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    Default Can i charge SANYO eveloop batteries on other brand chargers

    Hi guys,

    Like to check with you all have anyone charged sanyo eneloop batteries on other brand of chargers ?

    Cos heard that its will be best to charge the battery using the original brand charger otherwise, the lifespan of the battery will be reduced greatly..

    Hope to verify this with you guys "p

    Thanks for the advice

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    hello

    so long as it is a good charger, that is only true to a very limited extent. the original charger would provide the best fit, of course, but with a good charger, anything goes. don't worry too much about it unless your charger is hello kitty brand.

    no problems, so long as your charger is for charging rechargeable batteries.

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    if u are using a decent brand charger (to me, sony and maha are among the "decent" brands, GP is lousy IMHO), it can be just as good.

    just don't use some unknown china *brand* charger (don't confuse with china-made, cos many branded stuff made in china). more importantly, unless u need ur batteries charged in a flash, try to go for those which charge at a slower rate, or offer u the option to do a slow charge.

    the speed of the charging (and hence the temperature ur batteries are subject to) is the factor which really determines how many cycles ur battery can last

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    Quote Originally Posted by cytan View Post
    Like to check with you all have anyone charged sanyo eneloop batteries on other brand of chargers ?
    I'm not sure how good is the quality of the Sanyo charger in the first place.

    I've been charging my Eneloops on my old faithful Maha MH-C204F (approaching 10 years old now) without any problems.

    NiMH chargers come in a few varieties. The dumbest of the lot only comes with a timer circuit, and charges all batteries for the same time. Avoid them like the plague. I have an Energizer brand charger that works like that.

    The best chargers would be able to charge each battery individually (my C204F unfortunately charges in pairs only). They monitor the charge level of each battery and switches to trickle when it is close to maximum capacity.

    Rapid charging is bad for the health of the battery, but is preferable to having dead batteries IMHO. Use them when you need them, but try to plan ahead so that you don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    no problems, so long as your charger is for charging rechargeable batteries.
    What else would a charger be for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lennyl View Post
    What else would a charger be for?
    you'll be surprised

    i 've heard of people.. doing funny things

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    using my eneloops with enengizer 1hr charger, no problems.

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    Just get the fastest charger u can get.. now rechargable batterries is so cheap whos care about the slight drop in lifespan or charge cycle..

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    Quote Originally Posted by nakedtoes View Post
    Just get the fastest charger u can get.. now rechargable batterries is so cheap whos care about the slight drop in lifespan or charge cycle..
    Rapid chargers will not recharge to the maximum capacity as well. Something you may want to keep in mind. Some rapid chargers will switch to trickle mode once it is close to full charge, but you'd still need to leave the batteries in it for a couple of hours to bring it up to maximum charge.

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    Can advise what chargers to get to get optimal charge and charge cycles? I dun mind buying a good charger for $100 if it can last a long time and give good performance. How's the charger sold by EastGear?

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    Default Re: Can i charge SANYO eveloop batteries on other brand chargers

    Thanks alot fellas

    Think i can save up on the charger "p and get something else

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    Quote Originally Posted by lennyl View Post
    Rapid chargers will not recharge to the maximum capacity as well. Something you may want to keep in mind. Some rapid chargers will switch to trickle mode once it is close to full charge, but you'd still need to leave the batteries in it for a couple of hours to bring it up to maximum charge.
    yea i know about this.. but most rapid charger are smart enough to charge as full as possible and employing tickle charge to maintain the batteries at optimum charge. I have used so many chargers that i can tell u to get the 15 mins charger the sanyo one that has a fan in it.. it is as good as those 1hr or 2hr charger. The issue with shorter and less optimum charge is heat... even the maha 1 hr charger 204 charging performance is worse then any sanyo chargers in the market now...the heat is scary.. touch it while u charge for 30 mins u will know.. u touch the sanyo 15mins charger the battery is still cool

