MAHA POWEREX battery charger & batteries
Price: $70, inc. 4 AA 2500mAh batteries.
The low-down: The Maha PowerEx battery charger comes with four AA NiMH batteries that the makers say can be charged in an hour. Four 2500mAh batteries bought separately cost $18. 2700mAh units are $22 for four. AA batteries come in pairs at $9 and they also fit in this C204W unit. (Order from Servaas Products)
Some digital camera users prefer generic batteries to the rechargeable proprietory batteries. If you are using conventional AA or AAA batteries you are never likely to be far from a replacement for a flat set. Rechargeable AA and AAA batteries, while initially expensive, pay for themselves and give the user the economies of rechargeable and the reassurance that single use batteries will be close at hand in an emergency.
And think of the environment. Billions of single use batteries are tossed into landfill every year and any technology that reduces that impact on the environment is welcome.
Like this: One of the drawbacks with rechargeable batteries has been that once they run down and are left flat for a time they die. The Maha PowerEx promises (we haven’t tested this so we are relying on the specification sheet) that Lazarus batteries can be raised from the dead. The makers say that they use a “conditioning algorithm that first fully drains the batteries and then recharges them.”
This charger is ideal for the international traveller because it can cope with any voltage/AC frequency combination without the need for additional transformers.
Dislike that: The instruction sheet leaves some important questions unanswered but the distributors tell us that the charger can be safely left connected to the power supply because it automatically switches off when the batteries are charged; this means that they can’t be accidentally overcharged and they don’t suffer from the dreaded “memory” effect, so you don’t need to worry about undercharging. It would be better if this information were supplied with the charger.
Parting shot: We go through a lot of batteries at dpexpert and we are conscience-stricken every time we throw a set of flatties in the garbage. To save money and to calm our troubled consciences we are buying the Maha charger.
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