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# How many amps should I use to charge my car battery?

## How many amps should I use to charge my car battery?

A basic charger usually charges at around 2 amps – and so needs 24 hours to deliver the 48 amps needed to fully charge a flat, 48 amp hour battery. But there is a wide range of chargers with different charge rates on the market – from 2 to 10 amps. The higher the charge output, the faster a flat battery is recharged.

How many amps can a car charger handle?

When you charge your devices via your car’s power socket, you’re likely to be using a 12V power socket, which can supply more than enough voltage to support a typical car charger with 2.1A to 4.8A.

### Do amps matter when charging a battery?

We recommend higher amperage to ensure cooler power supply and optimal charge time. If you get a charger with amperage less than your original power supply, you risk overheating your charger, burning it and in many case your device will stop functioning and/or charging.

Should I charge my car battery on 2 amp or 10 amp?

You would use 10 amperes on a car battery and 2 ampere on whatever small batteries you might want to charge that still use the same voltage. For example, a motorcycle battery could use the 2 ampere charging option.

#### How long can you leave a 6 amp charger on a car battery?

Answer provided by If your battery is fully drained, charging it at six amps will take: Eight to 10 hours to charge a small car battery of about 200 to 315 cold cranking amps (CCA) or reserve capacity (RC) 40 to 60. 10 to 12 hours to charge a mid-sized battery of 315 to 550 CCA or RC 60 to 85.

How many amps can a 12v car outlet handle?

10 to 20 amperes
The voltage of the power outlet is usually near 12 V DC, and may be elevated between 13.5 V to 15 V while the engine is running. The 12 V power circuit is protected by a car fuse, often rated at 10 to 20 amperes, which amounts from 120 to 240 watts.

## What amp trickle charger do I need?

As a rule of thumb your battery charger should be a minimum of 10% of the Ah rating of the battery. E.g A 100Ah battery would require a 10 Amp charger as a minimum. To prevent overcharging you should keep the charger size to within 20% of the total capacity.

Can you overcharge a car battery at 2 amps?

A: If you leave the charger connected continuously, even at a mere 2 amps, the battery eventually will die. Overcharging a battery causes excessive gassing — the electrolyte gets hot and both hydrogen and oxygen gas are generated.

### Is a higher amp charger better?

How long does it take to charge a 12-volt battery at 6 amps?

If your battery is fully drained, charging it at six amps will take: Eight to 10 hours to charge a small car battery of about 200 to 315 cold cranking amps (CCA) or reserve capacity (RC) 40 to 60. 10 to 12 hours to charge a mid-sized battery of 315 to 550 CCA or RC 60 to 85.

#### Is 2 amp a trickle charge?

The main thing that defines any charger as a trickle charger is that it either has a low amperage option, or it only puts out a low charging amperage. Most trickle chargers put out somewhere between 1 and about 3 amps, but there is no hard and fast rule on that.