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This review is from: Energizer Products - Energizer - Family Battery Charger, Multiple Battery Sizes - Sold As 1 Each - Charges AA, AAA, C, D and 9V batteries (Camera)
I have 2 of the older versions of this charger (circa 2009-2012). Love 'em. Bought a 3rd to charge all my batteries faster (I have >50 NiMH batteries of various sizes up to 2700mAh for photography). But alas, Energizer changed the design. With the old version, you could just drop the batteries in and closing the lid snugged the charging contacts onto the battery terminals. With this version, however, the 4 charging contact ends are spring-loaded in the 'closed' position so you have to slide them back with one hand, hold them open, then slip each battery in with your other hand and release the charging contacts to meet the battery terminals. And finally, adjust the batteries in the cradles so they make good contact. Very awkward and cumbersome. Kinda' doubting Energizer tested this new design with focus groups! And because of the counterforce involved prying open the contacts, I seriously doubt it will last as long as the other two (which are still working fine), as the plastic mechanisms will surely give way under that stress.
The LED display is easy to read (easier than its predecessor) and the overall design is a bit streamlined. The lid also opens sideways instead of up/down, which, if you're adding this to a master charging station (like I did) might require a change in your layout. It charges consistently and evenly and doesn't heat up with 2700+ mAh batteries, nor does it heat up the batteries.
If this is your first Energizer Family Charger, you might like it. Personally, I'll be looking elsewhere for a 4th charger.