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No list of must-have auto shop equipment would be complete without mentioning battery chargers. This is a vital component to add to any garage owner’s arsenal of tools and equipment. They are not only needed for charging batteries of disabled vehicles, but also for starting them if necessary.
But what type of Automotive Battery Charger should you get? There are so many different types and styles that a consumer who doesn’t know what he is looking for can be overwhelmed. First course of action is to determine the purposes for your charger. Do you need it just to trickle charge some car batteries, or will you also need it for jump starting cars as well? What type of vehicles will you be using it on? If you’re focusing mainly sports cars, then you probably don’t need a very large or powerful charger. Maybe a bench top charger with a 10 amp maximum charging rate along with a lower 2 amp trickle charging rate when needed will suffice. Then again, if you service a fleet of trucks, you’ll want to make sure that the charger you get has plenty of power and charges at a variety of charging rates, along with a powerful 200 to 300 amp starting rate.
Then there are other features that you may want to consider. Some chargers will have some very useful features that will help you diagnose vehicle charging system problems. Some of these features include a battery load tester to confirm the battery is good. Some chargers can test the alternator to make sure it is supplying voltage to the battery. Some chargers have a timer that will turn it off after a designated time peroid. Others are automatic and will turn off when the battery is fully charged so you don’t have to worry about overcharging the automobile battery. Some chargers are UL approved for outdoor use.
Finally, you’ll want to consider which manufacturer you prefer. There are many fine manufacturers of automotive battery chargers. We carry several that are considered leaders, including Schumacher, Solar, and Christie. Stick with a leader and you can’t go wrong.
It’s their model 520A-PE bench top charger. It’s one of our most popular models, and for good reason. It’s got all the features you would want in a professional Battery Charger. It’s got a fast 10 amp charging rate, as well as a low 2 amp rate for trickle charging. It’s got easy to read color coded gauges with an analog meter. It has reverse hook up safety, and best of all, it’s fully automatic, so it will turn on and off as needed. Go ahead – leave it hooked up indefinitely. Just like they say – set it, and forget it. Don’t worry about overcharging your batteries.
It’s got a durable impact resistant plastic case, 6 foot cables and sure grip clamps so you can grab onto those smaller side terminals that are so difficult to keep your clips on. Plus it has a convenient handle for carrying it.
It is an affordable unit that is a great value for smart shoppers.
Plus, don’t forget, it’s made by the best name in the battery charger industry – Schumacher Electric. They’ve been manufacturing some of the finest products for decades.
Our normal price for this model is $63 with free shipping. For a limited time, we are offering them at $15 off our regular price. Your cost is $48 with free shipping.
Professionals looking for some of the best Battery Chargers on the market need to take a look at the Schumacher DSR Chargers. These guys have thought of everything. These machines are truly made by professionals, for professionals. It’s namesake, Don Schumacher says, ” “When I was racing, I depended on the best team and equipment to make me a champion. Today, I run my company in the same way. I insist on top-notch teams, the highest quality and the latest technology in everything we make. I never settle for anything less than the best and neither should you.”
They have many different models to choose from for any situation. And they’re packed with features. Models range from 300 cranking amps all the way down to a 2 amp trickle charge rate. Cases and housing is made of durable steel construction that will hold up to the typical type of abuse that you would expect out of a busy auto shop.
They have a non-conductive bar built into the handle which is a convenient place to clip your battery terminal clamps onto when you’re rolling it around. Wide track wheels and extra long AC cord for better reach. Extra heavy duty clamps with thick gauge, extra flexible welding cable give you the power and reliability you need. There are manual and automatic models. They have a generous three year warranty.
Contact us today for more information.