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Old January 13th, 2008, 12:06 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Ger Griffin View Post
On Jacks MAHA recommendation
I noticed this charger in Maplin (electronics store).
Im thinking of going in tommorow to pick one up with
some good powerex batteries.
What do ye think?
This is an awesome charger. It is the one I bought and use on-location all the time. Each battery has it's own charger, so you can put in any combination of batteries and conditions. I highly recommend this charger. It does both fast and slow charging too, which is very nice. It there is any downside to it, it is that it doesn't do 9v batteries, but if you need a 9v charger, there are plenty of those around.

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Old January 13th, 2008, 03:37 PM   #17
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Maplins do their own brand re-chargeables and they are very good. I have the 2400 and 2600 and they are far far better than the Uniross 2700 that cost nearly twice as much.

So I would advise going for their own brand AA's.

In fact the Uniross are bad. They loose their charge quickly, even over night I find they are far less charged than the Maplins. That means they take far longer to charge up as well as they retain very little.... glad I only bought 4 of them.

I have the 35 minute charger that Maplins have discontinued un-fortunately as it is also very good though more expensive.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 04:15 PM   #18
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Here is an excellent overview of some of the best rechargeable batteries and charger options:
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Old January 14th, 2008, 10:34 AM   #19
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If you're buying new NiMH batteries, be sure to check out the 'hybrid' versions. The main advantage with the hybrids is a significantly reduced self-discharge rate. I've just started using some Sanyo Eneloop hybrids and it's really nice how they retain their charge. I don't have to charge them up just prior to using them. Sanyo claims that their hybrids retain 85% of their charge after a year.

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