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Almost everything you could want in a charger.,
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This review is from: Ansmann 5207123 Energy 16 Charger (Electronics)
I searched for 2 weeks for the "best" charger to fit my needs, current and future. This is what I came up with. I was a little skeptical about the lack of reviews on this charger, but decided to get one anyway, especially with its 3 year warranty. I still have some older 600maH Nicads in my "fleet" that I felt would not be best to charge with Maha's MH-C808M, which charges at 1000ma minimum. I was also unimpressed with the so-called "LCD display" on the 808. The LEDs on the Ansmann are capable of displaying everything you need to know about the charging mode and battery condition, making an LCD display unnecessary. In my opinion, an LCD display would only be desirable if it displayed the actual maH accumulated charge of each cell. I very much wanted to have that feature, but sadly there are no chargers currently on the market that charge C and D size cells, and offer maH display. To that end, the LaCrosse BC-900 was considered, but I would've had to buy 3 of them to charge as many batteries as this model, and still could not charge Cs, Ds, or 9Vs, which I may add to my collection. So far, I have only charged "AA" size Nimh and Nicads with this charger, but I am happy to report that both the Nicads and Nimh peaked out nicely after the brief "Refresh cycle" this charger gives them. I sample tested some of the charged batteries by resting them 24 hrs, then discharging them with my Dymond (hobby) charger/analyzer (at 0.5C), which discharges to 0.8V per cell. Most of the batteries actually discharged more than their rated capacity after being charged with this charger, so I would have to say the -dV circuitry employed in this unit is very good at charging each cell to full capacity, and considering that some of my Nicads are over 15 yrs old, I would say the refresh feature has done its job to bring back some lost capacity in these cells. At $119, this is possibly the most expensive charger on the market, but I am happy with my choice due to its ease of use and sheer number (also sizes) of batteries it can charge.