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We go through a considerable amount of batteries, which is probably the situation for many households especially with the mountain of remote controls, cameras, children's toys and various other gadgets. I was fed up with having to repeatedly make purchases with Duracell always being my brand of choice. As a result, my husband and I decided to invest in a battery charger, which would not only cut down on costs, but it would also reduce the amount of used batteries that we would need to discard.
Researching such a product was fairly easy as the first one that popped up in my search results was one manufactured by Duracell, namely their Rechargeable CEF22 Multi-Battery Charger. Despite using Duracell batteries for more years than I care to remember, it is only on purchasing the charger that I discovered that the company belongs to Proctor and Gamble.
As the majority of the batteries that we use are AA and AAA, the charger perfectly suited our needs as it is suitable for charging both of these types in addition to being suitable for C, D and 9V. We have owned the charger for approximately five months and already it has almost paid for itself with this review discussing my thoughts.
The oblong shaped charger offers measurements of 20 cm in length, 10½ cm in width and 6 cm in depth and is fairly lightweight at 449 grams. It has been constructed from an extremely robust black and pale grey plastic with the familiar Duracell logo being displayed on the slightly curved upper section. I like the fact that the underside of the charger has four rubber feet to prevent it from scratching any surfaces.
The charger is accompanied by what Duracell describe as an "instruction manual" although in fact, this is actually a piece of glossy cardboard measuring just 7 cm x 15 cm. However, all the relevant instructions for use are displayed albeit in a very small black on white text and for me, they are impossible to read without glasses, which I discovered I required a few months ago.
You should be aware that the charger is solely for the rechargeable variety of batteries; none of which are provided, so they need to be purchased separately and Duracell advise that only their own brand NiMH rechargeable batteries be used. Also contained inside the box is a Duracell AC/DC adaptor and we are strongly advised only to use the one provided due to the associated risk of damaging the charger and batteries
USING THE CHARGER
The upper section of the charger offers a robust hinged lid and despite opening and closing it on numerous occasions, the hinges remain perfect intact, so it clearly has been manufactured to a high specification. Located inside are eight different sections for recharging batteries and unlike a charger that I owned many years ago, different types of batteries can be charged at the same time. However, I would point out that there is only one slot for a 9 volt battery. The batteries are easily slotted into the corresponding slots where one to four D cell batteries can be charged, one to eight AA or AAA or one to four C cells.
Once the DC power cord is connected to the charger at the rear of the unit and the AC adaptor plugged into the mains, the LED indicators at the front of the unit will illuminate red to indicate the fact that the charging process has begun. I favour the fact that there are eight indicators with each corresponding to each individual battery.
Once the batteries have reached their full charge, the corresponding red indicator will change to green. There is also a warning sign, which is indicated by the red light flashing red, which alerts the consumer to the fact that there is a problem with the battery. This has not yet occurred in our experience although the directions for use advise that this is the case when the battery reaches the ends of its lifetime.
It takes approximately six to eight hours for eight batteries to be charged although this timescale differs dependent upon the type of batteries that are being charged. Batteries can be used over hundred times and they will hold their charge for up to twelve months. However, we tend to leave only eight batteries fully charged at any one time
The battery charger operates with a 15 V input and a 5.6 V output or 550mA per slot in respect of AA, AAA, C or D) and 104V in respect of 9 V. The power supply operates with a 100 - 240 AC input and 15 V output.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
We shopped around for our battery charger with the best price being at Amazon and at the time of writing, it is still the most competitive at £19.99 inclusive of postage and packing.
As previously stated, the rechargeable batteries are not supplied and need to be purchased separately with a pack of eight Duracell AA batteries costing £17.98 inclusive of postage and packing and a pack of eight AAA costing £19.99 postage and packing.
A reduction can be obtained if you sign up to Amazon's Subscribe and Save service where you can select the interval that you require further supplies. Please be aware that when you purchase Duracell's rechargeable batteries they are sent to you already charged and ready to use.
I cannot fault Duracell's Rechargeable CEF22 Multi-Battery Charger, as whilst it is initially a costly outlay, it soon pays for itself especially as we go through so many batteries with the various gadgets throughout our home. Throughout our experience, my husband and I we have found that the batteries last just as long as a normal Duracell battery although this is obviously dependent upon what you are using them for and how often. For any consumer who goes through a lot of batteries I would highly recommend this product, as it's so easy to use and will save you a fortune over the long term. Due to the reasons discussed above, I can award nothing less than five stars.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
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