BatteryMINDer Solar Charging System - 12 Volt, 15 Watt Panel, Model# SCC-015
Worth every penny
I bought this because the 5W solar panel I had hooked to my electric gate opener simply couldn't keep the 12v battery charged. Per directions in the box, I put the battery on a charger overnight, then hooked up the panel and desulfator. Being Texas, we get plenty of sun even in winter, but I thought the battery might be shot - it was already 4 years old and had frequently sat until it ran dead (900cca heavy duty battery I pulled from my diesel truck and pressed into gate duty). It took about a month before the battery tender moved all the way from 'BAD' to 'GOOD', but now it sits on 'GOOD' even when the panel is in shade and on cloudy days. I'm fixing to pull two more batteries out of my diesel because they won't hold a full charge anymore (3+ yrs old), but at $165 each I'd like to salvage them for other uses, so I'm back to buy another one of these solar tenders. It's cheaper than a new battery.
BTW, my current battery tender is mounted in a partially-enclosed box and the solar panel is sitting out completely exposed to weather. We don't get anything resembling snow/ice/hail but plenty of sun, rain, and I even caught an armadillo using it as playground equipment, but it just keeps working. Has been in service about 7 months at this point. No maintenance except to wipe the solar panel clean occasionally.
July 17, 2013
Works as advertised
I bought this product to help maintain the batteries in my motorcycle and atv. After reading and following the instructions, I hooked it up and it does just what it says it does. I leave the vehicles sit for long periods and this product keeps the batteries from dieing prematurely. With cost of batteries being what it is, the battery minder will definitely save me money and pay for itself in the long run. As long as the sun shines, this product performs better than I expected. I would recommend this to my friends.
April 24, 2013
battery for winch
i usr this to keepthe battery on my car trailer charged soi canuse the winch anytime
October 15, 2012
the solar charger works very well charging one battery. we will see if it works charging two batterys. If it will charge two, they could add an adapter to attach to both batterys. I had do make my own adapter for two.
October 8, 2012
Easy to set up
This product was delivered right on time. It was easy to set up and started working immediately. My 3 batteries are now charged and ready to go anytime we are ready to go.
August 13, 2012
Great for the cabin
I have this system at my off the grid cabin and I couldn't be happier with the operation. I have installed 12 volt LED lighting inside and out and this system has never failed. I am now satisfied that I can step up to 4 golf cart batteries in place of the deep cycle I have now. I purchased LED lamps with standard lamp bases so any basic lamp fixture could be used. I highly recommend this system.
July 10, 2012
I purchased this item in 2010 to power a night light in a remote barn. Once It was installed, we have never had to doing anything else. It powers up the batter in the day and the light comes on and stays on every night.
October 21, 2011
Top notch solar battery charger also reconditions
I purchased the BatteryMINDer Solar Charging System to charge and desulphate several DC batteries. Sulfate build up in batteries under normal use and reduce the battery cells ability to take on and hold an electrical charge. Desulphating the battery cells reverses this condition but the charger must have this capability to begin with. The first battery I wanted to charge would not start a utility vehicle without a jump start and the battery would not hold a charge longer than one day. After letting the battery charge for two weeks it is like a new battery! The battery has been operating seamlessly for the past two months. I've since reconditioned three other batteries, two of which I was told would have to be replaced because they were almost at the end of their useful life. I'm currently maintaining 7 batteries of which 2 are deep cycle and 5 are regular lead acid batteries. Based on the annual cost of batteries the BatteryMINDer charging system will have paid for itself in about 9 months and after that the cost of replacing batteries will be reduced by 35%! The charger is capable of charging up to four batteries, although I've only had occasion to charge two at a time. It took a little research to wire a second set of connectors to the original wiring harness but once that was done it is very simple to hook multiple batteries up at once. I highly recommend the BatteryMINDer Solar Charging System for anyone interested in getting a much longer useful service life out of their batteries and spending a lot less on battery replacements.
October 13, 2011
BatteryMINDer Solar Charging System
I bought this system for my RV to charge the battery while camping. Everything is easy to hook up and mount to camper. The panel supplies enough current to keep the battery charged with lots of electronics and lights running.
June 13, 2011
Solar Charging System
I purchased this same system 4 years ago to charge a battery for a ranch double gate opener. The manufacturer's gate opener solar charger was not designed for double gates. It has performed famously for the entire time. I now have purchased a second one to charge two 12v batteries in series to operate the controller for a drip irrigation system in a grape vineyard. I am completly satisfied it will perform equally as well as the first one.
June 6, 2011