Car/Motorcycle Battery Charger 'Auto XS' @ Aldi Instore £13.99 from 22nd Oct 2015
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Car/Motorcycle Battery Charger 'Auto XS' @ Aldi Instore £13.99 from 22nd Oct 2015

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Found 16th Oct 2015
Always popular yearly items from Lidl and Aldi and with good reason, 3 years warranty and a fraction of the cost of the usual smart battery chargers and also performs as a trickle charger, useful for occasional use motorbikes or cars.

Suitable for all 6V and 12V car and motorbike batteries.

LCD display
Trickle or permanent charging functions
Switch between car, motorbike, cold start or 6V charging modes
LED charging indication
Approx. 1.91m charging cable
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[Manual] (Australian but same function)

I purchased this last year, used on a number of occasions and it done the job! Worth the money
Apologies if this is a stupid question, but would this unit be suitable to keep in the boot in case a jump start is required?
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SFJnet

Apologies if this is a stupid question, but would this unit be suitable … Apologies if this is a stupid question, but would this unit be suitable to keep in the boot in case a jump start is required?



Providing you would have access to a mains socket you could connect the terminals, plug it in and attempt a cold start when a battery has a problem due to more effort needed in cold weather to start the engine.

But no this is not a jump start machine like below :

https://www.machinemart.co.uk/images/library/product/huge/01/010310400.jpg

This is meant for charging either partially depleted batteries and attempting to resurrect fully depleted batteries as well as maintaining charge on occasional use vehicles.

I would advise anyone avoid jump start machines anyway. Unless you keep their own battery topped up (and lets face it the majority of people will forget on such an 'emergency' occasional use item) they will themselves die from lack of use.

Much better keeping a pair of jump leads in your boot and jump starting your car from a friend/work colleague/kind person own battery in their vehicle, around a tenner at toolstation....keep that in your boot.

http://cdn.toolstation.com/images/141020-UK/388/26875.jpg



Edited by: "cicobuff" 16th Oct 2015
These units are very good, I don't use my car much and if I think I won't be using it for say a week or more; I connect this to the battery and it tops it up and conditions the battery so the car's ready to go the next time I need it.
Edited by: "1more" 16th Oct 2015
Need a trickle charger for motorbike , this looks like ideal.
Thanks op
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snoopy18

Need a trickle charger for motorbike , this looks like ideal.Thanks op



You're welcome, I needed one myself, was waiting for this as I prefer it having the voltage display that the Lidl ones do not have...but had the free £25 voucher from Bespoke offers.

Used it on a price beat on the Oxford 900 Oximiser Anniversary edition, £49.99 RRP, selling for £36.99 on Amazon and a price beat of just over £28, so £3 outlay...otherwise I would most certainly have gone for this myself as I have been using a 2A (really overcurrented for motorcycle charging) charger for way too long.
cicobuff

You're welcome, I needed one myself, was waiting for this as I prefer it … You're welcome, I needed one myself, was waiting for this as I prefer it having the voltage display that the Lidl ones do not have...but had the free £25 voucher from Bespoke offers.Used it on a price beat on the Oxford 900 Oximiser Anniversary edition, £49.99 RRP, selling for £36.99 on Amazon and a price beat of just over £28, so £3 outlay...otherwise I would most certainly have gone for this myself as I have been using a 2A (really overcurrented for motorcycle charging) charger for way too long.


You know a lot more about these things than me
Curious if I could start the bike with this connected or if it would damage the charger.
I do intend starting the bike every week so now wondering if I need this at all
Edited by: "snoopy18" 16th Oct 2015
snoopy18

You know a lot more about these things than me :)Curious if I could start … You know a lot more about these things than me :)Curious if I could start the bike with this connected or if it would damage the charger.I do intend starting the bike every week so now wondering if I need this at all



Something would be damaged somewhere if you started it with it connected.
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snoopy18

You know a lot more about these things than me :)Curious if I could start … You know a lot more about these things than me :)Curious if I could start the bike with this connected or if it would damage the charger.I do intend starting the bike every week so now wondering if I need this at all



If you intend starting the bike every week and riding it (starting it is not enough) then your bikes alternator will keep the battery charged up. Just bear in mind if forecasts are correct we could be in for a heavy snow winter, these things are always useful to have.

I doubt harm would come to the charger for attempting to start the bike with it attached, but really why would you unless your battery was weak and you were having trouble getting it to start because of it? Also you would need to disconnect before riding away

One thing that some of the dedicated motorcycle chargers do have like the one I have just bought are fly leads you can connect to the battery for quick connect/disconnects.
Thanks op, been waiting for these to come up as you know
cicobuff

If you intend starting the bike every week and riding it (starting it is … If you intend starting the bike every week and riding it (starting it is not enough) then your bikes alternator will keep the battery charged up. Just bear in mind if forecasts are correct we could be in for a heavy snow winter, these things are always useful to have.I doubt harm would come to the charger for attempting to start the bike with it attached, but really why would you unless your battery was weak and you were having trouble getting it to start because of it? Also you would need to disconnect before riding away :)One thing that some of the dedicated motorcycle chargers do have like the one I have just bought are fly leads you can connect to the battery for quick connect/disconnects.


