Help me find an AA battery charger

steve23094

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I’m trying to find a suitable AA battery charger and it’s doing my nut in.

I need
- a U.K. charger.
- for two or four AA batteries (not C, D or 9V, it needs to be compact).
- mains powered, not USB.
- no LCD display, they are pointless. LEDs are fine.
- independent charging circuit for each battery.
- overcharge cut off.
- slow charging, 4 hours plus charging time. I don’t want to send my batteries to an early grave.

I have an Apple charger and it’s useless. I have to re-seat the batteries 20+ each time before they make contact. ‘Yes’, all the contacts are clean. It was a common fault with them and was extensively moaned about in reviews on their website.

This would have been ideal https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-POWER...005128ARW/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 but it’s no longer in production.

This would have been okay too https://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-BQ-CC17KSBA-Advanced-Individual-Indicator/dp/B00JHKSLM8?th=1 but they don’t make a U.K. version.
 

RedTomato

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Minor battery geek here & UK based too so you're in luck. Globally, the most commonly recommended intelligent chargers are the Technoline BC1000 or the La Crosse BC1000. I own the previous model, the Technoline BC900, which has given me sterling service for many years. It looks exactly the same as this one:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Technoline-BC-1000-Battery-Charger/dp/B0064A5QM2

I didn't pay £60 for mine, it was a lot cheaper when it was on the market. Yes, at this level, you need a LCD display so that you can set charging rates individually for each battery, and so that the charger can inform you if the battery is dead, dying, needs a refresh, is nearly full, is full, what the various voltage levels are etc.

This is the current UK equivalent of these high-end chargers:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Youshiko-YC4000-Intelligent-Professional-Standard/dp/B00N7GHUH0/

£25 at the moment and worth it. Will last you a lifetime. As for batteries, I only buy buy Eneloops:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_s...s&field-keywords=eneloops&rh=i:aps,k:eneloops

They cost around £2 a battery, which is more than some others, but again they last a lifetime, never go flat in storage, and last a really long time in use. I've had various other rechargeables die on me and become un-rechargable, but never eneloops (yet). I also have a pack of AmazonBasics rechargeables which I keep in reserve for emergencies or for lending to people / kids who might not return them, & they're not too bad either.

Hope this helps.
 
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RedTomato

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Indeed it does.

I’m considering this charger now https://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-...pID=51b1O7Wj7HL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

It’s a BQ-CC55 as far as I can tell, typo in the product title. I could use a few more batteries, but I have no idea if they’re Eneloop or Japanese. They would still be handy though.

I’ll mull over the charger you recommended.
Your first post says you wanted slow charging time - the BQ-CC55 only does fast charging far as I can tell. The batteries it comes with are definitely not long life / low self discharge (will go flat in a year, means low capacity after a couple of months on the shelf).

re the YC4000, most of the time I don't bother to set mine up, I just chuck in the batteries and they're done when they're done. It's nice to have the various built in readings available when I'm suspicious about a battery though.
 

steve23094

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Posting back for the benefit of others should they stumble across this thread. I have done some more research.

The YC4000 is a Chinese knock off of the superior German Technoline BL700N. The BL700N (the 'N' is important) can better handle flat batteries. When a battery is completely flat the YC4000 is more likely to report it as 'bad'.
 

960design

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I’m trying to find a suitable AA battery charger and it’s doing my nut in.

I need
- a U.K. charger.
- for two or four AA batteries (not C, D or 9V, it needs to be compact).
- mains powered, not USB.
- no LCD display, they are pointless. LEDs are fine.
- independent charging circuit for each battery.
- overcharge cut off.
- slow charging, 4 hours plus charging time. I don’t want to send my batteries to an early grave.

I have an Apple charger and it’s useless. I have to re-seat the batteries 20+ each time before they make contact. ‘Yes’, all the contacts are clean. It was a common fault with them and was extensively moaned about in reviews on their website.

This would have been ideal https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-POWER...005128ARW/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 but it’s no longer in production.

This would have been okay too https://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-BQ-CC17KSBA-Advanced-Individual-Indicator/dp/B00JHKSLM8?th=1 but they don’t make a U.K. version.
https://www.amazon.com/Energizer-Rechargeable-Battery-Recharge-Batteries/dp/B00IM3P8GS
This is the best AA charger I've used. The batteries are fantastic as well. This one is for US adapter. You'll have to see if they make one with a UK adapter.
 
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