Optima Digital 200 performance maintainer and battery charger 150-34178 - Read 1 Reviews on Optima #150-34178

Optima Battery Charger

Part Number: 150-34178
Features & Benefits

The Optima® charger s digital 1200 battery charger enhances the performance of 12V AGM and flooded Optima Batteries as well as other high-performance AGM batteries. With an easy-to-read, bright, backlit LCD gauge that displays battery charging, fill rate, mode settings and fault messages, this charger offers one of the best user interfaces.

  • Microprocessor controlled
  • Enhances the performance of Optima & other AGM batteries
  • Charges, conditions and maintains 12V AGM & flooded batteries
  • Recovers deeply discharged batteries & extends battery life
  • LCD battery charging gauge & quick set selections for easy operation
  • Integrated (+) charging clamp LED work light with non-slip grips
Product Details
Part Number: 150-34178
Weight: 9.00lbs
Category: Digital
AC Line Cord Length (ft): 6.0
Alternator Check: No
Automatic Shut-Off: Yes
Battery Clamp Amperage Rating: 12.0
Cable Length: 6.0
Carrying Handle: Yes
Charger Battery Compatibility: 12 Volt
Charger Output Amperage: 12
Charger Starting Assist Amperage: 0
Color / Finish: Black
Display Format: Digital
Engine Starting Capability: No
Float Mode: Yes
High Frequency Charge: Yes
Housing Material: Plastic
Input Amperage: 3.5
Input Voltage: 120.0
Low AC Input Compensation: Yes
Maximum Charging Current: 12.0
Pulse Conditioning (Desulphation): Yes
Reverse Polarity Protection: Yes
Short Circuit Protection: Yes
Thermal Overload Protection: Yes
Weather Resistant: No
Shipping Information: Overnight and Two Day shipping are not available for PO Box, APO/FPO/DPO or US Territory addresses.
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    Optima Digital 200 performance maintainer and battery charger

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    GREAT Quality

    So far I have only charged a few batteries but the build quality is second to none. Does more than just charge, it trickle charges, tests and refreshes batteries in a fairly quick time. Only advice, READ the instructions and it will be easier to use.

    Pros: East to use and works great

    Cons: NONE

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    Optima 1200 Charger = Awesome

    My Optima Red Top would never show full charge on my
    30 year old conventional Sears battery charger gauge.

    I needed a charger that has modern technology.
    The Optima 1200 works with AGM batteries to get the most out
    of them.

    The volt gauge on my dash shows over 14 volts. As it should with the alternator.
    It used to display just 14 volts or a little less.

    The guage on the charger shows how much current it is using to charge the battery.
    It is alwyas adjusting for optimal charge rate.

    The Optima 1200 charger will keep my batteries operating at optimal performance
    to get my vehicles thru the harsh Minnesota winters with ease.

    Pros: Easy to operate, Back lit display, Charges different types of batteries.

    Cons: None yet.

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    Great design, Smart Charger

    I've used a lot of chargers over the years and still own a nice, trusty Schumacher charger with .3/2/10/50A settings for over 20 years that still works great. But here's the deal, I've had several batteries that my old charger wouldn't bring back from the dead, even if I left them trickle charge on low for days or a week. Many of these batteries were in vehicles that didn't get driven much and were not very old. The Optima charger is supposedly one of the most advanced chargers on the market and claims to be able to charge batteries other chargers can't. I figured if I could bring back a couple batteries, it would pay for itself.

    The first battery I tried, my old charger would not charge up, so I figured it would be a good first test. I hooked up the Optima charter and it ran through it's pre-charge battery analyzing stage, which takes about 2 minutes and started charging. It's really interesting to watch the gauge as it analyzes the battery. After it started, it spent several hours in the 'conditioning' mode. Several hours later it was charged and automatically went into the 'Maintain' mode. Just as it claimed, it was charged up! This is a $90+ battery. And, in fact, I put it in my snow plow truck (plow pumps take a lot of juice) to test it out ...and I've been using it for the last 2 months. I've plowed a lot of snow with it too. When it was 21 degrees below zero it started, no problems. And get this: when I was putting it in the plow truck, I discovered it was 6 years old!

    Here's another story. At work, we had 2 work vans that had been sitting for a couple months due to people that quit. In that time the GPS systems completely drained the batteries and they sat that way for a couple months. They were about 3 years old. Rather than goof with the possibility of the new employees being stranded, my boss just bought new batteries and I bought the used, 'dead' batteries for the recycle cost (about $5 each). I needed replacement batteries anyway and these are top quality batteries. It was well below zero when we replaced them (very cold fingers) and both batteries were fozen SOLID. He was sympathetic and told me he would give me my money back if they wouldn't charge up. I let them thaw out overnight with the caps off, and the Optima charger was able to charge both batteries the next day. They work great. I will say that one battery was at about 1.35 volts, which is extremely low ....and the Optima wouldn't 'read' it. I shook the heck out of the battery to mix up the electrolyte and that raised the output just a little. I then put the Schumacher on .3 trickle for about 10 minutes until it got to about 2.5V. Then the Optima charger picked it up and took it from there. It spent a couple hours in the 'Conditioning' mode for each battery.

