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Tenergy BC1HU AA/AAA/C/D/9V Smart Battery Charger NiMH NiCD

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  • Cell Size Compatible: AA/AAA/C/D/9V
  • Compatible Chemistry: NiMH/NiCD
  • Use constant current pulse charging system
  • Recharges batteries in single or group
  • Identification of defective cells
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Product Description

Specifications:
Cell Size Compatible: AA/AAA/C/D/9V
Compatible Chemistry: NiMH/NiCD
Input Voltage: 110V-240V
Number of Cells:
1-4 pieces of AA/AAA/C/D
1-2 pieces of 9V
Charging Current:
AA/C/D: 550mAh
AAA: 180mAh
9V: 25mAh

Charging Estimates:
AAA (180mAh - 1000mAh): 1 - 3.5 hours
AA (500mAh - 2700mAh): 1.5 - 5 hours
C (1200mAh - 5500mAh): 2.5 - 5.5 hours
D (1200mAh - 10000mAh): 3 - 10.5 hours
9V Block (100mAh - 250mAh): 6 - 11 hours

Features:
Use constant current pulse charging system
Each charging group is individual programmable in its function
Recharges batteries in single or group
Automatic charge and discharge function
Identification of defective cells
Individual LED to indicate discharge, fast charge and trickle charge

Safety:
Timer
Negative Delta V Cut-off (-ΔV)
Reverse polarity
Over temperature and short circuit protection

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • ASIN: B000UB7WD2
  • Item model number: 01119
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 21, 2008

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This is a great charger, you can do 4 batteries at a time (AA, AAA, C and D) or 2 9 volt batteries.
Richard D. Cappetto
I was going to take the charger apart to check for frayed wires, loose connections, signs of burning but it had recessed, security nuts/bolts that you can't remove.
Amazon Customer
A very useful feature is that you can set the charger to fully discharge the bateries before the charge cycle begins.
Sanford D. Larsen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

165 of 173 people found the following review helpful By Darby on December 4, 2008
The "Tenergy Speedy Box" (aka "Ni-Cd & Ni-MH Computer Controlled Smart Charger" Model BC-1HU) is, as of this writing, the best (and one of the fastest) smart chargers I've owned yet.

Likes:

* CAPACITY: it has 2 groups of charging bays. The first (located in it's upper right corner) can handle two 9v batteries. The second (under it's silver lid) can handle 4 of any combination of the following types: AAA, AA, C, D. The charger can handle both NiCad and NiMHi.

* ERGONOMICS: There's no need to toggle any switches in order to handle different types of batteries ... the charger's CPU automatically detects the size and type (NiCad or NiMHi) of any given battery placed into any individual charging slot, and it automatically adjusts the charging curve for that slot to the optimum method ... and you can mix and match different types of batteries in different cells, and it will individually charge and monitor each one independantly.

* SPEED: Because this charger is truly 'smart', it can quickly sense when a battery has reached full charge and switch that one battery to standby (the LED for that battery will change from Red to Green) ... which really helps extend battery life by avoiding unnecessary overcharging (esp when the power blinks and would otherwise trigger another full charging pass in many older 'dumb' chargers). The only battery type that takes an unusually long time is the 9v, but that's probably true of all chargers.

NITS:

* I wish the two 9v charging slots each had their own individual charge status LED (like the other 4 slots in the main bay do). Other than that, I'm very happy with this unit.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By adjective VINE VOICE on January 29, 2009
I bought one of these chargers about five years ago when it was a brand-new model, and considerably more expensive. Still, considering the near-constant use it has seen charging my large collection of batteries that sustain my digital existence, the investment has paid off several times over. This represents many hundreds of charges. At its current price, it is quite competitive with the handful of newer models that have digital readouts (in contrast to simple red and green LEDs,) and has the added advantage of being able to handle C-and D-cells, a feature I call upon frequently.

This is a real "smart charger." That means a microprocessor monitors the charge status of the batteries to ensure that they are not overcharged, and as far as I can tell, it works the way it is supposed to. In five years, I have only thrown out two cells, whose failure is most likely attributable to their dubious origin. Better types, like the "generic" Tenergy batteries, have worked flawlessly with heavy use; the same goes for the Sanyo Eneloops and Rayovac hybrids. //my two cents
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful By PeterMaine on September 3, 2010
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I ordered the charger and it arrived with one 9volt battery slot not working. I returned the charger for an exchange, which was a complete hassle with the seller (battery superstore). The second charger arrived and on the first day of use caused a 9 volt battery to explode. DO NOT SPEND YOUr MONEY ON THIS CHARGER. I have been dealing with the seller for over a month on a refund, and all they care is that I remove my 1 rating.
They have no interest in product or customer safety.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Sanford D. Larsen on June 28, 2010
For less than $25, this is a great charger! (Though less great for 9 volt batteries.)

One reveiwer said that this charger not "smart" and proved so by re-inserting freshly charged batteries and noting that they start to charge again, as indicated by the batteries getting warm. I tried it myself and this is what I found: The first time I charged the batteries it took something like 9 hours. The second time, the charger "charged" the batteries for about 1 hour before shutting off. So, okay, it's not perfect. But it DID stop charging much sooner the second time. For the price I paid, I won't complain!

This charger is VERY versatile, capable of charging four batteries of any type simultaneously. The four channels are fully independent.

A very useful feature is that you can set the charger to fully discharge the bateries before the charge cycle begins. With NiMH or NiCd batteries, you need to perform a charge/discharge cycle on new batteries two or three times before they will hold a full charge. (This is true regardless of the charger used.) So this feature is nice to have.

One complaint is that you need to unplug the charger between charge cycles. It seems they should have included a power-on switch for this. The instructions don't state what happens if you don't power down between cycles. However, be aware that in order to perform a disharge/charge cycle, you need to press the red button within 30 seconds of powering up. If you remember these two things, you don't need to refer to the instructions any further.

One tip I offer is this: The auto-sensing feature (which determines the size of the battery, AAA, AA, C, D) works only of the battery is properly seated. If you're careless, the battery may rest on the bottom slightly tilted.
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