The "Optimate 6" is a complete battery care and maintenance system which analyzes the condition of the battery and modifies the charging regimen accordingly. Low voltage or sulfated batteries are subjected to a multi stage process designed to recover otherwise unacceptable batteries and allow effective recharging. At the completion of the initial charge, the unit automatically tests the battery for voltage retention and indicates the battery condition via an LED display. A unique maintenance charge cycle, which includes a refresh cycle every 24 hours and continuous low current pulsing is implemented after the testing. This maintenance cycle will condition the battery during long term storage and prevent sulfation and battery power reduction.