What type of battery charger if I have different rated batteries?

Discussion in 'Global Navigation Satellite Systems' started by Retired_Soon, Nov 30, 2003.

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    Retired_Soon Guest

    Sorry if this is a little off topic. I use rechargeable batteries for my
    Palm and GPS. Some of my batteries are 1800 mAh and some are 2300 mAh. I
    have been using one charger to charge all my batteries. It just dawned on me
    that is this a good idea? I mean do I need a separate charger for
    differently rated batteries or would one good charger like Maha cope with
    all types of batteries with different mAh ratings? Sorry if this is a dumb
    question, but all the chargers I have looked at don't specify clearly the
    whether they can charge different rated batteries.

    Thanks so much
    Retired_Soon, Nov 30, 2003
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    Skramblr Guest

    The numbers are the rated capacity and should work fine on any charger. What
    you need to look out for is putting NiMH batteries in a NiCad charger, or
    vise versa. Don't do that.

    The other trick is that some battery chargers charge the batteries as a set,
    while others charge each batter individually. If your unit doesn't have
    individual LEDs for each battery, it may be charging them as a set. This
    means whent he 1800mah batteries are fully charged, it'll shut off the
    charger (and not fully charge the 1200mah).

    Skramblr, Nov 30, 2003
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    Bill Guest

    Bill, Nov 30, 2003
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    Mike Fields Guest

    I would use the Maha 401FS -- it will take up to 4 batteries
    (either AA or AAA) and charges each battery individually so
    you can mix the capacities without a problem during charge.
    It also usually comes with a car cord so you can use it in your
    car for charging the batteries. One place that I have dealt with
    is Thomas Distributing (I got my 401FS from them)
    http://www.thomasdistributing.com/mhc401fs.htm I have not
    had any problems with my charger at all.

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    Retired_Soon Guest

    Thanks everyone... just ordered a Maha charger.

    Retired_Soon, Dec 1, 2003
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