Schumacher Battery Charger: SC-600A SpeedCharge Review

You’re looking for an inexpensive car battery charger and you trust the Schumacher name. You may find that the Schumacher battery charger model SC-600A is exactly what you need.

SC-600A Schumacher Battery Charger Review

Overview Schumacher Battery Charger Model SC-600A

Schumacher SC600A Battery ChargerThe Schumacher name is synonymous with quality battery chargers and many people trust them when they are in the market for a new one. One of their most inexpensive, multi-stage, fully automatic chargers is the SC-600A SpeedCharge. It uses advanced charging technology to work up to twice as fast as conventional chargers and offers multiple modes including 2, 4, and 6 amps. It can charge both 6 and 12 volt batteries with top or side-mounted battery posts. It features easy-to-read LED readouts that show the status of the charge. This charger is designed to charge a wide range of vehicle batteries including, cars, trucks, motorcycles, lawn tractors, ATVs, and snowmobiles.

 

Model SC-600A Details

The Schumacher Battery Charger Model SC-600A has easy-to-use switches for Charge Rate and Battery Type. It also can charge 6 or 12 volt batteries with speed selections of Slow (2 amps), Medium (4 amps), or Fast charge (6 amps). It has a built-in handle that doubles as cord storage and makes the SC-600A ultimately portable.

Microprocessor control monitors multi-stage charging capability accurately adding safety and longer battery life. Computer control allows this battery charger to work up to 2x faster than other similar chargers.



A great feature of the SC-600A Schumacher battery charger, that puts it a cut above even some more expensive models, is its fully automatic operation. The unit switches from Continuous Charge to Float-Mode Monitoring without intervention to allow the charger to maintain the battery after it is fully charged. When the battery becomes discharged below a certain level Continuous Charge will kick in again and restore the battery to a full charge automatically.

Beyond that the 4 and 6 amp modes monitor the battery’s condition and adjust the charge rate automatically downward when necessary to protect the battery from damage.

The unit is very lightweight coming in at just over 2 lbs and is smaller than most battery chargers at 6.9” x 3” x 7.5”. Schumacher has placed a generous 5 year warranty on the SC-600A.

Pros

  • Easy to use, convenient, and worry-free
  • Good choice for antique car owners
  • Light weight and compact size
  • Easy to store

Cons

  • Needs digital or analog amp readout to indicated either percent charged or current amps
  • May not charge a completely dead battery without first applying a small charge
  • No on/off switch
  • Plastic case doesn’t feel durable