Thanks ,I will buy one .
Doubt the bike will be moving an inch in winter , brrrrr
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snoopy18

Thanks ,I will buy one .Doubt the bike will be moving an inch in winter , … Thanks ,I will buy one .Doubt the bike will be moving an inch in winter , brrrrr



At the price it makes sense to be honest. Unless forecasts are grossly incorrect, I am talking from experience here.....leaving a bike battery to drain will kill the battery eventually, best you keep it in tip top shape by top up charging it every week or two if your bike is kept outside, or even better if in a garage keeping it on maintenance charge.
cicobuff

At the price it makes sense to be honest. Unless forecasts are grossly … At the price it makes sense to be honest. Unless forecasts are grossly incorrect, I am talking from experience here.....leaving a bike battery to drain will kill the battery eventually, best you keep it in tip top shape by top up charging it every week or two if your bike is kept outside, or even better if in a garage keeping it on maintenance charge.


My poor old r6 will be in a cold garage .
First time I've had a bike in a garage over winter , can I trouble you for anymore advice .
I will be googling it as well , to tr and keep it something like
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snoopy18

My poor old r6 will be in a cold garage .First time I've had a bike in a … My poor old r6 will be in a cold garage .First time I've had a bike in a garage over winter , can I trouble you for anymore advice . I will be googling it as well , to tr and keep it something like



Could be worse, could be outside like my bike, however I keep mine under a thermal weather covering all year when parked up. With a garage (providing you have electric in your garage) you have the advantage of leaving it attached for trickle maintenance charging keeping the battery levels permanently topped up.
Can these be used for a Leisure battery (i.e. caravan battery) ?
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sjohnst4

Can these be used for a Leisure battery (i.e. caravan battery) ?



If you google it states that for leisure batteries you should use a leisure battery charger, although over on the [UKcampsite forum] there are plenty of posts of people using such smart chargers for charging their leisure batteries, so I do not see why not.

I guess it would be worth having a gander on those forums, see if anyone has used one of these for such.

sjohnst4

Can these be used for a Leisure battery (i.e. caravan battery) ?



Multi stage chargers are best - which this appears to be.
SFJnet

Apologies if this is a stupid question, but would this unit be suitable … Apologies if this is a stupid question, but would this unit be suitable to keep in the boot in case a jump start is required?



No chance - the unit will only deliver 4Amps - starting a car will take more than 100Amps
There are some interesting ultra small jump starters around. Search for "lithium ion car starter"
Heat, thanks OP!
Will this work with Dry Charge, Gel and Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries?
Actually I just found an old post from 2 years ago, with a bit more info here..

LCD/LED display: Battery voltage display, charging status display, cold weather charging, fault & mains lights, standby symbol, 3 year warranty.

4 charge modes including pulse charging, microprocessor controlled.
3.8 Amps at 12v trickle charging.
6 volt: 1.2Ah-14Ah.
12 volt:14Ah-120Ah.
Will charge gel batteries.
6 volt auto detect.
Similar to CTEK chargers.
Original Poster
ukez

Actually I just found an old post from 2 years ago, with a bit more info … Actually I just found an old post from 2 years ago, with a bit more info here..LCD/LED display: Battery voltage display, charging status display, cold weather charging, fault & mains lights, standby symbol, 3 year warranty.4 charge modes including pulse charging, microprocessor controlled.3.8 Amps at 12v trickle charging.6 volt: 1.2Ah-14Ah.12 volt:14Ah-120Ah.Will charge gel batteries.6 volt auto detect.Similar to CTEK chargers.



I put a link to the manual in the first post.
sjohnst4

Can these be used for a Leisure battery (i.e. caravan battery) ?


I use one on my leisure battery all year round. The only issue is if it loses power you have to manually put it on charge again unlike the more expensive ctek ones
Cheers, I'll be picking one up hopefully, track bike will be un-used all winter.
They probably use the internals of the LIDL 'Ulimate Speed' chargers as they did an LCD version. I had 2 of the LCD versions though - and they both stopped charging after a few Months - but the non LCD versions are still going strong years later. Oh and if you chop the clips off and solder on a male cigarette lighter socket you can charge within the car/van
snoopy18

Thanks ,I will buy one .Doubt the bike will be moving an inch in winter , … Thanks ,I will buy one .Doubt the bike will be moving an inch in winter , brrrrr



I don't get this trickle charge milarky. I never use my bike between Oct and Apr and I never have a problem with the battery.
BeerGoggles

I don't get this trickle charge milarky. I never use my bike between Oct … I don't get this trickle charge milarky. I never use my bike between Oct and Apr and I never have a problem with the battery.



​How many winters have you been using this technique because it will eventually fail you, unless you are keeping your bike in a garage (even unheated).

I don't have a luxury of a garage so I kept it in a friends shed for 2 months, battery was a compete goner when I came to ride it home, jump start sorted it but the battery was permanently damaged and wouldn't charge above 12.4v and really struggled with starting, think the CCA had been reduced drastically too
Do you n ed to get plug into mains
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BeerGoggles

I don't get this trickle charge milarky. I never use my bike between Oct … I don't get this trickle charge milarky. I never use my bike between Oct and Apr and I never have a problem with the battery.



