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CTEK MXS 5.0 Fully Automatic Battery Charger (For Car and Motorcycle Batteries) 12V, 5 Amp - UK Plug - £58.01 @ Amazon
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CTEK MXS 5.0 Fully Automatic Battery Charger (For Car and Motorcycle Batteries) 12V, 5 Amp - UK Plug - £58.01 @ Amazon

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JimmyFiveO19/06/2019 21:41

This is all new territory to me. Why would I want one of these? The last …This is all new territory to me. Why would I want one of these? The last car I had, the battery lasted for 8 years. Replacement battery was maybe 80 quid. Not sure I understand?



Vehicles which are infrequently used, or dry stored. Summer motorbikes, camper vans, ones pride and joy etc.

It constantly monitors the battery and cycles charges, conditioning it from deteriorating cells and ensuring it is operating at peak performance. You can leave it on constantly, it will only do good things.

For vehicles being used daily, the alternator is usually enough. However if your battery does go, often these chargers can recondition them back to working order.

Dumb chargers ramp a load of amps into the battery. They don’t condition and they don’t always monitor voltage levels resulting in over-charging. The latter will kill a battery given enough time. Good for short bursts to get you going only.
I don't want to get shot down here but I have one of these, I mislaid it for a while and bought an Aldi one. I since found my MXS 5.0 under the spare wheel in my motorhome . I get better results with the Aldi version. This is the iPhone of battery chargers and any multistage charger will be similar.
Edited by: "HerefordCiderApples" 19th Jun
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I don't want to get shot down here but I have one of these, I mislaid it for a while and bought an Aldi one. I since found my MXS 5.0 under the spare wheel in my motorhome . I get better results with the Aldi version. This is the iPhone of battery chargers and any multistage charger will be similar.
Edited by: "HerefordCiderApples" 19th Jun
Is this a good price? I'm sure they are generally around this amount. I do fancy one though..
tommydelboy19/06/2019 21:10

Is this a good price? I'm sure they are generally around this amount. I do …Is this a good price? I'm sure they are generally around this amount. I do fancy one though..


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I paid £46 for mine on a flash deal. If there was a way to send it back after 3 years I probably would
Edited by: "HerefordCiderApples" 19th Jun
HerefordCiderApples19/06/2019 21:03

I don't want to get shot down here but I have one of these, I mislaid it …I don't want to get shot down here but I have one of these, I mislaid it for a while and bought an Aldi one. I since found my MXS 5.0 under the spare wheel in my motorhome . I get better results with the Aldi version. This is the iPhone of battery chargers and any multistage charger will be similar.


I think you should have both, the Ctek is pretty good if you are looking at the extra functionality offered which keep batteries in shape. These other standard battery chargers are better for charging or trying to bring a dead battery back(these Ctek sometimes won't charge them saying it's completely dead)
UnknownConcept19/06/2019 21:23

I think you should have both, the Ctek is pretty good if you are looking …I think you should have both, the Ctek is pretty good if you are looking at the extra functionality offered which keep batteries in shape. These other standard battery chargers are better for charging or trying to bring a dead battery back(these Ctek sometimes won't charge them saying it's completely dead)


Totally agree but if I had known how good the Aldi one was I probably wouldn't have bothered or needed the Ctek, the refresh mode didn't work for me on many batteries, After speaking to a battery wholesaler I was told "once a battery has gone below half its rated volts it is irreparable and no charger will repair it"
If you can't wait for Aldi to do the yearly deal this is £38 same inerds I expect or the 3.5a at £49
Edited by: "HerefordCiderApples" 19th Jun
This is all new territory to me. Why would I want one of these? The last car I had, the battery lasted for 8 years. Replacement battery was maybe 80 quid. Not sure I understand?
JimmyFiveO19/06/2019 21:41

This is all new territory to me. Why would I want one of these? The last …This is all new territory to me. Why would I want one of these? The last car I had, the battery lasted for 8 years. Replacement battery was maybe 80 quid. Not sure I understand?



Vehicles which are infrequently used, or dry stored. Summer motorbikes, camper vans, ones pride and joy etc.

It constantly monitors the battery and cycles charges, conditioning it from deteriorating cells and ensuring it is operating at peak performance. You can leave it on constantly, it will only do good things.

