Ultimate Speed Car Battery Charger £13.99 @ Lidl from 1/10/15
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Ultimate Speed Car Battery Charger £13.99 @ Lidl from 1/10/15

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Found 28th Sep 2015
I've been waiting for about 8 months for these to come up, I really needed a car battery charger back then and managed to borrow one. These are meant to be good chargers and a bargain to boot.

Intelligent microprocessor control with diagnostics programme and controlled charging process
With reverse polarity, short circuit and overload protection as well as pulse charge for flat batteries
Suitable for most 6V and 12V car or motorcycle batteries with a 1.2 – 120Ah capacity
4 variable charging rates (Max. 3.8A)
Operating voltage: 220 – 240V ~50/60Hz
3 year manufacturer's warranty
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more of a conditioner than a charger imho although obviously it does charge albeit slowly. poor man's ctek/optimate but for this kind of money will do a cracking job. heat added.
I have one of these, used it on the old car when battery was loosing charge in winter with short runs. Topped up battery 3-4 hours a time. Sure if your batt has significant discharge its going to be an all day affair 12h+ I would imagine.
3.8A isn't exactly 'ultimate speed', but if you don't mind waiting a bit should do the job well enough.
Hi Guys, are these any good for 14V heavy duty Diesel batteries ?
Isnt 12V just for petrol cars ?
No such thing as a 14v vehicle battery. 12v batteries are normally charged at around 14v, but the nominal voltage is always 12v. 3.8A isn't fast, a typical modern 70Ah battery is going to take 20+ hours to charge from flat, but it's much better than the 0.9A you get from the likes of Optimate conditioners. The great thing about these is they will do both jobs - you can charge (relatively slowly) or you can leave it attached for months without fear of boiling the battery.
Make sure you keep your receipt for the 3 year warranty - I bought one of these last time and it failed within a year. When working properly its quite clever but its more of a trickle charger - even with a flat battery it only charges at the maximum 3.8A for a short time before dropping back to about half that, so charging a flat battery can be a lengthy business, but if you just need something for an occasional charge or to keep your battery topped up then its good enough.
cheap_hunter

Hi Guys, are these any good for 14V heavy duty Diesel batteries ?Isnt … Hi Guys, are these any good for 14V heavy duty Diesel batteries ?Isnt 12V just for petrol cars ?


Do you mean 24V Diesel batteries like they have on trucks and buses? If so, no, this charger only does 6 or 12V batteries.
Have one of these from last time and they are effectively a rebranded C-TEK. Awesome kit for the money. will be buying another for my new classic car.
tallphilc

Have one of these from last time and they are effectively a rebranded … Have one of these from last time and they are effectively a rebranded C-TEK. Awesome kit for the money. will be buying another for my new classic car.




hmmm, my ctek was £100 so I doubt it. somebody stole mine.
Hmmm, the casing doesn't look like any of my cteks, so I'm dubious about it being rebranded. However at this price it's excellent value if it works.
just buy a new battery
jonnithomas

hmmm, my ctek was £100 so I doubt it. somebody stole mine.


How much of your 100 quid went towards paying for the C-TEK brand name and their advertising - The Lidl chargers are excellent - too much amperage will fry your battery - better to have a smaller one over a longer period. I have been using one of these for a while now and it has even resurrected a battery that I thought was beyond repair. I will be getting another one for back up. Thanks for the heads up OP
daveh2k5

just buy a new battery

That's sound / useful advice oO
I have one of these and they're cracking for weekend top ups in winter if you do short trips or a car you don't use over winter like I have
_g_

3.8A isn't exactly 'ultimate speed', but if you don't mind waiting a bit … 3.8A isn't exactly 'ultimate speed', but if you don't mind waiting a bit should do the job well enough.



Ultimate Speed is the Lidl name for their range of car accessories, not a claim of the charging abilities.

Their seat covers are also Ultimate Speed for example.
Edited by: "RM02" 29th Sep 2015
Ah, didn't know that (mostly use Aldi as they are more conveniently located for me).

As for the ctek comment - the basic methods any of these 'smart chargers' use are pretty much the same.
However I doubt it is a 'rebranded ctek' - as it goes I do have a rebranded ctek and it looks pretty much exactly the same bar the brand (a car manufacturer), as you might expect.

