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RAC 6/12V Trickle Car Battery Charger was £54.99 now £29.99 @ Argos
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RAC 6/12V Trickle Car Battery Charger was £54.99 now £29.99 @ Argos

£29.99£44.9933%Argos Deals
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Thought this was now a great price & worth sharing with the colder weather ahead - was £54.99 & now down to £29.99 with Free C+C - next best price I could find is £44.99 & then more elsewhere

Has excellent reviews at Argos - scoring 4.6 / 5 from 366 reviewers & seems to be plenty of stock around too

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RAC 6/12v Automatic Battery Charger with short circuit, overload & reverse polarity protection. This battery charger is mains operated and it can take up to 10 hours to fully charge your vehicle's battery. Output 12v 8.0A dc max (12A RMS) Fast charge. 12v 2.0A dc max (3A RMS) Trickle charge. 6v 1.5A dc max (2.25A RMS) Trickle charge.

Suitable for petrol engines up to 4000cc and diesel engines up to 3500cc.
Batteries with a capacity of 7 - 180Ah.
Reverse polarity indicator.

Not suitable for Gel/Leisure batteries. Product dimensions: L19 x W14.5 x D 16cm – Weight 3.5Kg.

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Bought the Lidl Ultimate Speed smart charger last week....Lcd display, 1 to 4 bars show for battery level and shows voltage....pulse charge for damaged batteries,motorcycle /car/cold weather and 6v modes...£14.99,3 year guarantee....topped up two batteries and an almost flat one...does the job well.It's also very small so easy to set somewhere under the bonnet.

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Edited by: "BattleBeast1" 4th Oct 2018
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Don't do it, these fail after a year.

On first impressions you will be wowed by the build quality and heavy duty look, but after a year of little use it will stop working.
Get a Ring Charger or a Smart changer, these RAC chargers belong in a museum
Sharpharp4th Oct 2018

Don't do it, these fail after a year.On first impressions you will be …Don't do it, these fail after a year.On first impressions you will be wowed by the build quality and heavy duty look, but after a year of little use it will stop working.Get a Ring Charger or a Smart changer, these RAC chargers belong in a museum


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Hubby bought this Streetwize 12v Trickle Charger over 2 years now, still charging, use 24/7 over the winter on 1 of our cars


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£19.99
Gordon Hathaway done is own tests, so this is his info
This charger is perfect for battery maintenance and was tested as below:

Voltage Current
12V 1.5A
13V 1.2A
13.2V 1.1A
13.4V 1.0A
13.6V 0.9A
13.8V 0.75A
Current then stays roughly constant up to the cut-off point at 14.15V.
This is below the gassing voltage so will not damage the battery.

Charging Cut-off Voltage 14.15V
Charging Restart Voltage 12.98V

Note: This charger does not give a constant voltage float charge,
instead it charges the battery to the Cut-off voltage, waits for it to
drop back to the Restart voltage and then repeats the cycle. This is
a perfect alternative and ensures the battery is always fully charged.

Mains Power Consumption:
Rated Power Quoted is 30W, presumably at 1.5A and 12V output.
Measured Power while topping up a charged battery is 14W approx.
Measured Power when Green "Charged" LED is ON is under 4W.
Average Power consumed 7W (approx. 1/3 charging and 2/3 not charging)

In a Boat Marina setting where power may fail in winter it is critical
that the charger does not discharge the battery significantly. Load on
battery when mains disconnected:

Current From Battery when Green "Charged" LED is ON is 40mA.
This stops when the voltage drops to 12.98V which is above the normal
fully charged voltage so will not cause significant discharging.
Current From Battery when Green "Charged" LED is OFF is only 0.6mA !!

