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Old 03-15-2019, 10:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My 25 year old Shumacher is about finished.The new ones are junk!

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A contrary opinion. The newer chargers, Shumacher or other brand, will do a better job of charging and maintaining your batteries. To some extent, they can desulfate, they can bump voltage up to 16 or 17 volts for short time periods, can handle several battery types, etc.



I purchased a NOCO Genius charger (G1100) and applied it to a battery that had been dead for months and would not charge with my Shumacher. Apparently the Shumacher could not detect bat+ vs bat-, it just wouldn't attempt to do the charge. After running the Genius for a week or two, the voltage was something like 3 volts, I thought something might be wrong with the charger and called Genius customer service. The man there asked me what kind of battery I was working on, and told him it was a GRP31 trolling battery. NO way that charger could possibly charge that huge battery - just won't work - you need to buy a bigger, more powerful charger, said the man. A 1.1 amp charger just won't work. Well, I left the charger on the battery for 3 months. I was out of town and when I came back, the Genius said charger was fully charged. And the Schumacher agreed. And, indeed, it was.



Buy what you like, but don't close your eyes when selecting the charger.

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What is wrong with your Shumacher? The old ones a total of 12 parts in them so not a lot to go wrong and easy to fix most of the time if something did happen.



I think I am running a Century which was the first one I bought maybe 30 years ago. Since then I have had 3 or 4 others and they have not lasted. I did blow the diodes in the Century one time either by yanking the cables off or tripping on the cord. Its only a 15 amp charger but now has a pair of 100 amp diodes in it because that is what I happened to have handy.
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