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driver8
12-10-2009, 13:22
I'm looking into rechargeable batteries, and thought I would share info & invite comments, discuss options, and post best prices.

- AA - currently upto about 2850mAh; AAA - currently upto about 1000mAh
- chargers - look at charge times, as these vary a lot, from an hour to overnight.
- Newish 'eneloop' and 'hybrio' technology gives a longer charged life (even when left unused for months) but the power ratings are not quite as high. Worth the extra cost for most users though - ordinary rechargeables lose power just sat in a drawer for a few days. So if you carry round a spare pack for your camera, you'll benefit. The 'eneloops' also last longer for prolonged use (such as shavers, radios, etc).

Chargers - function summary

Standard - 2 or 4 cells, AA or AAA; LED lights/colours when fully charged; 8hrs or more for 4 cells. Auto-cut off, etc.
Faster - 4 to 5 hrs seems a good compromise for 4 cells (too fast = heat and reduced battery life ?)
Individual channels - charge 1,2,3 or 4 cells (not just 2 or 4); auto-current for each channel
LCD display - 3 or 4 bars, showing initial power, and rising levels when charging.
Functionality - for extra battery sizes (9v PP3, 'C', etc), and upto 6 or 8 cells.
Discharge/refresh - can revive old or apparently faulty/dead cells.
CHARGER PACKS

13.99 <s>12.99</s> @ Play - Uniross Fast Charger + 4 x Hybrio AA 2100mAh (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=2&url=http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/5489068/Uniross-U0148184-Ultra-Fast-Smart-Charger-4-x-Hybrio-AA-2100mAh-Rechargeable-Batteries-And-Car-Charger/Product.html)

7.79 - 4 Sanyo AA eneloop and charger (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=107183&r=20101012)

BATTERIES

4.29 (or less) - AA Size "GOOD TO GO" (2100mAh) (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=107341) - 7day's ownbrand hybrio/eneloop

6.99 - ReCyko+ 2100 AA x6 'always ready' (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8&url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002PCMJVO/thedvdforums-21) from reseller

3.20 - Uniross 4 x AAA 1000 (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8&url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0013HBFEO/thedvdforums-21) from reseller

LIDL instore, good prices - 2.49 per pack - 4 x AA 2500mah, 4 x AAA 900mah, 2 x C 4000mah, 2 x D 4600mAh, PP3 200mAh.

CHARGERS

7day - 8.99 - 7dayshop Battery Charger - 600LCD Super Fast AA/AAA (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=105028) (1-4 cells, 1-6 hrs, LCD, refresh)

7day - 7.99 - 808LCD Super Fast AA/AAA (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=105029) (1-4 cells, 1-3 hrs, LCD, refresh)

DX - $13.98 - Soshine Hi-Tech LCD NiMH / NiCD Super Quick Charger (http://www.dealextreme.com/p/soshine-hi-tech-lcd-nimh-nicd-super-quick-charger-6152) can take 2+ weeks for delivery (1-4 cells, LCD, refresh)

Lidl/Aldi - look out instore, for charger/batter packs for 5-15

10.89 <s>7.40</s> - Duracell Multi Battery Charger CEF22 (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8&url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001GXVZFY/thedvdforums-21) - upto 8 cells - read the comments/reviews

BATTERY SUPPLIERS
Vapextech (http://www.vapextech.co.uk/acatalog/High_Power_Consumer_Batteries.html) - look for INSTANT batteries and single-channel chargers // Component-Shop (http://www.component-shop.co.uk/html/body_standard.html) sell bundles // BatteryLogic (http://www.batterylogic.co.uk/technoline/technoline-BL700.asp) for specialised chargers //

BATTERY DISCUSSIONS
Candlepower (http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/forumdisplay.php?f=9
) // DP Review (http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/forum.asp?forum=1023) (search for eneloop, etc) // Endgadget's AA rechargeable battery shootout (http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/12/aa-rechargeable-battery-shootout-energizer-powergenix-and-sany/)
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ji
12-10-2009, 18:04
7 Day shop stuff is excellent, but I was not impressed with Lidl rechargeables - I have had to bin a couple that will no longer hold a charge after a few cycles.

dinsdale
12-10-2009, 20:09
For the new "stay charged" type, Vapextech (http://www.vapextech.co.uk/acatalog/High_Power_Consumer_Batteries.html) 5.40 for 4x2000mAh. Also on that page they have 2900mAh ordinary rechargeables for 5.75.

Better deals crop up from time to time elsewhere, but if I just want prices close to the best available without spending ages looking around, I go with Vapextech.

driver8
12-10-2009, 21:39
interesting about 7dayshop - I like their stuff generally, but not impressed with their own-brand AAA's (don't hold charge for long [maybe expecting too much] but also some corrosion started, when used in remotes). Maybe a bad batch ?

And I read that the Lidl stuff was German-made and still very good after a year & more. I wonder if there's compatibility issues with (fast) chargers ?

Thanks for the Vapextech tip :thumbs:

ji
13-10-2009, 05:54
I don't use a fast charger - just a standard 'smart' one that trickle charges at 90% or so to avoid overcharging. I reckon fast chargers damage quite a few cells. The difference may be in usage - my main use is for high powered bicycle lights, where the batteries get flat in 1-2 hours use and are then recharged. In a remote they must last ages before needing charging (remotes are about the only place I don't bother with rechargeables!)

mburton2
13-10-2009, 06:29
interesting about 7dayshop - I like their stuff generally, but not impressed with their own-brand AAA's (don't hold charge for long [maybe expecting too much] but also some corrosion started, when used in remotes). Maybe a bad batch ?

And I read that the Lidl stuff was German-made and still very good after a year & more. I wonder if there's compatibility issues with (fast) chargers ?

