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Challenge 12V Trickle Car Battery Charger.

Now reduced even further to just £11.99.

Features include overload, short circuit and reverse polarity protection for added peace of mind. Ideal for charging 6/12V lead acid batteries with a capacity of 15 - 80Ah. Not suitable for Gel/Leisure batteries. Product dimensions: L17.5 x W 9 x D16cm. Weight 1.5Kg.

Mains operated (240v - 64W) it can take up to 16 hours to fully charge your vehicle's battery.

  • Suitable for petrol engines up to 1800cc and diesel engines up to 1400cc.
  • Batteries with a capacity of 15 - 80Ah.
  • Charge time up to 16 hours.
  • Reverse polarity indicator.
  • Short circuit protection.
  • Overload protection
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Anyone know if u can use this to charge a 2.0l diesel start stop battery? It recomands below 1.4l surely it would work on any battery? Just takes longer to charge?!??!?
hibbard839 m ago

Anyone know if u can use this to charge a 2.0l diesel start stop battery? …Anyone know if u can use this to charge a 2.0l diesel start stop battery? It recomands below 1.4l surely it would work on any battery? Just takes longer to charge?!??!?


Of course it would work 6amp is not really a trickle charger anyway.
dont know this one but got pushidun jump starter and power bank version it did charge my car battery and now i m using as power bank i guess it will work with your car too
ENABLE4EVER28/01/2019 19:26

dont know this one but got pushidun jump starter and power bank version it …dont know this one but got pushidun jump starter and power bank version it did charge my car battery and now i m using as power bank i guess it will work with your car too


Link please ?? 😁
Bought this last month for £12.99.
Used to charge a battery that was completely dead. Took a few days but did the job so I was pleased.
This also has an indicator which shows how much battery is charged. As it charges the lights go out one by one until only the 100% light is left. So you can see it working slowly which is reassuring!
Saved me from buying a new battery. So would recommend and say this is a good buy at £11.99.
hibbard8328/01/2019 19:16

Anyone know if u can use this to charge a 2.0l diesel start stop battery? …Anyone know if u can use this to charge a 2.0l diesel start stop battery? It recomands below 1.4l surely it would work on any battery? Just takes longer to charge?!??!?


Nope. Don’t think it will work with stop/start. Think this is just for lead acid type battery.
audievo28/01/2019 20:22

Nope. Don’t think it will work with stop/start. Think this is just for l …Nope. Don’t think it will work with stop/start. Think this is just for lead acid type battery.


He'll be fine if he takes it off charge when full. The main difference is an AGM charger would shut off at full charge rather than trickling at float voltage.
gazdoubleu28/01/2019 20:48

He'll be fine if he takes it off charge when full. The main difference is …He'll be fine if he takes it off charge when full. The main difference is an AGM charger would shut off at full charge rather than trickling at float voltage.


36936182-6tGam.jpgLead acid batteries only
gazdoubleu28/01/2019 20:52

AGM batteries are lead acid, they just have a glass mat holding the …AGM batteries are lead acid, they just have a glass mat holding the acid.Some reading for youhttps://forum.solar-electric.com/discussion/4712/agm-battery-chargers-vs-normal-battery-charger


Sorry, thought they were gel. I’ll take your word for it.
audievo4 m ago

Sorry, thought they were gel. I’ll take your word for it.


Similar but gel batteries need a lower float voltage than AGM or flooded lead acid. Some AGM manufacturers would say no to a standard charger others don't eg Optima, either way I'd put it on a timer to be sure.
Edited by: "gazdoubleu" 28th Jan
Ive never had to use one of these. Does this work like power bank. Do you charge this up and then clip it onto the battery. Or do you plug it into house mains then clip onto battery and charge it.
Edited by: "steveblackman" 28th Jan
steveblackman28/01/2019 21:54

Ive never had to use one of these. Does this work like power bank. Do you …Ive never had to use one of these. Does this work like power bank. Do you charge this up and then clip it onto the battery. Or do you plug it into house mains then clip onto battery and charge it.


