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Old March 9th, 2006, 03:00 PM   #1
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I'm looking into a decent shop charger. Anyone have a good brand, brands to stay away from.

What things should I look for when purchasing one. Thanks.
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Old March 9th, 2006, 03:08 PM   #2
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I bought one from sears (Diehard brand I believe), the most expensive on they had.

I love it, it's on wheels, not too heavy, can do 6 or 2 volt batteries, can charge at 2amps, 20amps or 60 amps (even if the battery is like totally dead you can set it to 60, let it sit for a minute and be able to start the vehicle).

Also has all sorts of setting to let it charge manually (you stop) or auto, it self sense, it can do load tests and I believe charging system test.

So far I havent been disappointed, they only thing I'd change is that the cables are too short...... only like 6' or something, so short I have to set the charger right next to the YJ, right under the battery or they dont reach.
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Fantastic. So basically if I rewire longer cables this thing sounds like the ticket. Thanks for the help.
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Old March 9th, 2006, 03:17 PM   #4
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yeah, I should really do that to mine, but that requires time :)


But yeah, I dicked around with those little ones for a long time and always just got pissed off at them.

This one is great, I know it's brought my yellow top optima from dead to full likfe in like 2 hours.
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It's similiar to this one http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...ers+%26+Cables

the 225amp is the "car start" option which sucks, and like I said mine does like 2/20/60 or something like that, adn instead of the dials, it's electronic with an LCD readout
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I bought one from sears (Diehard brand I believe), the most expensive on they had.

I love it, it's on wheels, not too heavy, can do 6 or 2 volt batteries, can charge at 2amps, 20amps or 60 amps (even if the battery is like totally dead you can set it to 60, let it sit for a minute and be able to start the vehicle).

Also has all sorts of setting to let it charge manually (you stop) or auto, it self sense, it can do load tests and I believe charging system test.

So far I havent been disappointed, they only thing I'd change is that the cables are too short...... only like 6' or something, so short I have to set the charger right next to the YJ, right under the battery or they dont reach.
Did you try it this way?
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Old March 10th, 2006, 05:38 AM   #7
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It's similiar to this one http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...ers+%26+Cables

the 225amp is the "car start" option which sucks, and like I said mine does like 2/20/60 or something like that, adn instead of the dials, it's electronic with an LCD readout
Just curious why does the 225 "car start" option suck?

Looked at sears and they have a 2/40/200 for 80 bucks and the big dog 2/15/50/225 for 150.

both have the 2 amp trickle charge. one has a 40 amp rapid charge (1 - 3 hours) one has a 15 amp fast charge(??). first one has a 200 amp car start, second has a 50 amp and 225 amp car start. Is the second worth the extra 70 bucks?

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I'd think you'd be ok with the first one.....

The large car start option sucks because if you hit the key once and it doesn't start, after like 5 or 10 seconds it times out and has to rest 2 minutes. And if you have a carb'd vehice and are trying to get it to start it's annoying, and useless.

I just set mine on the 60amp setting and have yet to have a problem.
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I'd think you'd be ok with the first one.....

The large car start option sucks because if you hit the key once and it doesn't start, after like 5 or 10 seconds it times out and has to rest 2 minutes. And if you have a carb'd vehice and are trying to get it to start it's annoying, and useless.

I just set mine on the 60amp setting and have yet to have a problem.
Excellent. Then the base model it's.
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