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    help. can anyone suggest a smart, fully automatic car battery charger?

    - can charge the battery without removal from the engine bay
    - must be able to switch to "trickle charge" mode when battery is fully charged
    - can kept plugged into the AC outlet for a long time (24 hours or more) without damaging the car battery
    - must support maintenance-free batteries among others
    - have safety provisions, e.g. over-current, over-power, over-voltage, over-charge, etc.

    please share brand, model, price and store/seller where you got it.

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    imax b6 hobby charger. i have this model. very useful. i once didn't run my car for 2 months. this thing charged it right up

    also charges r/c batteries. lithium ion flashlight batteries. NiMH. NiCd. LiFePO4

    very useful to have. try the local r/c shops

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    *Vodka: looks like the IMAX B6 is primarily intended for R/C batteries. i need a charger specifically designed for car batteries. thanks for the suggestion.

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    any user of deca (Italy) SM-1270 automatic car charger here?

    Deca SM-1270


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    How much do these things cost? I bought a manual car battery charger (Panther) kasi I have a feeling that a good manual charger outlasts a cheap 'smart' charger within its price range (2k)

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    price based on *******

    deca (Italy) SM1270 = P5,999
    deca (Italy) SM1115 = P6,999
    Suder (China) SON-20A = P2,200

    yung deca brand is legit and has full info on their website Deca s.p.a.
    Last edited by red_one; June 13th, 2014 at 09:01 AM.

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    looks like the deca (Italy) SM1270 has what i am looking for..

    Features:

    - Automatic battery chargers with program for charge conservation (pulse recharge).
    - Suitable for charging lead batteries: WET serviceable and maintenance free, AGM, GEL, Ca/Ca.
    - Multi step charging
    - The batteries are charged by applying sophisticated multi-step programs.
    - High efficency
    - "I-U" Charging characteristic (constant current - constant voltage) minimizes battery charging time.
    - Maintenance Function "Pulse Maintenance"
    - Can remain connected to the battery for a long time.
    - Keeps the battery ready for use through the pulse charge.
    - Refresh function "Recond Battery"
    - Regenerate batteries that have underdone heavy discharge cycles (SM1270)
    - Safety guaranteed
    - Designed to protect vehicle electronics. Non-sparking.
    - Reverse polarity protected and short-circuit proof.
    - IP65
    - Lightweight and compact battery charger. Built for outdoor use.

    Specification:

    Input Voltage (Volt 50-60Hz AC): 1 Ph x 230
    Power (W): 130
    Nominal battery voltage (Volt): 12
    Voltage limitation (Volt): 14.4 - 14.7
    Average charging current (Amp): 7
    Charge Programs: 4
    Battery types: Pb: WET MF, GEL, AGM, Ca-Ca
    Battery capacity (Ah min/max): 14 - 150
    Dimensions (mm.): 202 x 90 x 45




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    Quote Originally Posted by red_one View Post
    price based on *******

    deca (Italy) SM1270 = P5,999
    deca (Italy) SM1115 = P6,999
    Suder (China) SON-20A = P2,200

    yung deca brand is legit and has full info on their website Deca s.p.a.
    Was initially eyeing that Suder pero am having reservations sa quality especially sa connectors pa lang. Mukhang mas malaki pa yung Panther ko na 6A kesa sa Suder 20A hehe. Ask ko lang if you have a vehicle fleet? With that price kasi its a brand new battery na basically

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    *ParticleX: no, i only have 1 car. pero tama ka, price of brand new battery na nga.

    about panther manual battery charger, paano paggamit nyan? pwede ba iwan nakakabit sa battery at AC power for 24 hours and more, without damaging the battery?

    hindi kasi magagamit ang car for 1-3 months so ipapakabit ko lang sa kapatid ko ung charger sa car battery.. like every 2 weeks or 4 weeks for maintenance charging. dapat safe na pwede iwan nakakabit para kahit makalimutan at kinabukasan pa tanggalin ang charger ay okay lang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by red_one View Post
    *ParticleX: no, i only have 1 car. pero tama ka, price of brand new battery na nga.

    about panther manual battery charger, paano paggamit nyan? pwede ba iwan nakakabit sa battery at AC power for 24 hours and more, without damaging the battery?

    hindi kasi magagamit ang car for 1-3 months so ipapakabit ko lang sa kapatid ko ung charger sa car battery.. like every 2 weeks or 4 weeks for maintenance charging. dapat safe na pwede iwan nakakabit para kahit makalimutan at kinabukasan pa tanggalin ang charger ay okay lang.
    Yung binili ko is Panther PBC-6A. bale manual-based charging sya. May time table nakalagay kung ilang hours estimated charge kung fully depleted battery. Ang ginagawa ko is to open the battery vent caps and add water, and charge it. Pag 1A or less ang nakalagay sa ammeter (built in sa device) almost full charge na yun. I also monitor it thru my voltmeter. Panther also sells an automatic battery charger, di ko lang alam ang price.

    Kung hindi magagamit, bili ka na lang ng battery maintainer/battery tender/trickle charger, usually ang output nito is 1A or less, just to keep the battery topped up. Pero ang nakikita ko sa sulit is 3k+ din, which for me is di sulit kasi price pa rin ng battery yun. There are lots of How-Tos sa internet kung pano gumawa ng trickle charger. Sinubukan ko dati kaso without a resistor, ayun di kinaya ng adapter yung load ng battery kaya bumigay fuse

    O di kaya let him use it na lang sometimes, para maka circulate ang oils and at the same time macharge ang battery.

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