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Rechargeable batteries can be a real money saver and they are also good for the environment when compared with the disposable ones however the only downside to them is the need to charge them and this can be an issue if you forget or they fail to hold their charge over time and when you want to use them they have little juice left in them.
The great thing about this charger unit from Duracell is the speed that it charges AA batteries and then add in the fact that you get the longer lasting life from Duracell batteries then it is a win win situation.
This is a product that does what it says on the tyin, i.e. it charges the batteries in one hour, great for when on holiday or wanting to charge batteries in the morning while you are getting ready to go out. It handles both AA and AAA batteries and can charge four at a time, the plug is on the back of the unit and it sits flush to the wall so there are no cables to deal with. It is easy to operate as the indicator lights come on when each battery is charged and what is imporatnt is that when they are all charged the unit will shut down so you can avoid over charging the batteries and this protects the life of the battery.
I paid £14.99 for this unit from a local electrical retailer and this has proven to be a good investment and with a standard adapter can also work abroad although it did seem to take longer than an hour to charge while in Egypt but it got there in the end.
Everyone knows that if you need batteries and you don't have any it can be very frustrating. Even though Duracell batteries are the best brand of batteries on the market it doesn't stop me leaving them that extra bit longer before buying more and then a couple of days later they run out and I am in trouble. This battery charger is an excellent way to prevent any problems and with it also having very fast charging times you can't go wrong with them.
The price of this at retail is over £25 which I thought was pricey for anyone who pays it. I was fortunate enough to get it for much less which I didn't mind payin at all. I think I ended up paying around £14.99 for it which I knew I would get my use out of it in the long run. If you can get it at the same price I did then I would suggest going out to buy it because it will save you so much time.
In the box the charging unit actually comes in two seperate parts which I have to admit was a bit confusing at first. I quickly realised however what I needed to do then it was fine. You simply click the charging unit on top of the ac adapter and it will then charge itself up. You also get 4 AA batteries with this charger which I thought was a nice little extra to have.
The quality of the product if I am being honest could be far better than what it actually is. I found that it did't feel that secure when I was holding it and with it being very light I would assume if it fell then it may just break. Obviously if you are very careful then you could cope with this but it is so easy to just knock it off the unit or something similar.
One thing I was impressed with was the fact that it doesn't just charge AA batteries and it also charges AAA batteries which I think is a very useful addition to the charging unit. It is still very small and nifty and I did actually expect it to be bigger like a few of similar products. When you put your batteries in the charger the lights will go red which mean they are simply charging, when they are finished the light will go out which means it has finished, so it is all very simple to follow.
Overall I think that this product is a very useful one which can make things so much easier for people in the long run. Instead of having to buy constant packs of batteries you can just charge the ones which have ran out. As I said above if you can get this for a good enough price then it is a must because it saves you so much money and it only takes one hour to charge which is brilliant.
I have had one of these for a number of years to charge up the large number of batteries I get through whilst camping. The main reason for me buying this particular unit was the impressively quick charge time - when you have a large number of batteries to recharge the 1 hour charge time on this makes your life a hell of a lot easier!
The RRP on this is £29.99, which includes 4 x AA rechargeable batteries - had I paid that amount I would feel decidedly ripped off. I shopped around on the internet and managed to get it for around half that amount.
Out of the packet the unit comes in 2 parts; the AC charging cable and the charging unit itself. The adaptor simply clicks into the main unit.
The charging unit itself feels decidly cheap and poor quality, being made from very thin black plastic - if you dropped it I can't imagine it would put up much of a fight!
On the side of the charge unit there is a single dial, which alters the battery storage unit to accommodate AAA batteries. The fact that this will charge AAA as well as AA batteries is quite handy, particularly on a unit of this size - a lot of the chargers which do both battery types are a lot bigger than this.
On the front of the charge unit there are 4 single lights which are illuminated red when each of the batteries are charging. When they are full the lights go out - handy as you know instantly when the batteries are fully charged.
The catchphrase does not really lie when it comes to charge time - it will tell you the batteries are full after about an hour but I find that they don't last as long as conventional batteries.
The main point here though is that it is way more cost effective, as well as being better for the environment to use rechargable batteries instead of conventional ones.
This is probably as good a charger as you will find - it does exactly what it says on the tin!
Rechargeable batteries were the best invention since throwaway batteries, even though the initial cost of rechargeable batteries seems to be higher at first glance but in the long run it lasts so much longer and you're doing your part in re using products over and over again.
I have trusted Duracell for years and generally lean towards this brand when purchasing these kind of products just because they never seem to fail on what they promise, which is a longer lasting battery, I bought these rechargeable batteries because I was sick and tired of all the remotes and other silly little gadgets (including wii remotes) just dying of battery life so quickly.
This Duracell rechargeable unit and batteries are 10cm x 24cm x 8cm and weighing at 450grams (including the batteries in them) which is a little on the heavy side for a compact unit, being a 1 hour charge time is also an amazing thing as older models would of took a few hours to get a good full charge but incase people are wondering if these are the "1 hour charger" unit then all you have to do is look at the face of the unit because it is written in big letters advertising that it is only "1 hour Charge" charger, all black in colour with the writing in orange and can charge 4 AA batteries at one time or 4 AAA batteries at one time (but you only get included with the package 4 AA batteries and would have to purchase the AAA's on their own).
The place you insert the batteries on the reverse side you will find that there is the 3 prongs to be plugged into the wall so you wont have to worry about a cable on the floor or in the way, fitting into the wall socket and feeling very secure that it won't fall out because of the weight, when the batteries come to the end of there recharge time the lights over each battery lights up to let you know they are ready to use and can be removed from the wall.
There is also an LED indicator to let you know the process of the charge.
After a certain period of time the batteries will start to loose their charge capacity and you'll start to realize that they are not lasting as long as before.
Another good thing about this unit is that if you leave them charging in the wall and it has come to a full charge then the power to the unit is cut off so you don't waste any electricity and save your self money and the batteries can last a while longer before you eventually have to throw them out.
You can get this from Amazon for £15.99.
That does seem a bit extreme for batteries but when you test how long they last and how much you can use them with only an hour for a full charge it's not bad at all.
I do like my rechargeable batteries but only tend to use them at home so that I am not lugging the whole unit and those specific batteries around with me, that's when the good old throw away batteries come in handy, because when they are done you throw them away.
Recharging batteries is not only a nice green idea, but it also saves you the cost of buying lots of disposable ones. I use a whole host of gadgets in my house, and I have a rabbit so I don't like wires all over the place - hence I get through my fair share of batteries.
When I saw the impressive charging time, I thought I would treat myself to this, especially as it comes with four batteries.
This charger is quite a basic piece of kit, you just plug the batteries in, in the way indicated and then leave it to charge - there is an indicator light to let you know when it has finished charging and the power cuts out once the batteries are at capacity - which saves on your electricity bill and also apparently improves the life of the batteries. The charge time really is down to one hour - which is impressive, but you will have to decide if it justifies the hefty £17 price tag.
The one issue I have with this charger is that it can tell if a battery is rechargeable or not and won't charge it if it isn't. Now this doesn't sound like a problem, but (and this may well be dangerous, so I don't recommend it) my old charger would charge "non-rechargeable" batteries. They would take on charge and work perfectly well, albeit they would last a bit less than rechargeable ones. As mentioned, this may be dangerous so I don't recommend charging non-rechargeable batteries, but I found it interesting...