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136 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most advanced charger in the world, October 17, 2011
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This review is from: La Crosse Technology BC1000 Alpha Power Battery Charger (Kitchen)
I just got this a few months ago, and it's been serving me quite well. It's main advantages are the amount of manual control it gives you and of course its ability to report data on the status of the batteries being charged. It also comes in a travel bag and is paired with plenty of accessories like 4 2600 mAh AA batteries, 4 1000 mAh AAA batteries, and 4 C/D-size spacers to allow you to use AA batteries in places that take C or D-size batteries. The manual that comes with it is very brief and uninformative; you can get a better one at www [dot] lacrossetechnology [dot] com [slash] bc1000 [slash] manual [dot] pdf.

An overview of the modes:

Charge Mode: Charges 1-4 AA or AAA batteries individually at user-selectable currents: 200 mAh, 500 mAh, 700 mAh, and 1000 mAh. If you are only charging 1 or 2 batteries (for 2, they must be placed in slots 1 and 4), you can also do 1500 mAh and 1800 mAh. For some reason, it lets you charge AAA batteries at 1000, 1500, and even 1800 mAh. My advice: just don't. Let's keep it safe at 700 mAh. Display can be configured to report mAh accumulated, time spent charging, and current.

Discharge Mode: Discharges the batteries until empty, and then charges until full. During discharging phase, reports mAh discharged, time spent discharging, and discharging current. Once a battery begins charging, the display resets into charging mode. Otherwise the same as Charge Mode. Use this option if you have NiCd batteries and need to deep cycle them to remove the "memory effect," or just want to find out the current mAh capacity of a battery.

Refresh Mode: Performs multiple charge/discharge cycles. Good for old batteries that need to be reprimed. I haven't used this mode before.

Test Mode: Charges to full capacity, then discharges fully, and then recharges back to full. Reports capacity of battery based on discharged mAh at the end. I've had some troubles with this mode on new batteries. AA Eneloops, which are supposed to give 1800 mAh on their first charge out of the pack, only showed up as values ranging from 200-500 mAh when I did Test Mode. After a charge/discharge cycle, the reported capacity went up to 2050 as expected.

There are four buttons, one in front of each battery compartment, allowing you to individually configure each battery. At the bottom are the three important buttons: Current, Display, and Mode. Current cycles between 200, 500, 700, 1000, 1500, and 1800. Display cycles between (dis-)charging current (mA), time elapsed (HH:MM), and capacity (mAh). Note that capacity switches to Ah with 3 significant figures at values of 2.00 Ah and above due to lack of space for digits. Mode cycles between Charge, Discharge, Refresh, and Test. A potential con is that the bottom three buttons feel rather cheap and loose. I have a friend with a BC-9009 whose buttons have fallen off, and must be manually pressed with a pencil.

Here are my ratings:
Performance 5
Features 5
Reliability 3
Usefulness 5
Ease of use 4
Value 4
Overall 4.5

I'll round it up to a 5 for the actual Amazon star rating because I really, really like this product.
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Initial post: Feb 2, 2013, 4:38:33 AM PST
Razor says:
I see you only gave it a 3 on reliability. That seems a little far from your other ratings, did you have problems with yours or are you going from your friends experiences with their BC-9009?

Posted on Oct 4, 2013, 6:30:40 PM PDT
Advanced enough to give it a 3 on reliability....scratching head!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2015, 5:11:47 PM PST
Tony J. says:
The buttons do feel rather cheap on mine, but they haven't broken.
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