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Mar 03, 2015 14:56 |  #1

I'm looking for one that will charge a single, odd number, or even number of AA and/or AAA batteries, on individual circuits. Any recommendations?

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Mar 03, 2015 15:08 |  #2

i just ordered this one.

http://www.amazon.com …age_o01_s00?ie=​UTF8&psc=1 (external link)

Arrives tomorrow. Supposed to do what you ask. I'll let you know.
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Mar 03, 2015 15:11 as a reply to  @ ThreeHounds's post |  #3

Thanks. I'd appreciate your thoughts once you've used it.


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Mar 03, 2015 15:11 |  #4

I can't really recommend on any specific model but I would advise avoiding the 'quick' or 'rapid' charge models. By past experience they seem the reduce the battery life to about 50% of the recharge cycle rating.


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Mar 03, 2015 15:14 |  #5

the end of this thread has a bit of talk about chargers

https://photography-on-the.net …read.php?t=6770​74&page=28


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Mar 03, 2015 18:54 |  #6

After a little research and review reading, I kinda narrowed to down to:

La Crosse BC1000
Maha C9000
Titanium MD-1600L
Opus BT-C2000

then I saw this at B&H:

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …ay_Rapid_Charge​r_for.html (external link)

Really good reviews, 8-bay, all the features I'm looking for (I think, and a decent price).

Still waiting on more input, though :)


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Mar 03, 2015 19:05 as a reply to  @ LV Moose's post |  #7

I've been using this one for a few years, and I purchased it based on comments here on POTN at the time:

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_Cell_1_Hour_Ch​arger.html (external link)


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Mar 03, 2015 19:20 |  #8

LV Moose wrote in post #17459284 (external link)
After a little research and review reading, I kinda narrowed to down
then I saw this at B&H:

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …ay_Rapid_Charge​r_for.html (external link)


nqjudo wrote in post #17458930 (external link)
I can't really recommend on any specific model but I would advise avoiding the 'quick' or 'rapid' charge models. By past experience they seem the reduce the battery life to about 50% of the recharge cycle rating.


nqjudo sums it up...NOT the QUICK CHARGE charger

  • The charge rate is expressed in terms of the battery capacity (C)
  • Charging at 1C takes just over 1 hour.
  • Charging at 0.5C takes just over 2 hours.
  • Charging at 2C is not recommended, but if you did it would take just over 0.5 hours.

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Mar 03, 2015 19:24 |  #9

I have used the Maha c9000 for a few years. works great!


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Mar 03, 2015 19:32 |  #10

Wilt wrote in post #17459335 (external link)
nqjudo sums it up...NOT the QUICK CHARGE charger

  • The charge rate is expressed in terms of the battery capacity (C)
  • Charging at 1C takes just over 1 hour.
  • Charging at 0.5C takes just over 2 hours.
  • Charging at 2C is not recommended, but if you did it would take just over 0.5 hours.


Yeah, I'm not looking for anything fast; I don't mind charging overnight. And I'm working with good ol' Eneloops (2000 mAh I believe). So what max charge current would I be looking at without harming the batteries? Some of the chargers I've been looking at say "quick" or "rapid" but give you optional charge rates.


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Mar 03, 2015 19:45 as a reply to  @ LV Moose's post |  #11

The Maha MH-C9000 defaults to 1A. Drop the eneloops in and it takes off. I have two and they have been charging my eneloops for several years with good results. Anywhere between .5C and !C is fine for your batteries. I do have a La Crosse charger but the batteries get hot even below .5C. The Maha, above .5C, keeps the batteries relatively cool.




  
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Mar 03, 2015 20:21 |  #12

As mentioned avoid the rapid chargers if you want long life and performance out of your cells. Ideally the slower the charge rate, with in reason, the better it is for the cell.

I usually buy a charger with a user selectable charge rate and use between .5 and 1 depending on the cell type and size.


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Mar 03, 2015 21:15 |  #13

The latest version of the Opus BT-C2000 is all I would ever buy.




  
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Mar 03, 2015 21:27 |  #14

Maha POWEREX MH-C9000 Charger. $50 at Newegg

http://www.newegg.com …er-_-17-355-012-_-Product (external link)


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Mar 03, 2015 23:20 |  #15

I've owned the Titanium MD-1600L for 2 years. I'm thinking about buying a second one so I can charge 32 batteries at once.


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