If you have a second car that rarely gets used, a trickle charger is ideal for maintaining the battery's power. We put six to the test
Flat batteries are the bane of owning a classic car or infrequently used second motor. Leave the vehicle idle for a few weeks, and just when you need it there's the dreaded click as you turn the key.
The solution is to keep the battery topped up with a trickle charger, ensuring immobilisers and the like won't run it down while the car sits in the garage. There's a wide choice on the market, but which leads the charge for top honours?
At £50, the CTEK 36 is the most expensive product on test, but it combines three charging modes in a unit that can work as a reviver and a conditioner. The Accumate and Airflow performed well, with the former narrowly securing second position - although these chargers are more geared to conditioning only.
In this review
- 1Introduction - currently readingIf you have a second car that rarely gets used, a trickle charger is ideal for maintaining the battery's power. We put six to the test
- 2Gunson 1Price: £16.99 Voltage: 6V/12V
- 3Gunson Gold Multistage 4138Price: £45.99 Voltage: 12V
- 4CTEK 800 ConditionerPrice: £39.95 Voltage: 12V
- 5CTEK 36 Charger & ConditionerPrice: £49.95 Voltage: 12V
- 6AccumatePrice: £42.50 Voltage: 6V/12V
- 7Airflow AutomaticPrice: £39.99 Voltage: 12V