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Re: Finally getting some Eneloops, but will my old charger work?
« Reply #30 on: September 15, 2013, 09:19:01 PM »
The Sanyo charger I got with the eneloops is 560mAh for 4 batteries 1120 for 2. That is quit aggressive. A charge at 200 mAh is better. Also it charges 2 or 4 batteries in pairs. But not all devices use even number of batteries. Canon GP-E2 uses 1 AA, my small flashlight uses 1 AAA, another uses 3xAAA, so does few of the remotes. So how do you charge 3 batteries? You wait for a fourth. But that not a pair. One pulls a battery from a device when it do not supply the necessary juice. The demand of a motorized tooth brash is not the same as remote. So a charger that charge only pair will stop when the first of the two is at capacity leaving the other at less the full capacity or, worse, continue, causing overheat in the first battery to charge to capacity until its pair reaches that mark.
A high end charger charges each battery individually! It also allows you to choose slow or fast charge if necessary. If you keep two simple chargers (a slow one and a fast one) beware, the "pairs" can be different (1+2, 3+4 or 1+3, 2+4) so do not "pair" different kind (AA/AAA, low/high capacity etc)

Generally speaking, I charge 4 at a time.  They go into my 580 ex ii.  Maybe I will just use the 260 mA energizer charger after all.  HUFF!!!
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Re: Finally getting some Eneloops, but will my old charger work?
« Reply #30 on: September 15, 2013, 09:19:01 PM »

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Re: Finally getting some Eneloops, but will my old charger work?
« Reply #31 on: September 16, 2013, 08:17:37 PM »
The Enloops are not cheap.  I recommend a slow charge,  preferable charger is one with 4 different charge circuit. I use (and recommend) LA CROSSE.

I got one of these too
best charger EVER
I wish they did an 8 battery version though
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Re: Finally getting some Eneloops, but will my old charger work?
« Reply #32 on: September 18, 2013, 06:52:27 PM »
I have two of the Maha MH-C801D chargers, and I have found them to be rock-solid. Rapid charge, soft charge, and conditioning modes, individual charge per cell (x8) seems to have extended the life of my batts and with 4 speedlites each with external battery packs, it does make a difference to the wallet when you can get some longevity out of your AA's. Just like everything else you get what you pay for - I get that budgets are important, but I think I can safely say going with a cheaper charger with premium batteries is probably false economy. The Powerex site lists the MH-C801D as 90 bucks but B&H has them for $65.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=MH-C801D&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

For the cells I use all Powerex, a mix of Imedions in the flashes ready to go

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/883811-REG/Powerex_MHRAAI4_IMEDION_Ready_When.html
 
and Powerex for the external packs and to replace the ones in the strobes.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/883816-REG/Powerex_MHRAA4_Rechargeable_AA_NiMH.html

(Amazon is good for Powerex too).

Having said that I wouldn't hesitate to use the Eneloops as well as many of my colleagues swear by them. But I can honestly say the Powerex stuff has been bulletproof.

Oh, and pick up a proper battery tester while you're at it - the cheap ones don't properly "load" the cell to give you an accurate reading of the charge remaining. But a proper one can save you a lot of hours trying to find a dead cell. I love this one:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/321271-REG/ZTS_MINI_MBT_Mini_MBT_Multi_Battery_Tester.html

 
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Re: Finally getting some Eneloops, but will my old charger work?
« Reply #32 on: September 18, 2013, 06:52:27 PM »