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These days in the digital camera age we are going through batteries like never before and still some people do not see the sense in rechargeables.
I have heard many people go on about them being too expensive to buy but do they not realise what the overall savings can be?
I purchased my most recent set of rechargeable batteries in the shape of a set of four AA batteries and a charger. The set was the Uniross Globe Trotter Pocket Battery Charger and at only £14.99 it was in my opinion a great buy.
As well as the 4 batteries and the charger it also came with three different plug adapters so this can be used in the UK, Europe and the states.
It takes around 3 hours to charge a set of AA`s I have found which isn't the fastest but never the less if you are organized you should never run out of power for whatever gadget you are using your batteries in.
The charger weighs only 70grams and whilst I do not agree it is small enough to be called a pocket charger it is certainly small and light enough to be carried in hand luggage if you are travelling.
The thing that stood out for me with this charger is something that none of my other chargers had and that is the ability to detect a faulty battery (very useful I thought).
The unit has a clear charge indicator light and it switches itself off when the batteries are fully charged to avoid overcharging.
All in all I think this is a very decent and very inexpensive charger and having had it over a year now without fault I would be only too happy to recommend it to others.
Please note the quick rating criteria below is not right for this product so I have just given full marks to everything as I would to the charger anyway.
This is a great product and one that I always have in my travel bag whether I'm travelling in this country or abroad.
It comes with 4AA rechargable batteries and three plug adapters for use in mainland Europe, the USA and the UK.
I have used mine to primarily charge AA batteries for both my camera and before the days of MP3 players my Sony Discman. It will also charge AAA batteries however these are not provided with the unit.
I have found the charge time to be pretty reasonable at about 5 hours for AA batteries, according to the manual it will do AAA batteries in an hour but I have yet to have had need for this.
The charger can detect faulty batteries and has a clear charge light and automatic switch off when the battery is fully charged.
In all it is very safe and easy to use and was the best £25 I have spent as the weight is only 70grams and it is small enough to hide away in your hand luggage, it even is samll enough to fit in your shirt top pocket.
Bit confused about the questions at the bottom of this review as it does not take pictures or have any talk time which seem to relate to a phone which this is definately not.
I suppose it all started with the camera. That's the FinePix S3000 I reviewed some time ago. It became evident very soon on that it had an insatiable appetite for batteries. If I was to feed it ordinary alkaline ones I would soon have paid more for the batteries than the camera itself cost! The camera takes four AA batteries at a time.
That's when I started to look seriously at rechargeable batteries. I had used them off and on in the past but, although the batteries themselves did the job, recharging them was always a pain. I never seemed to have a charged set to use when one set ran out.
I thought I had found the answer in the Uniross Sprint Battery Recharger. I reviewed that a while back as well. To summarise, although it seemed to do the job, batteries recharged in one to two hours, it simply wouldn't work unless the mains electricity supply was more or less perfect. Whilst that meant that it worked most of the time at home, when abroad, where the supply is less reliable, it would usually complain that the batteries were faulty when I knew for certain they weren't.
The problem with the Sprint anyway was that it would only work with a 240 Volt supply such as is standard in the UK. Anywhere else, such as in those countries under the influence of the US, where the normal electricity supply is 120 Volts, the unit was useless.
What was required was a recharger that would work anywhere in the World. I was reluctant to buy another Uniross product after the iffy performance of the Sprint. However, it soon became obvious that it was going to be Uniross or no one.
So, for the princely sum of £19.99 I swallowed my pride and bought the Uniross Globe Trotter Pocket Battery Recharger from Currys. I saw it on sale elsewhere and also on the Intenet but wasn't able to find it any cheaper. To be fair, the package does also include four 2300mAh batteries as well so the actual charger itself is probably around £12, a reasonable price I suppose.
The recharger unit does actually deserve the description pocket, but only if you are in the US. It's about three inches long, about an inch and a half high and an inch wide. At each end is a blue hinged cap that folds out to reveal the battery charger bays. Two batteries can be inserted at each for a total of four than can be charged at a time.
The batteries can be either AA or AAA and can be Ni-Cad or Ni-Mh but the unit will not recharge ordinary alkaline batteries. In the middle, between the two bays, is the indicator light. It flashes to show that the batteries are being recharged. When it displays a constant light, they are recharged.
Turning the unit over you see the terminals to plug the unit into a mains supply. These terminals hinge into the body of the unit for portability and can be flipped out for use. However, these terminals are flat and are for US power sockets. They will not fit UK or European sockets. For these, two adaptors are provided. You get a European and a UK adaptor. To fit these over the US terminals when they are folded back into the body of the charger. They clip on firmly and are removed through the use of a small spring-loaded switch.
The manufacturers label states that it is suitable for use on voltages from 100 to 240 and for both European 50Hz and US 60Hz supplies. This covers just about anything you are ever going to find anywhere in the World, including less than perfect supplies in Third World countries.
So, as I say, without the adaptors the unit could fairly be called pocket but if you have to carry tha adaptors around as well, you would need a rather bigger pocket! But, enough of the nit-picking, what's it like to use?
Well, I've used it now on both UK and US power systems and so far it has worked faultlessly, unlike the Sprint. True, it isn't as quick as the Sprint. Recharging a fully discharged set of four AA Ni-Mh 2300mAh batteries takes about 5 hours. This compares favourably with other rechargers.
So, I just need to have enough spare sets of batteries always to have a set ready for use and with those that I had already acquired with the Sprint and those that came with the Globe Trotter, I now have three sets for the camera.
I have also used it with AAA batteries and it works just fine with those as well. Mind you, I always completely discharge all batteries before recharging them. That way you can be more assured that they will last and not quickly suffer the dreaded Memory Effect, which kills rechargeable batteries off by progressively reduce the charge they will accept.
I've bought a little Duracell pocket torch to do this as the camera always stops working long before the batteries are fully discharged. It accepts two AA batteries but, by stretching the spring terminal a little will also take AAA ones. Putting the batteries in and switching it on fully discharges the batteries, evidenced by the light completely going out.
The Globe Trotter is probably the most reliable and effective battery recharger I have used and its size does mean that it can easily be carried around, if not actually in a pocket due to the need for the adaptors, for use all over the World.