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AUTOMATIC BATTERY FLOAT CHARGER - 42292 view this item at harborfreight.com »

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Review by dick_freebird on March 6th, 2013
I have several, have had several fail for unknown reasons. I just buy more.
Review by FlyingKOW on December 31st, 2010
I bought three of these same Chicago Electric chargers from Harbor Freight this past year. I read the included instructions and hooked up each charger exactly as stated in the instructions. I also made sure that each battery was above 12 volts DC as stated in the instructions.

Today, I went out to start prepping each motorcycle for the annual Polar Biker's Ride that we participate in each year. All three chargers had their respective red LED still lit. However, when I put the key into each bike and turned it, I found ALL THREE MOTORCYCLES TO HAVE COMPLETELY DEAD BATTERIES!!!

Each battery was no more than three months old when I hooked up this charger. Now I have one battery that is still good, one battery that has an internally shorted cell, and one battery that gave me a 'Desulfate' or 'Replace' code from my computerized charger/booster!

These chargers are NOT worth the money you save; it cost me two nearly new batteries. Harbor Freight (Chicago Electric) says that the chargers are out of the 90 day warranty, and I am out two batteries and the cost of three chargers.

This is not the first problem I have encountered with Chicago Electric products. I also had a heat gun quit on me, just after the warranty ran out. The reply was basically the same when I contact Harbor Freight about it!

Review by Stormin Mormon on September 27th, 2010
I got something like this, years ago. Kept my marine battery on float. The float charger "boiled" the battery dry, and killed it. If you use one of these, do it briefly. Or put a lamp timer on it, and run the HF charger a couple hours a day.
Review by jpoe on January 11th, 2010
You can catch it on sale for $4.00.

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