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Battery charger for winter storage?

I have been taking my batteries home for the winter so that I can put them on a charger, one at a time to keep them happy. My yard doesn't allow power cords plugged in over night, so taking them home seems to be my only option.

This year my Guest 6A charger died and I need to replace it.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a small capacity charger with multiple stages? I have seen several advertised on line at one time or another but could use some input from a happy customer.

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West marine had some wonderful little chargers on sale last week....maybe still are. Half price. They are red and portable and multi-stage smart chargers. Only the 30A model has an equalization stage, however. At the sale price of $89 this is a steal. I bought another one, despite the fact that I have lots of chargers around. Very handy.

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is this any better than ...

the Battery Minder

BatteryMINDer 12 Volt 2-4-8 Amp | BatteryStuff.com

or the Battery tender Battery Tender Junior 12V @ 0.75A - Batterytender.com

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I don't mind spending a few $$ if this one lasts as long as the Guest did (8 yrs) and if it keeps my batteries contented...

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Yup. Cheaper than the first one, and 30A max output vs. 8A. Just as smart. The pulsing stuff is a red herring, IMHO (after a 1.5 year study of these things).

The second one isn't even in the ballpark.

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I bought a Vector (owned by black and decker) 2/10/25 smart charger and it has worked 2 years without problems and never gets the batterys HOT as it does taper down the charge in line with battery acceptance rate

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I bought a Vector (owned by black and decker) 2/10/25 smart charger and it has worked 2 years without problems and never gets the batterys HOT as it does taper down the charge in line with battery acceptance rate
+1 I have the same charger (B&D, though) and recommend it without hesitation. You can view it here -- $89.99. I bought mine as "Factory Reconditioned" at a substantial discount (with a full warranty). I don't see other reconditioned units available now, but it's worth inquiring if you want to save a few $$.

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Yup. Cheaper than the first one, and 30A max output vs. 8A. Just as smart. The pulsing stuff is a red herring, IMHO (after a 1.5 year study of these things).

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I looked on the WM site and the only charger for $89 is the 6A with no desulfating possibility. Did you find this on the web site or in the store?

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Both. Suggest you call them and see if you can get the sale price...$89 for the 30A model. Tell 'em it's Xmas, after all :-)

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Thanks to all for the tips. I looked over the B&D Vector line of chargers and decided to order the 15/10/2A model. For maintenance the 30A capacity doesn't buy me anything I need. I will keep the forum updated when I have
some experience with it.

BTW another model made by B&D is tempting for this application: it is a battery maintainer with float mode, sold by TylerTool.com for $22. It probably would have been sufficient for my purposes but I was won over by the recommendations of 2 posters for the Vector line.

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You have to read real carefully if you`re buying an inexpensive charger. The B&D looks good but I have seen one (forget where now) described as 4 stage - 2,4,6, and 10 amps being the four - all manual. You generally get what you pay for.

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