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  Reply # 1227836 2-Feb-2015 15:58
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freitasm: Online only? 

Delivery $4.95. Still works out to be a very good deal.






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  Reply # 1227841 2-Feb-2015 16:06
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freitasm: Yes, but there's a DSE around the corner. It would be really good to collect...




I totally agree. I've got a DS just around the corner too from my office. But hey I'm in no rush.

Obviously there is a retailing/marking reason as to why some the items are only available online.





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  Reply # 1227844 2-Feb-2015 16:14
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Dick Smith have a click and collect option. From the 'Delivery' tab:

"Want your order sooner? You can use our Click & Collect service to pay online and collect your order from your local Dick Smith store."





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pgs2050: Dick Smith have a click and collect option. From the 'Delivery' tab:

"Want your order sooner? You can use our Click & Collect service to pay online and collect your order from your local Dick Smith store."




At the time of placing the order the "Click & Collect service" was disabled and so it was not an option.





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  Reply # 1227870 2-Feb-2015 16:32
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Same things go for about $30AU on special in AUS, NZ tax..

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  Reply # 1227871 2-Feb-2015 16:35
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thanks. something useful for me.





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  Reply # 1227889 2-Feb-2015 16:51
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Those chargers are great for making toast out of batteries. Get the cells and a decent Maha charger.




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  Reply # 1227908 2-Feb-2015 17:20
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Taking the thread a wee bit of a tangent, I've been using the two La Crosse BC1000 charges I sourced from Amazon after a thread about rechargeable batteries here a month or so back.  They are night and day compared to the Energizer charges I was using before.  You can control charge current individually, charge AA and AAA at the same time. Monitor several different parameters, and restore old batteries — or so it claimed.

I had a good few batteries that the Energizer chargers had rejected, so I ran each one through the restore cycle.  They all appeared to come good, but 24 hours later they had lost their charge again.  So I thew them all away.  The Le Crosse charges came with four Le Cross AA and four AAA NiMh batteries in each box, so I am wallowing in good batteries now.  They also came with a nice carry case, and four plastic sleeves that let you use AA batteries in place of C or D cells.

Someone made the point that coming from Amazon they would have the US plug, and of course they were right, so I had to spend another $30 on one of these

A note about the DSE offer: being an overnight charger, you are unlikely to get cells rejected.  I found that particular positions in the Energizer charger would reject cells that the other positions would not.




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  Reply # 1227928 2-Feb-2015 17:36
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timmmay: Those chargers are great for making toast out of batteries. Get the cells and a decent Maha charger.


Do you think that is still going to be a problem with a trickle charger?

I read a review on the Le Crosse BC9000 which compared them to the older BC900.  Apparently they look identical, and have the same spec, but the review dismantled them, and found big differences in the circuitry.  The point I am making if that not all so called Intelligent Chargers are created equally, and even the big name brands forever evolve their designs.  My own experience with Energizer Intelligent Chargers has been far from positive, and a labelled DSE charger was even worse. 

Ford UK had what they called the Suggestion scheme where employees could put forward ideas to improve or save the build cost of their vehicles.  The maximum award was £1000 and a new car, and it was said you could win that by saving as little £0.10 per vehicle.  I suspect Energizer would be every bit as focused on cost per unit as FMC, and prioritize cost over quality.

Heck, if you want to think about how cynical big business can be, just think back to Ralf Nader and the Ford Pinto  (the last two paragraphs summarize the story)




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  Reply # 1227931 2-Feb-2015 17:37
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  Reply # 1227933 2-Feb-2015 17:40
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I think got one of my Maha's from the US, 801D. It has a power pack so you just swap the lead over.

Trickle charging isn't ideal for cells either. As fast as you can without getting hot is best, around 1/2 C, C being the cell capacity. So a 2000mah cell should be charged around 1000mah. Read up on battery university.




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  Reply # 1227956 2-Feb-2015 18:01
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Thanks OP, looks like a good deal

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  Reply # 1227960 2-Feb-2015 18:12
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Not that much cheaper than buying them individually from PBTech. (My wholesale price is actually just under.) So unless you actually want that configuration of batteries... i.e. might want batteries plus a different charger, or the Panasonic smart/fast charger rather.

I take it as most people say the  BC-700 (~NZ$70 shipped from Amazon) or BC-1000 worth the premium over say Panasonic Eneloop Quick Charger? Quite a premium to pay, going to take quite a while to get a return on investment.


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