For vehicles being used daily, the alternator is usually enough. However if your battery does go, often these chargers can recondition them back to working order.

Dumb chargers ramp a load of amps into the battery. They don’t condition and they don’t always monitor voltage levels resulting in over-charging. The latter will kill a battery given enough time. Good for short bursts to get you going only.
JimmyFiveO19/06/2019 21:41

This is all new territory to me. Why would I want one of these? The last …This is all new territory to me. Why would I want one of these? The last car I had, the battery lasted for 8 years. Replacement battery was maybe 80 quid. Not sure I understand?


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HerefordCiderApples19/06/2019 21:36

Totally agree but if I had known how good the Aldi one was I probably …Totally agree but if I had known how good the Aldi one was I probably wouldn't have bothered or needed the Ctek, the refresh mode didn't work for me on many batteries, After speaking to a battery wholesaler I was told "once a battery has gone below half its rated volts it is irreparable and no charger will repair it"


Aldi one is tat, I had one a component internaly came loose and if I had been elsewhere would have caused a fire. It was smoking and too hot to touch without gloves.
I've had this over 2y continuously plugged in to a car which has a battery drain - have no idea what's causing it and after a few garages have given up. Usually the battery is dead within a week if I don't drive it, but I keep this beauty plugged in and it maintains the battery beautifully. Has never overheated, and while I have been through 3 batteries in 2 years before I bought this, have been on the same battery since I plugged this in about 2y ago. Really quite a fantastic device. Yes it is more expensive than many other cheaper options but for continuous maintenance I don't think CTEK chargers can be beaten.
Had one of these exact models for about 4/5 years now. Has worked flawlessly over this time keeping the battery in really good condition on a car I sorn off-road for 6 months over the winter period.
Unless I'm missing something there is cheaper out there. Had this running for a year on a boat battery force4.co.uk/may…mp;
dtokez20/06/2019 00:35

Unless I'm missing something there is cheaper out there. Had this running …Unless I'm missing something there is cheaper out there. Had this running for a year on a boat battery https://www.force4.co.uk/maypole-4a-electronic-battery-charger.html?sqr=Charger&


I have an older version of this ctek charger and it's been great for me, has recovered a couple of batteries too. Although, this maypole one you've linked looks excellent for the money, similar feature set too! If I was buying again this is what I'd get
HerefordCiderApples19/06/2019 21:36

Totally agree but if I had known how good the Aldi one was I probably …Totally agree but if I had known how good the Aldi one was I probably wouldn't have bothered or needed the Ctek, the refresh mode didn't work for me on many batteries, After speaking to a battery wholesaler I was told "once a battery has gone below half its rated volts it is irreparable and no charger will repair it"



My current 12V battery was down to sub-3V. Used a cheapo charger to trick the CTEK into thinking the battery voltage was above its safety feature minimum, then let it charge. Based on its resting voltage (i.e a few hours post-charging to let the surface charge dissipate), I'd estimate it can still hold about 75% of its original capacity. Been using the same battery for at least a year since then, with no problems, and only top up now and then in winter when it's not used for 2+ weeks. YMMV.
£68.25 now.
HerefordCiderApples19/06/2019 21:03

I don't want to get shot down here but I have one of these, I mislaid it …I don't want to get shot down here but I have one of these, I mislaid it for a while and bought an Aldi one. I since found my MXS 5.0 under the spare wheel in my motorhome . I get better results with the Aldi version. This is the iPhone of battery chargers and any multistage charger will be similar.



I have the Aldi one working great,i have have fitted it with a waterproof joiner so i just plug it in to the leads. Car is always ready to start,without it the car struggles to start after 3 days if not used.
Overpriced a lot
Whilst some people value the various abilities of ctek chargers (myself included) it is worth noting that they typically are not good for stop start batteries.

Unless> your CTEK charger has a "snowflake" setting ..use that & they will be fine!
Using other settings will damage the unit "potentially" ..used once you will likely be fine, however used regularly without snowflake setting on it will likely shorten the lifespan of what can be a very expensive unit.

IE if you know this then you don't need to buy a dedicated stop/ start "capable" charger
NB the amazon flash deal for the CTEK MXS 5.0 DOES NOT HAVE A SNOWFLAKE SETTING.

(putting this in discussions & on the thread itself as a heads up)
Edited by: "Mr_Gus" 16th Jul
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