Thanks for the Vapextech tip :thumbs:

I 2nd the 7Dayshop own batteries....I also generally like 7dayshop stuff, but I've had several of their own-brand batteries only last a few cycles before having to bin them (Using a "smart, analyse each battery each time its charged" type charger)

I can also 2nd the Vapextech batteries.....They been pretty solid since I've owned them (only about 9months now)

wobbly Jelly
13-10-2009, 07:21
for remotes I've had cheap 900 strength - pack of 4 from poundshop, better than disposables etc etc. I've had no prons with others I've had from Lidl although oh is not that happy with 9v ones, never bothered me.

driver8
03-11-2009, 07:10
updated first post - any more good buys around ? Any experiences to share ?

4.49 (or less) - AA Size "GOOD TO GO" (2100mAh) (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=107341) - 7day's ownbrand hybrio/eneloop

11.59 - Universal "Speedy Box" @ 7day (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=100598) - charges 1 to 4 batteries (individual channels)

10.29 - V8 Super Charger @ 7day (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=101271) - charges 1 to 8 batteries (individual channels)

sideshowbob
03-11-2009, 07:57
B&M Bargains had Energizer chargers with 4 AA and 2 AAA - they were 7.99 IIRC. I'll check when I'm next in town.

silent
03-11-2009, 10:39
cheers ordered some 7 day shop ones.

ji
07-11-2009, 09:20
The V8 supercharger is the one I have - very pleased with it after 2 years use.

Tesla
07-11-2009, 13:03
In my local currys they had 2 x Hybrio AA with charger for 7.97.

I bought the last pack of 4 x AA and charger for a tenner.

kaneda
07-11-2009, 22:50
I'd recommend the slow discharge rechargeables even with their reduced capacities. Standard rechargeable batteries will discharge even when not in use and can decay as much as 50% within a week or two. The Eneloop type have a much lower discharge rate when not in use making them ideal for anything that doesn't require high power over a short period. This is handy as you can fully charge these cells and leave them around with the knowledge that they will be usable a week/month/few months later. Case in point use them in my bluetooth mouse, previous rechargeable were getting a month or less of use. Current ones have been here for two months and are still going strong. Very little discharge when not in use.

As for possible bargains, there's a seller on Amazon called Ebinary
GP Recyko+ (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8&url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000NWIIE0/thedvdforums-21) in 4 packs
. Picked up a few when they had them for 5.85 (inc p+p). The packs they supplied were 4 plus 2 free, so effective 6 packs. Not sure if they still have these promotion packs available or not.

reevo6
08-11-2009, 09:02
I was looking into getting some of the Duracell Supremes from 7day (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=106058) but I'm not going to be using them for any high-drain devices; just keyboard, mouse, kid's toys etc. I'm wondering what makes them good for high-drain applications and if they are suitable. I wonder if they are 1.5v rather than the standard rechargeable 1.2v and if this makes any difference for my needs.

Anyone have any advice that they would like to share on the subject?

kaneda
08-11-2009, 10:17
but I'm not going to be using them for any high-drain devices; just keyboard, mouse, kid's toys etc. I'm wondering what makes them good for high-drain applications and if they are suitable. I wonder if they are 1.5v rather than the standard rechargeable 1.2v and if this makes any difference for my needs.


Seems to be mainly higher capacity which they equate to longer usage.
For mouse/keyboard i would definitely suggest the slow discharge type from Eneloop, GP Recyko, Panasonic Infinum, Uniross Hybrio and bunch of others. The technology is all very similar so the cheapest one will do but some of the more decently branded ones are marginally better.
Ideally what you are looking for highest capacity over longest period of time, traditional rechargeables have higher capacities but tend to discharge even when you aren't using them.
Slow discharge batteries are currently lower capacity (2100 max currently thought here may be 2200 out), don't decay as much and tend to end up lasting far longer even though rated lower.
Kids toys tend to have high usage for a few days which then tails off.

Even for high drain devices they are handy to have around as they can be kept after being fully charged and still retain much of their capacity. Lots of articles on google if looking for Eneloop review, chap over at dpreview did an indepth review including comparing various batteries http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1023&message=22988426&changemode=1

In terms of chargers they can be charged in your current NiMH charger, but it helps having one of the intelligent chargers that shut off when maximum capacity is reached.

reevo6
08-11-2009, 12:07
Tanks for the advice Kaneda. I should invest in some of those really as the standard rechargeables don't really cut it for me as I'mm not too good at charging when I need to. To know that I had some on a shelf ready to work would be great.
Thanks again.

driver8
03-12-2009, 05:07
4.49 (or less) - AA Size "GOOD TO GO" (2100mAh) (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=107341) - 7day's ownbrand hybrio/eneloop - EDIT - now 3.99

Bleem100
16-12-2009, 22:23
Thanks, just ordered 8xAAA from Vapextech. Great site. :thumbs:

goat
16-12-2009, 22:47
Strange request,

Can anyone recommend a 9 volt battery recharger?

I go through loads of the rectangular buggers and need to get into rechargables! They aren't too well known so I'm wondering if the technology works or not?

Let me know!!

justinh
17-12-2009, 05:36
Just some feedback on the 7DayShop AA Good to Go 2100mAH batteries.

Did a break in build on my Maha MH-C9000 charger. This has generally resulted in the 2000-2250mAH for Panasonic, Kodak, Uniross, Eneloop slow discharge type batteries.

On the 7Dayshop I get around 1800mAH, so they are not quite of the quality of the tier 1 brands - predictable I guess.

No feedback on whether the charge also drops off any faster than the premium brands when left charged but unused.

driver8
13-05-2010, 06:17
Anyone bought any rechargeables lately ?

From my own experience, I can definitely recommend a charger that powers each channel separately - it increases the overall operating time considerably (eg : in my Harmony remote, and in a portable radio). As the batteries age, they seem to discharge at different rates, so when the set of 2 or 4 stop working, when you stick them in the charger they can show at different levels. I also discovered that some of my oldest batteries (20 years !!) had gone duff - although they did just about still work, with 1 faulty cell in a 4-some, it dragged the overall operating time down considerably.

