https://www.etrailer.com, Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/etrailertv
https://www.etrailer.com is the world’s leading online retailer of custom-fit towing accessories. We carry thousands of vehicle accessories such as custom-fit trailer hitches for over 3,100 different vehicles, performance chips, heavy-duty towing supplies, trailer parts, bike racks, cargo carriers, step bars, tonneau covers, lights, car covers, RV supplies, floor mats, and much more, to help you make your vehicle more useful and more fun. Our decades of experience and enormous buying power ensure that you will get quality parts, and excellent service, at the lowest price possible. All this is backed by our Satisfaction Guarantee(https://www.etrailer.com/customer-service-ordering.aspx#returns) and our Lowest Price Pledge(https://www.etrailer.com/customer-service-ordering.aspx#pricepledge).
Full transcript: https://www.etrailer.com/tv-best-battery-chargers.aspx
Speaker 1: Today we’re going to be taking a look at several different types of battery chargers. We’re going to take a look at the similarities and differences in them, to try to help you determine which one is going to be right for your application.The four different styles that we have here today are all good at different things, some of them good at the same thing. We’ve got a Trickle style solar charger. We’re going to have an onboard 12-volt to 12-volt charger, which is pretty unique. Going to have your traditional style, kind of battery charger in a box here. Then, with the CTEK, it’s going to take a lot of the same things that we really like here, adds in a few more features.The larger box style, and the style similar to what we have here like the CTEK, these are going to be the more traditional style battery chargers, something that’s going to have quite a few uses, why don’t we take a look at those firstIf you have any experience with battery chargers at all, you’ve probably seen one very similar to this.
These are all going to operate very similar to one another. In most of these chargers, we have two modes offered, one is going to be a conventional styles, one is going to be a deep cycle, this happens to be the AGM style deep cycle.This is going to offer a two amp trickle charge, that’s just a maintenance charge, that’s just gently going to keep your battery refreshed, so you don’t have any drain issues. The next one is going to be the 15 amp, that’s a fast charge. We would set our battery up, going to monitor it here, this gives us the percentage of charge in our battery, once that gets up to a full 12 volts, then we’re going to pull that off. This one is going to offer, if you go into the 100 amp, that’s going to be like a boost, or almost like a jump start feature.For this style, of course, you’re going to have the alligator clamps.
The biggest drawbacks I see with these, are sometimes the clamps aren’t the right size or shape to fit all types of battery, and you have to gain access to your battery to use it. A limiting factor with this style of charger is that it does require to be plugged in. You won’t be able to use this in more remote locations, unless you have a generator handy.Now, with more advanced styles, like what we get here with our CTEK, this still requires it to be plugged in, the remote application isn’t really going to be applicable. But with this style of charger, most of these are going to recognize what type of battery that we are using, so we don’t have to worry about selecting that.It’s going to offer the charge mode, which is normal, that’s just like for charging up your battery. It’s going to offer the little snowflake icon there as your maintenance charge, that’s going to keep your battery refreshed.
It’s going to give us this supply, which we can use that for jump starting vehicles. But this one goes a step further, and also offers the recondition mode.Though, a lot of these more advanced chargers offer us the recondition mode, which helps to drain our battery down, it uses a pulse inaudible 00:02:46 through it to desulfate the plates, then it’s going to recharge it, so that reconditioning process helps to extend the life of your battery. I really like that.When batteries get drained down, then they get a memory inside of them, it’s good to be able to refresh those.One of the things I like about the more advanced style chargers are going to be the options in connecting to our battery that we have. You see, this one in particular is going to have your alligator clamps. It also has a hardwired kit option, so we could wire this directly to our battery, then simply plug it in when ready for use.They also offer a 12-volt cigarette lighter plugin option, if you didn’t want to access your battery, didn’t want to have to deal with alligator clips, simply plug in the 12-volt adapter, it’ll plug right into your power source.Now that we’ve taken a look at some of the traditional style chargers, let’s take a look at some