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

Schumacher Battery Charger

 

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

 

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As always, thanks for reading!  Ultimately you will have to make up your own mind about whether the SC-600A Schumacher Battery Charger fits your needs in a charger.  I hope this article has given you some insights into a great Schumacher Battery Charger; the SC-600A.

5 thoughts on “Schumacher Battery Charger: SC-600A SpeedCharge Review

  1. 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

    • 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

      • 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

        • 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

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