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Old Sep 24, 2003, 10:09 PM   #1
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Default Can I use different Nimh rechargable AA's in my charger?

I have Powerex and Energizer rechargable Nimhs. I have the Maha 204 charger that just died after 5 months of infrequent use. I was looking at some Duracell battery chargers at Walmart that said only to use Duracell batteries. Is this the case with all chargers? Can you only use the brand of Nimh batttery and charger. I want a charger that I can use both brands of Nimhs that I have.
I am now afraid that I ruined my Maha with the energizers.
Sorry if this sounds dumb, but I am totally confused :? :?:
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Old Sep 24, 2003, 10:36 PM   #2
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I charge a variety of batteries in my charger. Most companies seem to say you should only use it to charge their batteries. I assume it's either a lawyer thing or a ploy to sell more batteries. I assume Maha will replace your charger.
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Old Sep 24, 2003, 10:49 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply! I think I will email Maha and see what I can do.
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Old Sep 25, 2003, 8:28 AM   #4
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I do all the time. just don't mix brands.

it is highly unusual for a maha charger to fail. if its under warranty send it back.
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I use two different brands in my Maha204 and have had no problems. I also would recommend contacting Maha about a warranty replacement.
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why not just call them. customer svc: 1-800-376-9992
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Mixing brands aren't too bad, but DON'T mix capacities, DON'T mix batteries of different ages, and DON'T mix batteries that have been in different devices (i.e. low current application like a mouse with a high current application like a flash or camera).
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To follow up on what Mike_Peat just said, it is wise advice to keep any/ and all of your batteries in 'sets'. Use them in sets and charge them in sets. I mark my bats with a Sharpie when I get them (1a, 1b, 1c, 1d) for the first set used in, say my C3020, then 2a, 2b, etc. for subsequent sets. As said before, sets should be of the same capacity and from the same vendor and ideally from the same manufacturing lot (best chance of this is to keep track of those bought at the same time).
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