100 Amp Engine Start/Battery Charger
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AutoCraft Gold 100 Amp Engine Start/Battery Charger

Part No. XC-103 Warranty  

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The Autocraft Battery Charger/Tester product line offers a variety of manual and automatic units designed to meet your battery charging and testing needs for AGM, Lithium, 6V and 12V batteries. The Autocraft brand offers a complete line of national brand quality products that are appealing alternatives to other higher priced brands, without sacrificing quality, durability or performance .

Product Features:
  • Dsigned for AGM, Lithium or 12V batteries
  • Automatic, Microprocessor controlled, 3-mode charger (2 AMP Trickle Charge, 15 AMP Fast Charge, 100 AMP Engine Start)
  • Convenient carry handle
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AutoCraft Gold3/5/12/30/100 Amp 6/12-Volt SpeedCharge Automatic Battery Charger/Tester
 
4.1

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (9)
  • Can withstand use (7)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garage (11)
    • Car (9)
    • Truck (8)
    • RV (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual driver (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Auto enthusiast (5), Casual driver (5), Mechanic (4), Truck enthusiast (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Amazing product and your staff excels 2!

    My former charger/starter was inadequate and failed to start my truck when the 10 month old battery died. I was EXTREMELY aggrevated. Now I can keep the batteries charged and if the free...Read complete review

    My former charger/starter was inadequate and failed to start my truck when the 10 month old battery died. I was EXTREMELY aggrevated. Now I can keep the batteries charged and if the free replacement dies, I know I can start the HEMI on the first try. Thanks guys!!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Isn't as smart as it thinks

    Flooded, lead-acid batteries have a specific charge protocol, and this machine won't do it.

    It will chronically undercharge your battery. It works great as a booster for starting, or...Read complete review

    Flooded, lead-acid batteries have a specific charge protocol, and this machine won't do it.

    It will chronically undercharge your battery. It works great as a booster for starting, or to get your battery partially charged, but cannot fully charge your battery without many, many days or weeks on the charger. It should provide maximum amps for the setting as the voltage rises to its set point (in this case 14.4v) and then hold it at 14.4v tapering the amps until the battery is mostly charged, then switch to float. I've never been able to get it to hold 14.4v for more than a few minutes, then it goes to "charged" with the green light and drops to float voltage. My old manual charger does a better job at actually charging the battery.

    I don't understand why a company would market this as a smart charger - if it doesn't have a charging protocol that matches what every lead-acid manufacturer recommends.

    I'm very disappointed in my purchase and will attempt to return. It has zero value as a deep cycle charger, but would work for the auto enthusiast to boost batteries back to a higher state of charge - but it won't fully charge your battery.

    Reviewed by 21 customers

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    2.0

    Charged well, until ...

    By Jason D.

    from Alexandria, VA

    About Me Casual Driver

    Verified Buyer
    Level 1

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Good value

    Cons

    • Questionable Quality

    Best Uses

    • Car
    • Garage
    • Truck

    Comments about AutoCraft Gold 3/5/12/30/100 Amp 6/12-Volt SpeedCharge Automatic Battery Charger/Tester:

    I purchased this charger to help the significant other who's battery wasn't staying charged. I charged her battery several times with this in both high and slow charge modes and it worked very well. Then, two days ago, the neighbor had a dead battery so I went to use this in the Engine Start mode and the unit blew out on the first attempt to crank the engine. (Afterward we jumped his car with my car and cables without a problem.) I have no idea what happened, but I am glad I had this happen within 30 days of purchase. I will be taking the unit back this weekend to either refund or swap out, though not certain which. I decided to pay extra for a charger with an engine start feature. I'd like to be confident the feature will work without blowing out the unit.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Isn't as smart as it thinks

    By Fubeca

    from Colorado

    About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic, Truck Enthusiast

    Pros

      Cons

      • Not Functional
      • Poor Value

      Best Uses

        Comments about AutoCraft Gold 3/5/12/30/100 Amp 6/12-Volt SpeedCharge Automatic Battery Charger/Tester:

        Flooded, lead-acid batteries have a specific charge protocol, and this machine won't do it.

