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#288691 17-Jul-2021 10:51
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I have a few devices around the house requiring 3x AA.

The standard energizer AA/AAA charger requires charging in pairs. Charging a flat and a full in the same pair is not a good thing.

Can you recommend a smarter charger?

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Panasonic eneloop does 1AA or AAA at a time. https://eneloop.panasonic.com/en/products/charger-bq-cc50.html

 

 


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  #2745553 17-Jul-2021 11:05
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My Maha chargers are flexible, charge any number of cells at a time, and have lasted a decade.

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  #2745576 17-Jul-2021 11:24
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Delphinus: Panasonic eneloop does 1AA or AAA at a time.

That looked hopeful but the 4x version requires pairs.



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  #2745580 17-Jul-2021 11:35
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timmmay: My Maha chargers are flexible, charge any number of cells at a time, and have lasted a decade.

https://mahaenergy.com/mh-c808m/

Nice. That's worth considering and appears to be sold in NZ. Probably a five year payback period for me. Do you use the battery conditioning feature?

  #2745633 17-Jul-2021 11:50
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gzt:
Delphinus: Panasonic eneloop does 1AA or AAA at a time.

That looked hopeful but the 4x version requires pairs.

 

no it doesn't im not sure where you came to that conclusion

 

Im looking at my one now charging a single battery

 

"Each battery is individually charged.
You can charge any combination of up to 4 pcs of AA/AAA batteries. "


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  #2745637 17-Jul-2021 11:58
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I just use the Panasonic smart ones. They don't have the smarts or functionality of some of other brands (other than the flagship BQ-CC65 that is), but all I really want it to be able to charge my eneloops in a way that treats them fairly well. They are pretty well regarded for this.

 

 

 

I have a 4 bay BQ-CC55 which is available in this combo kit.

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/BATPAN5254/Panasonic-K-KJ55MCC4TA-3hr-Quick-Charger--4-x-AA-e

 

Works good, but is charges fast (1.5h for 2 of the non pro eneloops, or three hours for for of them.) enough that the batteries get quite hot which isn't ideal (but not terrible) for their health.

 

https://eneloop.panasonic.com/en/products/charger-bq-cc55.html

 

 

 

I also have an 8 Bay BQ-CC63. (have some kits toys that run 6 battery sets, and handy to charge them all at once).

 

Had to buy that one from overseas via ebay.

 

It is a little slower 5 hr for 2000mah batteries regardless of count, which I perfer.

 

https://www.panasonic-eneloop.eu/en/chargers/bq-cc63-charger

 

 

 

Both are smart chargers, and can charge single cells.

 

 

 

Also accidentally brought a really cheap slow 4 bay eneloop charger. It only does pairs, and isn't smart at all (will just keep charging untill a timer runs out). Bad for batteries, so I don't use.


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  #2745638 17-Jul-2021 12:00
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Jase2985: no it doesn't im not sure where you came to that conclusion

Panasonic Bqcc51 says pairs:

https://eneloop.panasonic.com/en/products/charger-bq-cc51.html



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  #2745639 17-Jul-2021 12:01
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gzt:
Delphinus: Panasonic eneloop does 1AA or AAA at a time.

That looked hopeful but the 4x version requires pairs.

 

Panasonic makes an epic number of different chargers.

 

https://eneloop101.com/charge/eneloop-chargers/

 

Click number 4 to go to Panasonic.


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  #2745642 17-Jul-2021 12:06
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gzt: 
Panasonic Bqcc51 says pairs:

https://eneloop.panasonic.com/en/products/charger-bq-cc51.html

 

I think this is the one I brought by mistake. I was trying to buy a slow smart charger (auto shut off when charged), but that one is dumb, just shuts off after a 13hr timer, massively overcharging some batteries. Even ignoring the pairs thing it is a bad choice.

 

Insist on a "Smart" charger. 


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  #2745775 17-Jul-2021 14:49
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gzt:
timmmay: My Maha chargers are flexible, charge any number of cells at a time, and have lasted a decade.

https://mahaenergy.com/mh-c808m/

Nice. That's worth considering and appears to be sold in NZ. Probably a five year payback period for me. Do you use the battery conditioning feature?

 

I have Maha C9000 fancy charger and 801D, which is 8 cell but slower than the other 800 series which can be better for batteries than fast charging. They've lasted extremely well. I had about 60 AA cells for my camera flashes / battery packs. Yes I use both the refresh and break-in cycles on the chargers occasionally - I refresh all my cells annually.


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  #2745845 17-Jul-2021 16:01
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I have been using a Nitecore D4 for years now, works well and allows you to charge an individual cell.

 

Fenix makes a similar charger, might be worht a look at. https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/TOLFNX0021/Fenix-Charger-ARE-A4-Dual-Charging-Mode-ACDC-Smart

 

 

 

 


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  #2745849 17-Jul-2021 16:42
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Nitecore are meant to be good. Fenix is also a good brand.

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  #2745854 17-Jul-2021 16:51
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Pretty much any third-party charger that's a step above cheap junk should be able to charge any number of cells of any type at the same time. In fact I'm surprised that there exist chargers where you need to charge cells in pairs, this is the first time I've heard of it.

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  #2745856 17-Jul-2021 17:01
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Nitecore D4 as recommended above, have also had one for years. I use it for AA, AAA and 18650 Li-Ion batteries. Easy to use just put the batteries in and it senses and charges each individually.

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