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La Crosse Technology BC500 Alpha Power Rechargeable Battery Charger with Car Adapter

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  • Portable charger for all NiCd and NiMH rechargeable AA and AAA batteries
  • Simultaneous recharge; different current for each channel; can charge, discharge, or test
  • Overheat detection to prevent over-charging; detects defective batteries
  • Comes with 2 AA batteries, AC/DC power adapter, and car adapter
  • Measures 2 by 3 by 5 inches; 1-year warranty included
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  • Brand Name: La Crosse Technology
  • Model Number: BC500
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

Product Description

Be charged and ready to go with La Crosse Technology's BC500 portable battery charger. Optimum simultaneous charging of AA & AAA batteries with separate cell display. Charges at a rate of 500mA and won't overcharge, as the LCD displays voltage, charging current, charging percentage, and cumulative capacity for each cell compartment with simple one button operation. Also, detects a defective battery from charging and works with all NiCd & NiMH AA and AAA rechargeable batteries. With a maximum performance, it also includes 2 AA rechargeable batteries, AC/DC adapter and car adapter for when you're on the go.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 3 x 5 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0031ERMO4
  • Item model number: BC500
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,052 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 1, 2004

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237 of 237 people found the following review helpful By NLee the Engineer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 8, 2010
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I have very mixed feelings about the new La Crosse Technology BC500 Alpha Power Battery Charger. On one hand, I see it as a severely 'dumbed down' version of the La Crosse BC-700 (which itself is one step below the original BC-900). But on the other hand, I can also see it as a simpler, more portable charger for people who don't appreciate the complexity of its older brothers. With that in mind... The Game is Afoot! (whatever that means)

[Size]
The BC500 is a lot smaller and thinner than the BC-900/700 (See my Customer Images for size comparison). Smaller size makes the BC500 more suitable as a travel charger, but also makes removing cells in the middle even more difficult than before. The base is also very flimsy. Just by slightly twisting the unit, I can make the charger shut off.

[AC Adapter]
The BC500's AC adapter accepts universal voltage of 100-240V, and outputs 12V DC. This is an important improvement from previous design of 3V, because it allows the charger to operate from 12V car battery through the included cigarette lighter adapter.

[Display]
The BC500 has a 4-column display which is smaller than that found on BC-700. The good news is that the new display has much better contrast, making it easier to read in dim light. The bad news is that it shows less information than before:

- The resolution is only 2.5 digits instead of 3.5 digits. For example, it can only display '1.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Amazon electronics buyer on May 20, 2010
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Owned a BC-900 for several years. Never had use for or used all features. This charger has very basic features with one VERY important improvement. It runs on and comes with a 12VDC adapter. No more having to run an inverter to charge from my home in remote Alaska. To me, this feature makes this charger even better than the more featured BC-900
10/30/1012 update
Originally purchased two of these. Both failed in a little over a year - both indicated defective batteries in one or more slots even though batteries would charge normally in other slots. Had replaced through Visa purchase protection plan. Now about 6 months later, one of the replacements power supplies has failed (LaCrosse promptly replaced but with wrong power supply - did not persue further as I normally use 12V to charge anyway) and other indicates defective batteries in slot 4. These are still the best chargers for me, however they dont last very long under heavy use - 4 - 6 uses per week.
12/14/2013
Well, just in time, both replacements have failed. Using both units average of once per day with 2 - 4 batteries in each. One reports bad battery in slot 4 all the time and other has missing segments in LCD. Purchased 2 more last week as these are still the only small 12V AA AAA battery chargers I can find. This time I will reduce my star rating by one to a 4 to reflect the short lifetime of these chargers
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By I. Seligman on April 3, 2011
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Ive tested this charger for several months on 50 NIMH Powerex 2700 batteries.
This charger is good for most batteries BUT it called 9 of the 50 (18%) batteries "DEFECTIVE" and would not charge them.

I then charged the 9 "defective" ones (according to the BC500) with my older Ansmann Powerline4 chargers, and got 3 batteries to then charge fine in the BC500. Then I used the Ansmann to further "discharge and then recharge" for several cycles on the other batteries. By doing so, I got 6 of the 9 "defective" batteries to work fine in the BC500. I used these 6 batteries with the same Nikon SB800 flash,(it's tough on batteries!) and had no problems with over 100 quick and strong flashes per charge. I tossed the 3 that would not charge fully after cycling-they were "bad" on both chargers.

Lesson learned. -Don't believe a battery is "defective" with the La Crosse BC500 till you charge it up with a less picky charger as I did. I would have unnecessarily thrown out 6 quite good batteries. They probably had their charge level just drop too low for the BC500's liking, while stored.

Bonus, of sorts.--The charger came with two of their own batteries that tested to ~500 mAh less than rated, after several charging cycles. Not good. I called La Crosse and they said the batteries would get better in time. Not these. I gave them away-why have 2000 mAh batteries as a "weak link" with 2700 mAh batteries?

Otherwise this is a good, not great charger for the money, limited by its fixed 500 mAh power.I like the visual display.
When on vacation, I'm taking my slightly larger, but more reliable Ansmann chargers, not the BC500.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Warren A. Smith Jr. on January 10, 2011
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I'm very happy with this charger. I would have been even happier had a bought it a day later when the price dropped about 16%, but that's a different story.

I was looking for a smart (ie., good) charger that doesn't cost a lot of money. I think this is a good compromise between more expensive/capable chargers and budget chargers which probably aren't so good for the health of your batteries. It charges the cells individually, which is a must. I like the more advanced features. While it doesn't have all the features of some models, I think it has enough for most users. The three modes of operation are:

1) Charge
2) Discharge/Charge
3) Test - measures the capacity of the battery

Unlike some more advanced chargers, it must run the same mode on every battery. While it may be important for some to perform different functions on different batteries at the same time, for me it's a non-issue. I've spent the last few days running it almost non-stop trying out various old NiMH batteries that I have. Turns out, most of them are either completely dead or not worth the effort to revive. Using the normal "dumb" chargers, there's no way to know what condition your battery is in. Using the Test function on this charger, I've been able to find that a number of my old batteries can only hold about 400mAh, which is pretty worthless. A number of them registered as defective and wouldn't even get through the tests. I was able to use an old timer-based charger to get a bit of current into some of the completely "dead" batteries, so that the C500 could charge them, but the results were not very impressive. This isn't the chargers fault; with a lesser charger you'd never know the condition of your battery.
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