#29
I bought one of these last year and was very impressed with it.
1 Like #30
This one has a max charging rate of 3.8A, which is much higher than previous models, and the likes of Optimate etc (which usually max out at 0.9A). That means it IS suitable for charging a battery from near-flat, as well as for long-term conditioning purposes. Interesting that it claims to do 6V as well - I wonder if that uses a switch or if it attempts to auto-detect (which might cause problems with very low 12V batteries).
I have two CTEK chargers (MX 3.8 and MXS 5.0) and an Aldi one which looks similar to this. The CTEK ones are better built, as you'd hope given that the RRP for the 5.0 is around £70, but in use there's not much between them.

It IS possible for a poor quality conditioner to fry the complex electronics in a modern car. Will this one do so? It's very unlikely, but if you have a £50,000 BMW then you might well consider it worth spending five times as much on a CTEK charger as a precaution.

Finally, the CTEK chargers frequently come up on Amazon lightning deals, from about £37 upwards.
#31
Got a Ctek recently too (mxs5.0), really nice bit of kit. I'm trickle charging a car longish term and would not really feel confident with leaving the Lidl (Ultimate Speed) one on over long periods. Might be snotty but would rather something more tried/tested/reccomended with a better rep for my motors. Accumate ones are meant to be great too.

For £14, the Lidyl ones are still pucka - would use for a short term charge (out of the motor) without any doubt
#32
cicobuff
NoFinPhish
I bought the CTEK for my motorbike as well - superb piece of kit.
This one is nowhere near as flexible, as Bobbler says you can make a permanent connection to the battery with a supplied CTEK lead then just plug it in whenever you want instead of exposing the battery and clipping on. That also means you can connect other things to the same permanent socket such as a sat-nav/phone charger with the approprate adaptor lead.

However, this Lidl one is far cheaper and I have seen good reviews by those that have bought it so it's a great buy if you are short on cash

Why would anyone want to connect devices up to their battery? I can see the convenience of hooking up to charge, but it really is not adviseable with the low power of motorcycle batteries to hook directly any additional electronics.

There is no additional electronics, its just a wire with a connector on it. I am not sure if you understand how electronics work, its the same as having a plug socket in your home with nothing connected to it - no usage of power at all.
Quite a few of my bikes have had the Optimate "tail" fitted from standard, I just removed that and replaced with the one from my CTEK as not going buy a new charger when a lead just needs swapping.
1 Like #33
^^^^^
http://thebatteryshop.co.uk/ekmps/shops/thebatteryshop/images/xc0.8-ctek-6v-0.8a-4-stage-smart-battery-charger-[2]-953-p.jpg

(Whatever end you decide to use then connects to the charger side of wire)

Edited By: jinsta on Jan 08, 2015 10:32
#34
bobbler
cicobuff
NoFinPhish
I bought the CTEK for my motorbike as well - superb piece of kit.
This one is nowhere near as flexible, as Bobbler says you can make a permanent connection to the battery with a supplied CTEK lead then just plug it in whenever you want instead of exposing the battery and clipping on. That also means you can connect other things to the same permanent socket such as a sat-nav/phone charger with the approprate adaptor lead.

However, this Lidl one is far cheaper and I have seen good reviews by those that have bought it so it's a great buy if you are short on cash

Why would anyone want to connect devices up to their battery? I can see the convenience of hooking up to charge, but it really is not adviseable with the low power of motorcycle batteries to hook directly any additional electronics.

There is no additional electronics, its just a wire with a connector on it. I am not sure if you understand how electronics work, its the same as having a plug socket in your home with nothing connected to it - no usage of power at all.
Quite a few of my bikes have had the Optimate "tail" fitted from standard, I just removed that and replaced with the one from my CTEK as not going buy a new charger when a lead just needs swapping.

I am quite sure how electronics work, I was replying to the comment that you can hook up other electronics to this 'fly lead' and I am commenting that that puts battery drain even with devices switched off (such as my heated grips currently connected to my battery directly).

Read what I was originally quoting and replying to before being so fecking rude, if I had no clue about electronics why the feck do you think I would be fitting a relay to my bike?

Edited By: cicobuff on Jan 08, 2015 10:36
1 Like #35
Same as this one that I bought.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B009A83P1E?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00
Very pleased with it. It's done my 2010 transit, 2005 Volvo v70, 2003 astra bertone and 1999 mx-5, all while the battery was still attached to the car.
1 Like #36
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heavymetal12345
Spend a bit more and get a CTEK one


This is made by same people.
#37
Will this charger charge a VRLA motorcycle battery without damaging the battery ?
It doesn't say whether its suitable for these type of batteries....... needs to be a constant voltage charger.

Edited By: Biker Jeff on Jan 08, 2015 10:41
#38
Biker Jeff
Will this charger charge a VRLA motorcycle battery without damaging the battery ?
It doesn't say whether its suitable for these type of batteries....... needs to be a constant voltage charger.

It should be, my smart charger (running at 2a) does just fine with my sealed battery.

http://tesco.scene7.com/is/image/tesco/213-3888_PI_TPS1253805?wid=493&ht=538
#39
cicobuff
Biker Jeff
Will this charger charge a VRLA motorcycle battery without damaging the battery ?
It doesn't say whether its suitable for these type of batteries....... needs to be a constant voltage charger.

It should be, my smart charger (running at 2a) does just fine with my sealed battery.

http://tesco.scene7.com/is/image/tesco/213-3888_PI_TPS1253805?wid=493&ht=538

But you have a different charger there...... how do you know that that the Lidl one is suitable for VRLA batteries ?
#40
Biker Jeff
cicobuff
Biker Jeff
Will this charger charge a VRLA motorcycle battery without damaging the battery ?
It doesn't say whether its suitable for these type of batteries....... needs to be a constant voltage charger.

It should be, my smart charger (running at 2a) does just fine with my sealed battery.

http://tesco.scene7.com/is/image/tesco/213-3888_PI_TPS1253805?wid=493&ht=538

But you have a different charger there...... how do you know that that the Lidl one is suitable for VRLA batteries ?

How did I know mine was suitable for mine? It is a smart charger the same...as far as I am aware and I certainly have not read any otherwise, smart chargers which have short circuit and overload protection are perfectly fine for (and I have not heard them being called VRLA batteries before) sealed batteries....

You probably have a Yuasa battery or similar on your bike, sealed unit.

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