20A Smart DC Charger & Maintainer
The D250SE (CTEK Part No. 40-315) is a DC to DC fully automatic charger that’s designed to charge a Service Battery and is powered by the alternator/starter battery. With dual inputs the D250SE is also solar compatible (a standard solar controller is not necessary). The D250SE charger supplies up to 20A of power to any 12V lead-acid or lithium service battery from 40–300Ah. It also works if the starter battery and service battery are different chemistries, for example if the starter battery is lead/acid and the service battery is lithium. (Note: a service battery may also be called an auxiliary/aux battery, house battery, secondary battery, or backup battery.)
The D250SE CTEK Charger has dual inputs and can charge the service battery from the alternator or a solar panel or both. The charger is designed to work with smart alternators and can still operate if the alternator is shut off but the vehicle has access to solar or wind power. So it can use power from the alternator, solar panel, wind power, or any DC power source can be used through the solar input port (within voltage spec). The D250SE can also charge the service battery from the solar input and the alternator in parallel using its built-in regulator to save fuel.
Continuous charging while the vehicle’s on the move means the batteries are fully charged in the shortest possible time. The built-in temperature sensor compensates for hot or cold conditions to prevent the battery from overheating or overcharging, so it always gets the optimum charge.
When the service battery being maintained is fully charged, the D250SE will automatically redirect overflow charge power to top-off the starter battery. The D250SE can maintain a stable output up to 20A to vehicles ﬁtted with smart ECU controlled alternators.
- Accept*: Tests if the battery can accept charge. This step prevents that charging proceeds with a defect battery. (*Step 1 for lead/acid is Desulphation)
- Bulk: Charging with maximum current until approximately 90% battery capacity*. (80% capacity for lead/acid.)
- Absorption: Charging with declining current to maximize up to 95% battery capacity*. (100% capacity for lead/acid.)
- Float: Maintaining the battery voltage at maximum level by providing a constant voltage charge.
- Pulse: Maintaining the battery at 95–100% capacity. The charger monitors the battery voltage and gives a pulse when necessary to keep the battery fully charged.
Video about D250SE Charger
- CTEK PN: 40-315
- Input: 11.5–23V, 25A
- Output: Max 14.4/14.2/14.7V, 20A max
- Back-Current Drain*: Less than 1Ah/month
- Ambient Temperature: -4°F to +122°F (-20°C to +50°C)
- Battery Types: 12-Volt WET, EFB, Ca/Ca, MF, AGM, GEL, Lithium (LiFePO4, Li-Fe, Li-iron, LFP)
- Battery Capacity: 40–300Ah
- Insulation class: IP65 (splash and dust proof)
* Back current drain is the current that drains the battery if the charger is not connected to the mains. CTEK chargers have a very low back current.
Note: the recommended solar panel size is 50-300W for this charger.