There’s a new website called Simplycar.co.uk, as the name suggests they sell car stuff. One of them being the Veko Smart Battery Charger, at £22.99 delivered it’s one of the most affordable battery chargers on the market. But is it any good?
What is it?
The Veko smart battery charger is a fully automatic charger for car batteries either 6v or 12v. It can be used on batteries from 1.2 to 120 Ah and is compatible with gel, wet, AGM and maintenance free lead acid batteries.
While it may not be as hefty as things like the Ring RCB320 the Veko’s small size means is far more portable with nearly the same amount of functions. It won’t however jump start your car, for that you’ll need something like the Energizer 50806 Lithium Portable Car Jump Starter.
It can fully charge a battery even rescuing deeply discharged ones that are sitting as low as 3V. There’s also a winter charging mode and a maintenance function which allows it to trickle charge the battery of a stored vehicle.
Inside the plastic casing there’s a microprocessor which looks after a 5 stage intelligent charging mechanism.
You attach the charger with the supplied crocodile clips, or use the secondary connectors that can be left fixed to your battery for ease of use.
What’s it like?
Costing so little we didn’t have high hopes for the Veko, but when it arrived we were pretty surprised. The plastic seems solid and hard wearing, with the buttons being fully sealed like the rest of the unit to give it an IP65 dust and waterproof rating. This means it can be left outside in any conditions without worry.
The weakest part of the battery charger were the crocodile clips. They feel cheap and the plastic shielding on the ends moves around a little bit, you’d just have to be careful they didn’t come off with regular use.
One of our cars had been sat for around 4 months with no use whatsoever. Turning the key resulted in the lights dimming and the poor thing started with a struggle. Clipping the Veko on we left it charging all day before trying it again in the evening.
You have to make sure you connect the charger to your battery and then the mains. After that you select the mode you want by pressing the ‘mode’ button, the corresponding LED’s will light and let you know the juice is flowing.
Another oddity about the Veko is the label that says ‘charging’ is white text printed on yellow, meaning you can barely make it out. But for reference, it’s the yellow labelled LED that tells you charging is going on.
Six hours wasn’t long enough to fully charge our battery, but upon starting the car fired up without hesitation. We’ll most likely leave the Veko attached to stored cars in the future using the supplied trickle charge cables.
Where can I get one?
As we mentioned earlier we were supplied the Veko charger from simplycar.co.uk , and with free delivery at less than £25 it seems a bargain. At that price it’s well worth sticking in your garage in case you ever need it.