We looked at two models of the self-proclaimed ‘Smartest Battery Chargers in the World’ for our gift guide, the US 0.8 – designed for your tools and toys (like ATV’s) and the Multi US 3300 (everything plus your truck/car).
We’ve all been there: early in the morning, heading to school or work or whatever, and as we turn the ignition, all we hear is a low electrical murmur or nothing at all; the battery is dead. Jumper cables or a battery charger are the conventional, short-term solutions, but common wisdom dictates that said battery needs to be replaced. Or does it?
CTEK Power, Inc., has its own answer to this problem in its extensive lineup of battery diagnostic tools, which we got to see for ourselves on Tuesday, November 5th. Ken Palmman, general manager for North America, was on hand to educate us as to what sets these tools apart from the competition.
CTEK Power Inc. says the Battery Analyzer can quickly test and diagnose all types of 12-volt lead-acid batteries including wet, maintenance-free, Ca/Ca, Gel and AGM.
With the CTEK Battery Analyzer, connecting and testing is easy, with no need to disconnect or remove the battery from the vehicle prior to testing.
While lead-acid batteries in cars, boats, and trucks haven’t changed much in over 100 years, it’s great to see that battery chargers have become smarter, lighter and more efficient. One of the newest to come into the market is the CTEK Multi US 7002. It’s one of several battery chargers made by CTEK that can be used on cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, and boats to provide diagnostic and proper charging to extend battery life.
Most battery chargers are bulky, and feature a trickle charge, normal charge and vehicle start settings. But the CTEK battery chargers are completely different. The 7002 for example is more than half the size of a typical charger, and fits into a small stuff-sack that can easily fit into the door panel pocket of most trucks and SUVs. The 7002 charges the battery in eight steps that varies the amount of amperage and voltage delivered to the battery. This delivers a better state of charge, and in the process prevents sulfation and reconditions battery cells for optimum performance. This process can’t be accomplished with a typical trickle charger.
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CTEK Multi US 7002 12V Battery Charger Review
Car batteries seem to pick the coldest, wettest and dreariest days to decide they’re going to die, leaving you stranded either on the side of the road, or at home unable to get to work. While roadside assistance is a valuable resource, it can take them hours to arrive and get you back up and running again.