The new red button on the MXS 5.0 isn't just for looks. The charger has been upgraded internally to include a temperture sensor to ensure the unit doesn't run too hot if being used to fully recharge a flat battery. Internally at CTEK this unit was refered to as the MXS 5.0T but because it's the same feature set and power and purpose as the original CTEK decided to leave the model numbers that we all know alone so not to confuse people. Just be sure if you are buying a MXS 5.0 today that it is the RED buttoned model.
M Series chargers are suitable for Marine and Motorhome applications. They include 10mm comfort eyelets instead of the normal 6mm on the automotive series. The M200 & M300 include a night mode feature which means you can derate the chargers so they run cooler for an 8 hour period (usually while you sleep) so that the chargers don't use the internal fan which is common in chargers to cool them down. With no fan running you will get a good night sleep and the charger will start again in normal mode 8 hours later.
All CTEK chargers can maintain a battery. That means once the battery is fully charged, the charger can be left connected to the battery and the charger will trickle in any energy needed to replenish the typical losses of the battery or connected electronic equipment like alarm, GPS, interior light, stereo presets, clock, seat memory positions etc.
CTEK is due to release a new model later this year. The Lithium XS charger has specifically programmed stages that suit 12v lithium cells for a recharge and maintenance.
The LITHIUM XS is an advanced microprocessor controlled charger specially designed to recharge and maintain Lithium-Ion Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries — maximising their performance and lifespan. With up to 5A of charge current available the LITHIUM XS is extremely flexible and will charge LiFePO4 batteries from 5Ah to 60Ah and maintain up to 120Ah.
The MXS 5.0 Test & Charge can analyse the battery cranking capacity if left connected to the battery when the vehicle is started. It also analyses the charging system in the vehicle to check to see if its output is within the required range to correctly recharge the starting battery. Check it out in the black 12 volt charger section.
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