Top 5 Best Car Battery Charger on the Market Today! – 2018 Edition
Neglecting to maintain your vehicle’s battery charge is like throwing money down the drain.
With the right charger, you can significantly increase the lifespan of the batteries that power your vehicles, especially the ones that you operate sporadically.
That will translate to an enormous amount of savings in the long haul.
And if you’re a road trip junkie—like me—it’s even more important to have one on hand, so that you can ensure the battery of the car you’re travelling in is well charged and ready to sustain loads of fun action and adventure.
The last thing you want is a car battery that suddenly dies on you while on a road trip.
Believe me; one of the most unfun things that could happen to you in your lifetime is to be stuck in a car with a dead battery in the middle of nowhere.
So, are you ready to buy a unit or two?
You know, I checked out a few car battery charger reviews before I decided to buy my first unit.
Fast forward a bunch of units later and I figured, “Hey, why not I put together my own list of the best car battery chargers?”
Here it is folks – The ultimate Guide: Top 5 Best Car Battery Charger on the Market Today! – 2018 Edition!
Table of Contents
- 1 Battery Tender Plus 021-0128, 1.25 Amp Fully Automatic Charger (The Best 12v Battery Charger For The Money)
- 2 BLACK+DECKER BM3B 6V and 12V Automatic Super Cheap Battery Charger (Relatively Speaking)/ Maintainer B0051D3MP6
- 3 Suaoki Car Battery Charger 4 Amp 6/12V Fully Automatic Battery Maintainer
- 4 Schumacher SE-5212A 2/10/50 Amp Automatic Portable Car Battery Charger
- 5 Schumacher SC-1200A-CA SpeedCharge 12Amp 6/12V Fully Automatic Battery Charger
- 6 Conclusion
Battery Tender Plus 021-0128, 1.25 Amp Fully Automatic Charger (The Best 12v Battery Charger For The Money)
Do you have a car that you happen to drive just once in a while?
Do you own a seasonal type vehicle such as a fishing boat, a jet ski, a snowmobile, or perhaps, an ATV?
Own a riding mower or a tractor?
Go on a road trips a lot?
If you own any of these vehicles or if you’re a frequent road-tripper, then this smart car battery chargeris practically a must-have…
Now this product is more than just a mere battery charger, it’s also a battery tender meant to keep your battery in tip-top shape even when it isn’t being used.
You could be off on a holiday on some exotic island for who knows how long, but as long as your vehicle’s battery is hooked up to this smart car battery charger/tender, it will be totally charged therefore rendering low or dead battery situations a thing of the past.
Worried about overcharging the battery?
That won’t be an issue because this device is “smart” enough to cross into maintenance mode upon reaching full charge.
The displays on the device can’t be anymore clearer and the metal casing gives it a real solid feel.
Some folks say that this is the best 12v battery charger on the market and based on my personal experience with it, I find that statement hard to argue against.
BLACK+DECKER BM3B 6V and 12V Automatic Super Cheap Battery Charger (Relatively Speaking)/ Maintainer B0051D3MP6
Armed with three separate charging connectors (alligator clamps, O-rings, and DC plug); the BM3B is a decent choice for those looking for a charger that offers a little versatility when it comes to battery hookup.
All three connectors work well but would’ve been perfect if their cords had been lengthier.
The alligator clips also fall a bit short as they don’t open wide enough to a level that I would consider satisfactory.
You could switch them with a different pair of better quality clamps, but straight out of the box, this is a product flaw.
Aside from these imperfections, this neat looking but slightly bulky charger works like it’s supposed to.
It doesn’t have a problem charging batteries and goes right into float mode once a battery is charged at max capacity.
Additionally, the BM3B features 6v and 12v voltage settings which can be selected via a single switch.
In relation to other chargers displayed here, I would consider this a super cheap battery charger for vehicles and if you do not wish to spend over $25 on a charger,the BM3B should fit the bill.
This charger reminds me of those really bulky Walkmans that were super popular in the 80s.
While most people would find bulky portable music players unappealing, that’s not the case when it comes to auto car battery chargers—at least not to me.
Bulkiness is most welcome for me because it lends a charger that robust, long-lasting factor, which sort of provides me with a sense of relief as if I’ve wisely spent my money on a product that won’t go kaput within a short period of time.
But is this charger really robust in reality?
Honestly, I’ve only had it for a few months and it seems to be working pretty good so far. No malfunctions to report whatsoever.
I wouldn’t call this a flat-out heavy duty battery charger, but it is quite close enough.
It charges and maintains a battery well enough; though charging time could be quicker.
One of the things I like most about it is the LCD screen which is clear and reads easily.
Attachments to the battery come in the form of a pair of fairly solid clamps and eyelet connectors.
A handy carrying case is included and that’s a pretty nice touch.
Ralf Schumacher is a Formula One legend so when I first came to know about this brand, I thought “Wow; now Ralf wants to make his mark in the world of car battery chargers. That is so cool!”
Turns out I had the wrong Schumacher…doh!
This company was actually formed in the late 1940s—almost 30 years before the birth of the iconic former F1 driver.
According to the company’s website, it states that the name Schumacher is also synonymous with Don Schumacher, who was a top dog during his NHRA drag racing days.
So, based on the above info and the amount of times I’ve used this charger, we can deduce the following two things:
1) Having the name Schumacher may help you become a force to be reckoned with in the world of vehicular racing.
2) This portable car battery chargerfunctions like it should.
By “portable,” I mean to say that it’s not too hefty to carry around because it has a handle at the top, and the unit weighs only 10 pounds or so.
Of course, it still must be hooked up to an electric outlet…doh!
I own a couple of large auto batteries and this is the charger I use to quickly charge those batteries, and to ensure they are well maintained.
Its charging is respectably fast but the instructions are quite iffy.
Here’s another charger by Schumacher and it’s just as good as the above unit.
This one is a lot more compact and lighter, but in terms of charging time, I would say SE-5212A gets the job done a bit faster.
I find it a bit annoying that I have to press a button in order to find out how far along the battery is being charged.
Overall, this minor displeasure doesn’t take away from what is one of the best automotive battery chargers around.
All these devices are well worth the money, but if you were to ask me which one of these is the best car battery charger for dead battery,
I would recommend the Battery Tender Plus 021-0128.
According to the manual, this unit isn’t capable of charging a dead battery, but I’ve charged a couple of dead ones and no issues cropped up.
Just bear in mind that it will take over 12 hours for the charger to work its magic on them dead ones.
That’s all folks!
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