Conclusions are that this charger is perfect for long term battery
maintenance and can handle mains failure without discharge unlike
many other chargers. It also has very low mains power consumption.
Edited by: "jane34" 4th Oct 2018
Excellent charger, never failed me and has been used plenty of times, mine is branded Hilka but exactly the same apart from the colour (bright red) Now 3 years old.
Edited by: "healthandsafety" 4th Oct 2018
Bought the Lidl Ultimate Speed smart charger last week....Lcd display, 1 to 4 bars show for battery level and shows voltage....pulse charge for damaged batteries,motorcycle /car/cold weather and 6v modes...£14.99,3 year guarantee....topped up two batteries and an almost flat one...does the job well.It's also very small so easy to set somewhere under the bonnet.

goo.gl/ima…hzU
Edited by: "BattleBeast1" 4th Oct 2018
Bought this around 7 or 8 years ago. Used it frequently and still going strong. The £54.99 price in the title is a joke though!
BattleBeast104/10/2018 18:46

Bought the Lidl Ultimate Speed smart charger last week....Lcd display, 1 …Bought the Lidl Ultimate Speed smart charger last week....Lcd display, 1 to 4 bars show for battery level and shows voltage....pulse charge for damaged batteries,motorcycle /car/cold weather and 6v modes...£14.99,3 year guarantee....topped up two batteries and an almost flat one...does the job well.It's also very small so easy to set somewhere under the bonnet.https://goo.gl/images/kpjhzU


It's a great charger
Get yourself an imax B6AC from ebay and you can trickle charge, fast charge, discharge Li-ion, car batteries, nimh, to your heart's desire. Slightly harder to use but still easy if you can read and know the difference between a satnav and a gameboy
Is it not better to invest in new battery for your car/motorbike etc and don't need to use that??
Sharpharp04/10/2018 13:49

Don't do it, these fail after a year.On first impressions you will be …Don't do it, these fail after a year.On first impressions you will be wowed by the build quality and heavy duty look, but after a year of little use it will stop working.Get a Ring Charger or a Smart changer, these RAC chargers belong in a museum


All rac branded stuff is cheap & nasty. Someone even gave me a trolley jack with no oil in it!
I got an Aldi digital trickle charger and it has kept a spare battery at about 15 volts for over a year. It is much smaller and it was under £15 and has settings for car and bike batteries and a 3 year guarantee. You couldn't be Aldi one and save money towards a lithium power pack.
Have had this one for years, not often used but works great when needed
Ctek chargers are the best
I've had one of these for probably 5ish years. Can't say I use it regularly but seems to do a good job when I do need it. The option to fast charge or trickle charge is quite handy (trickle charge is better for the battery). Wouldn't recommend this for a motorbike though - get one of the smaller ones for that, just for convenience.
Good price but the design its like it came from Noas ark
Why's it look like a 90s boom box? Buy a C-Tek
person1620 h, 15 m ago

Is it not better to invest in new battery for your car/motorbike etc and …Is it not better to invest in new battery for your car/motorbike etc and don't need to use that??


If you don't always use the car the battery will go flat and need charged ,especially in the cold weather.....I have two sport cars that are only occasionally used,a charger is essential,I don't want to pay £60 for a battery every month.
BattleBeast14th Oct

Bought the Lidl Ultimate Speed smart charger last week....Lcd display, 1 …Bought the Lidl Ultimate Speed smart charger last week....Lcd display, 1 to 4 bars show for battery level and shows voltage....pulse charge for damaged batteries,motorcycle /car/cold weather and 6v modes...£14.99,3 year guarantee....topped up two batteries and an almost flat one...does the job well.It's also very small so easy to set somewhere under the bonnet.https://goo.gl/images/kpjhzU


+1
jane344th Oct

Hubby bought this Streetwize 12v Trickle Charger over 2 years now, still …Hubby bought this Streetwize 12v Trickle Charger over 2 years now, still charging, use 24/7 over the winter on 1 of our carshttp://www.argos.co.uk/product/7405392 £19.99Gordon Hathaway done is own tests, so this is his infoThis charger is perfect for battery maintenance and was tested as below:Voltage Current12V 1.5A13V 1.2A13.2V 1.1A13.4V 1.0A13.6V 0.9A13.8V 0.75ACurrent then stays roughly constant up to the cut-off point at 14.15V.This is below the gassing voltage so will not damage the battery.Charging Cut-off Voltage 14.15VCharging Restart Voltage 12.98VNote: This charger does not give a constant voltage float charge,instead it charges the battery to the Cut-off voltage, waits for it todrop back to the Restart voltage and then repeats the cycle. This isa perfect alternative and ensures the battery is always fully charged.Mains Power Consumption:Rated Power Quoted is 30W, presumably at 1.5A and 12V output.Measured Power while topping up a charged battery is 14W approx.Measured Power when Green "Charged" LED is ON is under 4W.Average Power consumed 7W (approx. 1/3 charging and 2/3 not charging)In a Boat Marina setting where power may fail in winter it is criticalthat the charger does not discharge the battery significantly. Load onbattery when mains disconnected:Current From Battery when Green "Charged" LED is ON is 40mA.This stops when the voltage drops to 12.98V which is above the normalfully charged voltage so will not cause significant discharging.Current From Battery when Green "Charged" LED is OFF is only 0.6mA !!Conclusions are that this charger is perfect for long term batterymaintenance and can handle mains failure without discharge unlikemany other chargers. It also has very low mains power consumption.


