Originally Posted by IanH
Received my CTEK XS 0.8 charger today. Very pleased. It oozes quality in in its packaging.
Took less than 8 hours to fully charge and the LED display indicated progress and indicated a useable 80% charge probably after 3 hours or so. I took measurements at various points and voltage was in the two charging ranges at all points. Currently in standby mode and voltage sitting at 13.5v, right in the standby voltage range of the battery so I would feel happy keeping it on charge for extended periods of time, unlike a standard transformer that had significantly exceeded the batteries cycle voltage let alone the standby voltage.
The only issue I see is making up a suitable plug. The CTEK cables look too nice to cut for wiring into the 5.5mm plug. I temporarily rigged up the charger by clipping the battery terminals to the cigarette lighter plug. But not a good long term solution.
Hope this helps anyone looking for a unit providing visual indication of charge state and hopefully longer battery life.
Thanks to npm48 for pointing me in the direction of the CTEK unit.
Glad to read you like your CTEK. On my dads boat we had used Mastervolt but they are expensive pieces of kit and needed to find something more cost effective when I bought my cruiser.
The XS should have a comfort connector, which would allow you to use this http://www.ctek.com/mt/en/chargers/C...20Cig%20Socket
Gives you a female cig socket on one end and the comfort connector to hook up with the charger on the other. It's not a cheap accessory though but does keep everything factory new so to speak rather than chopping wires.
Otherwise I guess you could buy a Cig socket from Maplin and put to eyelets on the other end, join with M6 eyelets that come with charger use two small bolts/nuts.
I was lucky enough to get a good price on a CTEK D250S 12V 20amp 5 Stage Charger that I combined with a CTEK Smartpass for full energy management. The D250S is a DC-DC charger which is quite unsual but gives you a fully optimised 5 step charging profile that runs off your alternator but then optimsies the charging output to multiple battery banks. It can also accept other input sources like solar panels.
After the first season I added an M200 AC-DC 8 step 15A charger which I used to keep my batteries fully maintained and charged in winter. Again the M200 is wired via the Smartpass.
Where did you buy your XS 0.8 from? I will most probably invest in one for the RIB as well, because it should be okay for maintenance charging of the RIB battery too.