Car Battery Charger £13.99 @ Lidl from 17th January
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Car Battery Charger £13.99 @ Lidl from 17th January

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Found 10th Jan 2013
Electronically controlled, fully automatic charging with LED indicator
With reverse polarity, short circuit and overload protection
4 variable charging rates, max. (A): 3.8
Operating voltage: 220-240V ~ 50/60Hz
Cable length (m): 1.95
3 year manufacturer’s warranty

Seems a good price for one of these!
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These are a bargain compared to branded alternatives I use 4 of these and Aldi equiv all the time.
Thanks, been waiting to get one of these via Aldi/Lidl.
hot
Very good charger. However, did not charge my completely discharged battery (as they claim it will).
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pet2000

Very good charger. However, did not charge my completely discharged … Very good charger. However, did not charge my completely discharged battery (as they claim it will).



How long did you wait? Sometimes takes 2-3 days.
Excellent piece of kit
squillion

How long did you wait? Sometimes takes 2-3 days.



Yes you need to leave it a while,although I think I've had one complete failure but that was due to battery being well beyond recovery and absolutely dead and beyond hope.
Do these work on all car batteries?
Good charger, but couldn't charge my Dad's battery which had dropped to 6 or 7 Volts.
It couldnt charge mine either. It was deeply discharged though.
Fantastic charger, these will recover a fully flat battery as long as it is not completely shot, but it does take time, sometimes a few days.

Great value for money.
weak charger 3.8 Amps kinda crap.
10amp sometime may be on promo on amazon/argos/etc. for about £20.
Anyway, thanks for sharing
Ultimate Speed Car and Motorcycle Battery Charger ULG 3.8 A1

Technical Details:
For all 6V and 12V car and motorcycle batteries with 1.2Ah-120Ah capacity.
Protection against reverse polarity, short circuit and overload.
Pulse charging to revitalise drained batteries.
Maintenance mode for long-term connection with optimal charge retention without sulphate formation
Nominal output current: 0.8A/3.8A. Input voltage: 220-240V AC ~50/60Hz

Product Description:
The Ultimate Speed ULG 3.8 A1 is an electronic battery charger with a pulse trickle charge mode and is suitable for charging and maintenance charging of rechargeable lead batteries. It is compatible with WET (liquid electrolyte), GEL (gel type electrolyte) and AGM (absorbed glass mat) type batteries. Batteries of the following specification can be charged:
• 6V: with a capacity of 1.2Ah to 14Ah
• 12V: with a capacity of 1.2Ah to 120Ah

The charger has a special feature (a three phase charging procedure) which enables recharging of batteries to almost 100% of their original capacity. The charger also has a maintenance mode feature for long-term connection to a battery that will ensure the battery is kept in optimum condition. It can also be used it to regenerate completely discharged batteries. The charger has protective circuits to prevent sparking and overheating.

Charging Specifications:
• Charging current: 0.8A or 3.8A
• Charging voltage: 7.3V or 14.4V or 14.7V
I bought one last year FIRST CLASS
Only downside is that the battery has to be disconnected before you use the charger, according to the manual. Which could lose your radio settings, or worse.

Seems to be similar to the CTEKs, but the CTEK can be used without disconnecting the battery.

Before starting the charging or discharging procedure on a permanently installed battery in a vehicle, first disconnect the minus pole connecting cable (black) of the vehicle from the minus pole of the battery. The minus pole of the battery is usually connected to the car body.
Then disconect the plus pole connecting cable (red) of the vehicle from the plus pole of the battery.
First attach the „+“ quick-release clamp (red) of the battery charger to the „+“ terminal of the battery (see Fig. C).
Attach the „–“ quick-release clamp (black) of the battery charger to the „–“ terminal of the battery (see Fig. C).
Connect the mains lead of the battery charger to an electrical power outlet socket.
Suspect it is a clone of a Ctek charger, it is a cracking bargian
great for the mower and bike batteries
gone up in price tho , was £12.99
tommie1shunt

Suspect it is a clone of a Ctek charger, it is a cracking bargian



It's similar to a CTEK, but it isn't a clone, it's not made by CTEK, and (unlike a CTEK) you can't charge a battery left on the car - unless you disconnect it first.

I have both, and the CTEKs far superior in what it'll do.
Newbold

It's similar to a CTEK, but it isn't a clone, it's not made by CTEK, and … It's similar to a CTEK, but it isn't a clone, it's not made by CTEK, and (unlike a CTEK) you can't charge a battery left on the car - unless you disconnect it first.I have both, and the CTEKs far superior in what it'll do.


Yes, but shame it's 3x, 4x the price compare to this. Is there really a massive diff between the Lidl & CTEK?
nickbooth

Good charger, but couldn't charge my Dad's battery which had dropped to 6 … Good charger, but couldn't charge my Dad's battery which had dropped to 6 or 7 Volts.



