Ring Automotive RSC504 Smart Charger, 12 V, 2/ 4 A
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The ultimate health care for vehicle batteries. Multi stage SmartCharge suitable for charging 12v lead acid, Gel, AGM and calcium batteries. Weatherproof design for outdoor use. LED indicators display charging, fully charged and polarity protection. Integral LED light and hook. Includes battery clips.
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As with all smart chargers (ctek & optimate inclusive) the connection leads are never sufficiently long enough for my needs (connected on driveway from garage)and you end up having to buy 'extras' like extension leads that add to the base cost of the device and really hacks me off to be honest!! Saying that, I cannot find any extension lead for the device but they do offer a permanent battery terminal connection lead for another tenner. It says recommended for use on cars upto 1800cc but to be honest this will charge a higher capacity battery on bigger engined cars but will just take longer to get to the fully charged state, this is of course providing that the battery has at least 5v minimum already left in it, if it doesn't then it just won't work.
Charging time varies according to the battery state and unfortunately there is no indication of where the charger is in the cycle, so you have to keep coming back every few hours to check on it which can be a PITA but not a massive dealbreaker. Other than the hideous blown plastic packaging there is no case for the item so you may benefit from doing what I did and buying a cheap mens toilet bag to house it all in. Given the lack of add ons of the Ring and provenance in the smart charger sector I would still recommend ctek or optimate over this item for the price. Alternatively just go for one of the cheaper ones from aldi at a quarter of the price.
The charger is very well made and the case is described as "weatherproof" although I would not recommend leaving it outside on a permanent basis.A built in LED light is handy for making a safe connection in the dark and there is also a hook built into the case.A lead is provided with "crocodile" clips for battery connectivity although I think another lead with more secure ring connectors should also have been provided for a permanent connection to a battery.I have made my own leads for this purpose.
I've had this connected to my Italjet scooter for the last 3 weeks.The battery showed 12.3 volts on first connection.I checked the next day and this had risen to a more healthy 13.4 volts.Weekly checks have revealed the voltage remaining constant at 13.4 volts with no signs of any overcharging having taken place.
The instructions, unfortunately, are poor as they cover the whole range of the manufacturer's products in one leaflet and you, therefore, have to extract bits you need. The cables also do not have the fixing necessary to attach this to your battery on a semi-permanent basis, such as when maintaining a caravan battery over the winter. Had these two things been rectified then this would have been a five star review.
Ideal for occasional use for charging the battery in a vehicle but less suited than others for a permanent connection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wish I had bought the next one up that claims to 'rejuvenate' the battery but otherwise it is goodPublished 7 months ago by fath
I have a 4.4ltr bmw and although the charger is for a car up to an 1.8ltr the charger has done the job without any problem, my battery was at 47% two weeks ago and it is now at 88%... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Darren Hook
I bought this charger 2 years ago. I fitted it to my Land Rover with permanent connections to the battery. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Stroud Man
A small charger which is simple enough to use. Its cable ought to be longer and thicker though and the fixing clamps are a little fiddly to use.Published on 20 Feb. 2014 by artemisrhi
Battery chargers are normally big, ugly brutes that you end up tripping over. This Ring smart charger is one of a new generation designed to keep your battery in full charge... Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2013 by Whitehatter
It wasn't made terribly clear that this charger is only recommended for vehicle's up to 2000cc, so it was a bit of a disappointment to read that on the packaging when received. Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2013 by Del 58
This comes nicely packaged and promising great things.
If you have a battery powered/ started machine that you don't use often then this may be useful. Read more
Bought to replace the older version that had died after many years of excellent service. Unpacked fitted and working in 5 mins. Read morePublished on 8 July 2013 by I. D. Thompson