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Old Nov 19, 2006, 10:01 PM   #1
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When I bought my first digital camera about 6 years ago I got a Panasonic NIMH charger with a bunch of Panasonic batteries. The 5 hour charger worked great and still does today, and so do the batteries. However, I can't find Panasonic NIMH batteries anymore and on the back of the charger it says to only use Panasonic NIMH batteries.

Is it likely that using this charger on non-Panasonic batteries could damage either the batteries or the charger? The batteries that came with the charger were 1600 mAH. Is it possible the charger can't handle 2600 mAH batteries? I don't really know much about how these things work and didn't want to take any chances, but I'd also like to avoid having to buy a new charger if this one should be fine.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old Nov 20, 2006, 11:26 AM   #2
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You can use any brand NiMH cells in that charger. The newer, high capacity batteries will just take longer to charge is all. It is certainly not uncommon to see a manufacturer state to use only their brand batteries, this is only good business sense and also helps avoid a lawsuit if the charger starts a fire with some other brand batteries in it. I would say that it might be a good idea to buy both a new charger and batteries as the charger technology has made a lot of advances in the last six years. See our NiMH Battery and Charger page for the most recent offerings.
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Old Nov 20, 2006, 4:43 PM   #3
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Thanks!

I think for the time being I can make do with this charger if it will do the job. Perhaps when I plan on going on a long trip I'll look at some of the chargers that come with a car adaptor, or one of the universal ones.
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Old Nov 21, 2006, 6:14 PM   #4
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Nearly all 5hr chargers are timer based and won't be any good with your high capacity batteries as they'll still only get 5hrs at the 1600/5 rate. They'll end up 2/3 charged.
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Old Nov 21, 2006, 11:11 PM   #5
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Timer based? Where did you hear that? I would have assumed that it stops based on the same mechanism that makes it stop after 2 1/2 hours when I put in half drained batteries.

If it is timer based, does that mean I could pop them out and put them back in and it would resume?
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Old Nov 23, 2006, 1:52 PM   #6
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Hello Corpsy,

That is correct.

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Old Nov 26, 2006, 1:54 PM   #7
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Corpsy,

Tom is most probably correct. Give us the model of the charger and we'll try to find out more.
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