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    i using GP 6hr charger to charge my Sonys and Eneloops.. good charge so far. no probs. so can say GP charger ok la. cant say the same for their batts though..
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    Actually, Guys can advise me on why the GP batteries are no good?
    I've seen the comments a number of times in the forum but i've used them for the longest time and they seem fine.
    Hahaha...i dont wanna get caught out one day.. =p
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    Quote Originally Posted by Legoz View Post
    Actually, Guys can advise me on why the GP batteries are no good?
    I've seen the comments a number of times in the forum but i've used them for the longest time and they seem fine.
    Hahaha...i dont wanna get caught out one day.. =p
    I previously used GP rechargeables, from AA, AAA to 9V, even the rare C and D types. They did not last anything longer than 6 months before exhibiting substantial drop in capacity. The most ridiculous was the 9V batteries when the snap in tabs SNAPPED OFF. This ends the life of the battery. But being curious, I broke open the casing to reveal corrosion within the battery. It seems that some out-gassing as occured and corroded the battery from inside. Imagine this battery doing that to the inside of your camera grip or flash. I am not going to risk that.

    My take is that cheap equals compromise, expensive is not necessarily good. You must use to conclude.

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    Default Re: Can i charge SANYO eveloop batteries on other brand chargers

    Quote Originally Posted by lennyl View Post
    I'm not sure how good is the quality of the Sanyo charger in the first place.

    I've been charging my Eneloops on my old faithful Maha MH-C204F (approaching 10 years old now) without any problems.

    NiMH chargers come in a few varieties. The dumbest of the lot only comes with a timer circuit, and charges all batteries for the same time. Avoid them like the plague. I have an Energizer brand charger that works like that.

    The best chargers would be able to charge each battery individually (my C204F unfortunately charges in pairs only). They monitor the charge level of each battery and switches to trickle when it is close to maximum capacity.

    Rapid charging is bad for the health of the battery, but is preferable to having dead batteries IMHO. Use them when you need them, but try to plan ahead so that you don't.
    What are the chargers that can charge the batt individually? Roughly how much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kkcharles82 View Post
    I previously used GP rechargeables, from AA, AAA to 9V, even the rare C and D types. They did not last anything longer than 6 months before exhibiting substantial drop in capacity. The most ridiculous was the 9V batteries when the snap in tabs SNAPPED OFF. This ends the life of the battery. But being curious, I broke open the casing to reveal corrosion within the battery. It seems that some out-gassing as occured and corroded the battery from inside. Imagine this battery doing that to the inside of your camera grip or flash. I am not going to risk that.

    My take is that cheap equals compromise, expensive is not necessarily good. You must use to conclude.

    Alrite...thanks!
    which really means that my GP batteries are due for replacement soon.
    My only prob with them is that after like 2 years or so, they tend to be unable to charge anymore. And to me, that signals the end of the battery cycle.

    But of course, 2 years to me...is acceptable.

    I never move on to any other brands because my charger was from GP. Sooo i always stick with their batts. Now that i know any charger can be used for any other batts...perhapes, its time i change. =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cichlid View Post
    What are the chargers that can charge the batt individually? Roughly how much?
    Only know of two off the top of my head (I'm sure there are many others if you do some research). Maha MH-C9000 (US$60) and LaCrosse BC-900 (US$40). Not sure what they go for in Singapore. Both are a little on the overkill side, with LCD to tell you all you don't need to know about your batteries, and the ability to "recondition" the batteries.

    Edit : looks like the MH-C401FS charges each cell independently as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kkcharles82 View Post
    I previously used GP rechargeables, from AA, AAA to 9V, even the rare C and D types. They did not last anything longer than 6 months before exhibiting substantial drop in capacity. The most ridiculous was the 9V batteries when the snap in tabs SNAPPED OFF. This ends the life of the battery. But being curious, I broke open the casing to reveal corrosion within the battery. It seems that some out-gassing as occured and corroded the battery from inside. Imagine this battery doing that to the inside of your camera grip or flash. I am not going to risk that.

    My take is that cheap equals compromise, expensive is not necessarily good. You must use to conclude.

    thats true,for my AA 2100mah GPs.

    but ReCyko+s are good, seems to last forever!

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    Just make sure the charger does not send too much current to the batteries.

    Quick chargers tend to do this.
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