You'll have to get a pretty significantly beefy charger before it'll put out more than your typical car alternator can; so I wouldn't get too worried about 'frying' batteries personally.
Edited by: "_g_" 29th Sep 2015
I got one of these last time round - good for the kid's 6v ride-on batteries but it just gave an error when I hooked it up to my deep cycle 12v Optima Yellow Top battery.
Be warned if you have quite a flat battery it wont recognise the battery so wont start charging, I had to trick mine by using another battery oO
_g_

You'll have to get a pretty significantly beefy charger before it'll put … You'll have to get a pretty significantly beefy charger before it'll put out more than your typical car alternator can; so I wouldn't get too worried about 'frying' batteries personally.

But you have to remember that your alternator is not solely recharging your battery - when you are driving it is running the majority of your car electrics, power steering, lights, heater fans, heated windows, etc,etc. - when I said 'frying batteries' I was refering to the fast chargers that garages use to boost batteries in a few minutes - these put a lot of amps through the battery and that causes the plates inside to get hot and buckle which will shorten it's life. Better to have a low amperage charge - the battery remains cool although the charge will obviously take longer. These chargers monitor the condition of the battery and adjust the amount of charge going in to give the best results.
I've got two C-tek chargers and one of these. I agree there's no way it's a "rebranded" C-tek, though the internals may be similar.
Dodge62

I've got two C-tek chargers and one of these. I agree there's no way it's … I've got two C-tek chargers and one of these. I agree there's no way it's a "rebranded" C-tek, though the internals may be similar.



So like a C-tek?

And who'd want a Volkswagen anyway???
billysally208

But you have to remember that your alternator is not solely recharging … But you have to remember that your alternator is not solely recharging your battery - when you are driving it is running the majority of your car electrics, power steering, lights, heater fans, heated windows, etc,etc.


Modern alternators as with modern battery chargers will adjust their output to the requirements - they typically run on a 'constant voltage' principal I believe - they will try and elevate the circuit to the correct 'charged' voltage. If the system is only just below that, they'll only output fairly low amps. If it's a long way below that (for instance a pretty dead battery where the car has been jump started), they'll output quite high amps. Or of course if you're using all the extras at the same time.
Old chargers were 'constant amps' and often ran on a timer to make sure you didn't leave it boosting high amps through a battery for too long.
Really high-amps charging devices should only really be used for jump-starting for short periods or in emergencies.
- when I said 'frying batteries'.

I believe most lead acid batteries should be fine with at least .1C - so starting from 6amps or so for a smaller battery.

Whatever, batteries really should be monitored to ensure a long life and topped up where required (if possible).
EveshamLad

So like a C-tek?



Yes, they perform the same job as a CTEK. But that's very different from being a rebranded CTEK. Rebranded means it's the same apart from the names / labels on it. I do hope it isn't now being used to mean "something similar to".
so if your battery is flat, how long for it to get enough charge to start?
we talking 5 mins or 5 hours?
A CTEK is a trickle charger and the battery can remain in the car when you use it. This is described as a charger implying you have to remove the battery from the car.

Can anyone who has one confirm what this is from the instructions please.

thanks
topbloke

A CTEK is a trickle charger and the battery can remain in the car when … A CTEK is a trickle charger and the battery can remain in the car when you use it. This is described as a charger implying you have to remove the battery from the car. Can anyone who has one confirm what this is from the instructions please.thanks



The instructions do indeed imply to remove the terminals. As they do on all other chargers. This is just a disclaimer to cover themselves.

I've had one for 3 years and charged a whole variety of cars without disconnecting the battery and it's currently trickle charging my neighbours rs5 which is full of advanced electronics and has been doing so with no ill effects for 6 months now. My neighbour has just bought one of his own now to charge his car as I will need mine back soon when I get my weekend car

Edited by: "jrw" 2nd Oct 2015
jrw

The instructions do indeed imply to remove the terminals. As they do on … The instructions do indeed imply to remove the terminals. As they do on all other chargers. This is just a disclaimer to cover themselves. I've had one for 3 years and charged a whole variety of cars without disconnecting the battery and it's currently trickle charging my neighbours rs5 which is full of advanced electronics and has been doing so with no ill effects for 6 months now. My neighbour has just bought one of his own now to charge his car as I will need mine back soon when I get my weekend car



Thanks for the response jrw. Just concerned that they tell you to "disconnect". I know what you mean about them protecting themselves but clearly if you have any car issue, they will take no responsibiltiy.

topbloke

Thanks for the response jrw. Just concerned that they tell you to … Thanks for the response jrw. Just concerned that they tell you to "disconnect". I know what you mean about them protecting themselves but clearly if you have any car issue, they will take no responsibiltiy.




