<a2zxyz5hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:8066b43c.0307111953.33412509posting.google.c om...> Walmart carries this 1 hour charger for under $30 including 4 1850mAh
> batteries. The price certainly seems good. Any horror stories
> regarding this charger that I should be aware of before purchasing?
> For me, the pros are (1) the 1 hour charging, (2) the compact,
> light-weight design, and (3) the 4 seperate circuits. The cons that
> make me hesitant are (1) will the 1 hour high charge rate just trash
> the batteries over the next month or two? and (2) the lack of a
> conditioning mode to drain/refresh the batteries.
> For an extra $15, I can get the Maha C204F from Thomas Dist. It comes
> with 8 1800mAh batteries vs. the 4 energizer batteries. It also
> includes the little plastic battery holders (are these really that
> important?). And of course, it charges the batteries at a much
> gentler 500mAh rate vs the 1800mAh rate used by the CH1HR, and
> includes a conditioning mode. Not sure how they compare in weight.
> Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
I've been using the Energizer NiMH 1-hour charger for nearly a year and have
not had a single problem. The one-hour charge time is as advertised, I
haven't trashed a single set of the four sets of AA's or the three sets of
AAA's I routinely use with the charger, and I haven't noticed any service
problem which might be related to the lack of a deep-discharge/conditioning
feature. I highly recommend the charger and $30 seems like a good price (I
paid around $35 for mine).
I use a lot of batteries, both in my digital cameras as well as in my
wireless headphones, and even if the Energizer charger did reduce the
effective life of batteries by as much as 50%--which it does NOT-- I would
still use it for the one-hour turnaround time. I can't imagine ever going
back to a three or five hour charging cycle. Brrrr! Gives me cold chills
just thinking about it.
I've had no experience with the Maha charger, so I can't help you there.
Hope this helps.