I adour taking photographs and have a manual SLR which produces super quality prints but I needed something small and digital that I could slip into my pocket any carry anywhere. Having chosen my camera I was clicking away with careless abandon, I knew that this would use up the life of my batteries quite quickley and so invested in re-chargeable batteries from the start. I already had a battery charger at home, one that would take all sizes of batteries and so whith buying four batteries I had two in the camera and two charching all the time. This was a fine set up until holiday time came around, my existing charger was too big and too heavy to fit into a suitcase and so I required something smaller. Only intending to use the charger on holiday (once of twice a year) I did not want to pay an exorbitant amount. The Farmart Fast Charger suited me down to the ground, both in size and price, not to mention it has never let me down. You can charge up to four batteries at a time which ment that charging overnight I would have four fully charged batteries for the next days use. The charger looks smart but that was not a consideration as only I would see it. All in all a very economical buy.
Your about to take that perfect photograph and....beep beep....your battery has run out. This is one of the most annoying things that can happen, and is not only confined to camera's but to all battery powered devices.
Running out of power isn't really a major problem as you can simply change batteries, but after a while this can become expensive. For example a pack of 8 Duracell AA or AAA batteries costs about £6. Over a few years the amount you spend on batteries will probably run into the hundreds. 3 years ago I purchased a product which has saved me a lot of money.
This product is the Fameart PC10 battery charger. The charger itself costs about £5 depending on where you purchase it from. It is quite small at 10cm long, 4cm deep and 3cm wide, and looks quite smart and modern. The rear of the casing is dark grey, and the front is silver. The charger has a standard three pinned plug which fits nicely into a standard British wall socket. On the front there are two slots for either two AA batteries or two AAA batteries. There are also two battery slots on the rear, allowing 4 batteries to be charged at once. The battery slots themselves are quite clever as they fit AA batteries or with the flick of a switch fit AAA batteries (flicks down a shelf which shortens the compartment allowing the snug fit of AAA batteries).
On the front of the charger there are two red lights. The one on the left has the word 'front' above it and the one on the right has the word 'back' above it. These lights turn on when the batteries in the front or back are charging, and they will turn themselves off when the batteries are fully charged. A full charge takes about 7 hours. You have to remember that charging batteries from the mains will cost you money in electricity, but nowhere near as much as buying new batteries would cost.
Of course you cannot just charge up normal batteries, you have to buy special rechargeable batteries which cost between £6-10 for a pack of 4 depending on the brand that you get. These can then be recharged hundreds of times when they are run down. You can also purchase a bundle whereby you get the charger and 4 rechargeable AA batteries. This costs about £15.
I use batteries for everything from my wireless mouse, digital camera and wireless Xbox 360 controllers. So over the 3 years I have had the charger I have saved a lot of money. It's not difficult to use either, it's actually very simple. I have also helped to save the planet as used batteries are difficult to dispose of and just add to environmental pollution and landfill sites.
[I would like to say that on the Xbox 360 controllers it says that you should not use rechargeable batteries as it will damage the controller - instead they suggest that you buy one of their official rechargeable battery packs. This is absolute rubbish as I have used normal rechargeable batteries in the controllers for years with no issues - they obviously just want you to buy more of their products.]
In summary this is an excellent, cheap charger that will save you a lot of money over a period of time.
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