The 10 Best Battery Chargers for Cars in 2018
We have all had that sinking feeling when we turn the key in our car and nothing happens. That is when having the best battery car charger in your car is a lifesaver. But which ones are the most reliable and how do they work? We take a look at the top ten chargers for your car on the market for 2018 and give you a run down on their features, how they function and what you can expect out of each of them.
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|Picture||Car battery charger||Power||Voltage||Type|
|Battery Tender 021-0123||0.75 Amp||12V||Charger, Maintainer|
|Schumacher SE-SE-4022 2||40 Amp||6V - 12V||Charger, Tester, Engine Start|
|BLACK+DECKER BM3B||1.5 Amp||6V - 12V||Charger, Maintainer|
|Battery Tender Plus 021-0128||1.25 Amp||12V||Charger, Maintainer|
|NOCO Genius G750||0.75 Amp||6V - 12V||Charger, Maintainer|
|Schumacher SC-1200A||12 Amp||6V - 12V||Charger, Maintainer|
|Schumacher SEM-1562A||1.5 Amp||6V - 12V||Charger, Maintainer|
|BLACK+DECKER BC15BD||15 Amp||12V||Charger, Engine Start , Alternator Check|
|ALLPOWERS Portable Solar||0.2 Amp - 0.28 Amp||18V||Solar Charger|
|Optima Digital 400 Maintainer||4 Amp||12V||Charger, Maintainer|
We look at chargers that work with different types as well as what charger is needed depending on the size of your car battery. That is not the actual physical size, but the amp hours it will store and what size amp charger you would need to use for how long to charge your car battery with a charger. Choosing the right one does not have to give you a headache, our list of the top ten coupled with our buyers guide will ensure you get the right one for your needs.
Buyers Guide Questions
Knowing which car charger to buy and which is the best one to suite your specific needs can seem to be a little overwhelming. There are so many different types on the market and you without knowing exactly what you are looking for you can get a little lost. We try to demystify the car charger and give you the knowledge to be able to select the right one to use for your requirements.
What is the Best one to use on your Car?
The best car charger for your car or other similarly operated equipment will depend on the type and size. When talking about the size it refers to the amp hours it can store. If you have a 50 amp then the best charger in this case would be a 10 amp charger. It also depends on how fast the rate you want to be charging at, or if you just want to maintain the charging levels.
What is the Best Portable car Battery Charger?
When considering which portable car chargers to choose you should consider a few things. First make sure that the charger is compatible with your cars battery. Second consider the charge time of the portable charger you are looking to buy. These will vary depending on the amp of the charger and the amp of your vehicle.
Portable chargers are meant to be there for you in an emergency so getting a portable charger that only puts out a trickle and will not be helpful if you are stuck at the side of the road with a flat battery. Also consider getting a portable charger that will also alert you to a problem with your battery so that you can take the necessary steps to correct it before you get stuck again.
It is also worth reading this study on the possibility of universal car batteries of this nature, by clicking here.
Can you Leave a car Battery Charger on too Long?
You could damage them if they remain continuously connected even at very minuscule 2 amps. If you want to leave your car charger connected for long periods then it would be best to get an intelligent car charger that will turn itself off when your batter is full and only switch itself on again when the level it falls to low enough level to require a top up.
Do solar car Battery Chargers Work?
Yes they do work, but they are not as powerful as some of the other car battery chargers and generally put out a lower amperage, making them perfect as trickle or maintainers. They usually come with a cigarette light socket adapter and some, like the ALLPOWERS Portable Solar charger – they come with both the gorilla clamps and the cigarette light socket adapter.
Basically they work by using the energy from the sun to create electricity that it can store. They will use a photovoltaic solar panel to collect this energy and store it. They will usually only put out between 500 and 1500mA. This is enough to create a trickle charge which will work albeit at a slow rate.
How to use car Battery Charger amp Meter?
The amp meter on a car battery charger will show the basics such as if it is charging and what rate the car charger is putting out the amps. You will have to connect the charger to it in order to get an amp reading. The amp setting on chargers will allow you to select how fast or slow you wish to charge your battery (click here to read the study, and what happens when you charge!), the lower the amperage the slower it will charge and this low setting will allow you to maintain your battery.
How Long do Car Chargers Take to Charge?
If you jump start your car using a one of these great battery chargers and then use the alternator for charging it up as you drive with your car then the process takes about an hour to get the battery full. Using a car battery charger to charge it can take longer and will depend on the amount of amps your charger puts out.
Charging time can vary from 1 to 3 hours depending on the amperage and if you are going to be using a trickle charge then the time to charge up fully will be substantially more. The BLACK & DECKER BC15BD offers a patented engine start that will get you back on the road in 8 minutes.
Being able to have a means of charging your vehicle when it is flat is a necessity. Having one that can maintain it so you are never left out in the cold with an automobile that won’t start, or when you finally get the change to take your boat out on the water but the motor is dead is not a nice feeling. Having a charger that will maintain it life on seldom used battery operated vehicles or being able to charge it in a jiffy so you are not late for work is something everybody wants to be able to do.
An intelligent car battery charger that will charge any of your vehicles or equipment that need charging and offers four modes including a float or maintenance mode. It is lightweight and compact as well as very simple to use. The microprocessor allows you to ensure that it is always ready to go when you need it. This great car battery charger will monitor your car batteries charge levels and when it has reached a capacity charge will switch to a float or maintenance mode and will only switch itself on again if the car batteries charge level falls to a certain level. This prevents overcharging it and damaging it.
It offers safety features such as reverse polarity protection and is spark roof. The LED lights indicate the state of charge of it so you can see if you are good to go or not. With lots of features, this 12 volt car battery charger offers more than just a trickle charge and it is for this reason the Battery Tender 021-0123 is our best choice of all the car battery charger on our best rated top ten list.
This is the best car battery charger to use for fleet operations or in a workshop. The car battery charger offers the ability to charge a wide range of car batteries including both 6 volt and 12 volt batteries. It offers a cooling fan which will not only extend the lifespan on your car battery charger but ensure best performance from it. It will not only charge your battery but analyze it and let you know if there is any electrical or starting system issues you need to address and it includes two rotary switches as well as a voltmeter.
Offering a 200-amp quick charge to get you on the road quickly or to charge a battery that has completely depleted, a 40-amp charge that will recharge you battery in between one and three hours and then the 2-amp trickle charge to maintain your battery at acceptable levels at all time. A manual wheeled car battery charger that offers easy hook ups to your car battery and is great for commercial workshops and in fleets but is just at home in your own garage, this is what makes the Schumacher SE our premium choice on our best list of top car battery chargers.
A feature packed car battery charger that will not only charge and maintain your car battery or any other similarly operated vehicles or equipment such as generators (click here to sepp our top choices) or lawn mowers that need charging, it will also test the life it has left in it and let you know if there are problems. The Black & Decker can be used on both 6 and 12 volt car batteries and will work with AGM, GEL and WET batteries. You are able to connect your Black & Decker charger in three ways, via clips, O-rings terminals as well as using the DC plug in your vehicle.
This is a fully automatic car battery charger that will monitor your car batteries (click here for a study) and switch between modes going from charging to float or maintenance mode depending on how full it is. Offering safety features to protect it from reverse polarity, overcharging or short circuit in the form of a built-in circuit protection. All these great features along with the power to bring your battery back to life quickly and efficiently and a great price make the BLACK & DECKER BM3B our great value pick from our list of top ten car chargers on the market in 2018.