Best battery charger

farmbrew

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
North Notts
Get a Halfords trade card, gives really good discount on various stuff. Ring charger/starter down from £110 to £60. If you mean trickle charger then yes I'd second the Ctek vote.
 

FG.

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
North Wiltshire
I've a few small ctek chargers, that will eventually charge anything.
So I thought, let's get a bigger clever charger........why did I try a Clarke 25amp 12/24v clever charger??
Answer:- I don't know. It's not clever, in that if the battery is too low, it won't charge it.
So it's going back.
 

TheTallGuy

Member
Location
Cambridgeshire
I'm a bit disenchanted with my Ctek, it keeps saying that a couple of batteries are knackered, but they're fine when charged on an old buzz box charger and I'm sure it has killed a couple of other small batteries that had been working fine.
 
I'm a bit disenchanted with my Ctek, it keeps saying that a couple of batteries are knackered, but they're fine when charged on an old buzz box charger and I'm sure it has killed a couple of other small batteries that had been working fine.

CTEK won't try to charge a battery it senses a fault in. They are designed to be left attached to cars etc forever so I can't see it would kill a battery? Once it reaches full charge it sits and only intermittently charges?
 

Lincsman

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
Ctek often wont start charging a dead battery... really dead... so I have a 1950.s pre transistor direct current to start the charge.. its only 3 amp but will put some life back.
 

TheTallGuy

Member
Location
Cambridgeshire
CTEK won't try to charge a battery it senses a fault in. They are designed to be left attached to cars etc forever so I can't see it would kill a battery? Once it reaches full charge it sits and only intermittently charges?
When it plays up it usually gets half way through charging & then throws a fault, yet the old buzz box charges them fine & they hold up as well as any other battery the same size. The batteries that it appears to have killed went from working reasonably well to being virtually useless in a single charge cycle.
 
When it plays up it usually gets half way through charging & then throws a fault, yet the old buzz box charges them fine & they hold up as well as any other battery the same size. The batteries that it appears to have killed went from working reasonably well to being virtually useless in a single charge cycle.

Weird. I've had my CTEK years and hooked it to all sorts. It's only a modest sized one though. I think for you guys the NOCO is the one to go for.
 

Steevo

Member
Location
Gloucestershire
Ctek often wont start charging a dead battery... really dead... so I have a 1950.s pre transistor direct current to start the charge.. its only 3 amp but will put some life back.

Someone said on here recently that putting it on in Supply mode for a while to give it some power, then swapping to Charge works to get around that problem.
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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