This trickle charger fails to switch to a low current mode once the battery is charged. It continued to put 800ma into several different batteries that it had charged to variously 14.5-14.7v. The display says charged but it doesn't switch to a maintenance charge, like 120ma or less. Luckily I don't trust cheap things and had a separate meter attached to the different batteries to check on this charger. This is a battery boiler, not a charger as stated. Dangerous garbage.
Be carefull Asia could cost you anew battery.
My xs charger fried my quad Bike Battary. It didn't stop increasing voltage till it got to 15.5 volts and held the voltage at that level which damaged the battery cells causing it to fail when you need it most (on starting).
If you own one keeping an eye on the float voltage.
This works as is intended.
This is a maintainer, Not a charger. Charge your battery to full, With a good CHARGER. MAY IT BE A Motorcycle, lawnmower, generator, or whatever you have. After its fully charged this little unit will maintain that charge till you need it. Great little maintainer, I use it all winter to maintain my 1954 tractor for plowing snow. 6 volt , starts every time.
Aldi Car Battery Charger - waste of time and money.
I have just bought this and I have had similar problems to others. The Mode button doesn't change the function as specified in the user guide so it looks like it thinks the battery is a 6V battery not a 12V battery. Probably only good to trickle charge.
Excellent trickle charger
These are great for the job they are intended. They are trickle chargers and were not designed to charge dead flat batteries and it clearly states that in the book. If you need a full battery charger go and pay 300.00 to 500.00 dollars not a few dollars for a trickle charger. I cannot fault the XS and intend to buy 2 more to replace 2 other makes which are nowhere as good.
Doesn't seem to work
Bought this charger at ALDI in November of 2017. Had not opened the package until yesterday when my power went out. My KIPOR 3000 generator would not start due to a dead battery. After the power came back on several hours later I decided I had best charge the generator battery. Opened the package, read all the instructions, and hooked the charger to the generator and plugged it in. Nothing would show up on the display except 4.7 volts. Could not select any mode or get anything different on the display. I left it on looked at the display an hour later and guess what? The voltage had gone DOWN to 4.1 volts. Voltage continued to go down, never increased. Poor product.
Poor design - Beware!
I initially left a good review, until I encountered the more dangerous flaws in the design. Having left it to trickle charge, it got stuck in an error mode which left it on full charge (rather than a fail safe disconnect). Voltage was over 15 V, battery was very hot and may not have survived. Definitely not using that again.
Aldi Auto XS smart charger (new grey one)
The GREY model that I have reviewed is a new model (not discontinued like the productreview note states)
I read about the old model (black one) and last week spotted the new Aldi auto XS smart charger (grey one) in the stores.
Cheap enough, has a larger LCD display and a two part cable with IP65 male female joiner and removeable alligator clamp ends.
The unit works well enough, default mode is now trickle charge (a review on this site did a shout out for the change in its default setting)
So connect the battery and it is in trickle...charge mode. Press the mode button and cycle through choices. I chose CAR symbol. It charged my car battery to 14.7 volts. Perfect. I decided to take the removeable alligator clamps off and the eylets are now under the battery terminal nuts. I disconnect or reconnect the charger using the IP65 inline connector.
GOOD FOR THE PRICE OF THE THING
Mate, you must have some ordinary batteries.
A battery in fair condition without any load (e.g. my bike) will hold over 11V for six months or more. And I live in a cold climate which does make a bit of difference.
If you want a battery charger that doesn't do what you have spoken about go get a CTek, you'll pay at least $150 for the base model.
$29 bucks so far so good.
ALDI Auto XS Car Battery Charger Fails to Perform
There are 2 distinct major problems with the design and operation of this Auto XS Car Battery Charger that is sold by ALDI Stores that actually defeat its whole purpose of being a battery charger. First major issue I found out the hard way of finding a dead flat battery in my car that I had put on trickle charge whilst I was on holidays. I returned home and couldn’t figure out what had happened. It was charging when I left and now it wasn’t and I had a flat battery. Upon testing I subsequently found out if power is interrupted to the charger it...resets to default OFF mode and stays that way until it is manually restarted by pressing the function button. One would expect that if the power goes off in the street and then comes back on the charger would simply start charging the battery again. Well NO, this isn’t how this Auto XS Battery Charger works so forget about using it as a trickle charger to maintain a battery in a car that is mostly stored in a garage not driven much, if the charger loses mains power at any stage the battery will end up going flat even though the charger is connected. Second major problem is another time the battery had almost gone flat and I then went to charge it. My multi meter showed it had only 4 volts, so I connected the ALDI Auto XS car battery charger to the car battery, then plugged it into the 240 volt supply and it said error on the digital display. I couldn’t figure this out and did this a few times and got the same result, I couldn’t select any function of the charger, it was stuck on the error screen. I then borrowed a friend’s 40 year old battery charger and connected it, the battery started charging straight away. When done I reconnected the ALDI Auto XS charger and it didn’t show the error message and it worked fine. It would appear the car battery must have a certain amount of charge / voltage in it certainly more than 4 volts or otherwise the ALDI Auto XS charger won’t work, it will only show error. The scenario would go like this, the ALDI Auto XS charger is connected to a battery in a car that does not get driven much so that the trickle charge will keep the battery in top form. Then the street supply for the house power is interrupted and upon reconnection the charger resets and does not start charging the battery again. Then when the owner finds this out and the car battery has dropped to 4 volts or less the ALDI Auto XS charger cannot be used to start charging the battery as the volts are too low and all it does is say error. Just when you need a car battery charger to start charging a low volt battery it won’t work. Sorry I ever bought this charger, it is stupid the way it is designed and pretty much useless in all aspects for the intended purpose of a car battery charger.
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