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Varta Back-up Battery Charger Including 2 x AA Rechargeable Batteries

from Varta
3.5 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
About the Product
  • Ideal for the environmentally friendly traveller
  • Charges two AA rechargeable batteries by USB In (included)
  • Charges your devices by USB Out
  • Includes two AA 2,100 mAh ready-to-use rechargeable batteries and six adapters for your mobile devices
  • 3-year warranty

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The Varta Backup Charger is the perfect mobile charging device for the 21st century. Equipped with six adaptors for all your mobile devices including many popular mobile phone adaptors and the new standard for future mobile phones micro-USB (see packaging image at top of page for details). Your mp3 player, camera, or any device that you regularly carry around can also be charged.

Why rechargeables? The 3 E's: Economy--after the 4th charge you start saving money, and since these batteries can be recharged up to 1000 times over the life of a battery, you could save over 350 pounds per battery. Environment--with each battery being able to be charged up to 1,000 times you not only save the impact of 1,000 batteries on the environment, you also save on packaging and reduce your carbon footprint. Ease--save time by always having batteries at your finger tips--no last minute dashes to the shop.

The charger works from the USB In from a laptop or other device. Inside the charger is two high capacity AA batteries, once charged the Backup Charger can either be used to charge your device via its USB Out or if you prefer, you can remove the batteries and put them directly into your device. This flexibility means that you need never run out of charge at again.

The backup charger is fast and flexible, ready when you need it most. It has a 3-year warranty for your piece of mind and its compact size is ideal for the environmentally friendly traveller. Better still, the charger includes 2 x AA Varta Rechargeable batteries. Rather than damaging the environment and your wallet by using large amounts of batteries each year, make the switch to rechargeable batteries. We recommend this charger with Varta's range of Power Accu batteries. These batteries have high mAh capacities meaning more time between charging, and many of our range come complete with ready-to-use--meaning you can use the batteries straight out of the pack. A recent Which? Magazine award voted our AA 2700 mAh batteries their "Best Buy".

Varta is one of Europe's leading manufacturers of portable batteries and lighting. Delivering flexibility and independence, Varta is committed to developing cutting-edge solutions to support its customers' on-the-go lifestyles. It is recommended that Varta Power Accu or Varta Ready2Use batteries are used in this device.

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  • 1 x Varta Back-up battery charger
  • 2 x AA rechargeable batteries


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    ASINB002AT7SXQ
    Best Sellers Rank 215,328 in Health & Personal Care (See top 100)
    Shipping Weight159 g
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    Date First Available21 July 2009
      
     

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    I bought this to keep my phone and MP3 player topped up on a long flight. It charges them ok, but I am still worried it is going to break apart when I open it to put the batteries in. Forget it as a charger, just use it with batteries charged in a proper device. For £15 I think it is poor value for money as well. Do a bit more research and you will find a very similar item from Recyko at 1/3 the price.
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    The idea of an easy to use USB battery charger is certainly appealing and this device sounds like it should fit the bill, but the ridiculous sixteen hour recharge time makes it pretty much worthless.
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    Beware these don't work for iPod Touch... when connecting to the iPod you will see a message "Charging is not supported with this accessory" (with a Yellow caution sign). May well work with other devices, but I tried this with two different iPod Touches (latest models) and got the same problem.
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    Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    This is a useful product. Its main use is to provide a source of back up charge for things like mobile phones or mp3 players. However you will need to make sure that it has the right connector for your particular phone etc. Most of the current common connectors are there including Sony Ericson, LG, Samsung, Motorola, Blackberry, Nokia (small) and micro usb (new EU standard). Pity it doesn't also include nokia (old style). BUT - you can always carry your normal usb connecting lead for your particular appliance (eg iPod) and connect using that plugged into the standard usb on the end of the unit.

    It comes with a usb - usb lead from which one end is detachable to connect one of the other 6 `heads'. A slightly less obvious use is to use the supplied lead to go direct from a usb source (eg a mains charger/PC) if mains power is available, but you have forgotten your charging cable.

    As a battery charger its main attribute is a compact and light design. It takes AAA & AA. The charge is trickle - so 20 hours for 2700 mAh is required. I would be more inclined to take ready charged batteries (using my rapid charger which can do 4 AAs in 4 hours), or in emergency buy some normal AAs.

    Overall a versatile little gadget. It could do with a bag to keep all the bits together, but that aside I guess most people will only use a couple of the heads supplied. If you are travelling this would make a worthwhile investment as backup source of power for one or more gadgets that we all seem to carry with us these days. Recommended.
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    By K Wren HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Dec. 2009
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    This is the perfect gadget for anyone who travels and uses small electronic items such as a digital camera, mobile phone, sat nav or any items which charge via a mini USB. Varta is already established as a reliable manufacturer of batteries and chargers and this is another worthy product to add to its extensive range.

    At just 6cm long with the battery tray pushed in, it is extremely compact (see my uploaded photo) and easy to carry. Its batteries charge via a standard USB so can be charged from a PC or the USB socket now available on some car cigar lighter sockets. Just plug it in to charge up the two 1.2v 2100mAh batteries supplied then, once fully-charged, you'll have sufficient power to charge your mobile phone, Blackberry, sat-nav, digital camera (providing it charges with its battery in situ) or other electronic gadget. Connectors are supplied for Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Motorola and Blackberry in addition to the mini USB.

    If you're likely to need to charge several items or will be away from a power supply for a longer period, then you can carry extra AA or AAA Ni-MH batteries and draw power from these. The instructions recommend using Varta's own brand but any Ni-MH rechargeables will work - I used a pair of 2800mAh while away during a weekend of freezing weather which severely shortened my phone's battery life and the charger gave it a much-needed boost.

    The only drawback I've found are that it can take 20 hours to charge 2 x 2700mAh batteries 16 hours to charge the supplied 2100mAh or 6 hours to charge 800mAh AAA batteries - but it has to be remembered that this is a backup charger intended primarily for use when there is no access to a power supply although it can also be used as a day to day charger.
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    By GratuitousViolets TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Dec. 2009
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    The Varta backup Charger is a brilliant little item for those who have the stupid habit of not charging their mobile phones and it running out when you REALLY need it. Charge up your Varta, stick it in your bag along with the appropriate adapter for your phone and then you'll always have the option to give your phone a little charge when you need it! On the go and need a couple of AA's for your camera? No problem, just take the batteries out and use as normal.

    Unlike charging batteries with the standard chargers that plug into your wall sockets, you will find the Varta takes alot longer to charge through the USB. However, don't be discouraged by this, as the Varta is portable, it means you can charge on the go via your car (if you have the suitable connection), and that you can just charge up whenever you're using your laptop.

    Rechargable batteries are more environmentally friendly as you don't throw them away like regular batteries - and as it charges through your car or laptop/computer, you use less power to charge too which means it's also more economically friendly in the long run.
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