        It will chronically undercharge your battery. It works great as a booster for starting, or to get your battery partially charged, but cannot fully charge your battery without many, many days or weeks on the charger. It should provide maximum amps for the setting as the voltage rises to its set point (in this case 14.4v) and then hold it at 14.4v tapering the amps until the battery is mostly charged, then switch to float. I've never been able to get it to hold 14.4v for more than a few minutes, then it goes to "charged" with the green light and drops to float voltage. My old manual charger does a better job at actually charging the battery.

        I don't understand why a company would market this as a smart charger - if it doesn't have a charging protocol that matches what every lead-acid manufacturer recommends.

        I'm very disappointed in my purchase and will attempt to return. It has zero value as a deep cycle charger, but would work for the auto enthusiast to boost batteries back to a higher state of charge - but it won't fully charge your battery.

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        4.0

        i would recomend this product to others

        By home mechanic

        from murfreesboro, TN

        About Me Casual Driver

        Verified Buyer
        Level 1

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garage

            Comments about AutoCraft Gold 3/5/12/30/100 Amp 6/12-Volt SpeedCharge Automatic Battery Charger/Tester:

            i like the fact this checks for battery charge but also alternator charge. It charges both battery and alternator. Only dislike is it requires an outlet to do the chargeing but will run a check without the outlet.

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            5.0

            All around good tester/charger

            By Rick

            from Philadelphia area

            About Me Casual Driver

            Verified Buyer
            Level 2

            Pros

            • Can Withstand Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Car
              • RV
              • Truck

              Comments about AutoCraft Gold 3/5/12/30/100 Amp 6/12-Volt SpeedCharge Automatic Battery Charger/Tester:

              This Charger/Started was a great addition to my tool box. I have a couple of cars that sit for a while and may discharge the batteries over time with just vampire power. (Power to keep up memories for the car computer, Clock and so on.) With this charger I have the choice to either use it as a jump starter or as a trickle charger (If I have a couple of hours for the battery to slowly recharge) I have also used the battery tester and it was a great way to find out if there was anything wrong with the charging system or not. The only bad thing I can say about this charger tester is that in sun light the display is heard to read.

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              (7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Will not work with Optima batteries

              By Customer

              from Raleigh, NC

              About Me Auto Enthusiast

              Level 2

              Pros

              • Convenient
              • Durable
              • Easy to use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garage

                Comments about AutoCraft Gold 3/5/12/30/100 Amp 6/12-Volt SpeedCharge Automatic Battery Charger/Tester:

                On the plus side, I found the XC-103 to be well made and durable. It was convenient, easy to use and worked well for standard batteries. However, it will not work with many AGM type batteries.

                This unit has a setting for AGM batteries but the voltage output for this setting is up to 15.6v. Optima (and many other AGM) batteries require 14.6v or lower. Using the XC-103 to charge an Optima will cause it to boil. The vent will open to allow the pressure/gas to escape causing decreased battery life.

                Neither the included documentation or manufacturers website listed the exact output voltage for each setting. If you're buying this for use with AGM type batt's check to make sure they will take a charge at 15.6v without damage.

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                (6 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Awesome!

                By MDSteve

                from Ohio

                About Me Casual Driver

                Verified Buyer
                Helpful Reviewer

                Pros

                • Can Withstand Use
                • Love To Watch This Thing
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about AutoCraft Gold 3/5/12/30/100 Amp 6/12-Volt SpeedCharge Automatic Battery Charger/Tester:

                    This knows how to desulfate, hits with a 17 volt charge

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                    (8 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Amazing product and your staff excels 2!

