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The advertised characteristics include this statement: "Batteries and charger ...
on November 3, 2015
The advertised characteristics include this statement: "Batteries and charger are fully decoded and are compatible with all Pentax original equipment." That statement is not exactly true. The Pentax charger has four terminals for battery connections, while the Wasabi charger has only two. The batteries themselves have four terminals, "+", "-", "D", and "T", that correspond to the Pentax batteries, though I can't seem to find out whether the additional terminals on the Wasabi batteries are functional. They seem to have to do with charging rate control, since fast chargers (like that supplied with this kit) can cause the batteries to overheat causing a minor explosion and fire. I would absolutely NOT charge Pentax batteries in this charger, and if I were using the Wasabi charger in the car (its only real utility by my lights), I would not leave it unattended, and I'd touch the battery every so often to make sure it's not getting too hot. The Pentax charger can be used safely on all the batteries. That's my opinion based on the information available to me at the time, though neither mfgr. is particularly forthcoming with details. My "star rating" of OK is because I think it is, "OK" - if I wanted "spectacular", I'd have shelled out the big bucks for genuine Pentax batteries. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this kit again but I would be careful about how I use that charger.