Yeah I know - If you look in the handbook of your car it will probably also say that you shouldn't jump start. You can, its just the culture we live in today. It says the exact thing for my neighbours RS5 but thats been jump started I don't know how many times until I told him to use this charger!
Cheers OP. My local actually had some in stock..
Hopefully Aldi will have theirs in the next couple of weeks, previous years car care products have been mid-october. Prefer having the voltage display that the Aldi ones have for the same price.

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cicobuff

Hopefully Aldi will have theirs in the next couple of weeks, previous … Hopefully Aldi will have theirs in the next couple of weeks, previous years car care products have been mid-october. Prefer having the voltage display that the Aldi ones have for the same price.



Yep, I changed my mind on the Lidl one in the hope that Aldi do one soon, could be a mistake if they don't though!
simate

Yep, I changed my mind on the Lidl one in the hope that Aldi do one soon, … Yep, I changed my mind on the Lidl one in the hope that Aldi do one soon, could be a mistake if they don't though!



I know! Usually the pattern of Lidl and Aldi are within a similar timeframe...such as Car Care offers, DIY painting, Motorcycle gear, Cycle gear etc.
yes, I'm waiting for aldi too.
Thanks to the OP for posting this, got one and started a project I've been meaning to do for a while - got a cheap folding sack truck from Maplin, strapped a big old battery from my old diesel car to it, and attached the Lidl charger.
Got an old set of jump leads that I just need to attach to some battery terminals to make an always charged jump start pack that I can wheel around easily. Might get me out of trouble when winter comes!
http://i58.tinypic.com/25p1ybk.jpg
Edited by: "alweekes" 4th Oct 2015
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alweekes

Thanks to the OP for posting this, got one and started a project I've … Thanks to the OP for posting this, got one and started a project I've been meaning to do for a while - got a cheap folding sack truck from Maplin, strapped a big old battery from my old diesel car to it, and attached the Lidl charger.Got an old set of jump leads that I just need to attach to some battery terminals to make an always charged jump start pack that I can wheel around easily. Might get me out of trouble when winter comes!



Awesome

Thanks for posting pics. My Lidl charger broke and Lidl wouldn't replace as I didn't have the receipt. Went to undo and the screws seemed to be tamperproof ones on mine, can you kindly tell me the screw bit you used assuming same type of unusual screws were fitted to yours? Thanks

Dusty

Some internal pics. I don't have a C-TEK so can't compare the … Some internal pics. I don't have a C-TEK so can't compare the two..http://tinypic.com/r/2r7pt3t/8http://tinypic.com/r/2nbzspi/8http://tinypic.com/r/21ovup5/8http://tinypic.com/r/6elp1y/8


Edited by: "Ralph888" 11th Oct 2015
Ralph888

Thanks for posting pics. My Lidl charger broke and Lidl wouldn't replace … Thanks for posting pics. My Lidl charger broke and Lidl wouldn't replace as I didn't have the receipt. Went to undo and the screws seemed to be tamperproof ones on mine, can you kindly tell me the screw bit you used assuming same type of unusual screws were fitted to yours? Thanks



Hey Ralph. They are unusual screw heads. The pack that my bits came in are rather lacking in info but it was a triangle 2.0 bit that got them out. If you can lay your hands on a Jackly JK 6089-A or similar that'll have what you need or maybe have a ganda at CPC online. Good luck..

Many thanks

Dusty

Hey Ralph. They are unusual screw heads. The pack that my bits came in … Hey Ralph. They are unusual screw heads. The pack that my bits came in are rather lacking in info but it was a triangle 2.0 bit that got them out. If you can lay your hands on a Jackly JK 6089-A or similar that'll have what you need or maybe have a ganda at CPC online. Good luck..


alweekes

Thanks to the OP for posting this, got one and started a project I've … Thanks to the OP for posting this, got one and started a project I've been meaning to do for a while -



nice job!!
simple but perfect for the job....

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