Recent Topics
Cheap oil filter cutters?
by irv
04/25/18 11:02 AM
Ford 1.5 EcoBoost P2243
by dogememe
04/25/18 10:24 AM
Ethanol free gas
by CT8
04/25/18 09:40 AM
Husq 322L, how to convert to brush cutter?
by andyd
04/25/18 08:37 AM
Do you ever use a gear selection other than D?
by ZZman
04/25/18 08:00 AM
BITOG Detail and Wax - Top Picks
by gofast182
04/25/18 07:32 AM
Inherited gallons of Amsoil 40wt oils all cars 30w
by Rmay635703
04/25/18 06:47 AM
Oil Filter Recommendations for a 82 trans am
by GMguy84
04/25/18 05:24 AM
Teflon tape vs. paste
by dlundblad
04/25/18 04:13 AM
Shelf life of various fluids?
by Chris B.
04/25/18 03:56 AM
Shelf life of unopened/opened oil?
by Chris B.
04/25/18 03:49 AM
Is there a search or filter option?
by MellieK
04/25/18 01:32 AM
The Cuban Sandwich
by BlueOvalFitter
04/25/18 12:46 AM
Can't decide...but I need another pal
by Marco620
04/25/18 12:36 AM
We Will Remember Them.
by Silk
04/25/18 12:28 AM
Venezuela Arrests US Chevron Employees for Treason
by Nyogtha
04/24/18 11:19 PM
Classwork, Homework, and Exam
by Shannow
04/24/18 09:50 PM
Hydroflouric Acid as Aluminum cleaner,deoxidizer
by daves66nova
04/24/18 09:10 PM
I asked Valvoline about Seq IVA
by Carbon12
04/24/18 08:42 PM
Motor teardown?
by Sealbilly
04/24/18 08:09 PM
Newest Members
emod, Rmay635703, Rabbits, Poolcueti, Burrito97
64846 Registered Users
Who's Online
95 registered (Bambam, 69Torino, 28oz, aquariuscsm, 1JZ_E46, bdcardinal, 6 invisible), 1852 Guests and 41 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
64846 Members
68 Forums
282314 Topics
4713290 Posts

Max Online: 3590 @ 01/24/17 08:07 PM
Donate to BITOG
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >
Topic Options
#4299524 - 01/11/17 11:39 AM battery tender vs. battery minder
NissanMaxima Offline


Registered: 10/21/15
Posts: 183
Loc: co
Hi all:
I want a charger for my car that sits idle a good deal of the winter months in the garage. I believe the two top choices are the battery minder and battery tender. It seems the main difference is the desulfation mode of the battery minder. Unfortunately, Costco only sells the battery tender and I like costco and they have a fantastic return policy. Does anyone have input as to whether the desulfation is a "must have" feature?

Thanks!

Top
#4299531 - 01/11/17 11:47 AM Re: battery tender vs. battery minder [Re: NissanMaxima]
901Memphis Offline


Registered: 08/14/10
Posts: 12876
Loc: Northern Kentucky
No it's not a must have feature, if you keep your battery charged and it doesn't need jump starts you won't need that mode.

Have you considered buying online? Pro Logix makes some nice chargers. You could a charger capable of not only maintaining but charging a low battery in a hurry. The little maintenence chargers are designed to keep the full batteries full, not charge low batteries although in time they will bring the voltage up, but slowly.
_________________________
2012 Chevy Cruze LT 1.4T - 50k
2002 Buick Century 130k - Built 4T65e(Maxlife) - Edge 0w40 + Fram XG3980

Top
#4299539 - 01/11/17 11:52 AM Re: battery tender vs. battery minder [Re: NissanMaxima]
NissanMaxima Offline


Registered: 10/21/15
Posts: 183
Loc: co
Hi: I have a car that has not been started for about 2 months and I figured a charger with desulfation might be a good idea to reverse and possible sulfation.

Top
#4299565 - 01/11/17 12:16 PM Re: battery tender vs. battery minder [Re: NissanMaxima]
danthaman1980 Offline


Registered: 03/12/10
Posts: 1000
Loc: SE Wisconsin
Regarding the batteryminders, the desulfation feature is really nice to have (not necessarily a must have), but IMO the best feature of the batteryminders is the automatic temperature compensation. Very few chargers have this feature, and of the few that do, IMO, most don't do it quite as well at the batteryminder.
_________________________
2003 Chevy Silverado 1500 5.3 LS Quadrasteer ~230,000 miles; M1 0W-30

2014 Mazda6 Sport 2.5 Skyactiv ~40,000 miles; M1 AFE 0W-20

Top
#4299571 - 01/11/17 12:20 PM Re: battery tender vs. battery minder [Re: NissanMaxima]
901Memphis Offline


Registered: 08/14/10
Posts: 12876
Loc: Northern Kentucky
Originally Posted By: NissanMaxima
Hi: I have a car that has not been started for about 2 months and I figured a charger with desulfation might be a good idea to reverse and possible sulfation.


