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1 Alkaline-NiCad Battery Charger and Tester on Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:25 pm

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Anybody ever tried one of these? We were thinking about getting one but would like to get some feedback first as to if they are any good or just a waste of money.
thanks,jw

Recharge ALL Your Batteries!
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2 Re: Alkaline-NiCad Battery Charger and Tester on Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:49 am

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Haven't ever tried one that recharges alkaline batteries before.

Hubby just walked into room, and he says alkaline batteries are NOT rechargable, and they have a tendency to burst, or "explode". He says it's not a good idea.

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3 Re: Alkaline-NiCad Battery Charger and Tester on Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:05 pm

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It's supposed to be a new concept nowadays. I guess they have figured out how to recharge w/o them blowing up now. They sell them at Costco now also and other places. You just have to make sure you use a charger made especially for alkaline batteries.

I found this just now on the net:

How difficult is it to recharge an ordinary alkaline battery?

Very difficult if you don't own the right type of equipment designed to do the job. We have been telling you of a safety-tested, dependable charger that has been around for years, and will remind you again at the end of this chapter. Using the wrong type of charger on alkaline batteries can be downright dangerous. Just read the warning labels printed on ordinary batteries. A NiCad charger should never be used on alkaline batteries. Such a charger would supply currents in excess of safe values, would not turn off automatically when battery voltage exceeds safe limits, and would continue unchecked until the battery was damaged.

How many times can an ordinary alkaline battery be recharged?

Would you believe hundreds of times? The trick is to stop using the battery well before it has given up all of its available stored energy. Note that this is directly opposite to the instructions that were packed with your battery-operated drill or screwdriver with its NiCad batteries. When the drill stops turning, charge the battery, but not before. Good rule for NiCads, but not for alkaline batteries.

Assuming you now have a charger to safely charge alkalines, don't wait for the battery to stop working. In order to achieve ten times extension of the normal life of an everyday alkaline battery, you will have to recharge it frequently, many more times than ten. It makes sense to use a second set of batteries for a high drain device. Take out one set of batteries when the device is not being used, and put in the second set that has been recharged. Charge the first set and carry it with you as a backup if necessary.

You will be surprised how easily children will be attracted to charging their own batteries in their toys and possessions. Managing their own batteries is fun, and they know it helps the environment by not having to throw batteries away when they can recycle them.

Why did it take so long for a good alkaline charger to be developed?

There have been many more failures than successes along the road to developing a good charger. Products were announced, and then you didn't see any more of them. The reason is simple -- they didn't work. One came close to working, the Buddy-L SuperCharger, announced in 1993. Popular Science magazine named it as one of the 100 top scientific achievements of the year. But it did not live up to expectations. Apparently, the product was launched into production too quickly, and sub-standard operation resulted. Fortunately, the problems did not hurt the batteries. The batteries simply switched off prematurely before charging was complete, and the users had to restart the charging process several times. Also, it was not designed for easy battery insertion, always requiring two hands and a struggle. Eleven years later, many people are still using their SuperChargers and are reluctant to part with them.

All the background information was absorbed and a totally re-engineered product emerged, the Battery Xtender™️ Tests have shown that it does live up to expectations, and that the claims of ten times life extension for ordinary alkaline batteries are not exaggerated. The case has been redesigned to allow easy one-handed access to the batteries, and it occupies much less space on a desk, table top or counter.

Consider the cost savings and the convenience

If your buying and collecting habits are typical, you will have drawers full of batteries of unknown status and age, and more non-functional chargers lying about than you would like to admit. If you switch to alkaline batteries in as many devices as possible, and charge them as well as NiMH and NiCad batteries side-by-side in the Battery Xtender ™️ you will have the opportunity to clean up the disorganization and start saving money. The convenience of having newly-recharged alkalines in that drawer means not having to rush to the store to equip a flashlight when a storm approaches, or other sudden requirement. If you want to find the best deals on new batteries, as some of the old batteries will be too far gone to reuse, please check out the Recommended Sources on the Battery economy page.


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4 Re: Alkaline-NiCad Battery Charger and Tester on Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:36 pm

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Interesting. How much is the charger, if you don't mind me asking? If if it isn't any more than you would waste on something else, I say why not try it?! If you get it from Costco and it doesn't work, can you return it?

If ya do get it, please be sure to keep us updated on the results. We here in SETX can use all the help we can get... come June 1!!

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5 Re: Alkaline-NiCad Battery Charger and Tester on Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:26 pm

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I get newsletters from Kim Komando on all kinds of digital, computer, tech stuff and she had an add today on these and some others. I think I will look at Costco again and maybe Wal-mart etc. to see what their prices are cuz with Kims stuff you have to pay for shipping. If I decide to get one I will let ya all know on how it goes.




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