CTEK XS 0.8 battery charger, £38.99
Tester: Tony Hoare
Time tested: Three years
What's good? When it comes to bringing batteries back up to tip-top condition, usually after a period of inactivity, I’ve turned to CTEK for years. The XS 0.8 is their latest 12V charger and it’s reliable, effective and easy to use. It comes with a cable that can be attached to the battery terminals to make charging more convenient and it can be left connected to the battery without fear of causing damage. Once you’ve read (and remembered) the instructions it’s easy to see when the battery is good to go again.
What's not? The system of lights isn’t intuitive and you’ll need the instructions (or a good memory) to see when the battery is fully charged. There are six lights and the battery is charged enough to start the bike when three of them are illuminated, but it’s not immediately obvious as it looks as though it still has three stages to go through.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 5/5