SHELL SBC400 BATTERY CHARGER

WHAT IT IS: SHELL SBC400 BATTERY CHARGER

Shell has been fueling our sport since its inception, and now it wants to charge our powersports batteries with a couple of new chargers and maintainers. We chose the Shell SBC400 battery charger and maintainer, which charges all types of lead-acid, AGM, and lithium-ion 12- and 6-volt batteries with 4-amp fast and 1-amp slow modes.

FEATURES:

The SBC400 comes with both a 24-inch fused cable with eyelet terminals for attaching to your ride’s battery and a 27-inch cable with clamps and 7.5-amp fuse for charging other batteries. The charger takes 120-volt AC input via a 70-inch cable and emits 6-/12-volt DC output via a 59-inch cable with quick-connect. The charger body is 6.76 x 3.06 x 1.54 inches, so it fits in most UTV glove boxes. Capacity is 2–120 Ah, and it has 11-step charging cycles, including auto self-repair for damaged, stratified, or sulfated batteries. It also features seven levels of protection and smart detection.

SHELL SBC400 BATTERY CHARGER
The Shell SBC400 charger even has a fused cable with eyelets, so you can quickly charge UTV batteries that are hard to reach via a quick-connect.

CONSTRUCTION:

Designed for lead-acid, including wet, gel, MF, VRIA, EFB and AGM, plus Li-ion batteries, the plastic charger is all-weather (IP65 waterproof) with LCD readout. Since it’s a charger and maintainer and not a jumper-starter, clamps aren’t as heavy-duty as Antigravity jumper clamps. The body has mounting holes at all four corners, and the read-out includes 12 icons for bad battery, AGM, Li-ion, 6 volt, 12 volt, amp output, battery charge level, voltage, and amp setting and output.

WHO’S IT FOR:

Any UTV owner that wants the UTV to start when needed, no matter how long it has been since last started.

PERFORMANCE:

We charged several UTV, dirt bike and motorcycle batteries, and tried to charge a pickup battery, but it was beyond repair. The bad battery icon came on instantly, but we left it overnight hoping the ABC400 could do magic. It couldn’t. Next, we charged a totally dead KLX450R AGM battery, and it went into AS mode to repair it before slow-charging it overnight on a 1-amp setting. The battery is like new and cranks over the KLX easily. Next we installed the eyelet cable on a 1997 Harley and fast-charged it overnight on 4-amp mode. By morning it cranked over like new. Next, we used the clamp cable on a Talon X-4 that would barely crank over, also on 4-amp fast mode. The Talon has a 20-Amp AGM, and the SBC400 went into Bulk Charge 1 mode with 4-amp constant current to 75 percent. Bulk 2 applies 3-amp current to 80 percent, then Bulk 3 applies 2 and down to 1 amp to 85 percent. When fully charged, it displays FL icon and goes into analysis mode.

THE VERDICT:

The Shell SBC400 is a versatile and handy charger and maintainer for the shop or toolbox. Its seven protection levels include reverse-polarity, over-charging, over-voltage, short circuit, over-current, over-temperature and defective battery. MSRP is $54.99 at Costco and on Amazon, but we have found it for $49.99. It has a five-year limited warranty, so it should pay for itself over its lifetime by reconditioning damaged batteries and saving UTV rides. 

CONTACT: www.amazon.com, www.costco.com

RATING: ★★★★

PRICE: $54.99

See UTV Action’s guide to compact jump starters here: COMPACT JUMP-STARTERS BUYER’S GUIDE – UTV Action Magazine

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