Thought I'd share my one and only "gadget" that I think is worth sharing. I've used this charger for quite sometime and have been very pleased with it's performance. I've gotten one for my father, brother, and a friend of mine. They all reported that theirs have all worked as designed, but my friend was rather abusive to his and it's stopped working. He left his plugged in all the time and he has dropped his numerous times.
I like to think this was discontinued cause battery companies did not like the "threat" it posed, but I can't tell you either way. I see other chargers on Newegg and other places still advertised there and other places, but none with a track record like this one or with alot of feedback from users.
I thought this makes a good source for battery use. Get a good source of alkaline batteries from somewhere like CostCo and use this charger. You're pretty much set for quite a few years if you operate things right. Pretty much the manufacturer of the charger wants the costumer to buy reputable batteries and don't let the batteries get completely drained. Done and done.
So far I have no complains with this charger. Anyone else use this method? Got a charger you like?