And add in the 'new' generation of eneloops (etc) and you are approaching the experience of using disposables - much longer overall running time, and are fine in the drawer for months.

12/05/10 - Endgadget's AA rechargeable battery shootout: Energizer, PowerGenix and Sanyo Eneloop (http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/12/aa-rechargeable-battery-shootout-energizer-powergenix-and-sany/)

wobbly Jelly
13-05-2010, 08:37
Maplin's had packs of 12 AA (over 2100 but can't remember if 2500) and 12-AAA for 9.99 in store

Wooglie
13-05-2010, 10:31
Anyone bought any rechargeables lately ?

From my own experience, I can definitely recommend a charger that powers each channel separately - it increases the overall operating time considerably (eg : in my Harmony remote, and in a portable radio). As the batteries age, they seem to discharge at different rates, so when the set of 2 or 4 stop working, when you stick them in the charger they can show at different levels. I also discovered that some of my oldest batteries (20 years !!) had gone duff - although they did just about still work, with 1 faulty cell in a 4-some, it dragged the overall operating time down considerably.
Could you recommend a new charger?

Tastydirt
13-05-2010, 11:08
I've been using this charger for a while now: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.6152

Cheapest I've seen with 4 seperate charging channels.

rh67
13-05-2010, 11:24
3 for 2 on rechargable batteries (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=2&url=http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/3-/580171/2-/Promo.html) at Play.com

Don't know quit how well they're rated but I've ordered a charger and a few sets of AA's so hopefully they're not too shabby.

clem_f
13-05-2010, 11:55
I bought a tronic branded one a Lidl a fortnight ago for about 12.99 I think, which included a set of free batteries if you bought them too - ie not in the box. Have used it a while and can say that it's the best I've ever owned. Been using a uniross one which I thought was OK, but the refresh function on the Lidl one has rejuvenated several cells I thought were nearly dead. Charging times are on the long side, but I've never had much luck or confidence in the ultra fast ones. I'm happy to wait a few hours. The cells get hot enough with the relatively low charging rate of this unit. All the charging ports are on separate circuits, so you can add and take out cells of differing charge at will. It takes 6xAA or AAA or 4x C or D, and 2xPP3.

I've used a number of uniross and 7dayshop units, and this is easily the best. One thing I'd say about battery chargers, it's not what they say they'll do on the packet, but how they actually perform that counts

driver8
14-05-2010, 08:19
Thanks everyone for your recommendations ! :thumbs:

Last year I went for the Vapextech (http://www.vapextech.co.uk/acatalog/High_Power_Consumer_Batteries.html) charger - individual channels, and about 15 (no refresh). There's no separate power supply - the 3-pins are built into the unit, and the whole thing plugs in (I like it - neat - but depends on your requirements).

But the lidl one mentioned by clem_f sounds great - with the refresh function and upto x6 AA's at once; just 13 with free batteries ! (Could you post a pic of the unit ?)

target
14-05-2010, 11:04
You guys seen those nizn batteries that powergenix do in the states? I want some of them but no-one over here seems to do them. :(

clem_f
14-05-2010, 20:47
Thanks everyone for your recommendations ! :thumbs:
But the lidl one mentioned by clem_f sounds great - with the refresh function and upto x6 AA's at once; just 13 with free batteries ! (Could you post a pic of the unit ?)

There is a lot of discussion about it here, (http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/333722/battery-charger-from-lidl-12-70-inc?page=2) and there are comparative pics with an ansmann charger. It's quite large, certainly not travel sized, but I guess nothing that charges D cells would be small.

driver8
04-07-2010, 07:02
Great price at 7dayshop for branded, high power rechargeables (but not eneloop-style) -

3.99 delivered - Duracell Supreme Rechargeable Ni-Mh Batteries - AA 2450 mAh - 4 Pack (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=108606)

qpw3141
04-07-2010, 07:57
Great price at 7dayshop for branded, high power rechargeables (but not eneloop-style) -

3.99 delivered - Duracell Supreme Rechargeable Ni-Mh Batteries - AA 2450 mAh - 4 Pack (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=108606)

A good price for Duracells but you can get higher capacity cheaper with 7 day shop branded items. Such as these (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=101842) (2800mAH 3.79).

I use these and they're excellent.

wobbly Jelly
05-07-2010, 07:33
just bought some of these 2800 (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=101842) for 3.79 (or less) a friend bought some for his flashgun and was very impressed so at that price bought a couple of sets.

Although I think I might look out for the lidl charger

driver8
05-07-2010, 09:43
Thanks for the suggestions, guys.

My only comment would be that, ime the 7-day own branded ones haven't been that good, but maybe I got a bad batch ? And this was several years ago.

Main issue is they seem to corrode more and quicker than other brands I've used (oxidisation rather than rusting) and I did have a pair of AAA's that leaked slightly (contained within the plastic, but I didn't like the look of them).

Tastydirt
05-07-2010, 10:29
To counter that I've been using some "hybrid" 2100 mAh 7dayshop ones for a while now and they've been excellent.

driver8
04-08-2010, 06:10
Good prices at Amazon -

3.75 - Uniross 4 x AAA Multi Usage Long Life Batteries (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8&url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0013HAFRW/thedvdforums-21) - Ideal for: Ideal in your toys, remote controls, calcultors, MP3 player, walkman, Mini Disc, walkie-talkies... Come charged and stay charged for a long time thanks to the HYBRIO technology - Replace up to 1000 disposable batteries.

