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C.Crane 11-in-1 Solar Battery Charger

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  • Solar battery charger. Recharge batteries with the sun!
  • Charges 11 different NiCd and NiMH battery sizes (AAA, AA, C, D, and 7 GUM sizes) Never be without power again!
  • Charges 2 pcs of NIMH or NiCad "D"/"C"/"AA"/"AAA" size rechargeable batteries
  • Adjustable top lid and bottom stand for optimal sunlight exposure
  • Blocking diode to prevent discharge
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C.Crane Universal Solar 11-in-One Battery Charger with Meter - This high powered solar charger charges two Rechargeable Batteries of the same type and size (D, C, AA, AAA). It puts out about 150mah and about 5 volts. All of the other solar battery chargers we tested were unsuitable because their voltage was too low. Weight: 11.8 oz. Size: 6.8" W x 4.5" H x 2.3" D. This is the most versatile battery charger available on the market today. The solar panel is incorporated into the hinged cover which can be angled for maximum sun exposure. It goes beyond ordinarily employing the sunlight strength to charge your Ni-Cad batteries. Its in-built meter shows you the following conditions: -The strength of the sun -The strength of the current out-put from the solar panel -The time required to fully charge the different types of batteries This battery charger incorporates a built-in blocking diode to prevent reverse flow of electricity from charged batteries during storage. It is environmentally safe, cost efficient and trouble free. The polycarbonate transparent cover makes the charger weather resistant. This charger is an ideal gadget for camping, fishing, boating, and picnics. It is equally suitable for home use. "D," "C," "AA," and "AAA" size batteries. Batteries D-Size (UM-1) 1500mA 5.6x16.4x66.2mm 600mA C-Size (UM-2) 1000mA 5.6x16.4x66.2mm 720mA AA-Size (UM-3) 500mA 6.1x17x67mm 650mA AAA-Size(UM4) 180mA 7.8x16.4xx66.5mm 850mA 8.3x17x67mm 900mA 10.5x17x67mm 1200mA 10.7x17x67mm 1750mA Specs Voltage (VOC): 5V (maximum in full sunlight) Current (Isc): 140 mA (maximum in full sunlight)

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Product Dimensions 7 x 5 x 2.5 inches
Item Weight 13.9 ounces
Shipping Weight 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B001BKS3Z2
Item model number SBC
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4.0 out of 5 stars 276 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #48 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Batteries & Chargers > Battery Chargers
Date first available at Amazon.com May 17, 2005

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By David Sims on March 24, 2011
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I bought two of these recently. They do what they are supposed to do. I've used them to recharge Sanyo Eneloop batteries after I drained them in my Kodak digital camera. This battery charger works quite well. It uses sunlight to generate a current that charges pairs of batteries in sizes AAA, AA, C, or D. It will also charge gum batteries.

Sanyo Eneloop AA Battery 4 pack Precharged Use Up to 1500 Times
Kodak EasyShare C182 Digital Camera (Blue)

However, it will not recharge 9-volt batteries. The voltage from the solar panel isn't high enough. If you want to charge a 9V battery, the product you need is

AA and 9 volt battery charger with 3, 6, 9, and 12 volt power supply

The only thing the Crane charger's dial really indicates is current. The time shown on the dial is an estimate based on the assumption that the battery was drained until its pole potential difference was about one volt. It isn't the amount of time remaining. You still have to check the batteries from time to time with a voltmeter, until they're just over 1.4 volts each when you measure them with a voltmeter 30 minutes after taking them out of the charger. (The battery voltage usually falls off by 0.01V to 0.03V during the first half hour after removal.)

Not all of these chargers are equals. Some of them generate a higher charging voltage than others do.
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This is truly an amazing device, fashioned of high-strength durable plastic, and photovoltaic cells that can charge several different sized batteries at once. The unit can recharge AA, AAA, C and D batteries, and does so extremely well. (The same model is also available here and here from different sellers.) It does take a while to recharge the batteries. Although in strong sunlight in a south-facing window, units can recharge in five or six hours, it can in winter sunlight or on cloudy days take much longer than that. However, once the batteries are charged, they tend to hold the charge for a long while --- several months in some cases, depending on their use.

We originally purchased this unit for camping. That turned out to be rather impractical, as many campsites are in shaded, forested areas. However, the purchase was worth every penny and over time has saved us a fortune in battery costs --- and no doubt quite a bit for electric-grid prices as well. Highly recommended.
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It works. It may take a couple of days depending on your sunlight situation, but it does the job, it's cheap, and I'm happy with it.
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I bought 4 of these chargers a few years back and have been using them ever since. I made a small solar array by placing them into a wooden frame that can be raised up by using an attached rod on the back of the frame, this keeps the angle just right. These chargers work very well and will still be working when we are without power. Can your powered charger do that? To those who left a bad review because you can only charge two batteries at a time - buy two chargers. These are a bargain. I highly recommend this product!
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This charger is great for power outage, camping or an emergency. Since it is better to charge 2 batteries at a time to ensure high strength, you should have the plug in type for everyday use. Once I found the right area to tilt and rotate to follow the sun, the power would always point to the red or highest power which was enough to use with my power hungry camera and water pic. This is good to have for back up usage.
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Pros: It charges batteries using just sunlight.

Cons: It takes 2 days and the charger needs to be moved every couple hours to maximize solar collection.

I had hoped for a charge in 1 day, but this is not the case - it really takes 2 days to charge them up.
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I talked with C. Crane and they told me this charger would not recharge NiCd batteries. The detailed description is in error. Smarthome and Amazon were both good to work with and resolved my issue.
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I tested the product in the hot desert of Southern California on a full day of sun in May. It was hot and very sunny. The batteries didn't charge at all. Had to plug them in to get a charge. I like the idea of a solar charger for camping etc. but couldn't get this one to work. Maybe I got a lemon considering the other reviews but I returned it.
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