Take the guesswork out of battery charging with Optima's new Digital 1200 charger. This compact battery charger features an easy-to-use interface, smart charging of AGM (absorbed glass mat) batteries and traditional wet-cell batteries, and it can also be used to maintain a charge for trucks in storage. With its fuel gauge-like LCD display, the Digital 1200 provides important feedback including voltage, amperage, and state of charge. As a bonus, the Digital 1200 also has a USB port for charging iPhones, iPads, and other USB-powered devices.
Using the Digital 1200 to charge several different types of batteries, we were impressed with both its charging and maintaining capabilities. One old Optima YellowTop deep cycle battery we had laying around was heavily discharged and our traditional wet-cell battery charger couldn't bring it back to life. After six hours of charge with the Digital 1200, the YellowTop had a full 13.2 volts and was reading at full battery life on the LCD screen. Trying it out on an Optima RedTop starting battery that is installed in a truck at our storage warehouse, the 1200 had no problems maintaining the proper voltage and ensuring the truck was ready to fire up at a moment's notice. Lastly, we tried to resurrect a heavily used traditional wet-cell battery that was hampering the performance of the truck's alternator and dropping voltage. The 1200 used its microprocessor technology and 12 Amp charging capabilities to bring the battery up to 12.9 volts, and we were no longer killing alternators.
Besides the charging output, we also liked the easy, push-button selections on top of the charger. We simply followed the prompts on the LCD display and the charger did the rest. Weighing only 6.5 pounds and coming equipped with a comfortable handle, the Digital 1200 is easy to move from truck to truck, while the rubberized base provides non-slip traction for slippery under hood areas. Also, the Digital 1200 simply looks cool as the designers modeled it after a RedTop Optima battery, and it includes battery cable storage on the backside of the charger. Available at www.optimabatteries.com for $199.99, the Digital 1200 isn't cheap, but it will be the last battery charger you'll ever need.
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