Yes. If it's a 6 or 12 volt battery, this charger can charge it. Charging time may be increased because of the capacity of the battery, but it can handle it.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
- Caseyville, IL
Yes. As long as it is 12 or 6 volt.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
- Binghamton, NY
Of course it will...but at a max charging rate of 6A, if your new deep-cycle battery is really HUGE (meaning it has a very high Ah rating, or possibly is physicaly huge -- the two seem to go together even if it's not an exact ratio) then it'll probably -- at 6A -- just take longer to charge your battery up to full, but it certainly WOULD charge it and charge it safely/gently.
Remember, charging at a LOW amperage is LOTS better for a battery than at too-high an amerpage, so even if it DOES take longer -- because the Schumacher SC-600A has a max charging rate of 6A -- it will STILL charge it, and safely, it'd just take longer than a 8A/10A/12A/15A max charger would.
Of course, you really need to go by the ideal-charging-rate rule: The IDEAL charging rate for 12v batteries is 1/10 it's Ah rating (TWICE that is the MAX charging rate you'd want to go). You say you have a "deep-cycle" battery...if so, it chould state its Ah rating as true dee-cycle batteries are use the Ah rating. If it does not, but says something like ___CCA, it's a car battery, not a true deep-cycle. Two different animals.
So assuming you do have a true deep-cycle battery, divide its Ah rating by 10 and get the IDEAl charging rate. Multiply that times 2 and that should be your MAX charging rate (as you ALWAYS want to charge your battery safely and gently -- except in emergencies of course!). So let's say your big deep-cycle battery is 50Ah (just guessing as I don't know what its label says)...your IDEAL charging rate would be 5A, times 2 = 10A max charing rate. So your IDEAL charger (for THIS battery) would need to put out 5A minimum, 10A maximum. The Schumacher puts out 6A so this is fine for your deep-cycle battery using a 1/10 Ah charging rate, but it will not charge at 10-A (your MAX safe rate) so it'd simply take LONGER to charge it full up.
If youre going to err on getting a charger, err on the smaller size than larger (more powerful/higher amps) size as too many people buy a HIGH-amp charger and soon fry their batteries! Don't be in a hurry to charge batteries unless it's crucial to do so.
So, in this case, a "smart-charger" that does not put out more than 10A max would be good for THIS particular battery you just got...other batteries have different Ah ratings so you have to consider each one on a case-by-case basis to choose their IDEAL (1/10Ah) charging rate. Still, these chargers usually put out 3 different amerages so they cover MOST batteries we usually see (car and "marine" deep-cycle batteries). HUGE solar-panel-array dee-cycle batteries, however, require more powerful chargers (or larger solar panels) to bring them up if they get down too far.
So I can't tell you exactly what rated charger would be BEST for your new deep-cycle battery, but read its label and see what its Ah rating is, then choose a charger that will put out AT LEAST 1/10 the battery's Ah rating, and also a MAX of twice that. Get that one. And at it's lower amp charging rates, it will do your smaller batteries, too, such as MC/ATV and other such smaller batteries.
The Schumacher SC-600A will certainly work, but the next model up (the digital like the SC-1200A, or even the SSC-1500A even) may be better if your "deep-cycle" battery has a high Ah rating (above 30-40Ah for example).
Remember, you can always charge a battery at a lower/small charge rate -- it'll just take longer -- but charging a battery at too HIGH a charge rate shortens its life. Protect your battery investment (my "large" 12v deep-cycle battery was $210 and they can be lots more)...so choose a charger using the rules I mentioned above. Only charge them at a higher rate if it's an emergency and you need them up fast, even if you do shorten their life down the road.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
- Galveston, TX
Yes, absolutely. That's exactly the battery I have and it does great.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
- Livingston, CA
Yes it will work on deep cycle batteries too.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
- Republic of Texas
it works fine on my deep cycle battereies
Yes but it will take more time to charge than it would with a charger rated for more amps.
Definitely will work on any size 12 volt lead-acid battery. Will just take longer to bring it to a full charge. Use 6 amp setting.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago