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Can anyone help me with a query on the above charger?

 

I have the Aldi version but when you disconnect the mains and connect it back up the default mode is off and therefore you have to turn it back on to charge the battery. This is not a major problem but i have had occasion when the the mains supply has been interrupted without my knowledge and there the unit has been reset and therefore is not charging until I turn it back on.

 

Does the CTEK XS3600 remember the last operation it was on before the power was inturupted ie when reconnected does it start charging without user input?

 

thanks in advance

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The Aldi/Lidl smart charger is excellent value at £13 but it isn't a version of the CTEK XS3600 at £50, they are entirely different although the styling is similar - I have both a CTEK and a Medion Auto XS from Aldi.

 

As far as I know, the CTEK doesn't need resetting after mains power interruption, at least I've never had to reset mine for that reason.

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The Aldi/Lidl smart charger is excellent value at £13 but it isn't a version of the CTEK XS3600 at £50, they are entirely different although the styling is similar - I have both a CTEK and a Medion Auto XS from Aldi.

 

As far as I know, the CTEK doesn't need resetting after mains power interruption, at least I've never had to reset mine for that reason.

We get quite a few power cuts in our area and I can confirm that the CTEK XS3600 does not need resetting when mains electricity is restored. It remembers its last setting.

The older I get, the better I used to be

 

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Can anyone help me with a query on the above charger?

 

I have the Aldi version but when you disconnect the mains and connect it back up the default mode is off and therefore you have to turn it back on to charge the battery. This is not a major problem but i have had occasion when the the mains supply has been interrupted without my knowledge and there the unit has been reset and therefore is not charging until I turn it back on.

 

Does the CTEK XS3600 remember the last operation it was on before the power was inturupted ie when reconnected does it start charging without user input?

 

thanks in advance

 

 

This is a minor problem with the Aldi version. Mine was hidden from view in a locker and, as you say, if there is a break in the mains supply it is easy to forget to check and re-set it,. The CTEK reverts to previous setting on restoring the mains supply so I swapped the CTEK from the garage with the Aldi in the van. ...problem solved.

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I guess thats why one is £50 and the other is £13.

 

 

:unsure: Hardly!

 

It because one designer opted for revert to standby on disconnection and the other didn't. I doubt there is any big cost involved.

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I'm surprised the Ctek does not revert to standby in the case of a power cut? who knows what might happen in between? for some reason it may not be safe to switch back on to charge but standby should always be safe.

 

It maybe a 'smart' charger, but it ain't that smart!!

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I'm surprised the Ctek does not revert to standby in the case of a power cut? who knows what might happen in between? for some reason it may not be safe to switch back on to charge but standby should always be safe.

 

It maybe a 'smart' charger, but it ain't that smart!!

 

I didn't think of that! I may just stick to The Aldi one and just add it to things to do on setting up on site and put it in the wardrobe rather than the bed locker so you see it every time you get your clothes out. Thank you all for you advice!

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I'm surprised the Ctek does not revert to standby in the case of a power cut? who knows what might happen in between? for some reason it may not be safe to switch back on to charge but standby should always be safe.

 

It maybe a 'smart' charger, but it ain't that smart!!

 

However the Ctek is sold to be left connected unattended to a battery, even throughout the winter so for that roll it would be useless if it did not reconnect after a power cut.

 

Probably its designer is a great deal "Smarter" that you are giving him credit for?

 

I have had two for years doing exactly what they are sold to do; if they did not reconnect after the numerous power cuts we have they would have been thrown in the junk bin years ago.

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Had a minor "play" with the CTEK this afternoon, and can give the following occurences with mine:

 

The CTEK with mains on/charging battery will have 2 lights on - battery charge state and mode

 

When mains disconnected the "mode" light goes out but the "charge" light remains on. On reconnection of mains the mode light come back on IN THE SAME MODE AS WHEN DISCONNECTED

 

When the battery is disconnected the "charge" light goes out and the mode light goes immediately to standby. On reconnection of the battery the "charge" light comes on but the "mode" light stays at standby until reselected.

 

The same occurs if both battery and mains are removed and reconnected, mode to standby, charge light on

 

It would therefore appear that, in the event of mains failure, provided the battery remains connected and the voltage is within some preset internal limits, the CTEK will resume its work on reconnection.

 

Which makes a great deal of sense to me . .. but I know nothing . .. :) except IMHO it is about the best charger I have ever owned :)

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Any knowledge of the charging lights. When connected up the maintenance (green led) is lit and the charging light (orange) is flashing very fast.

This is only the second time i have used it and i cannot remember this happening before.

I have looked in the manual but i don't find it that helpful/ clear

 

Appreciate any advice

ABI Dalesman 520ET (1998) & Nissan X-Trail

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Any knowledge of the charging lights. When connected up the maintenance (green led) is lit and the charging light (orange) is flashing very fast.

This is only the second time i have used it and i cannot remember this happening before.

I have looked in the manual but i don't find it that helpful/ clear

 

Appreciate any advice

Follow up: For info i contacted the shop where i bought it and they contacted CTEK. Within 5 minutes i had an answer. They said to check the connections. They appeared ok but i reconnected while ensuring a strong connection to the terminals. It worked.

I'm now waiting for the battery to charge, hopefully no damage done as it's been sitting uncharged for a few weeks

ABI Dalesman 520ET (1998) & Nissan X-Trail

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