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Family Battery Charger, Multiple Battery Sizes
Family charger charges all NiMH and NiCad cell sizes: AA, AAA, C, D and 9V batteries. Charges batteries in about three to seven hours. Charger automatically shuts off when batteries are done. Trickle charge keeps batteries at full capacity. Charge LED status indicators tell you if batteries are charging or ready. Charger includes built-in safety timer to prevent overcharge, bad battery detection, short circuit/reverse polarity protection and delta V charging cut off. Power is only on when lid is closed.
The ultimate family battery power station.
Charges up to 8 AA, 8 AAA, 4C, 4D or 2 9V NiMH.
Super safe - will only begin charging when the lid
Easy-to-read LCD screen shows the charging status
Energy Star rated.
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59 of 60 found the following review helpful:
Only as good as the batteryAug 30, 2011
By H. J. Matthews
This is an outstanding charger. It's not the cheapo wall unit that holds only four batteries. This Energizer Family Charger holds twice as many batteries, and many more types. Even better, it can deliver a different level of charge to different batteries of the same type - so it's OK to charge your new Eneloop AA's along side your exhausted Duracell AA's. And those four fill just half of the charger. In the other half you can charge AAA, C, D, or even 9V batteries at the same time. And because it's a closed-lid device, the batteries are all kept in a single place protected from dust and ready to go at a moment's notice.
Add the lid's separate charge-level indicators for each individual battery, and this charger beats every other consumer-grade model I have owned or seen. It even beats the professional-grade models we use at work.
So why are some buyers' experiences negative? I'm convinced it's the batteries themselves. I have been using rechargeables for six years now, enough to know that all batteries are not equal. One obvious difference is the milli-amp hours rating on the package. But as engineering tests have shown, the actual batteries delivered often don't match that rating. But the most important factor isn't shown on any measurable rating on the package. We consumers want batteries that hold their charge after charging and can be recharged over and over without degrading. Without going too depp into the technologies involved, I'll state confidently that my Energizer and older-model Duracell rechargeable batteries fail to meet these expectations. Lots of people blame the charger, but it's the battery. Eneloop is hands-down the best at meeting onsumer expectations, and with Eneloops in this Energizer charger one achieves the dream. White-topped Duracells rank second, if you get a good batch.
One telling sign is a battery set that ships pre-charged. That's a strong indication that the batteries themselves hold their charge for months, where lesser batteries hold a charge only a couple days after charging. This is true of my Energizer rechargeables even when I leave them in the charger for that "trickle".
So my experience before Eneloop and a decent charger was the anti-dream. I invested in rechargeables, but the family had no confidence. The charged batteries all lost their charges by the time they were needed. Whenever the family needed replacement batteries in a toy, flashlight, remote control, or video game, my only viable answer was "I'll charge some overnight so you can use them in the morning". Therefore the wife regularly bought conventinoal batteries so we'd always have a ready-to-go solution, meaning I was receiving on return from my investment in rechargeables.
Now it's all better. I have a dozen batteries upstairs ready for use immediately because they charged thoroughly and still hold their charge. We all have confidence in the current rechargeable solution, and we never buy conventional batteries anymore.
In summary: If you want the best rechargeable battery experience possible today, get this charger with Eneloop batteries. If you can only get one or the other, the Eneloop batteries are the most important element. This charger is just a terrific addition to the capability offered by superior rechargeable batteries, primarily because it concurrently charges different batteries from different starting levels. The complete range of sizes is a huge plus, but only if you use rechargeables in all those sizes.
30 of 31 found the following review helpful:
Nice charger, but a bit finickyApr 09, 2010
I bought this battery charger because I wanted one that can handle size D batteries, also one that can charge 8 AA batteries at a time. Also, this charger has a LCD readout which shows the charge progress of each battery which is a nice touch. A unique feature of this charger is that the batteries don't start charging until the lid is closed. That is how the contacts are made on the positive/negative areas of the batteries. This feature is both good and bad. It is good as a safety measure (I assume, since it's called a family charger, the audience includes children). Yet, because the contacts aren't spring loaded, with AA and AAA batteries, sometimes after closing the lid, the contacts don't seem to touch properly (more on this later) and I found that I had to shuffle the batteries around and get them to work by trial and error.
When charging AA or AAA batteries, one can choose to charge up to 8 batteries at at time. This is possible because the contact point which touches the base of the battery has three possible contact areas in each of four chambers. The middle for charging only one battery, or the two edges for charging two in a chamber. Unfortunately, when using the outer contacts, the contacts don't always touch properly and because of that, the shuffling of batteries is required. (The shuffling isn't required when using the middle contact point). In otherwords, one can flawlessly charge 4 batteries using only the middle contact points. However, attempting to charge more than one battery in a chamber may require shuffling the batteries to get the charger to work right.
What I like:
- charges sizes besides AAA and AA
- charges up to 8 AAA and AA batteries at a time
- LCD display showing individual battery status
What I dislike:
- AA and AAA batteries needed some reshuffling to get it to charge
- hibernate feature doesn't seem to work. After the charge is done, if left idle the charger hibernates. However
I've had the batteries hibernate in the charger for several weeks, but when testing them, some already seem
Overall, a nice charger, if you understand the limitations. The battery charger recharges batteries well, but charging more than four AA/AAA batteries at a time requires some fiddling around.
37 of 40 found the following review helpful:
no problems hereDec 14, 2009
By S. R. Bobrowski
I don't write many of these but I saw the bads one and had to share my experiance. We have a 1 year old child and were going through batteries like crazy. We bought one of these in the hopes it will help. I must say buying the charger and batteries in addition is not cheap but helps save money in the end.
The screen to tell you how charged the batteries are is great. The batteries last almost as long as a regular battery. I remember as a kid (i'm 29) that recharable batteries were really bad, they would die on pretty much the same day. But that is no longer the case. We liked the charger and batteries so much we bought a second charger and all we use is recharables now. We use AA,C,D and i'm about to buy more AA do to the need and am going to try the 9V for the portable radio.
I have not tried any other large rechargers but I havn't had a need to. The quality is the same as others I have seen at the store, constructed with hard plastic and charges them quick. It's easy to open and close and using it is self explanatory.
All in all a great product and a money saver we love both of ours and have had them for over 2 years. If I needed another charger I would go right to this one.
13 of 13 found the following review helpful:
Awesome product!Apr 17, 2011
By Mr. R. Aziz
I dont know why there are some bad reviews on this unit! I am happy that I have found this item. It is sturdy and made out of hard plastic. As you would expect from a brand name like Energizer.
The LCD panel on the top of the panel is very well though out. It shows you how much charge remaining until the batteries are fully charged.I find it extremely useful.
And it takes almost all kinds of batteries.
I mainly got this unit for C and D cells. But it take AAA & AA & 9V as well. You put the batteries inside the charger and shut the lid and it starts charging. Simple.
And this is not expensive as well very reasonably priced.
Go get it if you are looking for a good charger.
12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
Never had a problemMay 19, 2010
By Erwin D. Taylor
I saw the negative comeents and read the good ones as well. As with anything electronic, there are going to be ones that work and those that don't. It may be a quality control issue. I have had this unti for almost three years at work and it is used consistently. I have never ahd a problem. It does what it is designed to do, recharge batteries. I use the batteries in a digital camera for ID photos and fr a flash unit. Again, never had a problem with the baterries performing and lasting a reasonable amount of time. Considering the cost of constantly buying more replacement baterries, I'll take this any day. If your cost analysis says something diferent, then you should do what's best for you. Even replacing the charger every couple of yearsis more cost effective than buying batteries over the same period of time.
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