7.40 - Duracell Multi Battery Charger CEF22 (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8&url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001GXVZFY/thedvdforums-21)
Able to charge 8 batteries at once (8 x AA or AAA, 4 x C or D, 1 x 9 V)
Charges AAA, AA, C, D and 9 V batteries
LED indicator: red for charging and green shows charging complete
Please note batteries are not supplied with this productPros:
- Good size and weight to it. It does not feel cheaply made even though it is plastic. Hinged lid with an oval gap in it to avoid overheating. Seperate plug which makes it easy to place charger. Main batteries are held in place by sprung loaded compartments
- Individual lights for each battery. Each battery is assigned an led charging light so makes charging indvidual batteries a plus
- Charges individual batteries
- Charger avoids overcharging cells
- 110 - 240v ac can be used overseas

Possible Cons:
Obviously not a quick charger, will take about 4 to 6 hours for most batteries.

D J Fryer
04-08-2010, 10:13
Have ordered both, good price for the charger IMO, seems very flexible

werewolf
04-08-2010, 19:53
Cheers, I've ordered the charger (I ordered 3 sets of the AAA's about a week ago for our remotes), as I could do with a new reasonably fast charger :)

driver8
29-09-2010, 08:04
An amazing price of less than 2 delivered from Play, but obviously be aware of the limitations - it's a slow, 2-cell charger, that comes with 2 x AAA, but they are 'hybrio' (eneloop/always on) batteries, and the charger will take AA too.

So at this price it's like getting a free charger with the batteries - might be good as a spare, or for a specific task (a remote) or as an intro to either rechargeables generally or the hybrio tech specifically.

1.99 - Uniross U0147880 Mini Charger With 2 x HYBRIO AAA 800mAh (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=2&url=http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/5486873/Uniross-U0147880-Mini-Charger-With-2-x-HYBRIO-AAA-800mAh/Product.html?P36=R5G7GE)

mburton2
29-09-2010, 09:14
An amazing price of less than 2 delivered from Play, but obviously be aware of the limitations - it's a slow, 2-cell charger, that comes with 2 x AAA, but they are 'hybrio' (eneloop/always on) batteries, and the charger will take AA too.

So at this price it's like getting a free charger with the batteries - might be good as a spare, or for a specific task (a remote) or as an intro to either rechargeables generally or the hybrio tech specifically.

1.99 - Uniross U0147880 Mini Charger With 2 x HYBRIO AAA 800mAh (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=2&url=http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/5486873/Uniross-U0147880-Mini-Charger-With-2-x-HYBRIO-AAA-800mAh/Product.html?P36=R5G7GE)
:( Shows as 4.94

driver8
29-09-2010, 09:47
pah - didn't last long, and it's 6 on amazon - still, good price for a small travel charger.

target
29-09-2010, 09:55
I got some of those nizn batteries I mentioned earlier in the thread from amazon usa a few weeks ago. They're a bit good! My hybrid batteries sit in the middle of the 'good' zone of my battery tester and these things were off the scale! Beyond 'good'. I can;t tell you how well they're lasting until they actually run out though cause I dropped said battery tester. :(

jason graham
03-10-2010, 18:41
Have you a link for them Target?

Son's birthday this week and we have just bought him a load of things that need batteries :(

Time to get a decent charger and rechargeable batteries...so that they actually play with them!!:thumbs:

target
03-10-2010, 19:24
They only sell them in the states. I had a friend buy me some from amazon.com (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=25&url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0029NZVZ0/thedvdforums-20) just before he was visiting the UK. Dunno what the postage will be like to have them ship to here.

wobbly Jelly
13-10-2010, 13:20
Just had an advert from sevendayshop - 4 Sanyo AA eneloop and charger for 7.79 - batteries appear to be 6.69 on their own



eneloop (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=107183&r=20101012)

driver8
13-10-2010, 16:49
Just had an advert from sevendayshop - 4 Sanyo AA eneloop and charger for 7.79 - batteries appear to be 6.69 on their own - eneloop (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=107183&r=20101012)wow ! amazing price ! And a great way for someone to checkout the 'eneloop' technology if they've not yet found it worthwhile to upgrade.

A superb price deal on this top quality Ni-Mh battery charger which is supplied complete with four superb AA Sanyo Eneloop batteries. Eneloop batteries come pre-charged and ready to use and maintain their charge for a very long time COMPARED WITH NORMAL Ni-Mh batteries. Eneloop batteries are rechargeable up to 1,000 times and are capacity rated at 2000mAh and will offer you excellent performance.

The Fameart PC15 charger plugs directly into the mains (UK 3 pin) and is able to charge both Ni-Cad and Ni-Mh types as well as AA or AAA size batteries (in sets of 2). With built in IC timer and auto current selection.

Charging Time - AA - 2000mAh - 6 Hrs

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e317/Driver8_pics/prod_107183.jpg

driver8
12-12-2010, 06:50
The above is still available; 1st post with updated links. Anyone found any more good buys to share ?

7.79 - 4 Sanyo AA eneloop and charger @ 7day (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=107183&r=20101012)

12.99 @ Play - Uniross Fast Charger + 4 x Hybrio AA 2100mAh (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=2&url=http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/5489068/Uniross-U0148184-Ultra-Fast-Smart-Charger-4-x-Hybrio-AA-2100mAh-Rechargeable-Batteries-And-Car-Charger/Product.html)

4.29 (or less) - AA Size "GOOD TO GO" (2100mAh) (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=107341) - 7day's ownbrand hybrio/eneloop

6.99 - ReCyko+ 2100 AA x6 'always ready' (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8&url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002PCMJVO/thedvdforums-21) from reseller

11.49 - Sanyo Eneloop AAA (x8) @ 7day (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=109613)

3.20 - Uniross 4 x AAA 1000 (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8&url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0013HBFEO/thedvdforums-21) from reseller

<s>7.40</s> 9.90 - Duracell Multi Battery Charger CEF22 (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8&url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001GXVZFY/thedvdforums-21) - read the comments/reviews

Snoopy
12-12-2010, 08:54
I've bought a few sets of Duracell Supreme "AA" 2450mAh recently from Amazon (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8&url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0031OE6LG/thedvdforums-21) for 4.85 which seems a good price.

