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on 19 August 2009
The unit is unassuming with a changeover switch for boost and a simple LED display for battery state. I was surprised at how heavy it was, but also how robust its construction. It was immediately put to use charging a truck battery. Large clips gave easy purchase and long leads made it easy to site the charging unit. The display is easy to understand and charging was swift. The starter was then used to start a quad bike, which was achieved via a simple flick of the switch. The boost start was easy and the bike started first time. Not a unit with lots of fancy extras, but it does what it says it does - with ease.
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on 2 January 2011
Temperature was -14 and my daughters car refused to turn over,I used the starting facility for the first time and it started immediately, it then was used to charge the battery overnight- a great item and well worth the money.
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Update: After I wrote the following review, the description of this item has been changed to reflect that this charger should be used with conventional (old style) lead acid batteries.

The unit is quite heavy when considering the size. Usually this means that it has got some large transformers, which is a plus.
Jumpstart: This function works reasonably well (has to be connected to mains) on both conventional and maintenance free batteries.

Charging: One thing worth noting though is that this charger is meant for use with the older type refillable batteries, so if you have one of those "maintenance free" batteries it will damage it, as happened in my case. The reason for this is the charge current delivered to the battery whilst charging. Given that the unit delivers quite a large current, the acid in the battery will vaporize during the charge cycle. Normally one would then top up the battery with distilled water, yet this cannot be done on maintenance free batteries due to the fact that they do not have removable caps. This will result in loss of acid, and eventually render the battery useless.

The user manual "strongly advises" you to use Draper Automatic Charger BC8A (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Draper-66800-12-Volt-Automatic-Battery/dp/B0001K9ZYG/ref=cm_cr-mr-title) for use with maintenance free batteries. I do think that it should be written on the charger itself.

You can download the manual from the link provided in the comments below. Page 9 refers to maintenance free batteries.

Hope you will find the review useful for buying a charger.
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on 10 April 2011
This has to be the best item I have ever bought for my car. I have struggled on with other units, but this one does everything, it checks your battery state and lets you know when it's fully charged. If you run into problems with starting, it'll do that for you as well.
It is just so comforting to know it is in my boot, and I could help someone who was having starting problems as well. Definitely a five star rating.

David2
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on 5 February 2010
this is amust have if you have a car can be a lot cheaper than a call out
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on 26 June 2011
Received product next day by express delivery. Top mark to Amazon for delivery information, tracking and timeliness.

Draper Battery charger looks good, feels well built (and is heavy) and did the job effortlessly on a large Audi A6 battery: no buzzing or strong heating!. I recommend over the cheaper, but more lightly built alternatives.
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on 6 December 2011
Sturdy construction, reliable performance, Power to spare, Kind to the Battery.

Winter takes big toll on battery performance, Draper puts it back in again.
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VINE VOICEon 17 July 2011
My son's VW Polo 1400cc regularly has a flat battery. This unit does not produce enough power to immediately jump start the car. But after about 15 minutes of fast charging, the battery has enough juice to start the car. A lot faster than my old battery charger, which was a lot cheaper though.
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on 17 April 2012
Good solid product well made, got this to replace my gunsons jump starter they look the same,so I think this will serve me very well,not been tested yet but nice to know its there in case of battery problems will start the car right away( at home that is)
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on 24 November 2013
This is a great car battery charger and tester, not the cheapest you might find but worth the money nonetheless. Build quality is fantastic and has great features such as being able to start the car using the charger itself and testing the battery itself.
I rate this charger highly and would have no hesitation in recommending it to other people.
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