|Item Weight||13.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||2 x 3 x 5 inches|
|Item model number||BC700-CBP|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||The La Crosse BC-700 battery charger is covered by a 1 Year Limited Warranty by La Crosse Technology.|
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La Crosse Technology BC-700 Alpha Power Battery Charger
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- Battery charger for 4 rechargeable NiMH and NiCad AA and AAA batteries; with 4 modes: charge, discharge, refresh, and test
- With individual compartment for each battery with own LCD display and mode selection for multitasking
- Operates on 100-240-volt AC input for international use; 3 charging rate options of 200 mA, 500 mA, and 700 mA
- Detects overheating for safety; not for use with any other batteries other than those specified
- Measures 5 inches long by 3 inches wide by 1-1/2 inches high; limited 1-year warranty
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La Crosse Technology BC700 Battery Charger
Charge AA and AAA batteries simultaneously at the of rate of 200 mAh (default) when you need to. LCD displays voltage, charging current, charging percentage, and cumulative capacity for each cell, with a simple one button operation. It will detect a defective battery and works with all NiCd and NiMH, both AA and AAA rechargeable batteries. Auto detection that will not charge defective batteries.
Simple Button Operation
7 Easy to use function keys: 4 Bay number buttons and 3 Operational (Current, Display, Mode) buttons.
Automatically defaults to 200 mAh charge (the optimal setting for prolonging battery life) .
LCD shows capacity for each battery when charging has completed.
Will not charge defective batteries.
Multiple Charging Current Compartments
Charge mode (charging current).
Discharge mode (discharging current).
Refresh mode (time elapsed).
Test mode (accumulated capacity).
Select different charging current for each channel.
Automatic trickle charge when charging has completed to ensure maximum battery capacity.
Overheat detection to protect over-charging.
Works With All NiCd and NiMh Rechargeable AA/AAA Batteries
Specifications: Input voltage for AC/DC adapter: 100-240 VAC.
Charging current range: 200 mAh - 700 mAh.
Max charging capacity: 3000 mAh.
Charger: 3.00”L x 1.50”W x 5.10”H.
Includes 12V 0.75A AC/DC adapter.
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The La Crosse Technology BC700 Alpha Power Battery Charger has four modes and charges all NiCd and NiMH AA and AAA rechargeable batteries. The four modes include charge, discharge (discharges the batteries and then recharges them), recharge (discharges and recharges up to 20 times to bring old batteries back to life) and test (displays the battery capacity). BC-700 Battery Charger " Features: • All modes automatically default to 200 mA charge on the BC-700 Battery charger • Charge both AA and AAA rechargeable batteries simultaneously and will charge all Low-Discharge batteries. Sanyo Eneloop, Uniross Hybrio, Nexcell EnergyOn, Accupower Acculoop and other future low discharge batteries. • Hhas Four independent channels - Charges 1, 2, 3 , or 4 rechargeable batteries at a time. • Overheat detection to protect over-charging and LCD shows capacity for each battery when charging is complete • Charge Mode - allows a range of user selectable milliamp settings from 200 to 700 for faster charging times. Within 4 seconds after rechargeable batteries are inserted charging automatically begins at 200mA, or you may select 500, or 700mA charge rates for faster charging times. • Discharge Mode - reduces memory effect by discharging rechargeable battery completely before recharging to full capacity. User selectable. • Refresh Mode - discharges and recharges up to 20 cycles or until rechargeable battery is refreshed to full capacity. User Selectable. • Test Mode- First charges the rechargeable battery to full capacity, then discharges completely to measure rechargeable battery capacity for display in mAh or Ah, and then recharges each rechargeable battery to full battery capacity. • UL approved, BC 700 charger also has safeguards that sense rechargeable battery polarity, rechargeable battery temperature and defective rechargeable batteries. • World Voltage capable - Operates on 100~240V AC Input.
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Anyway I stuck one AA in and tried it out. Fantastic! (Particularly after the Nitecore which I returned). The Mode button cycles through four functions: charge, discharge, test and refresh. Test mode discharges and charges. Refresh does that 20 times, and can bring many semi-retired batteries back into the work force. The charge rate is typically about 200mA, discharge is 100mA. Neither the batteries nor the charger heat up at this rate (overly fast charging=heat=kills battery longevity). The batteries put out more than 1.4V when done. The Display button cycles through volts, mA, mAh and hours.
Not all batteries respond. Some stick at about 4mA and after a while it's obvious they aren't going anywhere. Others are so cooked that they show up as Null when inserted: same as when the slot is empty.
The -ve contact for AAAs is non-obvious, smaller and deeper down than you might expect, but once you figure it out, it's reasonably accessible. The build could be better: the buttons are sometimes unresponsive and the thing feels more like a Datsun than a Buick. La Crosse is based in Wisconsin, but this is made in China.
Time will tell how my older NiMH batteries hold up after being refreshed, but the BC-700 charger has impressed me with its careful design and execution. It feels solid and well made. It doesn't have any hotspots during operation. It's easy to use. Truly a remarkable piece of technology.
I'll probably end up giving this product as Christmas gifts to some of my friends and family that also rely on rechargeable batteries. This is too good not to share!
I upgraded to this because my Amazon NiMH cells were all getting out of whack and not cutting it anymore in my wireless devices. If you're serious about using rechargeables -- using batteries in devices other than lights where sub-par voltage or reduced life doesn't much matter -- a charger like this is a requirement.
First: * READ THE INSTRUCTIONS !!! * that come with this charger. If you just plop batteries in, your re-charges will be slow, and you won't be reviving compromised batteries that potentially have years of life left in them if properly refreshed. (If you've been using a cheap charger, chances are that batteries are not performing very well, especially due to charging in pairs.) Know the great features of this charger and use them. There is one idiosyncrasy with this charger (explained in the blog post below). It's good to know the easy workaround for batteries that are utterly 100% dead and refuse to "catch" and begin recharging.
I purchased the BC-700 based on this analysis of chargers -- search the web for "Best AA Batteries and Chargers: 2016 Update | FilterJoe".
It's a great in-depth blog post explaining *everything* you need to know about what to watch out for in batteries and chargers. The author updates the information every year for this regularly improving technology. Short version is: La Crosse is one of three premium brands recommended. And be sure your batteries are low-discharge NiMH made in Japan. (Amazon Basics pre-charged batteries work great. If you want your batteries to last 2000+ recharges, get regular capacity. Only get higher capacity when needed, such as for a digital camera.)
So far, so good, the BC-700 is providing everything I need. I like it.