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Old Oct 7, 2002, 12:06 PM   #11
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Default Rayovac charger

Rayovac sells two different chargers. The less expensive is under $10 with a $3 coupon, net $7. I bought this a target. It is not a rapid charger. The other charger is $30. You can check out the specs at www.rayovac.com. I read Steve's review on the Mana charger and I ordered it. It is a great charger that has many features. Go to Steve's review of accessories. The cost with shipping was under $30.
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Old Oct 10, 2002, 8:26 PM   #12
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Use the rayovac charger in front of a fan. Keeps the charger and batteries cool during charging.
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Old Oct 13, 2002, 4:05 AM   #13
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Not sure about the fan idea. Firstly the batt. case is going to be much lower temp than the chemicals near the core, and I wouldn't think thermal conductivity is very high, Secondly if there's a delta temp sensor beneath the pack, it'll say I'm too cool so overcharge me!
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Old Oct 13, 2002, 6:55 AM   #14
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Default I got excellent result with the Rayovac fast charger!

While I do agree with everyone here that the batteries are warm after going through the Raovac. It does however achieve the fastest charging time of all my other chargers (ie under an hour), and has the highest charge as well (ie has highest frames count on the camera) no matter what the battery brands!

In my opinion it could affect battery life, but so what? NiMh AA are so cheap, and that's the whole reason why one picks a camera over another ones that uses proprietary batteries... At <$12 a set they are disposable... use them to the full extend. Just drop by a WalMart/Target and one can heat thoses babies up once again! I haven't found any battery failure yet and I have shot over thousands... and that's also why I ended up with so many sets since they refused to die!
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How would you recondition NimH batteries if you don't have a conditioning charger? :?:
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In my opinion reconditioning apply more to NiCad to undo it's memory effect, and is not applicable to NiMh...
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Great. Thanks!
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You're welcome!

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Generally speaking, NiMH batteries do not suffer from the "memory effect" and thus do not require conditioning
http://www.thomas-distributing.com/m...-batteries.htm

One can always re-condition an NiMh by it running completely down in the camera before changing (or recharging).
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You're welcome!

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Generally speaking, NiMH batteries do not suffer from the "memory effect" and thus do not require conditioning
http://www.thomas-distributing.com/m...-batteries.htm

One can always re-condition an NiMh by it running completely down in the camera before changing (or recharging).
But he just said they don't need conditioning (i.e. no memory effect).
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Old Oct 30, 2002, 12:32 PM   #20
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Re-conditioning is not required for NiMh, but you can always do it (if you want) in a charger that don't have this feature by just running the batteries down... before charging
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