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Electrickery musings...
« on: 13 October 2019, 17:16:43 »

Looking at some cheapish n cheerful battery chargers - not bottom end, but don't want to spend hundreds, either. I noticed a Draper (probably their base model) suggests "only suitable for upto 45ah batteries"  ???

now this made me stop in my tracks... I didn't realise this was 'a thing'

How can a charger possibly be underrated for a given job - surely a 1ah charger sticking juice in, for eg: 200ah battery will take a long time, days, whatever, but won't harm the battery?

Explain to me why I've got this wrong?  :D
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #1 on: 13 October 2019, 17:38:04 »

Probably because it is an electronic managed charger that can recharge gel batteries as well as normal lead-acid and the components will have maximum ratings. Aldi & Lidl normally have cheap electronic chargers on special offer at this time of year which when I bought mine (iirc for about 15.00) a few years a go was rated to charge Omega batteries with no problems. :y
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #2 on: 13 October 2019, 17:42:16 »

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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #3 on: 13 October 2019, 17:52:43 »

That's fine - I have been digging and its seems a bit of an anomaly - as per the above link nigh-on all chargers seem to be fine for any car battery, just left me a bit confused, like I say.

If anyone said 'nahh that's rubbish, just charge it anyways' grand, but now I know there's plenty to be had well within spec, now I know.  :y
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #4 on: 13 October 2019, 20:36:01 »

There you go the Aldi one at 12.99

https://www.aldi.co.uk/car-battery-charger-2019/p/099132311147100

Thanks for this, I've been meaning to get one for a while, I'll pop in tomorrow and see if Northampton have any.  :y
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #5 on: 13 October 2019, 20:45:10 »

They had one left in my local ALDI today as I was browsing their latest offers, which is why I knew it was the time of year for this special offer.
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #6 on: 14 October 2019, 07:35:03 »

There you go the Aldi one at 12.99

https://www.aldi.co.uk/car-battery-charger-2019/p/099132311147100

Thanks for this, I've been meaning to get one for a while, I'll pop in tomorrow and see if Northampton have any.  :y

Let me know if they don't - pretty sure I've got one knocking around that's surplus to requirements.

P.S. It'll take a really, really long time to charge the Golf! ;D
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #7 on: 14 October 2019, 11:06:13 »

Said it before and I'll say it again: Last time I had to charge a battery was in the 1980's.
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #8 on: 14 October 2019, 11:46:34 »

Said it before and I'll say it again: Last time I had to charge a battery was in the 1980's.

I'm looking for one with an eye on getting the kit car back. All the fettling and taking the battery on and off and cranking but not running etc means I'll probably use it a reasonable amount. But yes, I have to agree as far as the 'normal' cars go, they aren't stood still ong enough to go flat!


Let me know if they don't - pretty sure I've got one knocking around that's surplus to requirements.

P.S. It'll take a really, really long time to charge the Golf! ;D

Thanks Aaron, very kind of you - you smart@rse  :P
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #9 on: 14 October 2019, 13:43:19 »

Got one.

And an 1800w table saw, and a mini bench-top grinder. And a punnet of raspberries  ;D

I suspect Aldi may be added to the list of places I am not allowed to visit unsupervised..  ;D
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #10 on: 14 October 2019, 13:59:46 »

 ;D ;D I am the same ..

I saw Aldi/Lidl (I can't remember which one..) had a band saw for sale and I thought "I wonder if that could be converted into a metal saw".. must stay away :-X
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #11 on: 14 October 2019, 14:04:18 »

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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #12 on: 14 October 2019, 14:04:47 »

Oooo, that must have been Lidl, I may have to have a nose...   :-X
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #13 on: 14 October 2019, 14:14:43 »

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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #14 on: 14 October 2019, 14:53:20 »

;D ;D I am the same ..

I saw Aldi/Lidl (I can't remember which one..) had a band saw for sale and I thought "I wonder if that could be converted into a metal saw".. must stay away :-X

https://www.screwfix.com/p/starrett-duratec-sfb-bandsaw-blade-14tpi-70-x/3934k#product_additional_details_container  ;)
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