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Old Dec 15, 2005, 5:25 PM   #1
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Hi! like many of you, I'm experiencing a hard time choosing a new NIMH battery charger.

I've had a hard time finding reviews on the Nexcell NC 50FC. The manufacturers site says it chargers 4 cells individually, but it appears to only have two LCD lights, and somespec sheets say itonly charges 2or 4 at a time.so I'm wonderinig . . . .

Also, be honest, does the "It's a Small World" tune start getting annoying after a while? Maybe it can be turned off?

It seems to have all the things in one package that I'm looking for, that I can't find in other chargers:

1. 4 Seperate charging circuits
2. Small size for travel
3. Worldwide auto-switching AC adapter
4. 12v input option
5. Smart charge/discharge features to get max charge balanced by low heat production.
6. Reasonable quality/product life

Other highly reviewed chargers I had to rule out:

1. Lightning Pack 4000N, Maha MH-204W, Maha C204F,Sony BCG-34HRMD,charge only 2 or 4 cells at a time.
2. La Crosse BC-900 doesn't appear to have a 12v input for use in vehicles.
3. Maha C401FS. This one just doesn't sound reliable based on user experiences on this site.

So what feedback do you have? Doesanyone here have this charger? Do you like it?Do you know of another charger that fits these qualifications?

Thank you and looking forward to hearing what you guys have to say.

Ted
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Old Dec 16, 2005, 2:20 PM   #2
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and some¬*spec sheets say it¬*only charges 2¬*or 4 at a time
In that case talking about intelligent individual charging is BS.
Intelligent charger with individual charging can charge any amount of batteries fitting to it, also you can mix different capacity cells and even NiCd and NiMH cells.



LaCrosse is pretty much the ultimate AA charger.
http://www.batterylogic.co.uk/techno...-i-charger.asp
And it has 12V adapter as accessory.
http://www.paratronic.fi/kuvat/rs900ad.jpg
It seems to output 3Vdc 4A...

http://www.lacrossetechnology.fr/en/...html?famille=7
http://www.lacrossetechnology.fr/ima...l_RS900_en.pdf
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Old Dec 16, 2005, 2:31 PM   #3
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Yes E.T. funny they don't agree on the "individual charging" issue. I'm a little leary. Thank you for the link about the LaCross. That car charger seems to make it take the first place in my mind! Pretty much perfect for my needs.

I'm still interested if anyone has the Nexcell and can confirm if it does indipendent cell charging or not.
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Old Dec 17, 2005, 11:50 PM   #4
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Anyone out there have one of these?
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Old Dec 23, 2005, 5:42 AM   #5
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Hi Paperdesk,

Yep I have this charger. Its pretty cool, nice and compact. Its only gets a bit warm so it won't damage your batteries. Charging current is 1000mA so not bad and takes about 2.5hrs to fully charge 4 AA batteries.

To answer your questions:

Yes you can turn-off the melody - simply press any of the buttons after you have plugged it in.

Yes it has 4 independent channels for charging so it starts charging the moment you insert just one battery.

You can charge different batteries at a time i.e. AAA and AA.

I like the discharge feature the best. It helps you to break-in batteries as well as always keep them fresh.

I think the brand Nexcell is aka MAHA in some countries.

Check out this site:

http://www.nexcell.com.sg/

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Old Dec 23, 2005, 11:36 AM   #6
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Great! Thanks for the info! How does that one show when the individual batteries are charged when it seems to only have two display lights? Or does it actually have four?
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yep there is only two lights which is a bit of a nusance.

Each light will display the charging status of the two batteries directly above it.

If the light is red - both batteries are still charging.

If it is green - both are fully charged.

If it flashes either red or green - one of the batteries is charged - you have to remember from the instructions which one i.e. the one on the left or right.

I simply just wait until the light is green to be sure both batteries are charged.

BTw I also like this charger because its really light weight - great for travelling.


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Old Dec 24, 2005, 8:33 PM   #8
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ah, that makes sense! Sounds like a winner! I think I'll try it out. Thanks!
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