+1 on streetwize charger. Still going great after few years.
Bought one of these like 10 years ago and hasn't been used in the last 8. I've had a Mercedes sit unused in the garage for 3 months in the winter and when I come back it still started first time. But I shall keep it in the garage for an emergency.
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Thanks for taking the time to post the deal, however it is not something that interests myself. Heat given and have a great day.
jeeeeeez04/10/2018 22:09

Get yourself an imax B6AC from ebay and you can trickle charge, fast …Get yourself an imax B6AC from ebay and you can trickle charge, fast charge, discharge Li-ion, car batteries, nimh, to your heart's desire. Slightly harder to use but still easy if you can read and know the difference between a satnav and a gameboy


got a link? please
person164th Oct

Is it not better to invest in new battery for your car/motorbike etc and …Is it not better to invest in new battery for your car/motorbike etc and don't need to use that??



Do you buy a new phone battery every time it needs charging.
on average you have to replace car batter every 10 years, will this device charge up the battery saving you cost to replace the complete battery?
rimalpatel00716/10/2018 11:39

on average you have to replace car batter every 10 years, will this device …on average you have to replace car batter every 10 years, will this device charge up the battery saving you cost to replace the complete battery?


You'd do well to get 10 years out of a battery! 5 years tops in my experience. Though with care and regular charging this can add a few years to their life. It's more important for cars that are only occasionally used.
SFconvert1 h, 43 m ago

You'd do well to get 10 years out of a battery! 5 years tops in my …You'd do well to get 10 years out of a battery! 5 years tops in my experience. Though with care and regular charging this can add a few years to their life. It's more important for cars that are only occasionally used.


My car battery has not been replaced since it was manufactured which was in 2007.
No, but I am a motorist since 2008 and never had to use that thing... and I am not using my car everyday, at times 2 weeks gaps
Edited by: "person16" 22nd Oct 2018
Sorry if I am ignorant... Why would you buy such bulky chargers when you get portable jumpstarters for the same price? The jump starter fits into the glovebox and are of less hassle. I was under the impression that such battery chargers were outdated technology.
I once had to charge my car's battery using my friend's charger which involved removing the battery from the car, charging the battery overnight at home, re-fitting the battery back in the car. Means you cannot start your car until the battery holds "some" charge and was too much hassle carrying around a heavy battery.

With a portable jump starter, you can start your car instantly and it costs almost the same in the market(see link below). And I do not have to remove, refit the car battery. Absolutely no messing...The charge on the jump starter is good enough for like atleast 5-6 starts.

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Prabhuram12 h, 1 m ago

Sorry if I am ignorant... Why would you buy such bulky chargers when you …Sorry if I am ignorant... Why would you buy such bulky chargers when you get portable jumpstarters for the same price? The jump starter fits into the glovebox and are of less hassle. I was under the impression that such battery chargers were outdated technology.I once had to charge my car's battery using my friend's charger which involved removing the battery from the car, charging the battery overnight at home, re-fitting the battery back in the car. Means you cannot start your car until the battery holds "some" charge and was too much hassle carrying around a heavy battery.With a portable jump starter, you can start your car instantly and it costs almost the same in the market(see link below). And I do not have to remove, refit the car battery. Absolutely no messing...The charge on the jump starter is good enough for like atleast 5-6 starts.https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/ravpower-10000mah-car-jump-starter-for-upto-3l-petrol-engine-inc-flashlight-usb-charger-25-year-warranty-3099-delivered-amazon-svt-3089075


Yes that's fine if you have accidentally left your lights on and your battery has gone flat.

It is no good for a maintenance charger. By the time spring comes and you get the car out the battery has gone past a recoverable state and it's then another £100+ for a new one.
Edited by: "GAVINLEWISHUKD" 27th Oct 2018
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