Can anyone recommend a battery charger

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  1. dUnKle

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    Since my little girl was born last year I have accumulated dozens of rechargeable batteries including a dozen or so eneloop batteries which are brilliant

    I have a little dab radio in my shed which runs off four aa batteries and the eneloops last for ages in them or rather they did until we noticed the charger that we where using was getting very very very hot. Dangerously so, so I binned it and we got another charger

    This one was a different (and my preferred design) in that it plugged into the plug socket via a cord so it could be positioned in more places

    However I noticed early on that it seemed to take an age to charge the batteries (we have plenty so waiting is not too much of an issue) but even once it said they where charged the batteries never seemed to last as long as with the old charger

    Can anyone recommend a basic decent charger, something that can do at least four and preferably eight batteries at a time and which plugs in by a cord ?
     
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    Cheers
    Ordered
     
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    Which one ? do you have a link.
     
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    Ordered one
    Thanks
     
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    Have a couple of decent chargers, a ansman which charges 12 AA/AAA at a time, but that doesn't cycle, or discharge, or report back if the cell is faulty. And I have a modellers charger which can do that, but it would be pain doing one cell at a time.

    So I may go for that one above for occasional charges to check if a cell is dead. For my remotes after a charge it doesn't last more than a month (it should do) so probably one cell is dragging the voltage down.
     
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    Charger arrived. AA ports are ok, but AAA isn't. The metal clips just pop out from inside the unit, don't reach out and in, so bad contact with AAA base.
     
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    Thanks, that "looks" just the same as mine, but I don't have any problems charging AAAs :confused:
     
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    Come to use the 7 day charger today, I get a "NULL" reading on the first battery slot
    Also it never seemed to come with anything in the way of instructions, I just want to charge batteries, do I just put them in and leave them, previous chargers had lights that went from red to green
     
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    null means not making contact. It automatically starts charging at 200mah. You can increase the mah charge rate by pressing mode/current, for each port. A bit fiddly, as you have to cycle through modes (cycle/discharge/test) Once it's finished it says full.
     
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    blimey, thats over head
    so am i to presume that the charger is broke as says "null" ?
     
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    are you charging AAA batteries by any chance? Try AA.

    I found it didn't make good contact with AAA cells, I was there for 5 minutes with certain cells. it kept on saying "null" eventually made contact and starting charging
     
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    Ive switched it off and used a small screwdriver to "pull" the one metal contact ever so slightly forward, then tried again

    now works (aa batteries by the way)

    All are eneloop batteries, all 4 displays show 200 charge

    so is it working ?
     
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    yup. if you press display you can see what cell voltage is, how much mah it has put into the cell, the time it has been charging.

    Once it says full remove as it has a trickle charge.
     
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    cheers

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