Schumacher SE-1-12S-CA Fully Automatic Onboard Battery Charger – 1.5 Amps

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    Posted 10/12/2014 at 19:43 | Permalink
    38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    If you need this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you need, May 24, 2008
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    This review is from: Schumacher SE-1-12S-CA Fully Automatic Onboard Battery Charger – 1.5 Amps (Misc.)
    I had a problem. A very terrible car accident left me partially disabled. So these days I do very small driving. Just getting to and from the store and that’s about it.
    The problem I had is that I seldom drove long enough or far enough to fully charge my car battery, and on more than one occasion I’d get in it to go somewhere and the battery would be dead.
    I’ve used a number of trickle chargers in the past. But there’s the problem of digging them out and unhooking them when the battery is ready.
    This charger, but, has been exact for me and my situation. It’s mounted permanently under the hood so I always know where it is. It charges the battery fully then shuts itself off. I can leave it plugged in for weeks and it shuts itself off automatically. When I’m ready to use the car, I unplug it and go. When I park the car in the garage for what always turns out to be extended periods, I plug it in and on my next trip the battery has a full charge. My days of getting into the car only to learn the battery died are over.
    If your situation is similar, or if you own a vehicle that only gets occasional use, like a truck for errands or an RV, this could be the thing for you.

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    Posted 10/12/2014 at 19:57 | Permalink
    74 of 81 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Solid Quality, September 14, 2007
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    This review is from: Schumacher SE-1-12S-CA Fully Automatic Onboard Battery Charger – 1.5 Amps (Misc.)
    I am fortunate enough to maintain two houses – one in the mid-West for the summer and a second one in the Palm Springs area for the winter. Rather than drive 1500 miles each way I have a couple of cars in each location so each set will sit idle for six months of the year which means I usually have two dead batteries when I arrive for the season. I tried a cheaper brand of trickle charger in the desert last year and it worked but I was worried that if it burned out I would subdue return to dead batteries. I really like the quality of the Schumacher products having two of their multifunction battery chargers that have worked well for over 10 years. When I saw that they offered high quality trickle chargers I bought two of them to make the switch to worry free charging. The chargers are well built and heavy for their size and the build quality is typical Schumacher. The chargers are proposed to be installed in the engine compartment with battery connections that are permanently connected to the charger and for power a small plug comes out of the side of the unit and is straightforwardly connected to a grounded extension cord. I really didn’t want to install these under the hood even though they supply the mounting brackets and screws required but I did like the thought of the permanent connection to the battery as opposed to a clamp which could fall off in the middle of the season and leave me with a dead battery. Remembering how the chargers connected in the Power Wheels toys my sons had several years ago, I was able to find polarization keyed plug connectors in the trailer wiring section of the local auto parts store and now have a small pigtail permanently connected to the battery and the skill to plug and unplug it into the charger when I want. Now I have the best of all worlds, the security of a solid connection to the battery and the flexibility of being able to plug and unplug the charger with ease. I like this a lot.

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    Posted 10/12/2014 at 20:32 | Permalink
    36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A Note on the Lights, June 15, 2009
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    This review is from: Schumacher SE-1-12S-CA Fully Automatic Onboard Battery Charger – 1.5 Amps (Misc.)
    Excellent product. 4 stars b/c the manual is misleading. There is a table that tells you what the lights mean, but it is hard to know. I’ll translate: If top light is green and bottom if off, the battery is charging. If the top light is green and the bottom light is red, you battery is charged. If the top light is off, then the unit isn’t getting power from the wall. Amusing how this crucial info is so messed up in the instructions. Pleased charging!

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