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[Amazon.ca] Noco Genius chargers back on sale

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[Amazon.ca] Noco Genius chargers back on sale

For those that missed it not too long ago, the Noco chargers are back on sale.

Genius 1 - $45.50
https://www.amazon.ca/NOCO-GENIUS1-Full ... ve&sr=1-12

Genius 2 - $57.57
https://www.amazon.ca/NOCO-GENIUS2-Full ... ive&sr=1-9

Genius 5 - $82.79
https://www.amazon.ca/NOCO-GENIUS5-Full ... ive&sr=1-7

Genius 10 - $117.00
https://www.amazon.ca/NOCO-GENIUS10-Ful ... ive&sr=1-8

Genius 2 x 2 - $128.02
https://www.amazon.ca/NOCO-GENIUS2X2-Fu ... ive&sr=1-2

Previous thread for reference:
amazon-ca-noco-genius-chargers-25-off-2438370/
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Been using the 2d on board one in Northern climate since November, some weeks well below -20 manufacturer limit (-30 to -40). Works great. Wife even pulled the plug off driving with it plugged in. I replaced plug and working good.
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I have the Genius 5 and it works great. Just be aware that it won't charge a dead battery. It'll only maintain an already charged one. Don't ask me how I know :facepalm:
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iamtcbo wrote: I have the Genius 5 and it works great. Just be aware that it won't charge a dead battery. It'll only maintain an already charged one. Don't ask me how I know :facepalm:
It should charge a dead battery without issue, though it will take a while for a larger battery. There is charge circuitry in it which ensures polarity protection - if your battery is so dead that this doesn't work you may need to put it into force mode to get the initial charge. I use a 5 on all sorts of batteries and while car batteries can take a while, I've never had it fail on me.
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I bought the Genius 5 a week ago and used it today on a car that I had not driven in 2 weeks. Battery was below 25% and is now at 100%. Pretty happy with it.
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ZipSpeed wrote: For those that missed it not too long ago, the Noco chargers are back on sale.

Genius 1 - $45.50
https://www.amazon.ca/NOCO-GENIUS1-Full ... ve&sr=1-12

Genius 2 - $57.57
https://www.amazon.ca/NOCO-GENIUS2-Full ... ive&sr=1-9

Genius 5 - $82.79
https://www.amazon.ca/NOCO-GENIUS5-Full ... ive&sr=1-7

Genius 10 - $117.00
https://www.amazon.ca/NOCO-GENIUS10-Ful ... ive&sr=1-8

Genius 2 x 2 - $128.02
https://www.amazon.ca/NOCO-GENIUS2X2-Fu ... ive&sr=1-2

Previous thread for reference:
amazon-ca-noco-genius-chargers-25-off-2438370/
Just because something's cheap doesn't mean you should buy it. These are doodads that I put in the 'need to work reliably, first time' basket. The 'Genius' brand seem to be a brand best avoided if you are in fact a genius, or interested in comparing against other similar products - Take a look at the Audew instead:
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GerardOD wrote: Just because something's cheap doesn't mean you should buy it. These are doodads that I put in the 'need to work reliably, first time' basket. The 'Genius' brand seem to be a brand best avoided if you are in fact a genius, or interested in comparing against other similar products - Take a look at the Audew instead:
Noco is the brand - and has had good reviews across the board. Not sure what issue you had with them?

I own a genius 10 - works fine for my needs.

Edit: Also video you linked is a booster pack not a charger.
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So, if I drive the car everyday in Toronto, I don't need these Genius chargers, right?
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albundy99999999 wrote: So, if I drive the car everyday in Toronto, I don't need these Genius chargers, right?
If you drive till the car is at full operating temp for a reasonable amount of time - sure.