If your car battery is reading 6V, the best place for it is a skip
Great value but not particularly reliable. Only used mine a couple of times then next time I got it out - nothing. Tried it on 3 different batteries for several hours and nothing.........shame it was just over 3 years and I couldn't take it back. Still a good deal though.
nickbooth

Good charger, but couldn't charge my Dad's battery which had dropped to 6 … Good charger, but couldn't charge my Dad's battery which had dropped to 6 or 7 Volts.



This might sound complicated but if you connect another charged battery to your dad's with jump leads you can get the charge started & then you can disconnect the second battery.

I swear by my charger which I have had for several years & which I use for both car \7 leisure batteries.
pet2000

Very good charger. However, did not charge my completely discharged … Very good charger. However, did not charge my completely discharged battery (as they claim it will).



It needs a minimum charge to start working. Connect your battery to another one and charge it for a few minutes using your car to porwer it up.

Disconnect your old battery and quickly connect to this charger.
Chris52

This might sound complicated but if you connect another charged battery … This might sound complicated but if you connect another charged battery to your dad's with jump leads you can get the charge started & then you can disconnect the second battery.I swear by my charger which I have had for several years & which I use for both car \7 leisure batteries.




You beat me to it!

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Newbold

[quote=tommie1shunt] you can't charge a battery left on the car - unless … [quote=tommie1shunt] you can't charge a battery left on the car - unless you disconnect it first..


Oh yes you can.
Well, maybe YOU can't but I can/have done. (_;)
gcmarcal

It needs a minimum charge to start working. Connect your battery to … It needs a minimum charge to start working. Connect your battery to another one and charge it for a few minutes using your car to porwer it up.Disconnect your old battery and quickly connect to this charger.



You don't need to start the car if you do it my way as long as there is some charge in the second battery. This is an advantage if neither of your batteries are fully charged or the second one is a leisure battery/motorcycle size/lawn tractor size etc battery which won't start the car without damaging the battery.

I don't disconnect my car battery & it charges fine.
Edited by: "Chris52" 11th Jan 2013
Surely the car's regulator will get miffed off at having to regulate the output from the battery charger? Or are they not wired in this way?
Has anyone tried using these while the battery is still connected ?



capnpugwash

Has anyone tried using these while the battery is still connected ?



Just spend the money on a ctek mxs3.6 or xs 0.8. Job done, or in the case of the xs0.8... job done... tomorrow :P


the one aldi have a couple of times a year is better for similar money. Deep charge, lcd display, charge in car.
Pluun

Oh yes you can.Well, maybe YOU can't but I can/have done. (_;)



Absolutely. You can, of course - much as you can run 230 volts through a 130 volt appliance. But if the manual tells you not to do it, you can be sure there's a reason.

The CTEK is designed to charge with the battery still connected. These, sadly, are not, and you do so at your own risk (or rather the risk of your car's electrics/electronic systems).
abaxas

Just spend the money on a ctek mxs3.6 or xs 0.8. Job done, or in the case … Just spend the money on a ctek mxs3.6 or xs 0.8. Job done, or in the case of the xs0.8... job done... tomorrow :P




How long is the warranty on a C.Tek ?
Inactive

How long is the warranty on a C.Tek ?



It varies, but the newer models are 5 years.
I've used this to charge without disconnecting without any problems. Some cars have a permanent live on the lighter/aux power socket so you can charge via that (as they are normally 10A max), but you will need to buy a cigarette adaptor and wire it to the terminals and ensure you insulate them sufficiently so that you don't accidentally short the charger or battery if you do this.
I also have the Aldi version which is slightly better because the lcd display shows the charging when active and also reads the live voltage level, so you know when you start if the battery is very low or just needs a top up. I think the Aldi one was actually a quid cheaper, but both are equally as good and great for trickle charging a car or bike that's not use everyday.

heat added
I bought this last year and have to say it worked a treat on a weak car battery that had failed me on a few occasions before. I'm not an expert but I charged the battery overnight without disconnecting it .
gari189

Great value but not particularly reliable. Only used mine a couple of … Great value but not particularly reliable. Only used mine a couple of times then next time I got it out - nothing. Tried it on 3 different batteries for several hours and nothing.........shame it was just over 3 years and I couldn't take it back. Still a good deal though.



Mine too - be aware
nickbooth

Good charger, but couldn't charge my Dad's battery which had dropped to 6 … Good charger, but couldn't charge my Dad's battery which had dropped to 6 or 7 Volts.


you have to trick it into charging fully discharged batteries by connecting a decent one in parallel until it gets the voltage up. Also may need to charge for a few days. These are excellent bits of kit!
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sunnyhurst

you have to trick it into charging fully discharged batteries by … you have to trick it into charging fully discharged batteries by connecting a decent one in parallel until it gets the voltage up. Also may need to charge for a few days. These are excellent bits of kit!



Sorry but they are not.
The wires on a previous one melted and fused together and this one refuses to charge sometimes.
Resulting in a friend buying a new battery that she probably didn't need to.

Thank Gob I didn't throw away my "old fashioned" one when I bought these !
Lewwy

If your car battery is reading 6V, the best place for it is a skip



Yeah, 'cos putting a lead acid battery in a skip is a brilliant idea. oO
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