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Old 03-12-2014, 03:47 PM
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Diesel Battery charging

Hello all! I wanted recommendations on battery chargers that would be able to start my 2000 7.3 F250 if I was in a pinch. Over the winter, when I had not started it for a while, the batteries would not give the cranking power to start the motor. I also have a camper that takes 2 - 12V batteries that I would like to charge back to capacity and keep charged in the winter as well. Thanks for your recommendations. I also have a 3500W Generator I can plug my battery charger in if I needed the extra amps to turn over my truck if I was not at home to plug into garage outlet too. I have seen some chargers that say they can deliver that much amps if needed.

I have attached a few types of chargers I have been researching.


Battery Tender 022-0165-DL-WH 12-Volt 2-Bank Battery Management System

NOCO Genius G7200 12V/24V 7.2 Amp Smart Battery Charger and Maintainer

Schumacher SE-1052 50/10/2 Amp Manual Starter/Charger
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Old 03-12-2014, 04:18 PM
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Ill tell you what I did for my camper. I went to Oreilly's (local auto parts store) and bought a simple solar battery charger. I believe its like 12"x12". I mounted it right on the front and it has worked like a champ for 3 years now.
I saw a very cool 20"x36" solar panel charger for I think it was $142 that would be awesome up on top of the camper.
I know my little panel has done a great job. the battery is always 100% and ready to go when we are.
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Old 03-12-2014, 04:21 PM
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u don't need anything fancy or having "BANKS"
your batteries are tied together and are a 12 volt system a simple maintainer will work

if they were dead and you wanted to start you could have a higher amp alternative that would take a while or even the say 50 amp start option would work but you would still need to let it charge for a bit
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Old 03-13-2014, 07:06 AM
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CTEK only way I would go, and keep both batteries just leave them hooked up together and it will charge both of them, you can get dual chargers but it isn't worth it. For you I would get the 7002 if you have other batteries you want to use or supply mode, for just normal tender/storage use the 4.3 is awesome.
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Old 03-13-2014, 07:44 AM
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Try harbor freight, they have some solar chargers that stick in your back window or windshield that keep the battery maintained if your truck is sitting. I know AGtires has one and he said he likes it.
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