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ajac8



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12v trickle chargers at Aldi

Just brought a Ctek style charger from my local Aldi £12.99!!!!!

Seems to have the same functionality as my Ctek 5.0 and very well made. Thumbs Up 4.4 TDV8 SE
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Dont be under any illusions about the ALDI charger it is nowhere near as good as a CTEK. Ive got both and I did a mini review for the caravanning fraternity.

The ALDI unit is cheap and that shows in the quality, you say well made based on what? The leads are poor (one guy actually set his leads on fire when the insulation failed where it entered the battery charger case). The A to D conversion was out by about 0.2v, it doesnt sound much but it is significant in multi stage charging. The ALDI unit will not resume charging if there is a power interruption. The ALDI unit doesnt have the same capability at all.

That said, it does a job and will charge a battery, a bit like a Kia will get you from A to B, the Rangie does it so much better though. 2012 Full Fat RR 4.4 TDV8
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ajac8



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As a layman all seems pretty much good quality to me. Like you say it charges the battery.

I'm no expert on stages A-D but from what it says on the tin it does actually have the same functionality as my Ctek.

Like everything £10 or a £1000 there will be some bad ones, and you can't rule out user error, but for now I'll stick to my comments.

If the power fails so be it - I can't remember the last time that happened round my way.

I'm only using it on a rarely used RRC so for now I'm happy. Thumbs Up 4.4 TDV8 SE
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AJGalaxy2012



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As far as I know the Aldi doesn’t have the capability to charge in cold conditions, recondition batteries or act as a PSU which my CTEK does. 2012 Full Fat RR 4.4 TDV8
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The Ctec isn't withouts it's faults though. I've got 3 of the them, and have had issues with them all. Some won't charge when they are cold (must be brought inside to heat up first), some require multiple attempts to actually register that it's supposed to start charging, some just stop charging half way, and must be re-started.

That being said, I've got 3, so obviously I still like them. 2007 L322 3.6 TDV8 Stornoway

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You’re the first one I’ve ever heard complain about Ctek. Every day an education! 2012 Full Fat RR 4.4 TDV8
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I have 3 C-Teks and 2 work perfectly. The other has stopped allowing me to change the mode which is not too terrible as it's stuck on the regular charge mode with the car icon.

Of my Lidl chargers they both work fine except for the well known issue that if they suffer a power cut they revert to off mode.

Of the 2 Halfords own brand chargers one fell to pieces after about 5 years and the other stopped working after a couple of years.

On that straw poll of 1, Lidl chargers are the Censored in comparison to any others. 2006 4.2 S/c
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ajac8



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The 'current' (forgive me) Aldi one has a fast charge 6v standard mode, a 12v 0.8A standard charge mode a 12v 3.8A fast charging mode AND a 12v 3.8 Cold charge mode as well as the trickle charging. The manual also confirms a reconditioning and reactivation function as well as the usual overheat cut out and polarity protection.

Clearly an improved product on older versions.

Might be time for another mini review.

My Ctek has worked without fail buts thats fixed in the car port for the FF. Justifying another £70 for the RRC in the garage seems little extravagant - hence the Aldi. 4.4 TDV8 SE
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I may just go and get another one and have a look, thanks for the info. 2012 Full Fat RR 4.4 TDV8
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northernmonkeyjones



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my Ctek just went pop.....

can't remember whether it was a 5 or 7, but it smelled funny, refused to turn on and when I took it apart to see what was the problem a close inspection of the board found one of the resistors had blown, happened when I was charging the caravan battery, which I have done several times. I was charging it from fully flat but it should do that..... There is nothing that can't be fixed with a hammer😜😜
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Better get the hammer out to fix it then! 2012 Full Fat RR 4.4 TDV8
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yep.....

that didn't work. went in the bin.

going to get a new one on order as i'm without charger at the mo. There is nothing that can't be fixed with a hammer😜😜
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Care to send it to me, I can probably repair it ? 2012 Full Fat RR 4.4 TDV8
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was thinking of having a go, putting my D at electronics A-Level to the test, but its gone now unfortunately, went bang a few weeks back. did cut the wires off tho.... so I have some spare connectors

thanks for the offer Thumbs Up There is nothing that can't be fixed with a hammer😜😜
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