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Ansmann Energy 8 Charger

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  • Works with 1-6 AAA or AA cells, 1-4 C and D as well as 1-2 9V batteries.
  • Automatic refresh/discharge function
  • Faulty battery detection
  • Microprocessor controled

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Ansmann Energy 8 Charger + eneloop AA 1800 cycle,  Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries, 8 Pack (discontinued by manufacturer)
Price for both: $69.94

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00017LRCM
  • Item model number: 5407022
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

The energy 8 is equipped with a user interface and battery loading technique. After inserting the NiCd/NiMH rechargeable battery, a capacity quick test is performed for around 5 seconds. The user may then remove the cells or leave them in place so that a full diagnosis of the battery is executed and with damaged batteries a refreshing programm is invoked. Damaged cells are reactivated and the capacity of the battery is restored. Depending upon the condition of the inserted battery, the refreshing programm may cycle several times until the battery is regenerated.

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Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this charger, it's well constructed and is a fine piece of equipment.
OTG w/chickens
It tells me the battery's remaining capacity, charges quickly, and has even revived some old batteries that my Energizer 15-minute charger had reported as faulty.
Amazon Customer
If you use a lot of batteries around your house or business, I recommend buying an Ansmann Energy-8 Charger.
R. Downing

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Must Love Cats on August 27, 2008
Update March 21, 2012: Still working flawlessly in almost daily use after eight years. What more can you ask?

I've used this charger for over four years with complete satisfaction. This is a fine piece of German engineering; well worth the price. I bought it because it can charge any number of any assortment of AA, AAA, C, D, 9V batteries at the same time, and lots of them. You can also insert new batteries at any time any others are charging. Here's a tip: Since each cell is monitored for charge level, you can leave batteries in the charger, indefinitely. That effectively counters the self-discharge problem older NiMH batteries have, since the batteries stored in this charger are kept at full charge. Of course, you'll want to buy eneloops (SANYO eneloop 4 Pack AA NiMH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries, which I've used) or Ansmann Max E's (Ansman Max-E AA NiMh 2100 Mah LD, Ultra Low Discharge Batteries, Pack of 4, which I haven't used), with long shelf lives, from here on-out. This charger works fine with them, too. I'd like to see Ansmann provide some-sort of wall-mounting tabs or screw holes in this charger. I had to epoxy-on my own. Maybe they already have, it's been four years!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By OTG w/chickens on January 29, 2009
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I bought this charger after reading rave reviews all over on it. And I have to say that they were all right. I had a bunch of old NiCd batteries that I've had mixed results with on two other chargers (one of which is a Maha, another top of the line brand). This charger recognized and was able to revive batteries that the Maha charger would not. This charger is also very fast and extremely easy to use, just place the batteries in and it does the rest automatically. It performs a quick test and then does a refresh process then charges each battery independently. You can charge NiCd and/or NiMH at the same time. I highly recommend this charger, it's well constructed and is a fine piece of equipment.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Eric B on May 28, 2007
I've had the Ansmann Energy 8 charger for about 1 year now and it has been excellent. Batteries charge at a good clip, the charger tells you their exact state, and (most important) it lets you charge a variety of different battery types at once.

It doesn't take up much space and even looks pretty good (well, for a battery charger anyway). I highly recommend this -- and in fact 2 of my friends have bought them over the past year and have had similarly excellent experiences. Don't be fooled by the lousy $20 chargers you can by from major battery manufacturers. Those things are cheap and of course don't do well (why should they -- the battery folks want to sell you more batteries, not fewer!). This charger is expensive for a reason. It actually works.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By BSteele on June 10, 2009
This review is for the Ansmann Energy 8 (part number 5407022) charger. I just started using it, so more info will follow... but I wanted to share Ansmann's USA website, in case you were having trouble with their German one. Its: [...]

On that website, you can find a list of resellers in your area. If you have questions about the products, ask the resellers, or use the live chat feature on the Ansmann USA website. I found them to be very helpful.

Note that Ansmann also sells an Energy 8 "Plus" charger and an Energy 8 "Professional" charger. According to their representatives, the "Plus" charger (not available currently on Amazon) has the very same functions as the "regular" Energy 8, but has a more streamlined body and "updated" LED displays. However, the charging and refreshing functions are the same.

The "Professional" series is a 19" rack-mountable device, despite the photos that the German website shows. If you look at the US website, it shows the 19" rack-mountable design. The "Professional" series isn't available in the US yet (according to their reps) because of some patent issues with the battery testing function that the professional series touts.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By George Shelburne on August 25, 2008
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I had old recargable batteries I had not used in years and several were not usable. This unit brought over half of them back to full use with on a couple of chargin cycles. Great Product!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. M. Hisham on March 2, 2009
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Best thing about this product is that it has no buttons or a screen with complicated code numbers, just a very simple light code. yet it does the job perfectly, first it analyze the battery then it discharge it and then it recharge with overheat protection. I can't imagine anything as simple and effective as this for a normal user like me. lots of my batteries came back to life because of it, i thought all charges are the same until i tried this. I don't understand why big companies like duracell and Energizer sell cheap chargers with its batteries. if there is something to complain about, maybe it is not portable enough with its rounded shape. Five stars for sure =)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 29, 2010
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After my brand new La Crosse Technology BC-9009 AlphaPower Battery Charger melted on its first use (yes, buttons literally melted into the unit), I returned it to Amazon and used the refund to buy this instead. I really wish this charger had been suggested to me in the first place, then I wouldn't have wasted my time with the LaCrosse product.

This thing works flawlessly. I don't have to waste my time entering obscure commands, I just put a battery in it and it does its thing. If the battery needs refreshing, the unit refreshes it. If it doesn't, it charges it as fast as is safe for the battery. Once fully charged, it switches to trickle charging to keep the battery ready for when you actually need it. It tells me the battery's remaining capacity, charges quickly, and has even revived some old batteries that my Energizer 15-minute charger had reported as faulty. All of this is displayed using simple LED lights that flash in different colours to give me quick and accurate feedback on what's happening. No fancy LCD display, no crazy programming features, it "just works". And best of all, this product doesn't have a history of melting or catching on fire.

The only problem is that this product is buried deep in Amazon's product listing if you just search for "battery charger". It almost seems like Amazon doesn't want you to find it. It's probably the best battery charger available here, but unless you look for it specifically, you probably wouldn't even know it exists.

I'm sick and tired of crap that's Made in China. This Germany-built product is the best battery charger I've ever seen. Don't waste your time with the LaCrosse or Maha Powerex stuff. And don't worry about the lack of programmability. This charger does everything it needs to, and it's smart enough to know how best to do it.
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