Torf
12-12-2010, 11:35
Agree that the Duracell Supreme's are very very good batteries indeed. Well worth the extra over other batteries.

Boink!
12-12-2010, 12:22
<s>7.40</s> 9.90 - Duracell Multi Battery Charger CEF22 (http://www.thedvdforums.com/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8&url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001GXVZFY/thedvdforums-21) - read the comments/reviews
That's under review by Amazon (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8)
Item Under Review
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We are working to resolve this as quickly as possible. In the meantime, you may still find this product available from other sellers on this page.

LouBarlow
15-12-2010, 09:13
Steer clear of Dandy Shop on A-mazon marketplace if buying batteries. Bought a set that just turned up late (fair enough) opened (wtf?) and with 2 of the batteries missing (**** off!)

Useless :|

Tastydirt
15-12-2010, 09:41
Maybe the postman needed a couple for his MP3 player

LouBarlow
15-12-2010, 11:02
The external packaging was fine. Came via City Link. My bet is the Dandy office tv remote is hosting them :|

driver8
25-02-2011, 10:17
some specials at 7dayshop -

3.99 - Duracell Supreme Rechargeable Ni-Mh Batteries - AA 2450 mAh - 4 Pack (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=108606)

3.99 - Hama Charger ('Prima') with 4 x AA 2100mAh (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=109609)

5.49 - Hama Charger ('Duo') with 4 x AA 2600mAh (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=109608)

Professor Abronsius
13-03-2011, 22:06
Hey folks,

Would this be a good set of Batteries and Charger for a Canon SX120 IS Digital Camera...

7DayShop Rechargeable Ni-Mh AA (2500mAh) Pack of 4 (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=100592) - 4.19

7DayShop 808LCD Super Fast Charger (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=105029) - 7.99

Or should i go for something like Duracell Supremes with the Duracell Charger... ?

Normal Duracell AA Batteries are practically useless, maybe get a few hours out of them in the Camera. :eek:

Cheers. :)

driver8
14-03-2011, 10:19
Hi again, Prof. :)

The charger looks good - separate channels for 1 to 4 cells, and an LCD display. There is an argument that "super fast" is bad, as it reduces battery life, but I see that it will take 3hrs+ for a set of 4 drained AA so that's probably OK.

Batteries - depends on how you will use them - the 2500 rating has plenty umph, and with this 'older' style if you charge the night before and use the next day, they'll be v.good. However, if your batteries sit in the camera for a week or more, (or in a drawer for a month) then I would recommend the 'eneloop'/'always ready'/'good to go' types which hold their charge for *much* longer. Personally, I will always buy this newer type from now on - they are a bit dearer, and the ratings are lower on paper (2000-2100) but they work much better for me.

And remember - your batteries will happily take 100's of recharges and last a decade or more !

Professor Abronsius
14-03-2011, 12:02
Hi mate,

Will look into the eneloop ones. Some good deals on them just now. Also just noticed there is a 2900mAh version of the ones i have linked.

Cheers. :)

driver8
17-03-2011, 04:47
Extensive Battery Comparison Test (http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=12087) - Best : Vapextech, worst : 7dayshop.

5.40 delivered - Vapextech - 4 x 'instant' 2300 AA (http://www.vapextech.co.uk/acatalog/High_Power_Consumer_Batteries.html#a18) (with case), or x8 for 10.50

7.39 delivered - GP ReCyko AA Rechargeable Batteries 2100mAh 4+2 (amazon reseller) (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8&url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002TQDVMC/thedvdforums-21) or instore at B&M Bargains for 4.99

wobbly Jelly
31-03-2011, 12:35
just been in Costwold camping shop in Soliull and they were clearing a lot of rechargables (plus torches etc).

Picked up a Uniross compact charger and 4 AA hybrio batteries for 6 - would seemed too good to leave - they alos had offers on charger sets with various jacks etc to charge from car etc.

JamesK
06-04-2011, 10:14
Thanks for the link Driver8. I am about to pick up some VapexTech batteries :)

Yetiboy
06-04-2011, 15:16
i don't own anything right now. i'd be interested in maybe picking some up for sporadic use in my xbox controller, torches, remotes.

are these my best bet ?


7.39 delivered - GP ReCyko AA Rechargeable Batteries 2100mAh 4+2 (amazon reseller) (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8&url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002TQDVMC/thedvdforums-21) or instore at B&M Bargains for 4.99

any recommendations on a charger?

driver8
06-04-2011, 16:51
Hi Yetiboy - yes, for sporadic use - definitely go for the 'always ready'/hybrio/eneloop type.

Charger - have a look back through this thread & see what features you require, and have a browse over at 7DayShop.com (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18).

This is a good price at the moment, with hybrio cells too - 7.98 - Uniross Compact Charger and 4 x AA 2100 mAh Batteries with Free Car Charger (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8&url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B003COZGG4/thedvdforums-21) - Will be excellent as a starter, but personally I'd go for one with individual charging channels and LCD display.

JamesK
06-04-2011, 17:59
Can you give an example of a cheapish charger you'd be happy with? I have a couple of ultra fast type chargers with dual channel, but nothing that sounds like it will actually be any good at keeping the batteries in good condition.

driver8
07-04-2011, 06:33
Last year I went for the Vapextech (http://www.vapextech.co.uk/acatalog/High_Power_Consumer_Batteries.html) charger - individual channels, and about 15 (no refresh). There's no separate power supply - the 3-pins are built into the unit, and the whole thing plugs in (I like it - neat - but depends on your requirements).

But the lidl one mentioned by clem_f sounds great - with the refresh function and upto x6 AA's at once; just 13 with free batteries !

