Aldi Battery Charger

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john g
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Aldi Battery Charger

Are these any good? Are they the intelligent trickle charge type? Over the years I’ve had 3 Ctek chargers and on each one the mode button, including my current one, becomes decidedly iffy and eventually packs in.

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This one at £12.99?

I'd guess not at that price.

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Over the years I’ve had 3 Ctek chargers and on each one the mode button, including my current one, becomes decidedly iffy and eventually packs in.

Thee are probably more mentions of CTEKs than anything else. But I've never seen any evidence that they're better or more reliable than other makes. I had one fail a couple of years ago and the manufacturer offered a standard charge repair but the UK agent then replaced it for nothing.

Jonathan

PS: I assumed that it was OK but the battery was duff. And I got it wrong because the sequence lights were still working fine...

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Try a CSI Airflow battery conditioner. Had mine nearly 20 years and it been 'on' pretty much most of the time. Works on my SLA and AGM batteries that have been on the 7

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Had the Aldi one for well over a year and it works well. Great value. Possibly the same internals as the CTEK, it charges at 0.8 or 3.8 and goes from 3.8 down to 0.8 when fully charged.

I also have a CSI Airflow which is still working well after nearly 20 years. 

 

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Had the Aldi one for well over a year and it works well.

Is that the same as the one to which I linked?

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Jonathan

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Yes, it shows the charge rate and voltage on the display.

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Having a display is an advance over either of the units I own and use. 1 x Accumate, 1 x CTEK both of which do the job required without any issues.

 

P.S. Also I have a separate higher capacity unit for the batteries I use to run my Carcoon and the original unit for the Carcoon (which combines running the fans and maintaining the battery which is made by Accumate for Carcoon.

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Have a few of these as I have (actually had now) a few different vehicles kept in different locations. I also have a ctek mxs 5 for comparison.

The mode button on one of the first Aldi charges started to become a bit intermittent after quite a few years of use, but a quick strip and some contact cleaner sorted that out and it still works  - which is a shame as I as looking for a reason to replace it with the new model as it has a nicer display.

Advantages of the Aldi version over my Ctek - Cheap, does 6 as well as 12v which I do sometimes need,  shows battery voltage which I like.

Ctek over Adli - starts charging as soon as you plug it in and connect it up in whatever mode you last selected. Can be useful if you get a break in power or a lead gets pulled off. The Aldi charger won't do anything until you select the right mode.  Ctek have a range of plugin accessories such as an adaptor that will charge through the cigarette lighter socket etc. My particular Ctek also has a battery recondition mode which the Aldi ones lack.

Where they both fall down is if the battery is completely flat, neither will recognise that a battery has been connected to start charging (though the Aldi one might think its a 6v battery and charge accordingly). I keep an old fashioned transformer type charger for those situations.

 

 

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I've just bought an Aldi one after seeing this thread. I need to keep a number of 12v batteries charged for timing gear and the 7. My AA branded trickle charger gave up after 3 years of regular use. 
Seems sturdier than the AA one and the display is clear. The base can be screwed to a wall which I may do as the 7 is garaged in the same place...however 8 might add it to my longer distance touring spares.

At that price worth a punt.

I have a buoy faster charger too, but these need to be disconnected after 10 hours or so, so a trickle one is useful for proper battery maintenance.