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MEXICOWANDERER

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Posted: 10/11/16 12:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

YEAH BABY! SMART! It's model name is HERO!

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Look Ma! No Hands! (or brains). Check the annual kWh consumption of a SMART way to vacuum and the cost of a replacement battery. Smart! Smart! Smart! Think Green! Err..BROWN!

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Path1,
The wheeled Diehard charger with timer I linked to earlier is $99 and probably fulfilled through Sears. I'd suggest you return the Shumacher and get the wheeled Diehard.
FWIW, I have a wheeled Exide charger that has been charging batteries for 20 years. I'm blaming the bigger transformer for it's longevity.


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+2 to the Schumacher brand float-chargers. I've got a few and only had one go out over many years, and keep a couple of my AGMs plugged in ($30K Harley-Davidson and Optima Blue-Top AGM) as trickle chargers. Some of them have the higher-amp setting which would provide both a fast charger and a float-charger. As a jumper we use a WAGAN power-dome. After so many years of using the small Schumacher float-chargers without issue, it's obvious from some of the products other folks rely on that we've saved a tidy sum of $pending Green indeed. [emoticon]

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Posted: 10/11/16 01:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

westend wrote:

Path1,
The wheeled Diehard charger with timer I linked to earlier is $99 and probably fulfilled through Sears. I'd suggest you return the Shumacher and get the wheeled Diehard.
FWIW, I have a wheeled Exide charger that has been charging batteries for 20 years. I'm blaming the bigger transformer for it's longevity.


I'll be bring this with me when we snowbird.

(from link) measures 13.00 x 16.00 x 32.00 Inches. Even with handle of, its pretty big unit. Only so much room.

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Posted: 10/11/16 01:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

path1 wrote:

Driving by Wal-Mart last night and picked up Schumacher model SC11. It is not going to last either IMO. Indicators to me why it won't last. "Fully automatic" "start/stop push button interface" and "microprocessor controlled" But then again maybe it will last. Right on the box it reads..."Since 1947 Schumacher Electric Corp has been leading change and driving performance to exceed it customers expectations" So maybe I won't have any problems[emoticon]

Claims to be: 80A engine start 20A boost 6-2A charge for $70.00

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This should work fine for the intended use.


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He shall see...

The "microprocessor" retails for $1.21 in (10) lots.

BUT! This subject actually helped me see something related to charging but in a different vein. I was going nuts trying to figure out how to recharge the Lifeline while on the road. Sheeze! The answer was right in front of me! 2-1/2 foot long paired 6 gauge welding cable, a twin bumper (firewall) mount socket, a plug for the cables, two excellent clamps, and a genuine 80-amp breaker that mounts under the hood with the rest of the circuit. Tap directly into the alternator output stud. When not in use the harness unplugs. Drive 200 miles and the Lifeline is recharged. I must be getting old [emoticon]

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I have one of those Black & Decker smart chargers, photo in the 3rd post. Glad to hear it is a good one! I bought it on a close out sale in a woodworking tool store. That night we stayed with friends who had a car with a very dead battery. I charged it and used the equalize and desulphate features. It seemed fine after that.

I find it works pretty well, though the voltage display reads several tenths high, and it does seem to quit before fully charging. Thanks for the tip about the fan! I'll keep my ears open for sounds of failure.

I have this little gem waiting in my Christmas stocking to replace the one I made in 1975 for playing around with electronics.
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I chose the ten amp version so I can manually top up batteries. No timer but I could easily plug it into an AC timer if doing something risky. It seems to work perfectly except the current meter reads two tenths low and therefore indicates zero for any current below 250 mA. It is smaller than it looks in the picture.


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Posted: 10/15/16 06:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 3 amp model similar to run my model train [emoticon]
Holds voltage perfectly and amps rise as it climbs a grade.

Would work perfect to do a fixed low amp but voltage limited equalization.
Yea no timer.

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I took my Black&Decker apart to check the fan, it is the B&D VEC1093DBD 40AMP Smart Mode Charger that Roy Ken posted a picture of early in this thread. Quite a little job to get the case open.
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The fan is working well. I took the center sticker off and noticed the grease in the "bearing" is pretty skimpy so I added a squirt of white lithium. I have a few new computer fans but this one is a little bigger than CPU fans from a few years ago. It is 60 mm square and 20 mm thick. The thickness is critical bit it could be larger in the other dimensions. Where would I find a better quality fan?

It went back together quite easily. Only lost one screw. It is charging a battery right now, with more than 15.5 volts, up to 12 amps. I probably should have disconnected it from the vehicle.

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My VEC1093DBD made horrible noises when first started, but then settled down. I took it apart and it was the fan being loose in its housing and buzzing. No problem with the actual cooling or charging.

I got another fan and mounted it outside the same vent with its wire pair running inside the vent spliced to original's wires. Totally quiet that way.

There was then an "issue" where I had the fan sucking instead of blowing or whichever, can't remember. Had to re-mount it the other way around. No problem after that!

Love my now quiet VEC1093DBD


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