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Old Jun 27, 2003, 7:54 PM   #1
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just wondering; with all these hi-end charger, does anyone know if you can change one brand of batteries with another brand of charger?

because the radioshack charger i have now needs some where between 14-16 hrs to fully charge 2 pairs of batteries.....man this is long charging time
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Old Jun 27, 2003, 8:17 PM   #2
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You should be able to recharge any brand, as long as the battery type is supported by the charger.
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Old Jun 27, 2003, 8:42 PM   #3
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I would add that you might want to recharge each type (nimh, nicd) seperate.
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Old Jun 27, 2003, 11:44 PM   #4
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The Radio Shack charger you have is probably of the same vintage that I have. For its time it was the cat's meow. Today, for the same price you paid for the Radio Shack charger you can probably buy a 2-4 hour charger. Try Walmart. One of the most popular types allows you to charge two pairs of NiMH in about 2-4 hours. These usually go for about $20 which sometimes includes 4 no name brand NiMH made in China.

These chargers charge in pairs, which means each pair of batteries is charged the same amount of time. This is in contrast to the chargers that charge each cell individually. The much touted Ray-O-Vac charger selling for about $30-40 is in this league. Most enthusiasts would prefer the latter since each battery is charged to its maximum potential.

The exact time is highly dependent on the condition of the batteris when you insert them, how old they are, and their rated/actual capacity. Generally, the higher the capacity rating the longer the time required to charge. Don't believe all the fluff you read on the box about being able to charge in 1-hour on these mid-range chargers. They use charge times for 1600MA or less NiMH batteries which are almost passe now with the arrival of 2000 MA and higher batteries

And yes, as cope said they will charge any brand as long as it's a NiMH.

Hope this helps.
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