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Possibly the best battery charger ever
, 3 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Duracell Battery Charger With USB Including 4 AA Batteries CEF23 (Camera)
Not the cheapest battery charger, but this one has features you need, and its use will ensure a good long life for your new technology nimh batteries.
Duracell are hardly advertising them, but the batteries with this charger are the new technology low self discharge long shelf life batteries which you can charge and leave - without worrying about them discharging and becoming none-rechargeable after a couple of months.
It is not unusual for a charger to take four batteries at a time. But this charger treats each battery as an individual - you can charge a single battery, you don't have to charge two at a time (which most cheaper chargers insist on).
The charger measures battery condition at individual level for best battery lifespan (and you will see that no two batteries are exactly identical).
A useful extra is the USB connection which you can use to (slowly) recharge your phone or mp3 player using four fully charged batteries. Useful out in the country away from a mains plug.
The UK plug can be flipped off the unit to allow for other style plugs to be used, but none are supplied in this package.
And a failed battery (it happens) or accidentally putting an alkaline battery in - is indicated by a flashing light. (update) Note however a flashing light could also indicate you have just inserted a fully charged battery- the sensor used seems to try a short charge and then looks to see if the voltage has increased very slightly.
(update 15 months on-) On two of my chargers (I now have three I like them so much) the led flashed for one position for good AAA batteries, after a while, this seemed to be due to a poor connection (the AAA batteries barely touch the terminals) and a good clean together with ensuring the batteries were firmly seated, solved this one.
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