Aldi 12v/6v Battery Charger 4th October £13.99
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Aldi 12v/6v Battery Charger 4th October £13.99

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Found 3rd Oct 2012
Aldi car/bike battery chargers in stock from tomorrow... I think they stock them every October so apologies to previous OP'ers. £13.99 this year so gone up a quid from last year I think but still look good value considering the cost of a C-TEK charger. I'm not sure these offer all the benefits of the aforementioned C-TEK units but then these are less than a third of the price.
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These are great value,have 4 on all year round,no need to spend £50 + on the "brand" names.
Thomablue

These are great value,have 4 on all year round,no need to spend £50 + on … These are great value,have 4 on all year round,no need to spend £50 + on the "brand" names.



4?
All year round?
What needs charging all year round?

I notice that this item only comes with a one year warranty. I thought that most Aldi electrical products came with a 3 year warranty?
Edited by: "poisondwarf" 3rd Oct 2012
These are good, and it looks as if you can now charge the battery on the car without disconnecting it first - the instructions for the older ones referred to disconnecting the battery first (unlike the CTEK, where you've always been able to charge without disconnecting).

Very similar to the CTEK, of course. Possibly made by CTEK, possibly not..........
poisondwarf

4?All year round?What needs charging all year round?I notice that this … 4?All year round?What needs charging all year round?I notice that this item only comes with a one year warranty. I thought that most Aldi electrical products came with a 3 year warranty?


Ride on mower?
dj_phatpuq

Ride on mower?




I live in London and dont use the car very often (perhaps not for a few weeks) only keep it for emergencies to visit family in the NW.

I find the battery if not charged would be flat after a few weeks (manufacturers alarm and other electrics kill it) ...

I did think of the maplins solar trickle charger on the dash but i dont think it would work as the cigarette lighter socket doesnt work when the ignition is off

poisondwarf

I notice that this item only comes with a one year warranty. I thought … I notice that this item only comes with a one year warranty. I thought that most Aldi electrical products came with a 3 year warranty?



It says 3 year warranty beside the picture on the Aldi link.
The 1 year warranty on the user manual link appears to relate to Australia
Edited by: "giltbrook" 4th Oct 2012
that looks rather good to be honest , and very cheap

Might have to treat myself to one

I especially like the idea that it tells you the state of the battery , how much charge its putting into it etc..
These won't charge if the battery is below a certain voltage (which I can't remember at the moment)
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Great little charger, use it on my bike. You can spend WAY more on one that does the same thing.
Is this one like the one I got from the other German store last year - if there is a power cut it defaults to standby, so the trickle charge function gets scuppered. :-(

poisondwarf

What needs charging all year round?



Motorbike, lawnmower, jetski, caravan, etc. Anything that doesn't get regular use is better sitting on trickle charge than being allowed to go completely flat. Even if you don't leave it charging all the time it's certainly worth giving it a top up every few weeks.

I am now something of a fair-weather biker but have found that bike batteries kept on charge over winter last for ages, whereas if you let them go dead a few times they need replacing every couple of years.
i had one of these exact chargers from them last time and it was pretty useless at charging, and then when i left it charging my motorcycle battery it failed completely and will no longer turn on...
And if you miss this ALDI one, there's a LIDL one coming up at £14.99 from next Thu 11 Oct.
PLUS Lidl have a video on their website about it (amusing just for the dubbed commentary).
MKD
Edited by: "mk-donald" 4th Oct 2012
I bought from Aldi few years before. They are really scrap. Not good.
This may seem a silly question but are these intended only to suply a trickle charge to maintain a battery that is not being used over a long period? (say a motorcycle or car stored over the winter). Or can they be just used when you have a flat battery e.g on a winters morning.
be warned had one of these before they do not charge a flat battery only recharge a low battery.
Stormtrooper

This may seem a silly question but are these intended only to suply a … This may seem a silly question but are these intended only to suply a trickle charge to maintain a battery that is not being used over a long period? (say a motorcycle or car stored over the winter). Or can they be just used when you have a flat battery e.g on a winters morning.



User manual here
hyenadog

I live in London and dont use the car very often (perhaps not for a few … I live in London and dont use the car very often (perhaps not for a few weeks) only keep it for emergencies to visit family in the NW.


Sounds as though you'd save a lot of money getting rid of it and hiring when you need!

I did think of the maplins solar trickle charger on the dash but i dont … I did think of the maplins solar trickle charger on the dash but i dont think it would work as the cigarette lighter socket doesnt work when the ignition is off


You're right there - it would be ideal otherwise.
Just this minute bought one...looks impressive, i had a quick read of the manual in the shop-it does gel cells as well as car batteries (6 and 12v) and auto detects the voltage.
Also had a mode to kick start a FLAT battery !
Lets hope it lives upto the hype...
If you have a completely flat battery these wont work unless you trick them by using jumpleads from another battery to the dead one at the same time then remove the jump leads once its started charging.
dozzum

If you have a completely flat battery these wont work unless you trick … If you have a completely flat battery these wont work unless you trick them by using jumpleads from another battery to the dead one at the same time then remove the jump leads once its started charging.



Good trick, I will remember that one. The main problem with completely flat batteries though is if they have been left flat for too long, they generally won't recover.
Edited by: "giltbrook" 4th Oct 2012
Good value charger, bought one of the Lidl ones two years ago, which works well. As stated does a lot of clever stuff like a C-TEK, but fraction of the cost. Just picked up one of these from Aldi as it looks similar, but even better as you can see the charge status on the LCD display.

Thanks OP
I did actually get a C-Tek charger for my caravan battery, but only because I just missed this one last year.Assuming it's much the same thing only cheaper, they really are brilliant, it's kept my caravan battery on maintainence charge since Christmas non stop!, and even revived a previously assumed dead battery, so even though I paid £45 well worth every penny, so at £13.99 this is a bargain.
Although I've tested my leisure battery, I never got around to using this year, due to some a**hole damaging my caravan with a hammer ... Oi! ... Clarkson!
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Just connected mine up to my 'summer' car this morning and it's really simple to use... connect the charger to the vehicle as directed (red lead to the +ve battery terminal, black to an earth point on the chassis), plug in and select 'car' mode (in my case) and it gets to work.
just picked one up, looks to be just what i need
little out of scope question: Anyone know of a simple way to trickly charge a 2nd battery in a car, in addition to the standard battery being charged by the alternator BUT be able to use power of both batteries on starting the car?
eilz

little out of scope question: Anyone know of a simple way to trickly … little out of scope question: Anyone know of a simple way to trickly charge a 2nd battery in a car, in addition to the standard battery being charged by the alternator BUT be able to use power of both batteries on starting the car?




Had system on a RV we had in Canada had a relay that connecting coach battery to the start battery you had to hold switch down
on dash while you started engine if start was battery flat .Used it once and it worked a treat also the coach battery was charged with a
split charge relay or via the 110v hook up when sited
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