OC-1206U 12 Volt 6 AMP Charger & Maintainer
The OzCharge OC-1206U Battery Charger and Maintainer (Trickle Charger) is designed for lead-acid type batteries (AGM, Calcium SMF, Gel & Wet) from 3Ah to 120Ah. The charger can also be used to maintain batteries up to 180Ah. The OC-1206U battery charger and maintainer utilises state of the art patented 9 stage technology for charging small and medium sized batteries including motorbikes, jet skis, ATVs, lawnmowers, and cars.The OC-1206U can also be used to maintain a wide range of larger batteries.
The OC-1206U is compact, versatile and easy to use. The charger delivers 6A and is fully automatic allowing the charger to be left on 24/7 with confidence and ensuring that your batteries will perform better and last longer.
Selectable Ouput - 1A, 4A, 6A
The OC-1206U features a selectable output allowing you to choose whether to output at: 1A, 4A or 6A. This makes the OC-1206U an extremely versatile charger and suitable for a very wide range of charging applications
Selecting the correct charge rate setting for your battery
When using the OC-1206U it is important to select the correct charge rate for the battery you are charging. A common mistake many people make is to select the highest charge rate setting, not realising it may damage the internal components, reducing the battery life. The recommended charging Amps for a flooded lead acid battery is roughly 10% of its Ah rating. For an Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) or Gel battery this can be increase to 20% of its Ah rating.
If you are unsure of the Ah rating of your battery please check the specifications on the battery or contact your battery's manufacturer
- The 1A - maintenance mode - will charge a range of lead acid batteries between 3 and 20Ah and will maintain batteries up to 100Ah.
- The 3A - silent charge mode - will charge a range of lead acid batteries between 9 and 60Ah and will maintain batteries up to 110Ah. This charge rate is ideal in use for motorcycles, powersports and lawn & garden applications.
- The 6A - rapid charge mode - will charge a range of lead acid batteries between 18 and 120Ah and will maintain batteries up to 180Ah. During this mode, the internal fan may engage from time to time if the charger gets hot.
Battery Charging vs. Battery Maintenance
What's the difference between the two and which battery charger suit your requirements best? Firstly you need to determine whether you need to recharge a flat battery entirely or just keep a battery at full charge.
Battery charging is when you are requiring to recharge a flat or dead battery to full. Battery maintenance on the other hand is when you just want to keep a battery topped up. For instance, if you're storing a classic car that you only drive a few times a month but want to ensure it's ready to go on a sunny afternoon you would require battery maintenance as opposed to battery charging. This is often referred to as trickle charging a battery. All OzCharge battery chargers perform both functions, and understanding each charger's limits is important.