Charging your car is as easy as plugging it in

Published October 20, 2021, 4:27 PM

by Inigo Roces

CTEK announces new adaptive charging products

The humble car battery that is the heart of a vehicle, and it’s important to keep it in optimal condition. Charging a car’s battery supports the health and overall shelf-life of a vehicle’s battery. Regular charging maintenance not only keeps vehicles ready-to-go, but on a personal level, it affords the vehicle owner that much-needed peace of mind, especially at a time when emergencies can happen in the blink of an eye.

Choosing the right charger for what’s under the hood of your vehicle can affect charging efficiency. CTEK takes the guesswork away with the introduction of a fresh product range that features the newly-launched APTO — Adaptive Charging Technology. The new APTO tech takes battery charging to the next level by going beyond the conventional multi-step charging, by automatically detecting and adapting to the needs of your vehicle battery simply by clamping it on.

These products are designed to further support the mobile lifestyle of a vehicle owner and also to answer the demand for efficient and convenient charging solutions. It is also smarter than ever before, with no buttons to push. Simply connect the charger and leave it to do its work.

Portable charging

The first new product is the CTEK CS Free, the world’s first truly portable battery charger. The CS Free features CTEK’s new Adaptive Boost Technology and can get a flat battery running in just 15 minutes. “Adaptive Boost” means that the charger will only deliver the necessary power requirement, based on its initial, automatic analysis on the state of the battery. Upon evaluation, it will determine the safest way to deliver just enough power to start the vehicle — no more, no less. As opposed to common “boosters” or “jump starters,” the CS Free will not shock your battery to life, thus avoiding damage to the battery or the vehicle’s electronics.

When fully-charged, the internal battery of the CTEK CS Free can last for up to one year, making it a reliable portable charger to have in your vehicle wherever you go. The CS Free will deliver up to 5A of power for all types of 12V batteries, including EFB and Lithium. In addition, travelers can top up their mobile devices through the USB-C and USB-A charging ports that are built-in to the CS Free.

The CS Free can also be used as a maintenance charger when connected to a power source, whether it’s an AC outlet, a PD charger, USB-C cable or even a 60W solar panel (using the optional solar panel charge kit). The main LED display will show how much time is left until the battery is fully charged and, as with the beauty of any CTEK charger, the battery can be kept connected without fear of overcharging.

Adaptive charging

The second product is the new CTEK CS ONE. The CS One is the brand’s 12V adaptive battery charger that features the unique APTO Adaptive Charging Technology. APTO charging goes beyond the conventional multi-step charging, by doing all the thinking for you. Once connected to the battery, the CS One will evaluate the chemistry, size, and heath of the battery, and then it will automatically apply the customized charging program required. It will likewise detect whether the ambient temperature is hot or cold and adjust the output voltage.

The new CTEK CS One features a dedicated battery maintenance feature for lead-acid and lithium batteries, making it adaptive and compatible to any kind of vehicle battery. It will automatically detect bad cells in the battery and notify the user if a battery can no longer hold a charge. The charger also features a countdown indicator that will tell the vehicle owner when a flat battery can be restarted or how much time is left before a battery is fully charged.

A new safety feature in the CS One is the Polarity-Free Clamps. Most vehicle owners confuse which clamp goes on which terminal. The CS Free takes away this worry as the clamps automatically work out which one is on which charging point. It will then deliver the correct polarity for those terminals.

Apart from maintenance charging, the CTEK CS One also features RECOND (recondition) mode for bringing deeply discharged batteries to life, SUPPLY mode to turn the CS One into a 12V power supply, especially for vehicles that are highly electronics-heavy, and LITHIUM WAKE-UP mode for lithium batteries with under-voltage protection (UVP). The three above features can be unlocked and accessed through the dedicated CTEK App that is free to download on iOS and Android. 

The new products were unveiled during CTEK’s annual “Charge Your Car Day” celebrated last October 5, 2021. “Charge Your Car Day” is the brand’s annual initiative to celebrate the humble battery that is the heart of a vehicle, and the importance of keeping it at optimal condition. In conjunction with this global activity, CTEK Philippines held its first-ever virtual media event. The event was hosted by Sam YG, one of the mainstay influencers in Philippine motoring, and joined by Robert Briggs, CTEK Director of Sales and Marketing for Asia-Pacific (APAC).

Besides the product launches, CTEK shared the brand’s foray into the future into the realm of EV charging. Having acquired ChargeStorm AB in recent years, CTEK has firmly established itself within the global industry as one of the companies that are actively making waves in the move toward environmental sustainability and clean energy. Following through on this idea, CTEK Philippines arranged a very special panel discussion that highlighted on the theme of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance), with regard to how the automotive industry plays a part in the country’s direction toward a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable future.

The panel segment was participated by some of the most influential industry leaders, namely Mr. Atsushi Najima (President, Nissan Philippines Inc.), Mr. Vince Socco (Director, Toyota Motor Philippines, and Chairman, GT Capital Auto Dealership, Inc.), Mr. Spencer Yu (President and COO, SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp.), Mr. Christopher David Yu (Marketing Director, Volvo Cars Philippines, Scandinavian Motors Corp.), and Mr. Benjamin Bautista (Mercedes-Benz Senior Manager for Product Planning, Auto Nation Group Inc.).

From the area of electrical and power infrastructure, the panelists were joined virtually by Mr. Jonathan Aguirre, the Chief Operating Officer of E-Sakay, a subsidiary of MERALCO that focuses on electric vehicles and charging infrastructure solutions.

For those keen to start the habit of charging their cars, the CTEK CS Free is now available on the official CTEK Philippines e-commerce stores on Lazada LazMall ( and Shopee Mall ( Availability for the CTEK CS One will be announced once it is officially released in the Philippines.

For more information about CTEK and its line of products, please visit the official CTEK Philippines social media channels on Facebook (, Instagram (, Twitter (@CTEKPhilippines), and YouTube (CTEK Philippines).