                    By Secniv

                    from Ocala, FL

                    About Me Truck Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer
                    Level 2

                    Pros

                    • Improves Performance
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Garage
                      • Truck

                      Comments about AutoCraft Gold 3/5/12/30/100 Amp 6/12-Volt SpeedCharge Automatic Battery Charger/Tester:

                      My former charger/starter was inadequate and failed to start my truck when the 10 month old battery died. I was EXTREMELY aggrevated. Now I can keep the batteries charged and if the free replacement dies, I know I can start the HEMI on the first try. Thanks guys!!

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                      (9 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Works as advertised.

                      By Mr. Chuck

                      from Orlando, FL

                      About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver, Mechanic, Truck Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer
                      Helpful Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Improves Performance
                      • Versatile
                      • Works

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Car
                        • Garage
                        • Keep In The Trunk
                        • RV
                        • Truck

                        Comments about AutoCraft Gold 3/5/12/30/100 Amp 6/12-Volt SpeedCharge Automatic Battery Charger/Tester:

                        Durability I cannot speak about as I have had the porduct for a very short amount of time but in that period, I have charged a completely depleted battery to fully charged in about 3 hrs. Charged 4 vehicles including 2 trucks, one of which is a diesel with two batteries and it just works as advertised.

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                        (6 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        cant understand how to use as a tester.

                        By joey good rench

                        from south fl

                        About Me Mechanic

                        Verified Buyer
                        Helpful Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Can Withstand Use

                        Cons

                        • Difficult To Use

                        Best Uses

                        • Car
                        • Keep In The Trunk

                        Comments about AutoCraft Gold 3/5/12/30/100 Amp 6/12-Volt SpeedCharge Automatic Battery Charger/Tester:

                        I use as a jump starter and alt tester. but I still havent learned how to use as a tester.

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                        (13 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Good if you don't mind humming noise

                        By Sluh

                        from Cumming, GA

                        About Me Mechanic

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                        3 or more reviews submitted

                        Pros

                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Humming
                        • Lack of cables management

                        Best Uses

                        • Garage

                        Comments about AutoCraft Gold 3/5/12/30/100 Amp 6/12-Volt SpeedCharge Automatic Battery Charger/Tester:

                        It works just fine as the charger. I recharged several batteries with it and it's pretty versatile and convenient. Leads are cold when not connected - you can shorten them and nothing happens. When you attach the battery the charger will autodetect 6 or 12V. You have three charging modes: trickle, slow/small battery, fast. It also has three settings for all different kinds of the battery technologies (auto, golf cart, boat, deep discharge, gel, etc)

                        The "testing" capabilities are just the marketing bla-bla. What it is is just the voltmeter. Not even a load test. Charge percentage is the rough estimate too but who cares, just let it charge it full. If you need just a good charger for every occasion - this one is great.

                        Cons are - no cable management. Two flimsy brackets in the back is not what I would like to see cause cables unwind from them.
                        Another con is the noticeable loud 60Hz humming transformer noise. It's really loud when charging, and still there when there is no load or charge is complete and switched to the trickle charge. It'll be OK in the garage, but not in the house.

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                        • Q:

                          Can I hook this charger to a moped scooter battery?
                          Asked on 6/4/2013 by mail and copy man from Durham, NC

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            The AutoCraft Gold 3/5/12/30/100 Amp 6/12-Volt SpeedCharge Automatic Battery Charger/Tester (Part No. XC-103) fully automatic microprocessor controlled 100 ampere engine start is perfect for emergency starting. It features a 5 ampere, 10-20 ampere fast charge which has self-adjusting, variable charge rates for everyday charging needs and maintaining your battery in peak condition. Charges and automatically desulfates and restores car, truck, RV, farm equipment, AGM, gel cell and deep-cycle batteries. A secondary feature is the 3 ampere slow charge for charging and maintaining small batteries, motorcycle batteries, ATV batteries, snowmobile batteries and lawn tractor batteries. With a built-in digital voltmeter/tester, you can easily diagnose problems. An auto voltage detection means the charger automatically determines whether the connected battery is a 6 volt battery or a 12 volt battery. For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                            Answered on 6/4/2013 by Steve from AAP
                        • Q:

