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    Battery Charger -- the all-purpose do-all

    I'm in need of a good battery charger. I use AAA batteries and AA batteries, and it looks 18650 batteries are inevitable, though I don't use any of those now.

    Is there a good quality battery charger that can handle all three?

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    This one is the best
    http://www.amazon.com/Crosse-Technol.../dp/B00077AA5Q
    But it only handles AA and AAA

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    You'll need to purchase a dedicated 18650 battery charger. No one is going to build a combination charger. AA/AAA and 18650 voltages are too different. I have and use 18650 batteries. I now detest AA/AAA batteries. Protected 18650 batteries are wonderful. You never need to worry about charging or discharging too much. I wish everything I had ran on 18650 batteries. I use this one.
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.1251
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    there are actually high end chargers that will do all three. shultz (not sure if I spelled that right or not) makes some. they can be over $100 and up. Your better off buying something like a maha c9000 for AA and AAA and another for the lithium ion

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    AA/AAA batteries are NiCad or NiMHD, 18650's are Li-Ion. They need different charging methods. One could make a single charger to handle both, but it'd really be two separate chargers in the same case, and you probably wouldn't be able to charge both types at once. Better (and probably cheaper) to just have two chargers.

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    Bummer.

    But thanks for the info.

    This section of BF is a great resource.

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    Look into RC car chargers if you really want one. There are tons of them out there! they won't be super cheap all costing over $100 and most will also require a separate 12v power supply but if you want a quality charger that will be able to charge everything you won't have a choice.

    I have a Duratrax ICE charger. It charges NiCad, NiMh, LiPo, and LIon's no problem. I've used it to charge all the battery types and use it to charge my single 18650s, multi cell LiPo's from 650 mah to 4500 mah and single and multi cell pack NiMh's from small AAA's to D cells.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimAgainSoon View Post
    Bummer.

    But thanks for the info.

    This section of BF is a great resource.
    If you haven't been there yet, jump on over to http://candlepowerforums.com for more on this stuff than you can even imagine.

    Flashlight Electronics, Batteries and Chargers sub-forum:

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...isplay.php?f=9

    Threads of Interest sub-sub-forum:

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...d.php?t=133440

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