If the battery is extremely low there's no fancy charger that will fix it. Batteries that sit more than a couple days discharged are permanently damaged.
_________________________
2012 Chevy Cruze LT 1.4T - 50k
2002 Buick Century 130k - Built 4T65e(Maxlife) - Edge 0w40 + Fram XG3980

Top
#4299580 - 01/11/17 12:29 PM Re: battery tender vs. battery minder [Re: NissanMaxima]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 35567
Loc: Great Lakes
Originally Posted By: NissanMaxima
Hi: I have a car that has not been started for about 2 months and I figured a charger with desulfation might be a good idea to reverse and possible sulfation.

How old is the battery?
_________________________
'02 530i (Edge HM 10W-40)
'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)

Top
#4299622 - 01/11/17 01:16 PM Re: battery tender vs. battery minder [Re: NissanMaxima]
mjoekingz28 Offline


Registered: 11/21/07
Posts: 3887
Loc: United States of America
I dont know about you, but I would be buying it in order to keep it- not return it.
_________________________
ĄJust Say No! to V6 engines

Top
#4299630 - 01/11/17 01:23 PM Re: battery tender vs. battery minder [Re: NissanMaxima]
901Memphis Offline


Registered: 08/14/10
Posts: 12876
Loc: Northern Kentucky
Check out this charger. The 10 Amp model is $60, if you step up to $70 you get the 20 amp model which is more versatile in charging larger batteries.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007P7ABE6/
_________________________
2012 Chevy Cruze LT 1.4T - 50k
2002 Buick Century 130k - Built 4T65e(Maxlife) - Edge 0w40 + Fram XG3980

Top
#4299634 - 01/11/17 01:27 PM Re: battery tender vs. battery minder [Re: NissanMaxima]
440Magnum Offline


Registered: 02/01/09
Posts: 8747
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: NissanMaxima
Hi all:
I want a charger for my car that sits idle a good deal of the winter months in the garage. I believe the two top choices are the battery minder and battery tender. It seems the main difference is the desulfation mode of the battery minder. Unfortunately, Costco only sells the battery tender and I like costco and they have a fantastic return policy. Does anyone have input as to whether the desulfation is a "must have" feature?

Thanks!


Better all-around, and also can act as a full-rate charger when not used as a maintainer:

http://www.tooltopia.com/solar-pl2310.as...CFcm4wAodtw0IoA
_________________________
'66 Dodge Polara & '69 Dodge Coronet R/T both 440/727
'08 Ram 1500 4.7/545RFE
'12 Challenger SRT8 392/6-speed
'99 XJ 4x4 4.0/AX15, '14 WK2 4x4 3.6/8HP

Top
#4299642 - 01/11/17 01:33 PM Re: battery tender vs. battery minder [Re: NissanMaxima]
02SE Offline


Registered: 12/30/05
Posts: 2565
Loc: The Canyons
Having had Motorcycles for decades, I used to use the Battery Tender chargers/maintainers. Batteries still seemed to die an early death. Close to 20 years ago I heard about the Battery Minder charger/maintainer/desulphators. The batteries I plugged into those lasted much longer. So these days all of my vehicles which can sit for extended periods, have Battery Minder's attached.

Top
#4299651 - 01/11/17 01:39 PM Re: battery tender vs. battery minder [Re: NissanMaxima]
Linctex Offline


Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 5718
Loc: Waco, TX
I have honestly had really good luck with the tender/trickle charger that goes on sale at Harbor Freight for $4.97

I have given many away as gifts, everyone loves them.
_________________________
"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."

Top
#4299654 - 01/11/17 01:42 PM Re: battery tender vs. battery minder [Re: NissanMaxima]
Stewart Fan Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 1141
Loc: Everett,Wa.
FYI...the Battery Tender at Costco isn't temperature compensating. That's a requirement for Colorado IMO.

Top
#4299664 - 01/11/17 01:47 PM Re: battery tender vs. battery minder [Re: NissanMaxima]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20248
Loc: Upstate NY
The Battery Minder products are more technically advanced. I have 4 I think.

You should look for high and low temp compensation in a quality battery maintainer. The better ones from Battery Minder have it.
_________________________
2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)


Top
#4299711 - 01/11/17 02:48 PM Re: battery tender vs. battery minder [Re: NissanMaxima]
pcoxe Offline


Registered: 05/14/07
Posts: 445
Loc: South Carolina
I recently had to replace a lawnmower U1 battery that had always been maintained on a BatteryMinder charger. The date code on the old battery was 2004. Thirteen years is a pretty good life for a battery. I'm satisfied with the BatteryMinder brand.

Top
#4299735 - 01/11/17 03:14 PM Re: battery tender vs. battery minder [Re: NissanMaxima]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20248
Loc: Upstate NY
Most chargers that can maintain are not as good at maintaining as the quality battery maintainers.
_________________________
2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)


Top
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >