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Battery Chargers?

EclecticGrooveEclecticGroove Registered User regular
edited January 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
I've seen a number of these around.. but they are often pretty cheap, or not versatile enough for what I'm looking for.

Anyone know of a good rechargeable battery station that:

1) Handles several AA and AAA simultaneously (~8 AA and 4AAA at same time).
2) Will keep them at peak charge without constantly overcharging.

I don't care if it's a bit pricey or if it will handle more/more types of batteries.

Anyone have any they know of that fit the bill?

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    illigillig Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I've heard lots of good things about the La Crosse BC-900
    http://www.amazon.com/Crosse-Technology-BC-900-AlphaPower-Battery/dp/B00077AA5Q/ref=pd_sim_e_2

    it has all sorts of charging/maintaining/testing modes

    no personal experience however FWIW

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    BarrakkethBarrakketh Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    illig wrote: »
    I've heard lots of good things about the La Crosse BC-900
    http://www.amazon.com/Crosse-Technology-BC-900-AlphaPower-Battery/dp/B00077AA5Q/ref=pd_sim_e_2

    it has all sorts of charging/maintaining/testing modes

    no personal experience however FWIW

    Well, that only holds four batteries. The charger I use (Maha MH-C9000) also only holds four batteries.

    The Maha MH-C801D can charge up to eight cells, AA or AAA. I'd suggest taking a look at it and see if that fits your needs. I don't think you're likely to find a charger that will charge 12 batteries simultaneously. The site that I typically order batteries from (and where I bought my Maha charger) doesn't carry them, at any rate.

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    EclecticGrooveEclecticGroove Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    yeah, that's a problem I've found is very few charge more than 4 batteries at a time... it's kinda hard to believe that there isn't one out there that does more, seeing as how many devices in an average home use batteries nowadays.

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    DaenrisDaenris Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I know it's not ideal, but if you really need to charge that many batteries at once why not just get 2 or 3 chargers?

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    DesertBoxDesertBox Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    http://www.amazon.com/Rayovac-Universal-Battery-Rechargeable-Batteries/dp/B000A0IL9C/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1232462966&sr=8-1

    It's a bit bulky but I think it fits your needs. 8 AAs or AAAs (or 4 Cs/Ds). Smart charger (doesn't overcharge) according to the reviews

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    SakebombSakebomb Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I use this thing:
    http://www.amazon.com/Overnight-Nimh-Family-Battery-Charger/dp/B000BLI0DW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1232471053&sr=1-3

    Charges AA, AAA, C, D, and 9V

    I keep it up at work. Bring my dead batteries in from home, and take home freshly charged ones when I leave 8-)

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    EclecticGrooveEclecticGroove Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Daenris wrote: »
    I know it's not ideal, but if you really need to charge that many batteries at once why not just get 2 or 3 chargers?

    Mostly since outlet space is a premium and it's easier to find room for 1 semi bulky/bulky charging station than it is 2+ smaller ones.

    Some good leads I've seen here so far, still only 8 max, but that's a bit more livable than the 4 or less battery chargers that are all over.

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    BarrakkethBarrakketh Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Sakebomb wrote: »
    I use this thing:
    http://www.amazon.com/Overnight-Nimh-Family-Battery-Charger/dp/B000BLI0DW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1232471053&sr=1-3

    Charges AA, AAA, C, D, and 9V

    I keep it up at work. Bring my dead batteries in from home, and take home freshly charged ones when I leave 8-)

    According to one of the reviews that is a dumb charger (uses a timer).

    Similarly, one of the reviews for the charger that DesertBox linked mentioned that you should be careful if you charge AA/AAA batteries of different chemistries (NiCD or NiMH) in the same "slot", since the charger my fail to terminate the charge or discharge the battery with the lowest voltage since they are connected in parallel. So long as you don't do that you should be okay.

    The 8-cell charger that I had mentioned is considerably more expensive than the ones previously recommended here, but it does have eight independent channels for each battery and an LCD display for each battery's status.

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    mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Barrakketh wrote: »
    The 8-cell charger that I had mentioned is considerably more expensive than the ones previously recommended here, but it does have eight independent channels for each battery and an LCD display for each battery's status.

    Damn, that is sexy.

    Provided it's built to last, I can justify the cost...it's the last battery charger I'd see myself buying for a very, very long time.

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    BarrakkethBarrakketh Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    mcdermott wrote: »
    Barrakketh wrote: »
    The 8-cell charger that I had mentioned is considerably more expensive than the ones previously recommended here, but it does have eight independent channels for each battery and an LCD display for each battery's status.

    Damn, that is sexy.

    Provided it's built to last, I can justify the cost...it's the last battery charger I'd see myself buying for a very, very long time.

    It goes well with my other charger, which is a four slot unit that was almost as expensive as that one when I bought it (I think they sell for around $50 now) whose only con is a really bright backlight that is always on. Aside from working fine as a general use charger it's what I use to test batteries that I think are going bad and to see if I can squeeze some more life out of them.
    mh-c9000-lg.jpg

    Both chargers come with a three year warranty. I think all of Maha's chargers do, so you can think of that as the minimum service life.

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    LasgarLasgar Registered User regular
    While reading the reviews for the Maha Powerex that Barrakketh linked to, I found a link to this charger http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005UNPM3M/ref=cm_cr_asin_lnk . It has 16 slots and is a smart charger and all 16 channels are independent so you should be able to mix and match batteries. I do not have any sort of personal experience with this charger so I can not vouch for it, but the reviews seem good. Keep in mind there are only 3 reviews though.

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    LasgarLasgar Registered User regular
    Oh, sorry for the necropost, I saw this topic on the first page and did not even look at the date.

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