La Crosse Technology BC-9009 AlphaPower Battery Charger (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Battery charger for NiCd and NiMH AA and AAA rechargeable batteries
- New overheat detection protects against overcharging; Individual LCD displays for each charging compartment
- 4 operating modes--Charge, Discharge, Refresh, and Test
- Includes 4 AA and 4 AAA rechargeable batteries, 4 C- and 4 D-size battery adapters, and a travel bag
- Measures 5 by 3 by 1-1/2 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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Be charged and ready to go with La Crosse Technology’s BC9009 portable battery charger. Optimum simultaneous charging of AA & AAA batteries with separate cell display. Automatically defaults to 200ma charge and won’t overcharge, as the LCD displays voltage, charging current, charging percentage, and cumulative capacity for each cell compartment. Also, detects a defective battery from charging and works with all NiCd & NiMH AA and AAA rechargeable batteries. The previous version of this battery charger had known issues with the adaptor. This version comes with the new upgraded adaptor featuring overheat detection to protect against overcharging.
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I haven't bought a disposable AA or AAA battery in 8 years. The La Crosse charger has paid for itself many times over. I'm not sure how many rechargeable batteries we have in the house: remote controls, radios, flashlights, lanterns, whatever. They all use rechargeable batteries, and they all go in the La Crosse charger. It performs flawlessly. AAAs charge in a few hours, AAs overnight.
Disposable batteries are a total rip off. The La Crosse charger does exactly what you expect -- stick in a bunch a dead batteries, come back later and you've got 4 fully charged batteries ready to go. In all these years, I've only had 1 or 2 batteries fail to take a charge. All the others just keep on going.
For what it's worth, I have more batteries than I need at any one time. There are always 4+ fully charged AAs and 4+ fully charged AAAs in the drawer, ready to go. When a set of batteries give out, I've got new batteries ready to drop in. And the used ones go into the La Crosse charger. When they're fully charged, they go in the drawer to wait their turn.
The La Crosse charger is one of my all-time favorite purchases.
Why write the review now? Because it works just like the day I bought it - and I use it VERY frequently. I charge Eneloops, Energizers, Sonys.... you name it, this charger has charged it.
Two things - I always discharge my batteries before charging (mode #2), and for AAA batteries I do not use the default 500 / 200 discharge / charge cycle... I cycle it down to the 200 / 100 mode as for triple AAA the default is too high and more suitable for AA batteries.
Finally, the refresh cycle on this charge really works well. I am still using a few 10 year old Energizer rechargeables, and it always seems to get more life out of them. I attribute the long life of these Energizers - and all my batteries - to this charger. All my batteries have very long lives and go through many charge / discharge cycles. It is rare I ever throw a battery away!!
I am not sure how well the newer version of this charger works, but I am here to tell you the older version (this one) works very well - and it obviously lasts a long time. When I saw I had not written a review for this product, I had to share!!
Thanks for reading!
The only thing that wasn't good about it was the batteries that came with it. Those were from the days before low self discharge batteries were commonplace, and they eventually went flat from disuse. I didn't have much of a need for them at the time and don't use non lsd batteries anymore, so that's why it's still 5 stars.
I love the fact that I can choose the charge rate from a trickle to a very fast, high rate charge for each battery individually. It will recondition older batteries to get the most out of them. The display offers all kinds of information so you know what is going on with each battery in the charger and you can mix or match any AA or AAA size batteries and makes at the same time.
This charger coupled with Eneloop batteries are a winning combination.
Be warned: After a charge cycle, make sure the unit completely cools before charging other batteries. I think the heat makes the buttons deform easier. I am not a ham handed person, so it isn't like I was carelessly using the device.
This is a little ridiculous. These had some quality issues in the past with over heating, I have read, so perhaps there is a quality issue with the buttons.
UPDATE as of 7/1/2010 I used Amazon's online return application and it couldn't be easier. I printed out a pre-paid shipping label, affixed it to the original box, sent it back, and they gave me a refund on the product and for the shipping label.