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    Found this charger at Yebo Electronics.
    Anybody know it, seems like a good alternative to the expensive C-Tek models., going for R390-00

    A compact intelligent micro-processor controlled battery charger designed to condition and charge wet, gel and agm type sealed acid batteries, typically used on alarms, motorcycles and motor cars.
    The unit automatically diagnoses, recovers and charges batteries, featuring a 5-step fully automatic switch mode battery charger and maintainer.
    Supplied with connecting cable and crocodile clips.
    Specifications:
    Input Voltage: 220 - 240V AC, 50/60Hz
    Output Voltage: 12V (nominal)
    Starting Current:<25A
    Input Current: 0.6A rms (max)
    Efficiency: 75%
    Charging Voltage: 14.4 0.25V or 14.7 0.25V
    Charging Current: 3.8A 10% or 0.8A 10%
    Back Drain Current: 1mA
    Ripple: 150mV (max)
    Ambient Temp: -20C to 50C
    Charger Type: Five step, fully automatic, switch mode and maintenance charging
    Battery Types: 12V Lead Acid (WET, MF, AGM and GEL)
    Battery Capacity: 1.2 - 120Ah
    Dims: 172 x 62 x 42mm.
    Housing: Grey, Plastic. IP65 (Dust and Splash Proof)
    Weight: 0.54kg
    Yebo Electronics

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    Thanks, but where is Yebo in CT?

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    On paper, this looks good. Will order one next week and see how it performs.

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    That looks identical to my CTek charger (except for the branding)!

    Its either a Chinese copy or its the same thing with different branding. Would be interested to see how it performs.

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    I will be ordering stock of these Chargers, for anybody interested. The price is R455.00 (Price adjustment May 2009) each, plus shipping to your nearest PO, which would probably be in the region of R50.00 or so using Speed Services overnight service, counter to counter.

    This seems to be an excellent alternative to the C-Tek range at about 40% of the cost.




    The Charger is described as:

    FEATURES
    Five-step fully automatic switchmode-mode battery charger and maintainer, designed for charging a variety of SLA (Sealed Lead Acid) batteries, widely used in motorbikes, cars and other vehicles. The batteries may be of various types, i.e.:

    * WET/Flooded (Liquid Electrolyte),
    * GEL (Gelatin type Electrolyte, absorbed into the plates),
    * AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) batteries.

    Their capacity ranges from 12V/1.2Ah to 12/120Ah. The Benton BX-1 battery charger also charges batteries in cold conditions. Using state-of-the-art technology, the charger enables the recharging of the batteries to almost 100% of their original capacity. It recovers slightly sulphated batteries. It diagnoses and rescues drained batteries. It provides a trickle charge and maintenance charging which increases battery life and gives superb performance. It also features low back-current drain and low ripple.

    PRODUCT SAFETY FEATURES

    * Electronically safe against User-errors. The Charger will not damage vehicle electronics. It is totally safe for months-long connections and maintenance of irregularly or seasonally used batteries, even while the charger is still connected to the vehicle. It provides optimal conditioning without damage. There is no risk of over-charging!

    * Full protection against wrong connections and against short-circuits ensures safe charging operation.

    * Provided with spark-protection mechanism. The charger will not commence charging upon connecting to the battery unless a charging mode has been selected. (F_D Note: This caught me on my C-Teks, and the battery ran flat ). This embedded feature eliminates the possibility of a spark that often appears during connections.

    * Fully controlled by internal Micro-Computer Unit which makes it faster, powerful, reliable and smarter. It detects the state of charge of the battery plugged into it and initiates charging.

    * Dust and Splash-proof (IP65).

    * Double insulated.

    TECHNICAL DATA
    Input Voltage: 220~240V AC.
    Charging Voltage: 14.4V or 14.7V.
    Charging Current: 3.8A 10% or 0.8A 10%

    BULK CHARGING TIME
    Battery Size: 60A - 80% Charge, 14 Hours
    Battery Size: 100A - 80% Charge, 23 Hours
    Battery Size: 120A - 80% Charge, 24 Hours


    Battery Capacity: 1.2 - 120 AH/r


    -F_D

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    Eric,

    Please order one for me too. I will PM you my details.

