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Not Cheap But Good
on 5 March 2013
I purchased this CTEK XS 0.8 charger to keep the starting battery of my car topped up as I don't use it all the time. I also have another CTEK charger of this size and a CTEK 5 Amp.
If your battery is in good condition the CTEK XS 0.8 is all you need for your car. Using it for charging flat batteries may be asking too much of this charger. I used the CTEK 5 Amp for this and monitored it.
This charger like all the other CTEK chargers is fully automatic and you can 'set and forget'. However I would advise that you monitor the charger during its first use (cycle) to ensure that it goes through all of its steps by illuminating all the LEDs on its way to the green one. The green one means that the charger has successfully gone through all of its steps and your battery/charger is now in the maintain mode
If the charger stops at one of the LEDs and will not progress to the next or green LED it may be that your battery needs to be replaced. For example the charger has determined that the battery will not hold the charge and will not progress pass the LED that indicates that the battery charger has determined battery will hold the charge.
After ten days the charger illuminates the next LED (after the green), which means that the charger is pulsing the battery as part of its maintenance program.
I will be interested to see if the use of this charger on a brand new battery I have, extends its life.