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PowerEx MH-C401FS 100 Minute Cool Charger with Car Adapter

by Powerex
4.5 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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  • Charge AA / AAA NiMH or NiCD batteries in 100 Minutes Accurately and Coolly (AAA charges in around 1 hour).
  • The PowerEx MH-C401FS delivers the most complete charge for chargers in its class.
  • Manually Switch between 100 minute fast charge and 5 hour gentle charge
  • Four Independent Charging Circuit
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Technical Details


Product Description

Specifications:

Rapid Charge Current: 1000mA (AA), 500mA (AAA)
Trickle Charge Current: 50mA
Slow (Gentle) Charge Current: 300mA (AA), 200mA (AAA)
Charging Cell Configuration: One to Four NiMH / NiCD AA / AAA Batteries
Microprocessor: Negative Delta V, Four Independent channels
Power Supply Voltage: 12V 1000mA

Contens of delivery:
1 x MH-C401FS Charger
1 x power adapter
1 x DC adapter

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 3 x 1.5 inches ; 3.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B003FJEB1C
  • Item model number: Smart Pulse Charger MH-C401FS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 5, 2009

Customer Reviews

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I've owned it since 2003. I lugged this charger with me when I played paintball for a college team. It has been in multiple states, flown in planes, and has generally not been treated nicely. It is currently charging 4 AA batteries, and I am buying another charger so I can keep it at home all the time.

The ability to select a fast or slow charge is invaluable, as is the ability to mix and match AA and AAA batteries in any way you want, as each battery is charged individually. The car adapter has saved my butt a few times.

The only reason to look elsewhere is if you need to charge something other than NiMH or NiCD AA/AAA batteries.
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Dead simple, easy to use, good to batteries charger. No fancy LCD displays, just simple easy to understand LEDs. Less parts so less chance of something breaking.

The Old
I've been using the Maha MH-C204FX charger for 9 years now. It performs excellently, however you must charge cells in multiples of two. Two cells make up a single charging circuit. Has two indicator LEDs. Red = charging and GREEN = fully charged and Flashing RED = bad cell. The charger is still going strong after 9 years.

The New
This charger the MH-C401FS is virtually identical, except it charges each cell individually and it has a fast/slow selector switch. So therefore it has four indicator LEDs, one per cell.

I prefer to charge the cells at the slow charge setting. This charges the cells at a lower current, therefore takes longer, but allows the cells to retain more charge and last longer. I am hoping that this new charger lasts me as long as the MH-C204FX is.

Not all cells are created equal
I've been using the same Energizer cells for the last 9 years. I've used PowerEX 1800mAH AA cells initially, but these did not perform well. Gradually the four that I had all died within the first year. The first energizer cells I purchased were the 2100mAH AA. They are still going strong. I have since purchased Energizer 2500mAH and 2300mAH AA cells and they're great. I've recently purchased the Tenergy 2700mAH AA and 1000mAH AAA cells and they work well so far. I have not had the time to load test the cells to determine actual capacity. What I do know is that all these cells outlast the Duracell Ultra and Energizer Max Alkaline cells in most applications (toothbrushes, flashlights, remote controlled toys, TV/Video remotes).
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I have had this charger for almost a year, but I waited till now to review it so I could make some observations. I've used it about once a week and sometimes 2 or 3 times a week during that time and it always works very well. I only use it on the slow, (300 ma for aa, 200 ma for aaa), setting and the aa's and aaa's NEVER get hot, only a little warm. The batteries I've charged are aa and aaa Imedions and aa Eneloops. These batteries always seem to last very long on a charge after being in this charger. This charger suppliments my other charger which is a Maha Powerex MH-C9000 which is an excellent charger/analyzer. This is a subjective opinion on the MH-C401FS but I sometimes think this little charger puts a more complete charge into the batteries than the MH-C9000 even after the C9000 tops off the batteries for 2 hours. Would I buy more of these chargers if I needed them? Yes, but only if I didn't need to charge a lot of batteries all the time. Otherwise Powerex has a few 8-cell chargers that would be better for charging lots of batteries at once. I give this charger 4 stars instead of 5 because of the batteries in the middle being hard to get out when charging four batteries if the two middle ones are done before the side ones, otherwise this charger gets 5 stars for charging ability and completeness.
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MOST CURRENT UPDATE: Even though the charger is out Amazon's warranty, I decided to contact the merchant (Thomas Distributing) with a "QUESTION" (there's no option for return or warranty issue on Amazon, when it's outside the warranty period). The merchant was great. They responded immediately, saying that they adhere to manufacturer's warranties, not Amazon's, and this device has a lifetime warranty. They gave me the manufacturer's contact information, and the problem was corrected within days. Back to 4 stars it goes!

UPDATE: I am downgrading this review from 4 stars to 1 star, because it stopped working in less than 1 year. I should have returned it when I first purchased it, because it never worked right (see original comments on the charging problems). I won't be buying this particular charger again, but I will be buying another charger, because the recharged batteries work great and last a long, long time (longer than the Duracell's that I previously used).

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
I use rechargeable batteries for my wireless keyboard and mouse. At first, i was very excited about this charger (and the 2700 mAh POWEREX batteries), because they last SO much longer than the old rechargeable batteries I used. However, after only a few months, I noticed that the green "charge complete" light stayed on for the 2 charging slots on the right, and there were no lights on for the 2 charging slots on the left (regardless of whether batteries were in the slots). I assumed that even if the lights weren't on, that it would still charge. So, after charging for a day, I put the the batteries in my mouse, and after 5 minutes, the mouse died. Clearly, they didn't charge.
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