The PS1562A Charger failed. Repair details here
Maintaining your Mercedes Battery
New Model: Schumacher PS-1562A-CA
Recently Schumacher has released a new model with the suffix "-CA". This model operates a bit differently with improved user
I purchased this model for my second car and it works better than the original model IMO b/c of the following new feature:
- Reverse hook-up protection - Charger will not operate if clamps are reversed. LED indicator will flash.
- Slow flashing of green LED when battery charge is complete.
The last new feature is probably the best since the older unit will fail if the cable connection is reversed. The new second
feature alerts the user when battery charging is complete.
Compare the new unit showing the horizontal LED placement vs the
vertical placement for original unit (pic below). That should alert you that it's the new
Inside - PS-1562A-CA
The inside has been re-designed to remove the power transformer in favor of a "switching" power supply (PS) that is direct connected
to the 120Vac mains. That accounts for the lighter weight, 1 lb vs 3 lb for the original unit.
Detail of the PCB shows the switching PS and the signal processing. On the back side (not shown) is the remaining portion of the
circuitry. No schematic is furnished so repair will be difficult. |
The round, red colored device on the lower left, is an 1amp input fuse. There is no output fuse so the ckt protects against reversed
battery cable connection. A nice feature!
Retail price ($22) is similar to the original model but not all outlets carry this model.
Slow Charge/Floating your MB Battery
As was described in the previous section re 'reconditioning' or 'equalizing' your MB battery, this section details the "maintainance"
techniques that will guarantee a fresh battery even if the car sits for long periods without being started or run. This is a regular
occurence now b/c I don't use the car as much as I did. I ride my bike instead!!
Recently, I removed my old Alpine GPS system in favor of a newer, more compact system made by Navigon, Model 7100. This was gift from my
son who purchased it and found that he didn't need it. A very nice gift and very much appreciated. My old Alpine read the master map CD
located in the trunk. Of course, this is much slower than today's methods [read a flash memory chip] so route calculation typically took
up to 3 minutes. The Navigon takes 30 secs. Also when a route is changed on-the-fly, the Alpine would take up to 2 minutes to recalculate
the new route whereas the Navigon takes 5 secs or so.
Unlike the Alpine that didn't have an internal battery, the Navigon does [Li_Ion] and it requires apx 5V @ 1amp of charging current whether it is
"on" or in "standby" modes. So keeping the Navigon's battery charged will ultimately cause the car's battery to discharge
especially when the car experiences long periods of inactivity. So some form of charger is needed b/c charging the car's
battery will also charge the Navigon's.
After doing some Internet reading, I purchased a small battery charger/maintainer made by Schumacher, Model 1562A. There are a number of
similar models under this part number but they're all about the same. The price varies quite a bit so shop around. The best price I found
was at Walmart for $20.22.
It features microprocessor control with automatic voltage detection (6V or 12V). It has a multistage charging algorithm and desulfation
along with a "Maintain Mode". It is also temperature compensated which prevents the battery from overheating. It displays the power and
charging status and it works for small or large capacity batteries. It has a versatile quick connect harness that easily changes between
battery clamps or ring terminals. It's also features reverse and short circuit protection.
The main operating controls are shown to the right: after making connection to the battery, the microprocessor will take the battery through
a 'charging' state, up to 14.8V. Once it's properly charged, the unit switches to a 'float' charge mode where apx 13.3V is applied. If the
current demand changes, the unit will go back to a charging mode until the battery is charged, then reverting to the float mode. All-in-all, a
simple, straightforward battery maintainer system for a really decent price.