Battery chargers are as varied as the boaters who need them. Bass boat guys, offshore anglers and cruisers all have different needs and expectations and different operating conditions that dictate the best sort of battery for them. Here are three chargers representing a cross-section of the market.
Trailer Boat Guy: This guy needs a portable charger that’s equipped for at least two batteries.
The Fix-Up: The X2 Xtreme charges two batteries (or four, using the optional QuadLink accessory) and is best suited to charging flooded cell batteries but also provides the higher voltage that absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries require. Flooded cell batteries are more prone to sulfuration, a chemical reaction that reduces the battery’s ability to accept a full charge. The pulse charging system dissolves sulfuration.
Special Forces: Clamps make this charger portable; it can also be permanently installed. The QuadLink accessory converts one terminal to four, for winter maintenance of multiple batteries.
Charge Output Channels: 2
Input Voltage: 100V~250V AC
1. Power: YES
2. Charge Status: YES
3. Connection/Battery Check: YES
4. Battery Type Select: NO
5. Overvoltage/Overheat Indicator: NO
6. Battery Temp Select: NO
7. Charger Mode Select: NO
Maximum Charge Current: 2.5A (5.0 effective) per channel
Nominal Float Voltage: 13.6V per channel
Maximum Bulk Charge Voltage: 14.8V per channel
Battery-Type Setting: None
Max Bulk Time: 24 hours
Output Cable Length: 8 feet
Power Cord Length: 8 feet
Pulse Frequency: 40 to 50 kHz per channel
Housing: Weatherproof rubberized base
Safety Features: Reverse polarity protection