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    How is this charger/batteries?

    OK, I am using the usual DX LED flashlight and want to get some batteries and a charger. My commute is approx 40 minutes each way.

    I see this unit at wallyworld:

    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=5640637

    Is this reasonable for my purposes? I know that the illuminati get their batts and chargers from mail order, but I am wondering if the retail ones are reasonable.

    Doug

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    Check out this thread Battery charger -- what fits my needs? there are some good recommendations for chargers there.

    I purchased the La Croose BC 900 from Thomson Dist. and received it within four days of the order. Since I am still "on the mend" for my knee I have not put it through heavy use.

    I would not recommend a "cheap charger" as you can see if you read the reviews there were complaints of the batteries dying early. "Most likely do to overcharging/overheating by the charger" I would spend the extra few bucks and get something that will not kill your batteries prematurely.
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    30 minute chargers will kill your NiMHs, plus not fully charger the batteries properly. I also recommend the LaCrosse. If that's too spendy, get a charger that will trickle charge about 4 hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flipped4bikes View Post
    30 minute chargers will kill your NiMHs, plus not fully charger the batteries properly. I also recommend the LaCrosse. If that's too spendy, get a charger that will trickle charge about 4 hours.
    OK I won't get the batteries/charger from my OP.

    I did check out the LaCrosse....but how about the T-6280 from batteryjunction.com? It seems less expensive and comes with 8 AAs and 8 AAAs. Is this a reasonable unit? The price seems better than LaCrosse.

    (link: http://www.batteryjunction.com/tsmbachwi8aa1.html)

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    Quote Originally Posted by datlas View Post
    OK I won't get the batteries/charger from my OP.

    I did check out the LaCrosse....but how about the T-6280 from batteryjunction.com? It seems less expensive and comes with 8 AAs and 8 AAAs. Is this a reasonable unit? The price seems better than LaCrosse.

    (link: http://www.batteryjunction.com/tsmbachwi8aa1.html)
    Do you want cheap or do you want quality?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas View Post
    Do you want cheap or do you want quality?
    I am really pretty ignorant about batteries. Bikes, I know. But batteries, I don't. That's why I was asking. If there really is a major difference between the battery junction charger/batteries and the one LaCrosse, I am willing to pay a bit more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by datlas View Post
    I am really pretty ignorant about batteries. Bikes, I know. But batteries, I don't. That's why I was asking. If there really is a major difference between the battery junction charger/batteries and the one LaCrosse, I am willing to pay a bit more.
    These is a massive difference in both the chargers and the batteries. A quality charger will know exactly when to stop charging each individual battery without over charging it. Quality batteries are actually at least the minimum capacity labeled, and keep a charge much better than cheap ones.

    Personally I like Maha chargers, largely do to their many features and superb warranty (three years) and customer service. One of mine had a bad display, and I was sent out a new charger the same day as I called them, no questions asked. There was another poster here who had a problem with his Lacrosse charger and couldn't get a response from them.

    As for batteries I have had good results with both Powerx and Sanyo 2700 cells. Avoid batteries that say 2900mah as they are simply mislabeled and rubbish batteries.

    Here is a good place to buy batteries and chargers. http://thomasdistributing.com/

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    Thanks for the tips. I went ahead and got a LaCrosse BC 900....seems like a nice unit. I put the stock batteries in the charger and used the setting for new batteries (I think it cycles between charge/discharge)....it's been 48 hours and it's still not done....how long does this take??

    Doug

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