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EBL vs Energizer Rapid Charge vs Panasonic BQ-CC17 - Took me too long to come to this practical conclusion
on July 18, 2016
Rechargeable Batteries and chargers
Overall, buy BRAND NAME CHARGERS, don't worry too much about cost, worry about quality (and potential fires). AND, buy chargers that charge batteries individually, not in pairs, as I have read that those charging in pairs only charge til the first battery is full and show both batteries full. Regarding BATTERIES, I have found Eneloop, Energizer, and EBL to all perform within the same general levels so far, so I generally buy batteries based on price.
For this specific EBL 920D charger - Does not work as per instructions. Placed batteries in charger that came with charger and after 36 hours, still indicated charging, lights never went out. Batteries did seem to charge.
For EBL 807 and EBL 808 - in my case they worked as advertised.
HOWEVER, when I take batteries that are supposedly fully charged out of the EBL chargers, wait 10 minutes to cool, then place in the Panasonic BQ-CC17, they charge another hour or so. This leads me to believe the EBL's don't fully charge the batteries for some reason. Reversing and putting fully charged batteries from the Panasonic into the EBLs, they indicate fully charged.
Just buy the Panasonic BQ-CC17 - It comes with 4 2100 eneloops for $14, so you are essentially getting the charger for $3. This charger is slow, but is very dependable and highly rated everywhere.
You should charge your batteries slowly to extend their life, but if you are impatient, buy the Energizer Recharge Rapid Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (included) Car and AC Wall Adaptor, 15-Min Charge Time. It is about $33 with four 1300mah batteries, so you pay about $25 for the charger. Does 4AA in 30 minutes. Remember tho, the rapid charge reduces the number of times you can charge the batteries. But at $2-3 each for the AA, who cares if you get 2000 or 500 charges.
WARNING: On all battery chargers, based on my reviews, I don't leave them in the charger unattended for long, especially the Energizer Rapid Charger. They all build up heat in the battery, they are all probably assembled in China, and the quality control probably varies significantly from the name brands to the off brands. Read of two instances of batteries/chargers overheating, melting the charger and the batteries. In one case, started a fire, in the other, the smell from the melting device alerted the owner to unplug.
Hope this helps some of you out there trying to figure out how to navigate thru this rechargeable battery jungle.
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