                          i hooked this charger to my car not knowing it was for small battries, now i cant get my key out of the ignition what can i do?
                          Asked on 2/5/2013 by BIG SHIRL from GVILLE MA

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            With reference to your inquiry on the Schumacher 3/5/12/30/100 Amp 6/12-Volt SpeedCharge Automatic Battery Charger/Tester - Part No. XC-103 you can remove the key through a small access panel in the lock cylinder. It will be covered with a small cover in the shape of a rectangle with an access point near the key. Pry off this cover and insert a paper clip. This should actuate a button and the key should be able to be pulled free. You will most likely need to check/replace the battery in this instance which needs to be done at your (vehicle) dealer. For any further assistance please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                            Answered on 2/6/2013 by John the Car-Doc from AAP
                        • Q:

                          I am interested in this charger I'm wanting to know if the 100 Amp Engine Start – for emergency starting is portable or needs to be plugged into a wall outlet in order to work.
                          Asked on 2/1/2013 by Jeff from Greensboro, N.C.

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            With reference to your inquiry on the Schumacher 3/5/12/30/100 Amp 6/12-Volt SpeedCharge Automatic Battery Charger/Tester - part# XC-103, the 100 Amp Engine Start – for emergency starting is portable. For any further assistance, please visit your nearest Advance Auto store or call us directly at 1-877-ADVANCE (238-2623) and one of our representatives there would be more than happy to assist you.

                            Answered on 2/4/2013 by Vincent from AAP
                        • Q:

                          when it says tester. is that a battery tester? or alternator tester???
                          Asked on 10/20/2012 by dgl from buf, ny

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            This Schumacher SpeedCharger 100-Amp Battery Charger/Tester -part# XC-103 is the charger and tester for the battery. For any further assistance, please visit your nearest Advance Auto store or call us directly at 1-877-ADVANCE (238-2623) and one of our representatives there would be more than happy to assist you.

                            Answered on 10/21/2012 by Vincent from AAP
                        • Q:

                          all the information, but the price....are you kidding?
                          Asked on 7/1/2011 by Anonymous

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            It has great features & very versatile. Worth for the dollars spent on it.

                            Answered on 7/18/2011 by DIY Daniel from AAP
                        • Q:

                          Can someone list that website for the manual?
                          Asked on 5/24/2011 by Mark from Raleigh, NC

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            Please contact us at 1-877-ADVANCE and one of our representatives will help you further.

                            Answered on 5/26/2011 by Just Ask Jacob! from AAP
                        • Q:

                          I looked at 3 battery chargers on Advance and none give any info. What good is the website if you can't even list the amperage, automatic or manual. I previously searched for parts and found the website worthless. The operators of this site should look at their competition and learn how to provide info on products.
                          Asked on 12/3/2009 by Anonymous

                          4 answers

                          • A:

                            not only do they not provide needed information, they also fail to provide a photo. Apparently they do not have anyone capable of building a website to sell their products, which by the way, when I look for something and find a web like this one I dont hang around long, but go to some place that provides the necessary information for my purchases. Thanks.

                            Answered on 2/2/2010 by big mack from rock spring ga.
                          • A:

                            The Specifications tab has all the info you need. :)

                            Answered on 3/26/2010 by btotheeck from NC
                          • A:

                            You are wright there is no further info,other than description of a product .That is very pooor sales , Please add a detailed description of the product so we can make a Good educated decision.

                            Answered on 5/16/2010 by ntcl4 from new braunfels,tx.
                          • VERIFIED BUYER

                            A:

                            I looked on other websites selling the product to get all the info I needed. I think one of them had a manual listed.

                            Answered on 10/17/2010 by John from Eagan, MN
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