Schumacher Battery Charger

Consumer’s Choice Award: The Schumacher SSC-1500A Ship ‘N’ Shore SpeedCharge Charger with included 75-amp battery clamps

Output Amps: 2 amp, 10 amp, 15 amp

List Price: $103.30

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Here at Schumacher Battery Charger, we see a lot chargers.

Most of them do the job as promised, so we write up a review, list the features, rate the overall experience and then move on… not reflecting too much on the experience in general.

However, every once in a while, a charger comes along that really stands head and shoulders above the rest in terms of reliability, ease of use, and customer satisfaction.

Today we are writing about one of those chargers:  The Schumacher SSC-1500A Ship ‘N’ Shore SpeedCharge Charger

Although there are a few other Schumacher Battery Chargers that we like a little more, such as the Schumacher SE-4022 (we love that charger), the Schumacher SSC-1500A Ship ‘N’ Shore SpeedCharge Charger ended up winning the Consumer’s Choice Award for both advanced features and affordable price.

Note:  Although the Schumacher SE-4022 was better on raw horsepower (amperage) and longevity (due to the large internal fans and industrial-grade electrical components), it was a bit too bulky for most residential applications and wasn’t quite as “automatic” as the The Schumacher SSC-1500A Ship ‘N’ Shore SpeedCharge Charger.

The Schumacher SSC-1500A Ship ‘N’ Shore SpeedCharge Charger can handle just about anything you can throw at it:

  • 6 Volt Batteries
  • 12 Volt Batteries
  • Deep Cycle Batteries
  • Lead Acid Batteries
  • AGM Batteries

One of the nicest features of the Schumacher SSC-1500A Ship ‘N’ Shore SpeedCharge Charger is the fact that it helps protect you from overcharging a battery.  If you set it for 10 amps or 15 amps, you can walk away for a while and just let it do it’s thing.  When the battery is fully charged, it detects that and switches to a “maintenance mode” that feeds a small 2 amp charge to the battery to keep it charged and “topped off” until you return to disconnect the battery.

Some people have written in to tell us that the Schumacher SSC-1500A Ship ‘N’ Shore SpeedCharge Charger does not accurately detect the percent charged.  We agree.  In our testing, we have found that it overestimates the percent charged by about 5 percent.  Personally, I think that this is another safety feature disguised as a flaw, as overcharging a battery can threaten the health of both you and the battery.

The desulfation feature is nice too.  Although it doesn’t work all the time (and it’s certainly not a “cure all” for an old battery), desulfation can certainly breath new life into an old, worn out battery.  Just plug in the Schumacher SSC-1500A Ship ‘N’ Shore SpeedCharge Charger and it determines if the battery needs to be desulfated… and if so, starts the process of sending the high amp pulses necessary to break down the sulfate crystals.

Note:  Sulfation is when lead sulfate crystals form on the conductive plates on the inside of a battery.  These crystals are non-conductive and they cover the plates, these crystals slowly degrade the performance of the battery.  Sulfation is a natural process that occurs as a byproduct of the chemical reaction of lead acid batteries.  Sulfation occurs more often on batteries that go unused for long periods, such as boats (which is why the Schumacher SSC-1500A Ship ‘N’ Shore SpeedCharge Charger has this desulfation feature).

Another thing to note is that this charger is ideal for people with deep cycle batteries.  Deep cycle batteries are primarily used in:

  • Planes
  • Boats
  • Emergency Sump Pump Battery Backup Systems
  • Solar or Wind Power Battery Banks
  • Battery Powered Scooters

So, if you have any of those, the Schumacher SSC-1500A Ship ‘N’ Shore SpeedCharge Charger is probably for you.  It’s the perfect all-purpose battery charger to have around the house or garage for the occasional battery recharging.

However, the Schumacher SSC-1500A Ship ‘N’ Shore SpeedCharge Charger is not for everyone… and it is certainly not designed for those with more “advanced” charging needs.  Even though we love the Schumacher SSC-1500A Ship ‘N’ Shore SpeedCharge Charger, it’s not designed for heavy usage (such as in a fleet environment or on a farm or in a busy garage, for example).  For that, pay a little more and move up to the Schumacher SE-4022.

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