I need NiMH battery charger advice

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by IntX, Sep 19, 2003.

  1. IntX

    IntX Guest

    Hi,

    I have a mp3 player which uses a 'single' AAA battery at a time. It also
    shuts itself down when it thinks the battery is low (to prevent memory
    loss, I believe.) This is likely to leave two batteries at seperate charge
    levels.

    However there seems to very little battery chargers, excluding the Maha CH-
    401F, which seems to be quite rare and expensive which can charge an
    individual battery at a time. And according to a competitor's site,
    http://www.ripvan100.com, they claim the batteries aren't really charged at
    peak levels because of the individual charging.

    I'm wondering if there are any other good chargers that can do individual
    battery charging, that isn't quite as expensive.

    Or, if it really matters to have an individual charging bay. However, from
    what I've read, if the two batteries are at different levels, it's likely
    one will become overcharged or the other undercharged, and will cause
    damage to the battery.

    Thanks in advance,
    Ken
     
    IntX, Sep 19, 2003
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    JM Guest

    quoting:

    The Rayovac PS4 has individual charging. This site has a good deal on it.

    http://tinyurl.com/nw4t
     
    JM, Sep 19, 2003
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    Mike Fields Guest

    I have the Maha 401 and really like it. I don't know about
    it being hard to find -- Thomas Distributing seems to have
    them (where I got mine).
    http://www.thomasdistributing.com/mhc401fs.htm
    and it seems to work very well both at home and in the
    car with the car adapter.

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    Mike Fields, Sep 19, 2003
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    bmuller Guest

    I second that. I got my MAHA at Thomas, and am very happy with the service
    of Thomas, and the charging of the MAHA.
    I wouldn't quibble about a few cents difference. I'd get the MAHA.
     
    bmuller, Sep 19, 2003
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    Bob D. Guest

    I'm using the V-6988 model (don't know the brand) I bought from
    batteryspace.com. It charges any combination of 10 AA/AAAs. It's a "smart"
    charger and charges each battery independently. Each battery has it's own
    light indicator. Red means charging, green means fully charged and no light
    means the battery is bad. I also have a mp3 player that uses a single AAA.
    This is the only charger I've seen that doesn't charge batteries in pairs.
    I'm so impressed with this charger, that I just ordered a second one. (I
    have a lot of battery operated devices.) BTW, this model is not a rapid
    charger. A run down battery will take at least over night. Batteryspace.com
    also sells high capacity NiMHs very reasonably. In fact, the charger comes
    with 10 2000mAhr AAs.
     
    Bob D., Sep 19, 2003
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  6. There are lots of chargers now that can charge individual cells. The
    Rayovac PS4 does. The Kodak K2000 does. The Panasonic BQ-390A does.
    Probably all the Ansmann ones too.

    Dave
     
    Dave Martindale, Sep 19, 2003
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    Ian Stirling Guest

    The alternative is to have several AAA cells on trickle charge in a really
    cheap charger.
    Works for me.

    (Also, you may find it handy to add a minimag-lite to your keyring, so
    that you can swap batteries, and keep a fresh one in the light)

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    Ian Stirling, Sep 20, 2003
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    IntX Guest

    (Steven Scharf) wrote in
    bleh, I need to live in America.
     
    IntX, Oct 3, 2003
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