Schumacher SC-600A SpeedCharge High Frequency Battery Charger Review
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This is the Schumacher that I bought for my dad, and I although I don’t own one of these myself, I decided that it worked well enough for a good review here on the site.
My dad is somewhat of a “good ole boy” and has a lot more lower voltage batteries than I do. Owning a Schumacher battery charger myself, and knowing how dependable and useful they are I decided to get him one for father’s day last year.
I got him the Schumacher SC-600A SpeedCharge High Frequency Battery Charger, since it seemed to be perfect for his needs and it was on sale for about $25 (unfortunately, I was running a little low on cash at the time but still wanted to get him something nice).
My dad is one of those guys that “putters” around the house and yard. Some would say that I “putter” a bit myself, but my dad takes it to a whole new level. Although he has some guy toys (lawnmower, boat, golf cart, antique cars, etc) they are all seem to be in a perpetual mid-project status. The golf cart, for example is an old golf cart that he picked up at an estate sale. It’s not your typical golf cart. This thing is massive and runs on 6 x 6 volt batteries… and they always seem to need charging.
Another project is “Ole Flathead”, which is his nickname for an 1940 GMC “Flathead 6″ Pickup. This has been a work in progress for about 5 years now. Although it’s drivable, he is constantly doing things to it. The problem is, he doesn’t drive it enough to really keep the battery charged. I figured that something like the Schumacher SC-600A would be the perfect battery charger for “Ole Flathead”. Dad could just leave the Schumacher SC-600A connected to the battery (on the 2 amp setting) to keep it charged up at all times.
The Schumacher SC-600A is a little powerhouse. It’s not that heavy, but it’s solid! It will charge both a 12v and a 6v battery like a champ. Not to mention, it’s digital and automatic. You can leave the charger on the battery indefinitely, and causes no ill effects for the battery or charger.
I have even heard of people using the Schumacher SC-600A to charge power wheels batteries, but I don’t have any experience in this, so I cannot comment.
The feature I like most about the Schumacher battery chargers (and this is no different with the SC-600A) is the completely automatic nature of it all. The 6 and 4 amp settings constantly monitor the charge rate, and ramp the charge down as the battery becomes more fully charge. I’m no electrician, but from what I have been told, this reduces the likelihood of damaging the battery.
So, after using the battery charger for a while at my dad’s place, I can honestly say that it was one of the most useful gifts I have gotten for him. The Schumacher SC-600A SpeedCharge High Frequency Battery Charger usually sells retail for a little over $60, but can be purchased online for about $25 plus shipping (there are even some places that ship for free).
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