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    Who makes the best portable battery charger?

    Just to clarify, I mean a car battery charger
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    Radio Shack. It keeps my mp3 player running just fine...

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    The best I ever had was a thing made by Schumacher called a Mity Mite, I will have to look at the model number but it has outlasted everything else. Fully automatic and not real powerful, just right as not to burn it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NAS-NAS View Post
    Who makes the best portable battery charger?

    Just to clarify, I mean a car battery charger
    I had a Schumacher 6/12 Volt 2/10/50 amp charge with 125/250 amp start. It was darn good until it burnt up - not sure what happened there. Replaced it with an Associated model 6009 with 265 amp engine start - had it for several years now and appears to be a very nice machine - except for the plastic knobs that continually seem to get loose

    Just a couple of weeks ago I bought a Schumacher 2/6/10 amp speed charger that does regular batteries, deep cycle batteries, and AGM / Gell Cell bateries (Optima) and has a desulfation mode - it actually resurrected an old battery I had in my plow truck. Here is a link for more info on it:

    http://store.schumachermart.com/sc-1000a.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by willy View Post
    Just a couple of weeks ago I bought a Schumacher 2/6/10 amp speed charger that does regular batteries, deep cycle batteries, and AGM / Gell Cell bateries (Optima) and has a desulfation mode - it actually resurrected an old battery I had in my plow truck. Here is a link for more info on it:

    http://store.schumachermart.com/sc-1000a.html
    Thats pretty impressive. It's already paid for itself. I clicked on the link expecting it to be several hundred dollars. Nice to find it's was only $75. Not really any excuse to buy some cheap Chinese junk at that price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jweller View Post
    Thats pretty impressive. It's already paid for itself. I clicked on the link expecting it to be several hundred dollars. Nice to find it's was only $75. Not really any excuse to buy some cheap Chinese junk at that price.
    Way cheaper than $75 even. I see in Blains Farm and Fleet ad today they are on sale for $39.99. You can order from them online - here is the link:

    http://www.farmandfleet.com/catalog/...cher%c2%ae&p=1

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    C-Tek, it's the only charger Optima recommends. It's billed as "The Smartest Battery Charger in the World".
    http://www.ctek.com/EN-US/home/Default.aspx
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    Considering that a Standard lead acid battery and an Optima battery will have to perform their duties in production cars that have the same or very similar charging systems. It doesnt seem logical to me that you would need a special smart charger for the Optima batteries. I didnt see any warnings on the label with the Optima I just got. Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by NAS-NAS View Post
    Who makes the best portable battery charger?

    Just to clarify, I mean a car battery charger
    You need to be a little more specific,do you want the ability to start a car off of it or do you want to maintain a charge.
    http://www.batterytender.com/ http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...ame=Automotive

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    Schumacher is my choice although I have several, the Sarge Tony Schumacher is the family of choice. Still american made and independantly owned and operated. The way to protect the American way of life is to buy American when ever possible.

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