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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good & Smart Charger, The battery is Normal
The charger is very good, and functional. The package is very good. Car charger is a good point. It can test, recharge the batteries very well. However the 2 batteries are normal and their capacity is very much lower that is written on them.

The charger can not work on different modes for different batteries. It will test all the batteries or charge all of...
Published on Nov. 6 2011 by Amir

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This one seem to have its own mind when evaluate(?) batteries...
It looked cool and worked well. The best part is that it shows capacity.
However, I realized this is not that reliable.

Here is the story.
I have several (quite a lot) rechargeable batteries and some were old so I thought those were defected as it showed.
A couple days later, tried some of those again just to make sure because some are not that...
Published on March 15 2013 by Sabine


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good & Smart Charger, The battery is Normal, Nov. 6 2011
This review is from: La Crosse Technology BC500 Alpha Power Battery Charger (Kitchen)
The charger is very good, and functional. The package is very good. Car charger is a good point. It can test, recharge the batteries very well. However the 2 batteries are normal and their capacity is very much lower that is written on them.

The charger can not work on different modes for different batteries. It will test all the batteries or charge all of them. You can not test 2 of them and charge another one at the same time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works very well, worth the price, Feb. 7 2013
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All I wanted was to charge 3 batteries at a time. A little research led me to individual channel chargers, and this was the cheapest one that had decent reviews. It was even cheaper in Canada than in the US.

It did find that about 1/8 of my batteries were faulty, but most of them were ebay specials, so there's a good chance it's correct. Charge times are good, and being able to mix and match is great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Smart Charger!, Feb. 28 2013
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This is a great little smart charger. So much better than the garbage department store chargers. Offers 3 modes: Charge, Discharge and Test. Very simple to navigate between the modes and doesn't get very warm. I have read reviews on other models in this companies line that get very hot but this one stays acceptable. I love the fact that I can charge 1 or 3 batteries whenever I want. It even comes with a car charging adapter. It is the perfect entry into the world of smart chargers and a great little travel companion.

Unless you are a tech nerd and want/need all the bells and whistles this charger will do everything you need it to do and more. Save some cash and buy this charger. It is light years ahead of the bare-bones department store chargers that all cost about the same, and in some cases more. Great price for a great unit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Charger, Jan. 31 2014
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This charger is good for properly charging and/or testing your batteries. Does everything as advertised. However the batteries that come with it are garbage. I ran them through the test cycle and they charged ok, discharged showing over 2000 mAh capacity and recharged ok. Went to use the batteries a couple of days later and they were dead as dead gets. It's a shame they put such cheap batteries with a nice product. I'll stick to energizers, I've ran them through the test cycle and recharged those and all is good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This one seem to have its own mind when evaluate(?) batteries..., March 15 2013
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It looked cool and worked well. The best part is that it shows capacity.
However, I realized this is not that reliable.

Here is the story.
I have several (quite a lot) rechargeable batteries and some were old so I thought those were defected as it showed.
A couple days later, tried some of those again just to make sure because some are not that old.
Voila, those suddenly showed up as charging normally.
Almost threw away fine batteries which are not cheap.

Therefore, I had to return because it is not a cheap device (for me) and replaced with a $5 cheaper one that does not show capacity.

I really liked this one, but it was not reliable to worth the risk.

Maybe too much philosophy on a battery charger... but anyway, a good experience although the refund procedure took 3 weeks, but fully refunded by the dissatisfaction from its function.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works as advertised., April 26 2014
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Didn't know how important it is to slowly trickle charge batteries (fast chargers wear them out). This seems to charge at the right speed and because it meters each battery separately each one gets the charge it needs. Also, the function to drain to 0 and then recharge allows a real/proper test to figure out which batteries are weak.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great charger, May 5 2014
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I love the fact that it charges each battery individually. It even revived some batteries that my other chargers wouldn't even charge anymore! This is the charger to get!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Individual Charger Circuits!, Jan. 4 2015
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Pros:
- Has individual charger circuit, so that you can charge batteries at different discharged level (but use same type batteries at a time.)
- Has batter check feature. Easy to see whether the rechargeable batteries has reached their end-of-life.
- Can keep a batteries at full charge
- Comes with a car charger
- Chargers both AA and AAA batteries
Cons:
- Works with a power block (included); I would prefer to plug in the charger directly to the power outlet (less wire clutter)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to my camera bag, May 23 2014
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I was looking for a charger with very specific properties; small enough to fit in my camera bag, ability to charge up to 4 batteries, able to test and diagnose battery condition, independent charging, adapter for car use and fast charging. This charger meets all those requirements. Changing the modes is a little finicky with only one button and the feel is a little on the cheap side (the only weaknesses I could say about it) but I am very happy with its performance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compact. Très léger (pèse une plume). Boitier de ..., June 25 2015
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Compact.Très léger (pèse une plume).Boitier de bonne qualité, solide, au contraire de se que j'avais lue dans les "reviews" de l'appareil. Enfin, il m'est possible de savoir lesquelles de mes piles sont les meilleurs/les plus faibles/défectueuses. Aprés les avoir toutes testées (fonction TEST) avec le chargeur, certaines se sont retrouvées à la poubelle.....(.....du recyclage bien sûr....).

Service impeccable...
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