Been thinking about getting one, a Schumacher SC1304 to be exact, has anyone used a charger with their Z? what would you recommend, and would be better to just jumpstart?
When charging the 12v battery, do you disconnect the positive and negative leads? Is there anywhere I can find out how to do that?With the pandemic and not driving my car as often I have been considering:
4A Fully Automatic Microprocessor Controlled Battery Charger/Maintainer as it will charge and then maintain I am not familiar with the one you mentioned . I keep a LI-ION Jump Starter made by Bolt in The Speed Bump and charge it every 3 months. I have not needed anything since my battery replacement in 2015 and making sure I drive The Speed Bump for a 30 Minute (continuous) drive once a month or more often.
It is never bad to own a Battery charger and a place to plug it is. I lost my Dad's ancient Diehard charger when I sold his house.
A jump starter is for when you are away from home and need to get home (self rescue) , a charger/maintainer is for use once you get it home and to see if you can restore the battery if you left the lights on or did something else stupid to drain the battery and it hasn't failed.
Two different devices for different purposes .
Another option, if the CTEK can't be found, is the HONDA Optimate 3. I'm using it now, as the trickle charger I've been using for 40+ years is a little (very) outdated, and I wanted to get a smart charger.A little pricier but I have two CTEK 56-864 after reading a lot of debates on several forums. They have served me very well. I see it's discontinued now, I'm not sure what exact model superceded them.
No, you do not need to remove the battery for charging. That being said, some cheaper chargers don't have as good of regulation on the power and I'll seldom argue against "better safe than sorry" (I've never pulled a battery to charge it though). The exception would be running a restoration cycle with my charger above because it hits the battery with a high frequency AC.
The exact model from CTEK that I have is discontinued, they still make many others.Another option, if the CTEK can't be found, is the HONDA Optimate 3. I'm using it now, as the trickle charger I've been using for 40+ years is a little (very) outdated, and I wanted to get a smart charger.