You use this to charge the battery from the mains electricity it doesnt have battery built in. It's just a charger
grandoldchap8 h, 20 m ago

You use this to charge the battery from the mains electricity it doesnt …You use this to charge the battery from the mains electricity it doesnt have battery built in. It's just a charger


Thanks.
Assume the leads are quite long if they have to stretch from the mains in your house to the car outside?
Battery needs to be disconnected before charging. Just need to remove a couple of bolts and disconnect the terminals. Should only take a few minutes if you have the right tools to hand. Lots of good guides on youtube if anyone is unsure.
The mains connection though on this charger is a good reason why this is not going to help anyone out in a break down situation!
Sorry I dont much about cars. Is this the same as the power banks for when your car batt goes dead?
kieran7777729/01/2019 07:12

Assume the leads are quite long if they have to stretch from the mains in …Assume the leads are quite long if they have to stretch from the mains in your house to the car outside?


easier if you take the battery off the car
Edited by: "audievo" 29th Jan
jinkssick22 m ago

Sorry I dont much about cars. Is this the same as the power banks for when …Sorry I dont much about cars. Is this the same as the power banks for when your car batt goes dead?


Nope, this simply a battery charger, that you plug in to the wall. Think plug-in phone charger (this) vs power bank (what you are thinking of).
hibbard8313 h, 55 m ago

Anyone know if u can use this to charge a 2.0l diesel start stop battery? …Anyone know if u can use this to charge a 2.0l diesel start stop battery? It recomands below 1.4l surely it would work on any battery? Just takes longer to charge?!??!?


Stop start battery’s can be funny with charging. Google about it.
Does it work with 1.9 diesel golf?
how freakishly coincidental is this deal post to me actually needing one today. In 11+ years ive never had to consider this, but today my battery needs recharging and just about to look on amazon before seeing this post. thanks OP
audievo3 h, 20 m ago

easier if you take the battery off the car


Maybe lazy but I just park near the house, run an extension lead out and then put this under the bonnet.
kieran777774 h, 45 m ago

Assume the leads are quite long if they have to stretch from the mains in …Assume the leads are quite long if they have to stretch from the mains in your house to the car outside?



No, you're supposed to remove the battery from the car and use indoors and the lead length reflects that. Also it takes 24 hours-ish to fully charge.
Looks to be a dumb charger for standard lead acid batteries only the LEDs are a good feature that tell you as the charge going into the battery reduces and helps you time disconnection but still if there is any risk you might forget about the battery charging as previously stated put it on a timer. A smart charger can be better though although often they charge at a much slower rate but can spike current and other clever stuff to restore battery condition. I have one of each type. This looks great value but you might be better off with a smart charger it can extend the life of your battery.

I've had my car from new and its coming up to its 5th year of ownership, I wonder how much longer I'll get out of the original battery? Always starts first time however cold and is left standing for long periods sometimes weeks without use although this is rare. At worst I had it off the road for 2 months between taxing and insuring just to save a bit of money when I didn't really need to use it at that time. Surprised how long its lasted and the fact I've never needed to give it any additional charging. I've never even looked at the battery as have never needed to.
very good price. voted hot
Spend a little more and get a smart charger, but be aware that a smart charger will not charge a battery if it is totally dead - which is annoying!

amazon.co.uk/May…ger
hibbard8320 h, 5 m ago

Anyone know if u can use this to charge a 2.0l diesel start stop battery? …Anyone know if u can use this to charge a 2.0l diesel start stop battery? It recomands below 1.4l surely it would work on any battery? Just takes longer to charge?!??!?


It goes up to 80amps I charged my 1.6l ford st with it (which is 60)
hibbard8328/01/2019 19:16

Anyone know if u can use this to charge a 2.0l diesel start stop battery? …Anyone know if u can use this to charge a 2.0l diesel start stop battery? It recomands below 1.4l surely it would work on any battery? Just takes longer to charge?!??!?