Model Comparison Chart

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TitleSchumacher SC-600A SpeedCharge High Frequency Battery ChargerSchumacher SEM-1562A 1.5 Amp Speed Charge MaintainerNOCO Genius G1100 6V/12V 1.1 Amp Smart Battery Charger and MaintainerNOCO Genius G3500 6V/12V 3.5 Amp Smart Battery Charger and Maintainer
FeatureFully automatic
6 amp medium charge monitors battery condition and adjusts charge rate downward to prevent battery damage, for car, truck, motorcycle, ATV, snowmobile, lawn tractor lead acid
4 amp medium charge has self-adjusting charge rate ideal for everyday charging needs and keeping your battery in peak condition
2 amp slow charge for charging small batteries and maintaining large ones, charges motorcycle, ATV, snowmobile, and lawn tractor batteries
50 amp clamps for top and side-mounted battery posts
6-volt and 12-volt battery charger; automatically changes from full-charge to float-mode monitoring to prevent overcharging
Ideal for keeping batteries charged while in storage
Rugged plastic housing
Includes charger, jump cables, ring connectors
7.1 by 10.5 by 5.9 inches; 5 pounds; 1-year limited warranty
1.1 Amperes Smart Battery Charger for 6-volt and 12-volt batteries; charges and maintains all types of lead-acid batteries from 2.2-40Ah, including Wet, Gel, MF, and AGM
Designed for safety; safe for anyone to use; does not generate sparks, and protects against reverse battery hookup, short circuit, open circuit, overheat, overcurrent and does not overcharge the battery
Brings batteries back to life; an advanced recovery mode repairs damaged areas of the battery to provide longer, healthier battery performance; recovers deeply discharged and sulfated batteries with pulse charging
Cold/AGM Mode; Optimized charge mode for charging batteries in cold weather below 32 degree Fahrenheit or AGM batteries.
The most advanced charger ever; it features innovative and advanced technology that makes charging easy and simple. the vosFX Processor built inside every charger makes important charging decisions so you don't have to; it is the safest, most effective charger you may ever use
3.5 Amperes Smart Battery Charger for 6-volt and 12-volt batteries; charges and maintains all types of lead-acid batteries from 1.2-120Ah, including Wet, Gel, MF, and AGM
Designed for safety; safe for anyone to use; does not generate sparks, and protects against reverse battery hookup, short circuit, open circuit, overheat, overcurrent and does not overcharge the battery
Brings batteries back to life; an advanced recovery mode repairs damaged areas of the battery to provide longer, healthier battery performance; recovers deeply discharged and sulfated batteries with pulse charging
Multiple Charging Modes; A Cold/AGM Mode optimized charge mode for charging batteries in cold weather below 32 degree Fahrenheit or AGM batteries, and a Small Battery Mode (900ma) for charging smaller capacity batteries on Motorcycles, atvs, and more
The most advanced charger ever; it features innovative and advanced technology that makes charging easy and simple. the vosFX Processor built inside every charger makes important charging decisions so you don't have to; it is the safest, most effective charger you may ever use
Warranty5 year limited warranty2 year limited warranty5 Year Limited Warranty5 Year Limited Warranty
Price$32.11$17.00$44.95$59.95
Height11 inch11 inch4 inch4 inch
Weight2.08 pound2.5 pound2.25 pound2.65 pound
Width3 inch4 inch10 inch10 inch
Length6 inch7 inch10.5 inch10.5 inch
Rating4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars
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Product prices and availability are accurate as of Jul 7 20:45:00 UTC but are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the merchant site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

 

For a comparison of popular battery chargers, please see our article Car Battery Chargers Top 10 Under $100 For 2014.

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Comments
  1. Carlos

    Hi Mark

    I usually work with Black And Decker VEC1086 to charge 12v / 7amp batteries, we also tryed Schumacher SEM1562A but not so good……..the batteries are used with small fans to inflate costumes… I´m looking for my best option.. any charger that you can recommend between the Shumacher SC600A and the NOCO Genius G1100?

    thank you in advance for your help

    Carlos

    • Mark Ridgeway

      Hi Carlos, thanks for your question. I like both the Schumacher SC600A and the NOCO Genius G1100/G3500 chargers. The real difference is in charging speed. If you need to recharge faster, the SC600A puts out 6 amps. The Genius chargers are more like the battery tenders. They are really good at automatic charging and maintenance but charge at a slower rate. I hope that helps. – Mark

      • Carlos

        Absolutelly… thank you for your comments Mark… sorry about my English, trying my best… I´m going to use de Schumacher SC-600A… let me ask you another question, which is the best option to charge 12 v/7 sealed acid amp batteries…, 2, 4 or 6 amps? it does exist any difference apart the speed?

        And my last… Do you know about any good tester for those batteries?

        Thank you again and have a good week

        • Mark Ridgeway

          You’re English seems great to me! The general thought on 2, 4, or 6 amps is that over time the higher the charging amps, the shorter the battery life. I haven’t seen a study on it but, that’s what I’ve always been told. How much shorter? I really don’t know. If you need your battery charged quickly regularly, you should go with 6 amps. On the SC-600A, 6 amp mode, it monitors your battery and dials down the amps to prevent battery damage. If you’re not in a hurry, use the 2 amps. A nice compromise may be the 4 amps. If you’re going to use 2 or 4 amps exclusively and the batteries will sit on the charger for more than a day or so, you should consider the NOCO Genius G1000/G3500 for their battery tending and conditioning capability.

          As for the tester, it depends on what you’re looking for. If you just want to know the state of charge on a battery, the SC-600A has led readouts for that or if you need a load tester, take a look at the Schumacher BT-100 100 amp Battery Load Tester. – Mark

          • carlos

            Thanks again Mark!!!!