Hi James - personally I went for the vapextech, above - am pleased with it after 2yrs use. Seems solid enough, and happy with performance. Can get same features for less money though, and this doesn't have refresh function. I ordered cos I was getting the batteries at the same time; quick delivery. Currently 14.55 - VAPEXTECH LCD,WORLD (110V/240V), ULTRA FAST 1 HOUR CHARGER (but only "1 hour" for a single cell !) The descriptions 'fast/quick' etc, from all manufacturers still seem to be comparing to 10+ yrs ago when it took say, 14hrs for 4xAA.

I've put this list together to clarify -

Chargers - function summary

Standard features - 2 or 4 cells, AA or AAA; LED lights/colours when fully charged; 6-12hrs for 4 cells. Auto-cut off, etc.
Faster - 4 to 5 hrs seems a good compromise for 4 cells (too fast = heat and reduced battery life ?)
Individual channels - charge 1,2,3 or 4 cells (not just 2 or 4); auto-current for each channel.
LCD display - 3 or 4 bars, showing initial power, and rising levels when charging.
Functionality - for extra battery sizes (9v PP3, 'C', etc), and upto 6 or 8 cells.
Discharge/refresh - can revive old or apparently faulty/dead cells.
These look good at the moment, although I have no experience -

7day - 8.99 - 7dayshop Battery Charger - 600LCD Super Fast AA/AAA (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=105028) (1-4 cells, 1-6 hrs, LCD, refresh)

7day - 7.99 - 808LCD Super Fast AA/AAA (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=105029) (1-4 cells, 1-3 hrs, LCD, refresh)

DX - $13.98 - Soshine Hi-Tech LCD NiMH / NiCD Super Quick Charger (http://www.dealextreme.com/p/soshine-hi-tech-lcd-nimh-nicd-super-quick-charger-6152) can take 2+ weeks for delivery (1-4 cells, LCD, refresh)

Lidl/Aldi - look out instore, for charger/batter packs for 5-15 - check features as listed above.

clem_f
07-04-2011, 07:43
I've had the lidl one for about a year now - It may have been superseded, last time I was in there I saw a 4 cell rather than 6 cell one, which mine is. I've generally been very happy with it, especially for the price. I've never had much luck with the 7dayshop fast chargers, and I've had a few. I still use my overnight 5 year old slow charger - if you have the time in my opinion it does nearly as good a job as any - although the refresh function on the lidl one is useful for batteries that seem to be holding nowhere near their full charge.

The only problem I have had is that it has occasionally reported cells as dead and won't charge them. Some of them have indeed been dead, but at times if I put the suspect cell into an overnight charger it does accept a charge. Mind you the dead cell detection is still a good way to identify a cell that may be dead. The overnight charger will just happily pretend it's charging, but not put anything into it.

driver8
07-04-2011, 09:44
Yeah - this dead cells things is a weird one - not totally sure what's going on. From what I've read, I think it's got something to do with devices that will drain the entire cell - like a torch, that will work until the last bit of umph has been drained, or a remote which is v.low power in the 1st place. Then when you stick them in the charger, if a cell is completely flat then maybe the charger doesn't recognise it properly. (Is this what the discharge/refresh feature on some chargers is for ?) But all cells do not seem to get drained equally.

Example : my torch has just run flat, so stuck all 4 x AA in my charger - one shows as not recognised, 2 are showing as lowest power, whereas 1 cell is showing 50% power (I realise the LCD is not such an accurate scale, but still a definite difference).

Something I discovered - if I then warm up the 'not recognised' cell for 10 mins in my pocket (or a 'massage' wheat bag) it is then recognised as lowest power, and charges OK again.

Anyone experimented with this, or has a volt/amp meter, know what's going on ?

philyoung
07-04-2011, 10:28
Just to give my recommendation, I've been using an Ansmann 4 for over a year and it's great.

They're not cheap (30 ish at <a href='http://www.battery-force.co.uk/detail_AMCHRG001F-Ansmann-Energy-4-Charger.html'> Battery-force</a>) but they do a great job of looking after the batteries and will only charge them as much as they need (and "recondition" any that need it first) and doesn't insist on having an even number of batteries!

Phil

Yetiboy
09-04-2011, 20:41
thanks for the info driver :)

Dutchie
28-04-2011, 21:22
Just to echo Phil's recommendation for Ansmann.

I have been using the Ansmann Powerline 4 since 2003! It comes with 4 interchangeable plugs, and car charger, so handy for going anywhere.

And not only that, but their service is outstanding. In 2005, 2 and a bit years after my purchase the charger stopped working. I emailed them, and they asked me to send it into them in Germany. They replaced it free of charge with a brand new one, and even sent 4 extra batteries.

Q
24-05-2011, 20:47
Thanks to the OP and everyone else in this thread.Ive ordered a 808LCD Charger from 7DayShop.com (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18) and 4 - 2900mah AA Vapextech and 4 - 2300mah 'Instant' Batteries as well all for under 20.

Will be using them in a Canon Powershot running Chdk doing Timelapse so constantly powered so will be interested to see how long they last.

Q
29-05-2011, 16:48
Charger has turned up from 7DayShop.com (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18) but the batteries ordered from vapextech ordered at the same time from vapextech site have still to turn up.Charger received on Saturday along with other stuff I ordered from eBay (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=44) on Friday.

wobbly Jelly
14-09-2011, 15:22
just got a couple of 9v uniross hybrio types for 3.60 each delivered from amazon

9v here (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8&url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0013HHFEI/thedvdforums-21)

Seem much cheaper than elsewhere and cheaper than 'standard' 9v's

driver8
16-09-2011, 07:33
good call, wobbly Jelly. Do you know if these will these be OK in smoke detectors ? (What else these days uses 9v ?)

wobbly Jelly
16-09-2011, 09:04
first review on amazon mentions a user having them in a smoke detector for over a year and less than the cost of a duracell in the supermarket.

