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    Default AA Battery Chargers

    Decided to buy a decent smart AA/AAA battery charger.
    Currently researching available ones.
    The list is growing.
    Could someone recommend one they are happy with that didn't exceed $100 NZ.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: AA Battery Chargers

    I would say get one that charges batts separately. Some charge in series pairs .
    And look at if the charge rate drops for charging 4 compared to charging 1 .

    I had a super-duper AA charger a while back. It had functions to test capacity, to discharge ,to pick your charge rate, would show actuall mah's of the batt etc.
    Really not worth the $$ . It failed eventually .

    I just use a Varta rebranded DSE , many years old. Wasnt expensive and often available dirt cheap on trademe .
    I only use rechargables in the camera . Alkaline are now so cheap for a pack of 30 its not worth the effort of mucking about with rechargeable AA's for most things .

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    Default Re: AA Battery Chargers

    I got mine from mrpositive.co.nz

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    Default Re: AA Battery Chargers

    Quote Originally Posted by gary67 View Post
    I got mine from mrpositive.co.nz
    Did you get the Xtar VC4?

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    Default Re: AA Battery Chargers

    Eneloops charger from Jaycar. Great buy as you get 4 AA's with it.

    https://www.jaycar.co.nz/panasonic-n...eries/p/MB3563

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    Default Re: AA Battery Chargers

    Quote Originally Posted by gary67 View Post
    I got mine from mrpositive.co.nz
    +1.
    ours is ancient, had it years and years now.
    Recently bought one from this guy as well, for a non-standard size battery - husbands torches...

    Also cheap, also great.
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    Default Re: AA Battery Chargers

    Quote Originally Posted by kenj View Post
    Eneloops charger from Jaycar. Great buy as you get 4 AA's with it. https://www.jaycar.co.nz/panasonic-n...eries/p/MB3563 Ken
    +1 for Eneloop. We have 3 of their rapid chargers that can charge a single battery rather than requiring two, as well as individual status LEDs. They couldn't quite keep up with the charging demands of my Lego trains during a show but they did a damn good job trying
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    Default Re: AA Battery Chargers

    I have This one as I use a lot of 18650 batteries

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    I use a lot of Eneloops, but that charger looks like a cheap trickle charger which I'm not fond of. I don't have one though to check so maybe it is a good one?
    The circuitry for automatic deltaV cutoff of charging is cheap as chips these days so any charger without it is not worth having, I think the eneloop rapid charger does.

    I have this and it's been very reliable https://www.jaycar.co.nz/12vdc-240va...ni-mh/p/MB3551
    Unfortunately it's discontinued.

    This looks good https://www.mrpositive.co.nz/sanyo-e...-charger-combo
    And the Nitecore has a good reputation https://www.mrpositive.co.nz/nitecor...-nimh-nicd-imr

    That xstar VC4 looks like a nice charger but I've nott heard of them before so I'm only going by the web page.
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    Default Re: AA Battery Chargers

    Thanks guys, I've got my short list down to 17 now.
    Just working my way through the reviews.
    Favouring the ones with a full readout, not just progressive LEDs.

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