It will charge it but you need to keep an eye on it as it doesn't automatically cut off. You ideally need an automatic battery charger like this

halfords.com/wor…wcB


The Automatic battery charger charges to about 14.7v then it just trickles it to keep it charged. The Argos one won't cut off and it will overcharge and damage your car battery if left unattended. If you will be there to monitor it then buy it .. if you want to leave it unattended then I would give it a miss..
kieran7777711 h, 7 m ago

Assume the leads are quite long if they have to stretch from the mains in …Assume the leads are quite long if they have to stretch from the mains in your house to the car outside?


Use an extension or take the battery off the car.
Don't forget people, disconnecting your car battery will mean you have to enter the car radio code if it has one and could possibly reset the ECU needing it to reset the fuel map although this probably wont affect all cars.
I'm looking for some sort of back up charger/starter as my car only gets used a couple of times a week, and in this cold weather, not sure the battery is holding its charge as well as the summer months as its not starting quite as easy as when it's warmer. I'm thinking a jump starter might be more beneficial for my needs, and also like the idea of having a portable battery pack to give it a bit of a helping hand for when it is struggling. The battery is a few years old and it's not going completely flat. Any suggestions as to what I might need?

I'm basically wanting some sort of backup incase one day I come to start the car and there's not enough in the battery to start the car (which thankfully hasn't happened - 'yet')

It's a 2.5l petrol BMW.
Edited by: "Walkerscrisp" 29th Jan
T4yorks1 h, 41 m ago

It will charge it but you need to keep an eye on it as it doesn't I would …It will charge it but you need to keep an eye on it as it doesn't I would give it a miss..


Thx man
TedStriker726 h, 33 m ago

Spend a little more and get a smart charger, but be aware that a smart …Spend a little more and get a smart charger, but be aware that a smart charger will not charge a battery if it is totally dead - which is annoying!https://www.amazon.co.uk/Maypole-7423A-Battery-Charger-Electronic/dp/B009A83P1E/ref=sr_1_8?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1548774123&sr=1-8&keywords=smart+car+battery+charger


That's my experience too which is why its good to have both a dumb charger like this and a smart charger. Shame smart chargers don't have a dumb setting that allows them to simply charge without monitoring the battery condition. Maybe some do but mine hasn't.
steveblackman28th Jan

Ive never had to use one of these. Does this work like power bank. Do you …Ive never had to use one of these. Does this work like power bank. Do you charge this up and then clip it onto the battery. Or do you plug it into house mains then clip onto battery and charge it.


Mains
Walkerscrisp29/01/2019 18:32

I'm looking for some sort of back up charger/starter as my car only gets …I'm looking for some sort of back up charger/starter as my car only gets used a couple of times a week, and in this cold weather, not sure the battery is holding its charge as well as the summer months as its not starting quite as easy as when it's warmer. I'm thinking a jump starter might be more beneficial for my needs, and also like the idea of having a portable battery pack to give it a bit of a helping hand for when it is struggling. The battery is a few years old and it's not going completely flat. Any suggestions as to what I might need?I'm basically wanting some sort of backup incase one day I come to start the car and there's not enough in the battery to start the car (which thankfully hasn't happened - 'yet')It's a 2.5l petrol BMW.


Put the money towards a new battery
black.knight30/01/2019 17:00

Put the money towards a new battery


Thanks, why didn't I think of that
Can anyone recommend a car battery charger I can use to recharge my battery without having to dismantle or remove the battery from the car? :/
ft704/02/2019 17:44

Can anyone recommend a car battery charger I can use to recharge my …Can anyone recommend a car battery charger I can use to recharge my battery without having to dismantle or remove the battery from the car? :/


Any charger can do that. Just make sure that the car goes to "sleep" to be on the safe side.. Basically give it 5 minutes after taking key out of ignition & dont change the state of any door/bonnet/boot ie if you want to keep it open, then leave it & keep the others shut. Opening or closing a door will wake the car up again.
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