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Promoted 04-19-2016 by brisar at 10:38 AM View Original Post
Nutrend via NeweggFlash has a few Schumacher Battery Chargers on sale. Shipping is free. Thanks DealSan

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Edited April 19, 2016 at 11:40 AM by DealSan
NeweggFlash has the below Schumacher Battery chargers on sale with free shipping.

Schumacher SC-600A 6/4/2 Amp Charger/Maintainer for $29.99.
http://flash.newegg.com/Product/9SIA08C3ZT9021

Schumacher SC-8020A 80A 12V Fully Automatic Charger with Engine Start for $39.99.
http://flash.newegg.com/Product/9SIA08C3ZT9029

Schumacher SE-1555A 2/20/55/150A 12V Automatic Wheel Charger/Engine Starter for $79.99.
http://flash.newegg.com/Product/9SIA08C3ZT9030

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Seems slick. Anyone have experience? Reviews for the 600A seem better than the 800 on Amazon.

To confirm, this can be used to jump start a car, correct? Or only can be used to charge a battery.
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Last edited by safoo April 18, 2016 at 04:23 PM
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Only the more expensive models can jumpstart. I'd take one of the small jump packs over these if that was my intention.

I prefer the smaller "battery tender" brand chargers, for price, and personal experience of it never failing me.
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Ya ive had two of these (different brand) fail on me. I assume theyre all made in china with different names.
They charge small "atv" batteries well.
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Last edited by acousticsmh1282 April 18, 2016 at 05:38 PM
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I have had the SC-600 for over 5 years and it works well to re-charge if you can wait overnight.
It automatically shuts off when the battery is fully charged so it doesn't work as a battery tender at 6A.
I have never tried the 2 amp setting.
6 amp output is no where near enough to jump a car.
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Last edited by twinight April 18, 2016 at 06:07 PM
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Very good deals on these but there are newer model versions (can find them @ walmart)

Things to know:
*Schumacher has a auto desulfation mode on alot of thier chargers, by raising the battery to just over 15V, which is not the preferred method. overcharging boils off the battery fluid. (high frequency pulse is best)
*Used to have 5 year warranty which they dropped to 2 years
*They are fan cooled a are a lot noisier then dumb chargers
* Will not charge a fully dead battery without having enough juice to determine that its hooked up and polarity but there is an override you can use temporarily to juice the battery so it will charge regularly.

Otherwise they are a well trusted brand other then being made in china quality.
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Quote from safoo View Post :
To confirm, this can be used to jump start a car, correct? Or only can be used to charge a battery.
The last two can definitely be used to jump-start a car (different max amperage though), not sure about the first one (probably not).

However, keep in mind that none of these are portable jump-starters. All of these chargers have to be plugged into a wall outlet to operate. You can't take any of these with you to jump-start your car in the middle of nowhere.
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Last edited by AndreyT April 19, 2016 at 10:46 AM
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I use one of these to recharge my deep cycle marine battery. I bought a 1000w power inverter it to go along with it it would probably run my tv for a very long time. it lasted 5 hours no problem at a giants game It probably could have gone all day. best part is no noise.
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Hmm.. Does this test the battery in any way? I have a car battery that doesn't hold enough juice to start the car if I run it off of power for like 20-30 minutes. Thinking of getting this to see if it'll fully charge my battery, but pointless if my battery is gone.
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I have a 15 year old version of the 80A charge/start model and still works well.

Almost looks identical too, they just made a fancier front color.

It has a small SLA charge mode too that is nice and a feature to try to recondition lead batteries (which almost never works).

the walmart lithium portable jump starter might be a better value though if you can find it on clearance
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Seems slick. Anyone have experience? Reviews for the 600A seem better than the 800 on Amazon.

To confirm, this can be used to jump start a car, correct? Or only can be used to charge a battery.
It will take overnight to charge a dead battery at only 6A. You're better off spending the extra $10 for the SC-8020A and you get jump-start capability as well. The only reason for buying the 600 is if you have 6V batteries that need charging.
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Quote from gqvisionz View Post :
Hmm.. Does this test the battery in any way? I have a car battery that doesn't hold enough juice to start the car if I run it off of power for like 20-30 minutes. Thinking of getting this to see if it'll fully charge my battery, but pointless if my battery is gone.
I'd take your car/battery to a autoparts store for testing. It's a free service and they've all been very honest when I've used their service in the past.

I like nice tools as well as anyone, for me it's worth having the additional functionality. But if you are only wanting to know the battery condition ... try autozone, advanced auto, o'reilly's, etc, etc, etc.

To those suggesting the small portable lithium units .... apples to oranges. I like the sheer convenience of the compact units, but I'd guess these larger units would easily outlast those small units..... I still have a 12/2 amp units that's 25 years old. I really think that's an apples/oranges deal ... and the right answer is both if you can afford it Smilie

editing to add: the SC-8020A is sold out now.
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It will take overnight to charge a dead battery at only 6A. You're better off spending the extra $10 for the SC-8020A and you get jump-start capability as well. The only reason for buying the 600 is if you have 6V batteries that need charging.
Actually, there is another reason to buy the SC-600A. It's suitable to charge SLA AGM type batteries. These batteries are usually spec'd with lower charge rate than standard lead acid batteries. A typical charge rate for a 12V 18AH AGM is usually <6Amps.

I'm not ware of any antisulfation feature on the SC-600A but it does vary the voltage to keep the current constant or to lower the current when its getting close to full. Sometimes the voltage will reach 15V but its not an issue if the battery doesn't overheat.

I have 3 of the SC- 600A and I like the charger, but like a previous poster said, it does shut off when it is done so it won't maintain the battery. One thing about this charger I dislike is that the different SC-600A chargers I have charge my batteries to different levels of fullness. Its not an issue for anything I'm doing but it is a little annoying at times when we want a very full battery.

I'm also in for another one though.
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