- Brand Name: La Crosse Technology
- Model Number: BC-900/BC-9009
- Item Package Quantity: 1
La Crosse Technology BC-9009 AlphaPower Battery Charger (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Battery charger for NiCd and NiMH AA and AAA rechargeable batteries
- New overheat detection protects against overcharging; Individual LCD displays for each charging compartment
- 4 operating modes--Charge, Discharge, Refresh, and Test
- Includes 4 AA and 4 AAA rechargeable batteries, 4 C- and 4 D-size battery adapters, and a travel bag
- Measures 5 by 3 by 1-1/2 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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5 words: CHARGE, DISCHARGE, TEST, REFRESH and LCD!
Choose the individual charging rate for each battery, (200/500/700/1000/1500*/1800*mA).
Why choose the charging rate?
If you're rushing, charge fast and hot. If you're charging overnight or over dinner, charge more slowly. Slow charging is almost always gentler on the batteries, giving you a longer useful life.
Why set the charging rate individually?
You want this ability in case you have batteries of different capacities, partially discharged batteries, mixed brand/quality or any number of other reasons.
1500/1800mAh only available in Charge mode and only when charging 1 or 2 batteries in terminals 1 and/or 4.
This mode discharges the battery down to 1 volt then recharges to full capacity using Delta V measurement, at a user-selectable charging level*, of course.
Why discharge then charge?
This is the older technique developed to avoid capacity-robbing memory effect encountered when recharging NiCad-based batteries (which by the way are compatible with this charger, unlike the Maha mentioned below).
Why Delta V?
This is the modern measurement adopted by most "fast/rapid" chargers. While not quite as accurate as simultaneously using Temperature measurement and/or detecting Zero Delta V, as the Maha/PowerEx C-204W can do, it should be enough to prevent battery damage and insure complete, consistent charging.
Discharge rates are 1/2 the selected charging rate (max 1000mAh charging in this and other modes). Some batteries can take discharge rates this high, others can't.Read more ›
My old BC-900 has served me well for the past 4 years. But recenetly there is an inrush of reports on 'meltdown' of the new BC-9009. I can only assume that La Crosse is having very poor quality control with the new model. My advice is to stay away from BC-9009 for now, until the situation has been rectified.
[Update on Apr 15, 2010]
The BC-9009 is available through Amazon again. But of course it will take a few more weeks before we can be sure if the overheating problem has been fixed. If any brave soul decide to order one to try out, I encourage you to exercise the charger fully (Refresh at the 1A current setting) for a few days, and watch for any signs of overheating (such as hot-spot on the base of the charger). Make sure to let us know the outcome.
[Update on Jan 22, 2011]
If you have purchased the BC-9009 recently, make sure it has the latest firmware version '37' (this number appears briefly in the rightmost column when you first plug in the AC adapter). Several users have reported that they have no overheating problems with this new version, even though the AC adapter has the same 'IV' marking.
[Original review follows]
I have a La Crosse Technology BC-900 AlphaPower Battery Charger since nearly two years ago, and I'm very happy with it. When the Maha Powerex MH-C9000 WizardOne Charger-Analyzer was announced, its looked even better on paper than the BC-900. So I also bought the C9000 one month ago.Read more ›
Charging Ni-MH batteries is the result of a compromise. A low current is gentle on the battery and maximizes its lifespan, but a full charge takes hours.
A high current will recharge the battery much faster, but put more strain on it, causing it to wear out prematurely. It also requires careful monitoring of the battery's electrical characteristics to prevent damage.
Most of the chargers you can find on the market today use one or the other of these methods. The fast chargers, especially the cheap ones, excel at one thing: destroying perfectly good batteries, because they lack the monitoring circuitry to control the charge current and detect when the battery is full. The slow chargers are usually better, mainly because it's harder to design a really bad slow charger. Unfortunately... they're slow.
The BC-900 is a completely different breed: it lets you pick the charge current for each individual battery, has very sophisticated monitoring circuitry that controls the charging process, and is also capable of "renewing" batteries by running full controlled discharge-recharge cycles.
I was a little skeptical that a fairly inexpensive product would be so thorough, but after reading all the 5-star reviews on Amazon I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did: it's all it's cracked up to be, and more.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy to use with a lot of features. A good product as long as you don't need Customer Service.
After a number of years the left 2 slots would start charging, and then stop... Read more
Refreshing batteries takes time, but put it in the corner and after a few days, its done its thing. Nine years so far.Published 1 month ago by Glen G
Seemed to work really well for the first year or so, but after that one of the charging slots would only work intermittently, it would report batteries as charged when they... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Caril
This is a great charging unit. Very flexible for AA and AAA sized batteries. The best feature is how you can "refresh" older batteries by putting it into refresh mode,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by H. Gonzalez
I've been using this battery charger for many years! Works perfectly and it even tells you when a battery is no good.Published 3 months ago by Robert W. Rosborough
I bought this based on the number of positive reviews. I've had this a couple of years and it has always been reliable.Published 3 months ago by Jennifer
The first one failed completely and started melting.
The second one is in partial failure like the first. Just waiting for the meltdown. Read more