Ever left your headlights on for too long? Or, listened to music while you wait for someone or something? Just to find that when you’re ready to turn your car back on.. CLICK CLICK CLICK CLICK. It could happen at a hotel, the grocery store, gas station, anywhere! Whatever the case that may have led to your dead car battery, you’re going to want to re-charge it so that you won’t have to keep jump starting your car at the worst times. No one likes to be stuck on the road or in a parking lot.
The car battery chargers on the market today offer a number of features that won’t just help you restore your battery’s charge after draining it dead. in many cases, they’ll condition it to make it last longer and even maintain it for your. And if you happen to drain your battery and have access to an outlet, most of them will also jump start your car too (notice we italicized access to an outlet). For the cases where you’re on the road without access to power, you’ll want a battery jumper. But for all other cases, a battery charger is a great tool to have in your garage to help charge, jump and maintain your battery.
But no one wants to spend the good part of an hour researching the right car battery charger. We’ve assembled a list of 2018’s best car battery chargers to help you choose the best product for your car. Simply click on one of the chargers on the list below to navigate to the corresponding review. Or, scroll down on the page to view all of the car battery charger reviews. Here they are:
Best Car Battery Chargers | Top 4
Best Car Battery Chargers | What to Look For
Finding the right car battery charger for your needs can be difficult. There’s so many on the market with so many different features that you might not need. Let alone different voltages, amperages, and other things you may not know about or, frankly, care about. Here’s a few common terms that you’ll want to know and understand before you choose a charger:
Voltage: Voltage is technically designed as the measure of the strength of an electrical source of power for a given current level. But to keep it simple for you, you just need to know the voltage that your battery operates at. Almost ALL cars operate on a 12V system. Ford, Mazda, Toyota, Chevrolet. You’re going to be 99% safe to purchase a 12V charger for your car battery. Unless you’re looking for a cross functional charger that will not only charge your car battery, but maybe one of your utility vehicles like a Jet Ski or maybe a UTV. In that case you’ll want a charger that also charges at 6V.
Amperage: Amperage can be defined as the strength as well, but think of amperage in this way. And this is a very common way to describe amperage vs voltage. It’s called the water flow analogy: Think about water in a pipe. Voltage is like the pressure of the water, while amperage is the volume of water that flows in a given amount of time (current). The higher the amperage, the faster your battery is going to charge. But this isn’t always a good thing – to charge your battery fast. In our opinion, an auto voltage and amperage detecting battery charger is ideal. This way you don’t need to mess with the settings. Simply hook it up and go.
Safety Features: Obviously safety is important. Car batteries have toxic materials inside them so failure can be dangerous. Some of the features you’ll want to look for to prevent any issues include:
- Spark-resistant clamps – So that you don’t scare yourself with a quick spark show in your garage when you touch the two together. Or ruin your charger.
- Reverse polarity warning – For those who have a tendency to connect the wrong cable to the wrong side of the battery
- Auto voltage and amperage detection – We mentioned this before but this can prevent overheating of the battery when you charge it.
Other Features to Consider When Looking:
- Jumper cable length
- Jump start feature
- Trickle charge
- Battery diagnostics
- Maintenance mode
Some of you may be wondering if your battery is bad. In the case that your battery no longer will maintain a charge (we recommend load testing it as well), check out our recommendations for the best car batteries too.