Some of kids remote control stuff still uses 9v as well. Plus the kitchen scales is where ours go.

gagsy
02-10-2011, 22:47
Lidl will be selling their Tronic brand of low self discharge batteries from Monday (http://www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/xchg/lidl_uk/hs.xsl/index_24618.htm).

daz_75
30-10-2011, 11:28
im confused as hell, kids have loads of toys with AA bats, any suggestions on which ones to get, i'm guessing the high powered ones, but maybe the ones that dont loose power too as the toys maybe sat there for a while.

Also, are there any larger chargers, dont really want to buy 4 of em

werewolf
30-10-2011, 12:19
I've been using 7day shop's "ready to go" batteries (they even come in a very handy little plastic case), and a Duracell 8x aa charger (it can do 8x AA's or AAA's, or 4x C or D, or a mix - it can also do at least one pp3).
It's not the fastest charger in the world but does the job and only cost about 6 from Amazon.co.uk (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8) a while back.

I've also got some of the uniross hybrid AA and AAA batteries.

Sprout Crumble
30-10-2011, 14:07
Vapextech batteries are first class.

clv101
08-11-2011, 14:52
werewolf, Sprout Crumble, any idea how these compare to eneloops (http://www.eneloop.info/)?

arma_uk
08-11-2011, 17:11
i can vouch for vapextech ("vapextech instant"), too - i have them (an 8x1.2v pack of AA) in my R/C transmitter (which has a voltmeter built in) and it's been above 10v since i got the battery pack several weeks ago - with fairly regular use as well. very impressed.

compare that to the standard 7DS AA i bought for my camera, which run down from a full charge within a couple of weeks even when not in use. the vapextech are well worth the little bit extra imho.

Shingster
28-03-2012, 23:19
7day - 7.99 - 808LCD Super Fast AA/AAA (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=18&url=http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=105029) (1-4 cells, 1-3 hrs, LCD, refresh)I received this charger today along with some Vapextech instant AA batteries, and being something of a newcomer to this battery charger lark I wasn't aware that it's best to discharge the batteries before you charge them, only there's nothing in the leaflet about what sort of timeframe I should expect to wait for them to discharge in the charger. I just tried it today and it took about 6.5hrs for 2 batteries to discharge out of box (the LED indicated that the batteries each had 2 out of 3 cells of charge in them). It's now taking forever to charge the batteries back up (over 2hrs and still flashing on one "cell" each.)

Is that about right? Seems much slower than the times listed on their website so far! Using my PC's USB to power the charger. It's 12.22AM now and I put the batteries in at around 3.30PM.

driver8
29-03-2012, 09:06
discharge batteries before charging - is that what the instructions say ? I'm no expert, but I've not heard of that. I don't have a discharge function myself, but iirc it's good to fully discharge every 100 cycles or so to maximise battery health, or to revitalise old & seemingly dead cells (but follow instructions on your charger/batteries). And yes, discharging takes quite a while, but you don't need to do it so often.

Now you've completely emptied the batteries, it will of course take longer to fully charge them. The charger manufacturers are deliberately misleading in their claims of "superfast charge in 30mins" - yes, maybe for a half empty single low power cell, but for x4 completely dead high power AA you'll be looking at 3hrs+.

USB - why use this method, which is bound to take longer, rather than plugging into the wall ? The USB lead is really given as an option for when you're away from the mains.

Wooglie
29-03-2012, 09:16
I thought the vapextech ones arrived charged?

Tastydirt
29-03-2012, 09:39
IMO there's no need to discharge the batteries that come precharged, that "tip" is for older battery tech.

USB can only output a maximum of 5V at 0.5A, so use the mains adapter if you want decent charging speeds.

sideshowbob
29-03-2012, 10:58
The eneloops I received needed refreshing / discharging and charging to get them near their stated capacities.

Shingster
29-03-2012, 11:30
Thanks for the responses! I saw the instructions in the leaflet with regards to discharging and looked online where it was recommended, so just decided to do that, I'll know better in future! The vapex did come pre-charged, but the charger LED indicated they weren't fully charged (if that was accurate)

USB - why use this method, which is bound to take longer, rather than plugging into the wall ? The USB lead is really given as an option for when you're away from the mains.It's just more convenient for me to use the USB and switch batteries for my Xbox. I'm actually not really bothered about long discharge/charge time and was only asking to confirm my charger was working OK given the longer times I was getting, so thanks for confirming that for me driver8! :thumbs:

KeyserSoze
29-03-2012, 15:39
Looking for a charger myself so may go for this one.

As for batteries, is there something special about the Vapextech ones? Where is the best place to buy them? Did you get them from 7dayshop as well?

Shingster
29-03-2012, 16:09
I'll just quote driver8's post from earlier in the thread:

Extensive Battery Comparison Test (http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=12087) - Best : Vapextech, worst : 7dayshop.Basically the vapex instant batteries seem generally the best regarded batteries out there, so I ordered a pack of 8 AA from their website (http://www.vapextech.co.uk/acatalog/High_Power_Consumer_Batteries.html#a20) for 10.50 (free delivery). The battery chargers vapex sell are a little more costly so I went with the 808LCD from 7dayshop instead due to good feedback.

One thing to bear in mind though with the vapex: they're definitely fractionally "thicker" than ordinary AA batteries, so if you're putting them in a tight compartment like say the xbox360 battery compartment, then you'll probably need to buy a pair of plastic tweezers or something to pull them back out! (Just ordered some off ebay for 1.70).

KeyserSoze
29-03-2012, 16:31
Cool thanks :)

Getting for Wii remotes.

