How long does it take a car battery to charge?

My car battery is old and I'm afraid it'll leave me stranded before I can replace it. How long does it take to charge a car battery?

We don’t want you to get stranded either! A typical car battery takes 12 hours to charge, but the charge time depends on the kind of charger you use.
Here’s how long it takes to charge a typical 12-volt battery:
  • 12 hours with a linear charger
  • Under an hour with a multi-stage charger
  • 48 hours with a trickle charger
Jumping your battery is a quicker option in the event that your battery isn’t charged enough to start your vehicle. However, we don’t recommend doing this often because it may wear out your alternator, which is more expensive to replace than your battery, and neither one is typically covered by your car insurance!
With Jerry in your pocket, you’ll never have to worry about being stranded again. Jerry partners with Urgently to provide roadside assistance, including jump starts, lockout service, key replacement, and towing for only $50 a year.
Matthew Macgugan
Answered on Oct 22, 2021

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