That to me defies logic...what sort of battery have you in your bike?!?! Certainly would not work with sealed AGM batteries. You are usually lucky to get over 1 month with a battery without it being flat. Repeatedly doing this even with charging will reduce the life span of your battery. I know, I had one replaced under warranty, and another gone through the same amount of neglect within the span of 3 years.
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kyrusdemnati

Do you n ed to get plug into mains



Do you mean do you need to attach your own mains plug on? There is one already a mains plug attached to the end of one of the leads. If you mean do you need to plug it into the mains then simply of course, you need to charge the battery somehow.
Keep your receipt if you buy one... mine only lasted 3 weeks, barely charged a motorcycle battery and then died after 2nd use
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RealDash

Keep your receipt if you buy one... mine only lasted 3 weeks, barely … Keep your receipt if you buy one... mine only lasted 3 weeks, barely charged a motorcycle battery and then died after 2nd use



They come with 3 years warranty so generally people do keep their receipts but thanks for the heads up. Did you opt for a replacement or refund?
cicobuff

They come with 3 years warranty so generally people do keep their … They come with 3 years warranty so generally people do keep their receipts but thanks for the heads up. Did you opt for a replacement or refund?

Refund. I might have just got a duff one and the rest are ok, but I dont want a charger that I cant rely on just because its cheap...
Its a bit naughty of Aldi to say it suits all batteries. Battery chargers come in different types , suitable for up to 2000 cc vehicles, up to 3500 cc vehicles, etc. as bigger the vehicle usually the more amp hours the battery.
Most chargers come with reverse polarity protection but they vary on whether they have a guage or how many led lights show you the state of charge.
Proveright

Its a bit naughty of Aldi to say it suits all batteries. Battery chargers … Its a bit naughty of Aldi to say it suits all batteries. Battery chargers come in different types , suitable for up to 2000 cc vehicles, up to 3500 cc vehicles, etc. as bigger the vehicle usually the more amp hours the battery.Most chargers come with reverse polarity protection but they vary on whether they have a guage or how many led lights show you the state of charge.



That only changes how long it takes to charge, not the size of charger required. This would be fine for even diesel batteries.

The only restriction would be lorries, I think they're 18 volt batteries?
snoopy18

I do intend starting the bike every week so now wondering if I need this … I do intend starting the bike every week so now wondering if I need this at all



Unless you're actually getting it up to temperature and taking it for a run, I'd recommend not starting it at all. Mine sits in the garage all winter, the only maintenance it needs in the spring is a recharge of the battery due to the alarm discharging it.
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slimy31

Unless you're actually getting it up to temperature and taking it for a … Unless you're actually getting it up to temperature and taking it for a run, I'd recommend not starting it at all. Mine sits in the garage all winter, the only maintenance it needs in the spring is a recharge of the battery due to the alarm discharging it.



Personally would say this is bad advice.

Whilst not starting the bike would be for the best if you have no intention of running it for a couple of reasons.....

Firstly you are not allowing condensation in the oil system to burn off through emissions.
Secondly, you would not be using the alternator at all to recharge the battery.

......it would be terrible for a bike to just sit there for months on end without any sort of battery maintenance. A 'Spring' maintenance on a modern sealed AGM battery after sitting idle for months of end could prove pointless and you requiring a new battery purchase come spring.

Far more sensible to use a battery charger once every week or two to keep the battery in shape if not using the bike at all, or for that matter if even used occasionally. Or for that matter if garaged to leave on permanently on top-up charge to keep it in shape on a smart charger that will avoid overcharging, like this very one from Aldi.

cicobuff

Personally would say this is bad advice.Whilst not starting the bike … Personally would say this is bad advice.Whilst not starting the bike would be for the best if you have no intention of running it for a couple of reasons.....Firstly you are not allowing condensation in the oil system to burn off through emissions.Secondly, you would not be using the alternator at all to recharge the battery.......it would be terrible for a bike to just sit there for months on end without any sort of battery maintenance. A 'Spring' maintenance on a modern sealed AGM battery after sitting idle for months of end could prove pointless and you requiring a new battery purchase come spring.Far more sensible to use a battery charger once every week or two to keep the battery in shape if not using the bike at all, or for that matter if even used occasionally. Or for that matter if garaged to leave on permanently on top-up charge to keep it in shape on a smart charger that will avoid overcharging, like this very one from Aldi.



Aye, that's quite reasonable. I've only ever had to replace my battery once (it's a 1997 bike so it was just old age), but yes a constant smart charge is a good plan. It was more about not starting the bike itself being the bad thing, for the reasons you mention.
Edited by: "slimy31" 17th Oct 2015
slimy31

Aye, that's quite reasonable. I've only ever had to replace my battery … Aye, that's quite reasonable. I've only ever had to replace my battery once (it's a 1997 bike so it was just old age), but yes a constant smart charge is a good plan. It was more about not starting the bike itself being the bad thing, for the reasons you mention.


So why say not start it , at all
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