If you're done using the car before its fully warmed up - depends

Need is always relative
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albundy99999999 wrote: So, if I drive the car everyday in Toronto, I don't need these Genius chargers, right?
During the cold winter months, I like to top off the batteries once a week to make sure cold cranking is at maximum.
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With people working from home and not travelling much these charges are used a lot more. I have a ctek one however it doesn't have AGM mode. I have a car that has an AGM battery, wonder if I should bother getting the genius 5. ...
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There's some noco haters on RFD. My experience with the g5 is that it works great and has not let me down.

2 things I don't like.
If you want to mount it permanently, the charger doesn't have any lug holes. They give you a Velcro strap that doesn't hold it securely. You have to make a bracket.

The teeth on the alligator clips do not seem to bite through oxidation very well. You need to make sure the contact areas are clean
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mau108 wrote: With people working from home and not travelling much these charges are used a lot more. I have a ctek one however it doesn't have AGM mode. I have a car that has an AGM battery, wonder if I should bother getting the genius 5. ...
AGM mode basically increases the charging voltage by about 0.3V so that the battery is fully charged. Ideally, any lead-acid battery gets the max. service life if kept at a fully charged level. Did the car come with the AGM or did you install it afterwards?
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craftsman wrote: AGM mode basically increases the charging voltage by about 0.3V so that the battery is fully charged. Ideally, any lead-acid battery gets the max. service life if kept at a fully charged level. Did the car come with the AGM or did you install it afterwards?
Car came with it. Read up on the ctek model I have and it has the cold mode which is also AGM mode.

Outputs 14.7v instead of the regular 14.4v.
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I've never heard of anything like this...what exactly do I need it for? Extending battery life? Never had anything like this for my cars.



I'm taking care of a neighbors car by starting it occasionally. Will this help?
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slowtyper wrote: I've never heard of anything like this...what exactly do I need it for? Extending battery life? Never had anything like this for my cars.



I'm taking care of a neighbors car by starting it occasionally. Will this help?
It's for cars that you drive often but with short trips (say trips under 15 minutes) which isn't enough for your alternator to charge the battery fully. OR for vehicles you don't drive often (lead acid batteries self discharge 4% a week). In both scenarios your lead acid battery drops below 50% often which prematurely kills the battery (lead acid batteries are not built for deep cycling). Using a battery tender often ensures you're not continuously deep cycling the battery and prematurely killing it.

In addition, starting a stored car for a few minutes for whatever reason is the biggest and oldest myth out there and the dumbest thing you can do. The 5-10 minutes you let the car idle is not enough to bring the engine and its oil up to temperature leading to premature wear not to mention the engine doesn't get hot enough to evaporate any condensation in the engine oil. Finally, the 5-10 minutes idling is not enough time for the alternator charge the battery leading to the issue I noted above. All you need to do when storing a car is add fuel stabilizer, change the oil, and put a battery tender on. You either take it for a nice long drive or don't bother at all.
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iamtcbo wrote: I have the Genius 5 and it works great. Just be aware that it won't charge a dead battery. It'll only maintain an already charged one. Don't ask me how I know :facepalm:
Not even when you use the override repair battery feature as described in the manual?
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GerardOD wrote:
Just because something's cheap doesn't mean you should buy it. These are doodads that I put in the 'need to work reliably, first time' basket. The 'Genius' brand seem to be a brand best avoided if you are in fact a genius, or interested in comparing against other similar products - Take a look at the Audew instead:
Thanks for this. I presume this may be another company pushing marketing instead of engineering. I'll avoid there booster packs for now.

I did purchase the 10Amp NOCO charger last black Friday, before I learned that the repair feature is just a hoax. There is another YouTube video about it.
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stizarch wrote: Thanks for this. I presume this may be another company pushing marketing instead of engineering. I'll avoid there booster packs for now.

I did purchase the 10Amp NOCO charger last black Friday, before I learned that the repair feature is just a hoax. There is another YouTube video about it.

I did purchase the
According to this it works

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The Noco boosters are overpriced and under perform but these are not boosters, nonetheless, you're still paying mostly for the Noco name/advertising.
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