My team is looking to purchase a new battery charger for our batteries but with so many options we were looking for some good recommendations. We are planning on having a total of 6 batteries and being able to charge them all would be a definite plus.
The options we have found include these but any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Ditto on this. These make keeping things tidy on a battery shelf (or battery cart, in our team’s case) nice and simple. I’d suggest numbering the three status lights with labels or tape, and doing the same on the corresponding connector.
We’re partial to the Battery Tender 10 bank charger/maintainer. If you pay anywhere near the asking price you’ve wasted money though. We paid about half that which puts it about even with two of the chargers from Andymark, but you can charge four more batteries.
We worked out a deal with our local batteries plus and got it for around 400 if I remember right. We’ve had it plugged in almost nonstop for three or four years without issue aside from the vent fan filter needing cleaning. If I had to get another one tomorrow, I wouldn’t hesitate.
We built a three battery charging racks around the AutoMeter BusPro-660 AGM chargers out of 80/20 1010 T-slot. Each “rack module” holds 1 charger and 6 batteries. They can be stacked and bolted together to charge and maintain up to 18 batteries at one time or split up. We usually just take 1 or 2 racks to competition.
I prefer chargers with no buttons and very clear red and green lights, and no other lights. There are very few on the market that meet this criteria. The user should not have to do anything. It should be idiot proof. The Dual Pro RS3 that AndyMark sells meets this requirement. We bought one from somewhere else, installed our own SB50 connectors, and have been very happy with it.
Most of the time, we run two AutoMeter Bus Pro 660 Chargers, and overall, we have been very happy with those as well. We did have one charging station in one charger fail on us. We were able to trace the problem back to one tiny surface mount resistor that had burned itself out, resulting in much higher resistance than it should have had. We replaced it, and it’s been happy charging again since.
One thing to note with this charger - about 4 years ago in Waterford their generator at an event spiked. It blew every fuse on the charger. We replaced them all with standard fuses and they all blew again on being plugged in. Turns out you need slow-blow fuses. Standard won’t work. I strongly suggest getting a supply since we couldn’t get them quickly when we needed them.