    Ok, last story: My in-laws went out of state in the fall. Low and behold, during the winter, I went to move their vehicle and the battery was dead flat. They must have left the dome light on some months before. Again, the battery was frozen solid, but the case not cracked. I allowed it to thaw like before, ensured the electrolyte was at the proper level, gave it a good shake and it charged up and also works great. I load tested all of the batteries and they test out fine. I know these batteries that ran flat will probably never be quite as good if they hadn't, but if I can get a few months or years out of them (on my non daily drivers), then that is money I can save. This thing has already paid for itself!

    I also have a couple Optima batteries. They are fairly new and don't have any issues. But one of the reasons Optima came out with this charger is because about 1/2 of all returned Optima batteries were just low and couldn't be charged with the typical charger (according to Optima articles on the web). So, this is supposed to charge them properly and make them last a long time. I use it to maintain them in vehicles that don't get driven regularly. I guess time will tell.

    What I really like about the charger from a usability standpoint is that the Optima charger is highly interactive, meaning, the LCD display lets you know what's going on. It tells you what the volts and amp output is, and those numbers change according to the software. This information is a huge deal. With most chargers you have little to no idea what is accurately happening. The other thing is that it uses software to run a battery through the most efficient charge cycle after it analyzes the battery status. I agree with other posters that it is quite handsome and really well designed in that there is a compartment you can roll up the cables to stow them out of the way, a nice handle that 'clicks' into place, and a selector to choose the battery type.

    You might say that this charger is like the iPhone back when everyone else was using flip phones. It's that far advanced. I've found that the best thing to do is to let the charger do it's 'thing' according to the software and not intervene. I unhooked the cables once part way through a low battery charge cycle and then re-started it thinking it would prolong the 'conditioning' mode, that was a bad idea. It didn't start in the same place and I actually shortened the 'conditioning' mode. Best to let it do it's thing.

    If you read the literature, this charger is aimed squarely at automotive enthusiest, and I believe that's right. If you are a car guy, you are going to like this unit. You can easily hook it up to maintain a battery by using a pigtail connector that you can leave hooked to your car/truck you may not drive very much. If you're the average Joe-blow this might not be the charger for you. Most people want to hook a charger to a dead battery and blow as much juice into it as possible, as quick as possible and expect to start the car in 5 minutes. Part of the reason this charger doesn't have a start mode, I believe, is because it's detrimental to put a lot of juice into a dead battery. That's why this charger meters the amount of juice that it puts out. Even though my old Schumacher has a 50A start mode, in over 20 years, I haven't used it a whole lot. Mostly when its super-cold outside and I've already brought the battery up a fair amount. To put 50A into a low or dead battery won't charge it very well. Car enthusiests know you want to trickle it for a while on low current, then put a little more juice into it to build it up slowly. That said, some form of a 'safe' charge mode would be nice on this unit and would make it a well-rounded charger. An on/off switch would be nice too.

    All in all this is a nice little charger, and, for me, it's already paid for itself.

    Pros: USB 10watt port on side. Maintainer and a charger

    Cons: No audible alerts, Bluetooth or app support

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    Doesn't work as advertise

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    I contacted tech support with this message and got the reply below.

    Subject* Digital 1200 charger did not work as advertised.
    Description* I had a discharged red top battery. The early stages everything went correctly. The battery was at eight volts and over a period of about eight hours the gauge went from 0-50%. It never went above that and gradually dropped down to 25%. It stayed like that for a number of hours before I disconnected it. The battery was hot to the touch.
    The battery did charge but it doesn't seem like your charger ever stopped charging.
    Response from Optima
    Is this a battery that has sat for a while unused and not maintained?
    It sounds like your battery may be sulfated. With any battery, a voltage below 12.4v has the potential to produce sulfation (crystals on the plates). This will reduce the performance of a battery by prohibiting the chemical reaction that causes the battery to hold its charge and will cause premature battery failure if not addressed properly. This can be reversed as many chargers have a "de-sulfating" mode which pulses a charge into the battery. Even charging an Optima at a 10 amp charge can help reduce this. Cycling (charge and put a load on it and charge again) the battery a few times can also help if the battery is severely sulfated. We recommend that a maintainer/charger is used during non-use and storage of batteries to keep the voltage maintained. You can take the battery in to an auto part store for testing. If it is a bad battery, return it to the retailer you purchased it from for warranty.
    End of response

    The next day the battery did not work at all. The analyzer said it had 10volts but when I took it to auto zone their analyzer would not show any data which means the battery voltage was under five volts. They tried to charge it. They had the same issue. It started to charge then the voltage dropped. They also pointed out that the battery had started to bulge.

    The manual states it goes through 5 steps. Analyzing mode, Charging mode ( display is 50%), Conditioning mode, (display is 75%), maintaining battery ( Display is 100%), then 30 day recondition mode.

    My biggest concern is the charger never stopped charging even though the voltage of the battery dropped back down.

    Pros: Easy to set up.

    Cons: Didn't charge my battery

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