What do you think of this? Titanium Smart Fast 16 Bay Ni-MH AA/AAA Battery Charger AC 100-240V + DC Adapters MD-1600L

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Did a search here but didn’t see anything on this charger. Looks interesting, thought I’d ask you folks what your thoughts were on it. Kinda nice if ya have to charge a bunch of aa/aaa at one time.

Titanium Innovations MD-1600L

Titanium Smart Fast 16 Bay Ni-MH AA/AAA Battery Charger AC 100-240V + DC Adapters MD-1600L Today $52.85

http://www.rakuten.com/prod/titanium-smart-fast-16-bay-ni-mh-aa-aaa-batt…

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Ill say what others have said

Ill say what others have said – when this thing fails, youre out of luck, because its one charger with 16 slots, which means it might as well be your main/only NiMh charger if you have lots of batteries to charge at once, so you will still need a backup charger in case this one fails with all of its 16 slots or what not.

Id say, unless its proven to be super reliable, go for regular 4-slot chargers and charge with those.

My 2c.

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ask HKJ opinion about this

ask HKJ opinion about this charger Smile

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16 Bay!

16 bay, I LIKE the way you think.

Not knowing anything about this charger, but it being a 16 bay charger I think it is safe to say that this was designed for PROFESSIONALS. How bad could it be? I would think that this is a no fooling around piece of equipment.

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I'd be wary of that site...

Before you buy anything from Rakuten, you should probably read about all the credit card fraud that seems to be linked to customers having used that site.

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Beware…

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I have ordered many times from Buy.com

I have ordered many times from Buy.com, never with a problem, but nothing since the buyout and name change to Rakuten.com. I never understood why they would change the name, Buy.com is a great name for an internet seller,

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dchomak wrote:...I never

dchomak wrote:
...I never understood why they would change the name, Buy.com is a great name for an internet seller,

Probably so they can sell it.

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An Amazon seller has it for

An Amazon seller has it for about the same price, except Prime members get 2 day shipping.  

http://www.amazon.com/Titanium-Battery-100-240V-Adapters-MD-1600L/dp/B005UNPM3M

The first review says it does 400mA, so it's not very fast, but not very slow either.

 

For $50, I'd be tempted.  Charging my AA's already took a very long time before, and now all the Duraloops I'd added, it'd be nice to have a big charger like this.  Sure I could use 4 smaller chargers, but then I'd need more power strips to make room for all those wall warts.

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I just used that site for an

I just used that site for an example and hoping maybe someone would have something good or bad to say about it. I’ve seen it other places as well for slightly less $$, have read some reviews as well. Haven’t seen/read anything bad. These type chargers are mostly geared to pro photographers to charge their eneloops etc for their flashes. Might get one, not sure atm, thought I’d run by you folks Wink

Here’s one review I found…

http://www.slrlounge.com/best-charger-ever-the-titanium-16-bay-battery-c…

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I have a number of chargers

I have a number of chargers, slow chargers, timed chargers, fast chargers, and very fast chargers (15 minutes). What I don’t have is a charger that will discharge and tell me the actual charged capacity of that cell. I am in the market for one. From what I can tell, this one will do the discharge, but not measure the capacity.
If this charger charges at 400ma, it probably will reduce the number of times a cell can be charged, by how much, I don’t know. I do know that professional photographers can not wait 8-10 hours for their camera batteries to charge, nor do I think that they would want to leave any charger over night charging, unattended. To them batteries are just a tool that helps them make money. Convenience is more important to them than squeezing the absolute maximum number of recharges out of a cell. A hobbiest, like many of us may very well get more satisfaction out of caring for their cells to the utmost.

Envelops can usually be had for about $2.00 each. Right now, at the Target clearance the “Duraloops” are about $1.00. If you take really good care of your cells, you may get 500 recharges. At $2 each that works out to about 4/10th of a cent per use! If on the other hand, if you abuse them, for instance use a fast charger and only get 100 charges the cost per use rises to 2 cents per use. Does this price increase matter? To some it would, others it would not. This charger is made for professionals, people who just want to get something done.

Up until now, I have been using fast chargers on my NiMH cells and I can attest to the fact that they reduce the lifetime of them. It is VERY evident with a 15 minute charger, less so with a 30 minute charger. I do know that I will not wait 8-10 hours to charge a NiMH. This charger here, someone mentioned, charges at 400ma per cell. This seems like a good compromise between a fast charger and a slow one.

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A little off the subject of

A little off the subject of this charger, I ordered Monday and today, I received 2 of the MH-C9000 which can do this. Right now, I’m trying just a discharge of 3 aaa Duraloops. I think this is the quickest way to test mah capacity instead of doing the analyze function which I think takes a day and a half. Something else I found while reading their FAQ you might like. I don’t know how correct this is. I have also read ****loops can withstand a little more with degradation.

What are the recommended charging and discharging current for my battery?

The recommended charging current is 0.5C, or 0.5 times the battery capacity. The recommended discharging current is 0.25C, or 0.25C times the battery capacity. Here are some settings for common batteries:

2700mAh Charge: 1300mA Discharge: 700mA

2650mAh Charge: 1300mA Discharge: 700mA

2500mAh Charge: 1200mA Discharge: 600mA

2300mAh Charge: 1100mA Discharge: 600mA

2200mAh Charge: 1100mA Discharge: 600mA

2100mAh Charge: 1000mA Discharge: 500mA

2000mAh Charge: 1000mA Discharge: 500mA

1000mAh Charge: 500mA Discharge: 200mA

900mAh Charge: 400mA Discharge: 200mA

850mAh Charge: 400mA Discharge: 200mA

800mAh Charge: 400mA Discharge: 200mA

700mAh Charge: 300mA Discharge: 200mA

650mAh Charge: 300mA Discharge: 200mA

600mAh Charge: 300mA Discharge: 200mA

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