The chargers of car batteriesPortable or not, they are a great option to prevent the headaches caused by a car with a dead battery.
One day we will all experience this situation. However, if the car is electric, the term “dead battery” takes on a very different nature and invariably involves calling a tow truck to tow the vehicle. But for internal combustion engine cars, which make up the vast majority of vehicles on the road today, the option of a portable charger is convenient and comfortable. There are also chargers that allow us to maintain the charge of the car battery and thus avoid the unpleasant situation of being left with a stranded car.
These are the best chargers you can buy on Amazon.
The Battery Tender Plus charger works with all types of lead-acid batteries and features a controller that turns it off when charging is complete. Also, it has a mode that keeps the battery charged during long periods of inactivity to avoid the typical self-discharge of this type of electric accumulators. Its 1.25 amps of power ensures slow charging, which is better for battery health and durability.
The Battery Tender Plus is Amazon’s fourth best-selling car battery charger, rated 4.7 out of 5 stars with over 7,500 reviews.
The NOCO Genius1 is a versatile charger that works with all types of batteries, including lithium-ion, AGM, deep cycle, 6-volt and 12-volt. It can charge the electric accumulators even if they are completely exhausted thanks to its “foce” mode, which eliminates the automatic functions, in addition to maintaining the charge during long periods of inactivity with its slow charge function. It also has sensors to measure temperature and adjust its charge.
The NOCO Genius1 is currently the best-selling charger on Amazon thanks to its reliability, ease of use, and low price (around $30). It has a 4.6 out of 5 star rating with over 25,500 customer reviews.
Unlike the two previous models, the Schumacher SC1281 is a high power charger capable of providing very short charging times but with sufficient size and maneuverability to be considered a home charger. It can supply a car battery slowly with powers between 2 to 12 amps, as well as providing 30 amps for fast charging and even 100 to help start the car. Despite this capacity, it only weighs about 12 pounds and features a handle for easy portability. The Schumacher SC1281 has intelligent automatic functions to avoid overcharging the battery and a maintenance function for long periods of non-use.
Although it costs nearly $100, the Schumacher SC1281 is the eighth best-selling car battery charger on Amazon, rated 4.6 out of 5 stars with over 7,200 customer reviews.
Battery Tender Junior
The Battery Tender Junior is an economical and practical option for those who are only concerned with battery maintenance during long periods of inactivity. This is a fully automated charger that can remain attached to the battery terminals, charging only as needed as it runs out. With power of only 0.75 amps it is not capable of fast charging, but it can be used with various types of lead-acid batteries as long as they are 12 volts. It also has a led indicator that allows you to monitor the energy level of the accumulator.
The Battery Tender Junior is Amazon’s second best-selling charger, earning 4.7 out of 5 stars based on over 18,000 customer ratings. It is one of the cheapest options on the list.
Optimum Digital 400
The Optima Digital 400 is one of the few intelligent automatic battery chargers with a charge controller capable of supplying a fully discharged electric accumulator. Discharged or not, this charger can stay connected to a battery overnight without overcharging. The Optima Digital 400 is easy to use and features an LCD display that keeps the user informed of charging progress. Its maximum power of 4 amps makes trickle charging not as slow as with other models.
Priced around $130, the Optima Digital 400 is one of the most expensive chargers on the list. It has 4.7 out of 5 stars, based on more than 2,700 customer ratings.
The Schumacher SC1325 charger is big, heavy and bulky, which negates its portability, but it is very efficient in cases where a fast charge is needed thanks to its 40 amp power that can provide backup power instantly, and its 250 amp peak power capable of reviving large motors. It also provides 2 or 6 amp trickle charging for when time and circumstances allow for slower charges.
The Schumacher SC1325 retails for around $200, and the charger is rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, based on over 100 customer ratings.
CTEK 40-206 MXS 5.0
The CTEK 40-206 MXS 5.0 is a charger capable of charging recreational vehicle batteries, which use deep cycle units, a type of lead-acid battery that provides power for long periods; they are designed to withstand many total discharges and be charged many times.
In addition, the CTEK 40-206 MXS 5.0 offers an automatic eight-step charging process, with an indicator that allows the user to see its progress and know when the vehicle can be used. It also has a maintenance system that keeps the charge between 95 and 100 percent of its capacity after the initial charge is finished, with a maximum current of 4.3 amps.
With over 600 reviews, the CTEK 40-206 MXS 5.0 currently has a 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon, and its price of around $82 remains reasonable.