Whats the the difference between the 2900s and the instants?

arma_uk
29-03-2012, 17:42
the instants will not drain down over time like the 2900s will, so they might be better in devices which don't have a high draw, such as remote controls. cameras etc. obviously drain the batteries quicker, so the higher capacity 2900s would probably be of more benefit as they'd need to be charged more regularly in any case. the instants will also be better in 'rarely used' devices - i have an RC plane transmitter and i use an 8xAA "instant" pack in that. reliable power is welcomed there, and saves me having to do a weekly/regular charge.

nmirza
30-03-2012, 23:11
I was thinking of the 808LCD but there are numerous reports of it incorrectly detecting the battery as being full. Can anyone suggest an alternative?

kiran_mk2
30-03-2012, 23:19
The 808 has a lot of faults - it frequently gets confused by a range of batteries which cause it to keep turning on and off and it can't seem to recharge flat batteries (flashing icon means there's a fault - not battery full). Is there a charger that can charge individual cells, shows the charge level and isn't picky?

driver8
31-03-2012, 09:12
I don't think you can expect miracles for <10 delivered - maybe one of the 30 chargers mentioned earlier will perform better - Just to give my recommendation, I've been using an Ansmann 4 for over a year and it's great. They're not cheap (30 ish at <a href='http://www.battery-force.co.uk/detail_AMCHRG001F-Ansmann-Energy-4-Charger.html'> Battery-force</a>) but they do a great job of looking after the batteries and will only charge them as much as they need (and "recondition" any that need it first) and doesn't insist on having an even number of batteries!Completely empty cells - this is a problem for many chargers. 2 solutions have been discussed -
- firstly, to stick in a more old-fashioned style overnight trickle charger, just to get a bit of charge in there so the newer models can 'see' the cell;
- secondly, heat up the dead cells (start off in your pocket for 10mins, if this doesn't work try a hot water bottle or 'wheat bag', but don't overheat and don't microwave !)Yeah - this dead cells things is a weird one - not totally sure what's going on. From what I've read, I think it's got something to do with devices that will drain the entire cell - like a torch, that will work until the last bit of umph has been drained, or a remote which is v.low power in the 1st place. Then when you stick them in the charger, if a cell is completely flat then maybe the charger doesn't recognise it properly. (Is this what the discharge/refresh feature on some chargers is for ?) But all cells do not seem to get drained equally.

Example : my torch has just run flat, so stuck all 4 x AA in my charger - one shows as not recognised, 2 are showing as lowest power, whereas 1 cell is showing 50% power (I realise the LCD is not such an accurate scale, but still a definite difference).

Something I discovered - if I then warm up the 'not recognised' cell for 10 mins in my pocket (or a 'massage' wheat bag) it is then recognised as lowest power, and charges OK again. Anyone experimented with this, or has a volt/amp meter, know what's going on ?

matt_uk
01-04-2012, 11:16
Quick bit of advice needed.

Is it worth getting some decent rechargeable batteries for my PS3 remote or is it an overkill? I currently use cheapo ones from the supermarket that last about a year or so (4 for a quid). The last time I bought rechargeables was for my GameGear :lol: I've no idea whats good and what isn't now.

Cheers guys.

driver8
01-04-2012, 11:27
worth it ? That's up to you, but I'd be thinking about the environment ...

cloudchaser
23-05-2012, 05:55
Looking for some tips on which charger and rechargeables are best at the moment. Are the last few mentioned in previous post still the best option currently?

My use is mainly AA and AAA for Xbox controllers, Remotes and a Logitech Mouse (which uses a AA 2000mAH).

Any recommendations for what is a decent charger at an affordable price (around 25'ish) and batteries. I generally charge overnight so speed is not a requisite but nice to have.

sideshowbob
23-05-2012, 08:08
I got one of these and some eneloops - I've been happy with it. (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8&url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B004X4OZYG/thedvdforums-21)

arma_uk
23-05-2012, 11:22
vapextech batteries as mentioned before are pretty much the best at a decent price.

for chargers, well i got my stepson a 2/4xAA charger from 7dayshop for less than a tenner. it charges via USB so he keeps a spare couple of rechargeables in the charger ready to plug into his XBOX360 when the batteries in the controllers start getting low.

driver8
28-08-2012, 07:32
Maplin currently have quite cheap packs of the Panasonic Evolta rechargeable batteries in AA and AAA - 5.99 for a pack of four, which seems very good compared to online prices. These are the new 'stay charged' low self-dischage type, like hybrio and eneloop. AA's are 2050mAh, AAAs are 800mAh. Offer on until the 4th of September according to the site.

Web page here, though the affiliate doesn't seem to work:

Maplin (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=60&url=http://www.maplin.co.uk/evolta-rechargeable-batteries-629911)

Order Code: N30NA (AA)
Order Code: N31NA (AAA)

LouBarlow
28-08-2012, 07:50
Gone for a pack of both. Thanks :thumbs:

camaj
26-06-2013, 16:07
Doing some research on this, Sanyo have a third generation eneloop which is good for more cycles, 1800 vs 1500 and 1000 for 2nd and 1st gen, and they retain 75% of charge after 5 years. I don't think I'd every need a battery to retain it's charge for that long but it can't hurt

driver8
30-07-2013, 10:14
Worth a detailed look if you're shopping at the mo -

10 - Intelligent AA / AAA Super Fast Battery Charger (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8&url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002IRP4T0/thedvdforums-21) - 7dayshop/amazon

15 - Lidl - Rapid Charger (http://www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/SID-AE561D30-2B69F77E/www_lidl_uk/hs.xsl/our-offers-2491.htm?action=showDetail&id=4279)

20 - BM100 Intelligent Battery Charger (http://store.imagintronix.com/bm100_intelligent_battery_charger)

23 - AccuPower LCD Fast Charger IQ328 for AA / AAA batteries (http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/affiliatelink.php?localaffiliateid=8&url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B004Z5XXZU/thedvdforums-21) @ amazon

wobbly Jelly
28-08-2013, 07:46
was taken to Homebase (new oscott - Birmingham) at the weekend (matchpotting!!!)

They had a clearance rack and a few boxes of energiser extreme AA and AAA, reduced and then half price so 1.75 for 2.

Bought a few packs and they revived a couple of fussy Cree torches and a Catseye bike light.