Review of CTEK MXS 5.0 Car Battery Charger
This is a review of the CTEK MXS 5.0 Battery Charger, we find out whether its just what you need for an emergency flat battery situation.
The CTEK MXS 5.0 Battery Charger is a small compact charging unit that comes with crocodile clip cables, eyelet cables and a mains plug power attachment.
The MXS 5.0 has the ability to charge a 12 volt lead acid battery, covering most cars, motorbikes and campervans. As this battery charger is a Smart charger that means once your battery is fully charged the charger will monitor and maintain the charge level. It can take more than several hours to get to this point, but once it does, you're safe in the hands of the smart functionality.
Making it go through each of the 8 stages encourages and allows you to recondition your battery once a year, maintaining and prolonging your car batteries life. This is where this battery charger shines, it's main purpose is to bring life back to your battery and check it's condition as you charge it.
Charging With the CTEK MXS 5
Firstly to begin you need to connect your crocodile clips, make sure to read your car manufacturers recommended guidelines on how to connect to your battery.
If you accidentally put the crocodile clips on the battery the wrong way this will not cause you any safety issues or problems, the charging unit will simply display a red light indicating they are the wrong way round, making it pretty fool proof for anyone whether you are car savvy or not, this is a great feature we think.
You then need to put your charger plug into the mains, once turned on at the mains it comes on automatically that is why its a good idea to connect up and be ready to go before plugging in.
Simple to use, the CTEK MXS 5.0 has an 8 step process that is highlighted on the front panel with LED's that light up one by one from stage 1-8. Depending on your battery type and how discharged it is depends on how many stages it will need to go through and where the charging will start from.
Your 8 stages are:
- Soft Start
- Bulk Charging
- Pulsatile maintenance charging
With the 8 stage process, this battery charger has the ability to bring some of the most stubborn car batteries back to life. If you are in a rush the charger can get to stage 3 and it would be suitable to un-attach the leads, start the car and be able to drive off.
Not all batteries will need to go through this process, infact the whole process is recommended for when reconditioning your battery. There is a MODE button on the charging unit which you press to state your battery requirement from "Car" "Car in AGM" "Car in Reconditioning" " Car in AGM Reconditioning" this will then therefore analyse and determine which stages will be needed out of the 8 available. There is also the options to do the same as the above but for a Motorcycles.
THe MXS 5.0 comes with the added function of automatic temperature compensation this means it will charge even in very hot or very cold environments. Making it a very robust piece of kit whatever the season.
The one thing that his charger needs however is a mains connection, therefore using while broken down or trying to charge a battery on a boat will not be an option with this charger.
TH CTEK MXS 5.0 is great for home use as a battery charging device with your car plugged up in your garage. One downside we noticed is that of lead length, they are quite short. You will definitely need an extension lead to get this charger to your car if you don't have a garage.
- Safe and simple to use
- Sturdy build
- 5 year warranty
- LED flashlight provides a good safety feature
- Suitable for all types of car batteries
- Shock and dust proof
- The leads are quite short
- Needs to be attached to a 240 mains supply to charge
The CTEK MXS 5.0 Battery Charger is a compact well developed smart battery charger that can also evaluating battery status and help revive even the most discharged battery back to live.