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Universal Charger Comparsion Table

Feature Overview

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Charger Category

Universal

Universal

Universal

Universal

Universal

Price

AUD$70.00 & 4 AA battery converters (2 C size & 2D size)

AUD$79.95 Unit only

AUD$28.95 Unit only

AUD$169.95 Unit only

AUD$149.00 Unit only

Battery types charged

Alkaline, Titanium, RAM, Ni-MH and Ni-Cd

Ni-MH and Ni-Cd only

Ni-MH and Ni-Cd only

Ni-MH and Ni-Cd only

Ni-MH and Ni-Cd only. Battery tester can be used with most other battery types, including Lithium.

Battery sizes

AAAA, AAA, AA, C, D, N, 9V, 6V Lantern and Prismatic

AAA, AA, C, D, 9V

AAA, AA, C, D and 9V batteries

Up to 8 AAA, AA, C & D batteries

Charges up to 6 x AAA or AA cells, up to 4 x C or D cells in addition to 1 or 2 x 9V batteries.

Charging time

1-17 hours (the 6V lantern battery takes longest)

1-11 hours

2-14 hours Ni-Cd 3-16 hours Ni-MH

AA: 1 Hour (Normal), 2 Hour (Soft Charging), C/D: 1-5 Hour (Normal), 5-10 Hour (Soft Charging)

AA: 1 Hour (Normal), 2 Hour (Soft Charging), C/D: 1-5 Hour (Normal), 5-10 Hour (Soft Charging)

Warranty

12 months. Extra 12 months with registration.

12 months

12 months

3 years

3 years

Comprehensive safety features

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

User Instructions

Outstanding

Satisfactory

Unsatisfactory

Outstanding

Unsatisfactory. Too samll to read.

Further instructions on website

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Type of charger

Microprocessor controlled

Microprocessor controlled

Manual

Microprocessor controlled

Microprocessor controlled

Charge Type

Pulse charging using AlkalineMax™ charging technology

Constant pulse charging

Not known, but likely to be a manual slow battery charger

Not known, but likely constant pulse charging

Not known, but likely constant pulse charging

Charge rate

250mA max per slot

AAA 300mAh AA 500mAh C 700mAh D 700mAh 9V 20mAh

120mAh

Rapid: 2000 mAh for AA/C/D 700 mAh for AAA

AAA 6x300 mAh, AA 6x700 mAh, C 1x1000mAh, D 4x1000 mAh, 9V 2x70 mAh

Performance

AA - up to 2500 mAh C, D - up to 4000 mAh Ni-Cd, Ni-MH - up to 4000 mAh

See above.

See above.

See above.

See above.

Upgradeable to new battery types?

Yes, by changing the microprocessor.

No

No

No

No

Built in battery tester

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes, plus 2nd comprehensive battery tester

Identification of defective batteries

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Automatic detection of battery size and type

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Able to mix battery size and type

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Able to discharge Ni-Cd batteries

No

Yes

Yes, manually set by user.

Yes, manually set by user.

Yes, automatic.

Place of Origin

China

China

China

Taiwan

China

Works with other brands of batteries?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Comment

The most versatile charger, but slow.

One of the The Doc's favourite chargers.

Not a realistic competitor to the other chargers.

Charges up to 8 batteries. Rapid & soft charging modes. Ideally suited to professional photographer or labs.

Charges up to 8 batteries (6 AAs and 2 9Volts). Extensive battery tester with superb feature set. Highly automated. Best fully automatic charger the The Doc has used.

Date

Nov 2003. Updated Jan 2007.

Nov 2003. Updated Jan 2007.

Nov 2003. Updated Jan 2007.

Jan 2007.

Jan 2007.