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need inexpensive charger

Hi folks. I'm looking for a cheap 12v charger to use to charge a 12v 12ah scooter battery. I have a couple of these left over from replacing them in a 24v scooter. They're still good and I want to use them for powering my small 12v trolling motor. I don't have that scooter anymore...hence I don't have the charger...and the only other charger (besides the one for my 48v scooter) I have is a 6 amp automobile type charger but I'm afraid this might overheat them since I see most scooter chargers have about 1-2 amp output. Where can I get a cheap charger? Is my best bet just to buy a 12v scooter charger online and if so does that mean I can just cut the connector off the end and put a couple of clips on the wires and connect directly to the battery for charging?

Any help or recommendations greatly appreciated. I just don't want to pay much just to have a way to charge these small batteries safely.

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Re: need inexpensive charger

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I use a 12VDC 1500mA AC Adapter I got from Radio Shack and added 2 Alligator clips.
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Tech specs

General Features
Model 273-1775
Product Type 12 Volt or less
Recommended Use Powers devices requiring 12VDC and up to 1500mA
Body Material Plastic
Miscellaneous Features
Supported Languages English
Power Features
Voltage Required 110/120 Volts AC
Power Type AC to DC adapter
single voltage Yes
Power Voltage 12VDC 1500mA AC Adapter

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Re: need inexpensive charger

Thanks Gman for a reply. I think I found something that might work. It's at the following link...from Harbor Freight (HF is right down the street from me)

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=42292

If you have a chance could I impose on you to look at this and tell me if this would be suitable? I'd be most appreciative. The price is certainly right!

Gushar

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gushar my first response is that's perfect, I might get 4 like that at that price. Then I read the specs. The float may be too high, I assume your talking about charging old SLA from a old Scooter. Maybe you should wait for someone that knows a little more than I do.
I believe this is more suitable for a Car Battery or a regular Trolling Motor Battery.
I'll fwd this to a EV Tech.

Chicago Electric Power Tools Automatic Battery Float Charger

Specifications
Battery Float Charger: 12 volts DC, 5 to 125 amp hours
Voltage Output: 13.5 VDC
Dimensions: 1-3/4 x 1-1/2 x 2-1/4 inches
Total length from power module to connector clips: 53 inches
Input Voltage: 120 volts AC, 60 Hz, 14 watts

BTW, What do you fish for?

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Re: need inexpensive charger

You want a charger like the one below that has a bulk charge. A float charger will be slower and less effective but is an option if you can wait a very long time to charge.

http://www.zbattery.com/12bc1000d-1.html

You will need to order the leads for $1.50 or make your own like I did.

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jbird,
I like your suggestion better, It has LED indicates when charging and when charged

12V 1000mA Sealed Lead Acid Battery Charger

Input: 120V 60Hz 25W
Output: DC 12V 1000mA

Select wire adapter here (sold seperately - $1.50):

Alligator Clips
Female Cigarette Adapter
1/4" Female Spade Adapters

12BC1000D-1$13.45
Think I'll get 1 with a 1/4" Female Spade Adapters, if it works ok I'll get 3 more latter.

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Re: need inexpensive charger

Gman-

Yeah...that other charger looks like it would do the trick. Course I may just buy the one I posted the link to...and just see how it works. I'm sure it will take some time if it charges...but I don't need it fast. Just so it charges in a day or two. Anyway, it's even cheaper at the store...like $6.50. Guess it'll be a $6.50 experiment.

I fish saltwater and freshwater...but more saltwater (brackish where a river comes into a bay) more often. I fish for speckled (sea) trout, redfish (drum), white trout, flounder, etc....saltwater. I fish for bass and bream freshwater.

Sometime, when I have time I'll have to post a pic of my "electric kayak" which turns alot of heads down at the docks!

Gushar

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Re: need inexpensive charger

See what the output is before you buy it if you can.

500 mA * 24 hrs = 12 ah (rough calculation) = 1 day charge

250 mA * 48 hrs = 12 ah = 2 day charge
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Re: need inexpensive charger

I believe it's 600 mA...so that will work fine according to those rough estimates. I don't mind it taking a day or so. Thanks for the info!

Gushar

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