    Thanks

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    Hi Andrew & Darrius,

    I will add your names to the list and contact you when they arrive. I will give it a week or so and then place my order in bulk, to save on courier costs (to me!).

    Thanks for the orders.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Family_Dog View Post
    I will be ordering stock of these Chargers, for anybody interested. The price is R360.00 each, plus shipping to your nearest PO, which would probably be in the region of R65.00 or so using Speed Services overnight service, counter to counter.

    This seems to be an excellent alternative to the C-Tek range at about 40% of the cost.

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    Have ordered the Chargers, should be ready early next week.

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    The Chargers have arrived, I have sent PMs to the people interested.

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    FD you have a PM.

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    Thanks Andre, I have replied to your PM.

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    Several people tried taking a CTEK apart and copy it, but none succeeded. The good charging capability is easy and would be available in other chargers, but not the extensive desulphating capabilities which is the main perc of the CTEKs. I've literally seen totally fubar batteries being revived with a CTEK charger. Even a brand new battery standing on the shelf would have a sulphar buildup already so you don't even have the full battery capacity to charge with a normal charger.

    This charger would certainly compare well to the Hawkins range - it seems a bit smaller so a good portable option for that price and seems to have a bit of a desulphating capability. Don't know if that's just a marketing thing to sound comparable to the CTEKS though.
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    I bought one (thanks AB) and tested it over the past 2 days and nights. My one battery showed charged at 13.3v. It was at 11.6v. Now to see if it keeps the charge.
    Its now busy with my motorbike battery which showed 13v this morning and still charging. It started at 10.6v. I think its fubar but its only 8 months old so Im trying.
    The claims about charging at more than 14v Im not so sure about but will keep an eye open.
    What I do like is the extension thingy/plug that comes with it. Just what I need to leave on the bike for quick coupling of the charger when the bike's not in use for extended periods.

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    The theory of operation of these and similar chargers is, in principle, very good. I have two C-Teks at home, the very first one being the 3600 one, and then later I bought the 7000 (7A) model. The 3600 C-Tek is still doing sterling work, I have it permanently connected to my boat at the river, but I had issues with the 7A model, which heated up and then the Micro went ballistic, doing whatever it liked. As it was some 18 months old, I was going to scrap it (expensive!!) but when I mentioned the problems that I was experiencing with the unit to the place I bought it from (Autozone), they suggested I bring it in. Upon doing so, they simply replaced it, seems there was a known factory fault with the early units that caused premature failure due to over-heating.

    Still, if these units do what they claim, the price is less than half of the comparable C-Tek charger so it would be an interesting purchase. I am using one at home for a long-term test, and will be monitoring its performance. The Agents/Importers are confident enough, they claim they have not yet had any returns.


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    So what is the verdict?

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    Well, of the three I put to test, I'm perfectly satisfied. Can't say anything about how successful it is in recovering batteries badly sulphated, but the idea is to prevent this from happening in the first place by maintaining the battery state of charge.

    The first batch are all sold, I have ordered a second batch, should be here on Friday.

    Now I've got one of the Mine's interested in these chargers too, one of their Engineers happened to walk in and see our 'demo' unit (since sold ) hanging in the display centre.

    Would all those who ordered chargers just confirm with me that they have in fact received them?

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    The chargers work just fine, with one caveat that I find peculiar - you have to press a button to get it into start mode, which is fine, but if there's a power failure, it reverts back to "off" mode and you have to manually activate the charger again by depressing a button. Not normally a problem unless the Charger is used in a remote location for long periods. The reason they do this is for safety purposes, impossible to cause a spark to occur whilst connecting the charger to the battery.


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    My only problem with the BX1 is that it resets when power is removed.

    We have just placed an order for more of the BX1 but also the 7 amp version of this unit.

    This one now comes with a memory feature to restore charging after a power failure. Important with all the power failures we are currently suffering.

    It has a bunch of other features like being suitable for outdoor use, 16v boost feature, 12/24v and others.

    Cheers

    Samsat
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