+Chief301 Posted August 29, 2013 Share Posted August 29, 2013 OK, so I have come into $100 worth of Amazon gift certificates, and debating what I want to buy. I'm considering getting some decent rechargable batteries and a smart charger for my GPS (Garmin Oregon 550). I have been using rechargables but they are a mix of different brands, and one of those cheap chargers from Wally World. I also have two Garmin batteries with charger that came with the Oregon. Needless to say this mixed bag of brands and models is less than ideal and my battery efficiency ranges from merely inconsistent to downright crappy. I recently got so fed up with the whole situation that I went back to using disposables, but these aren't doing too well either...a brand new pair only goes an hour or two before it starts giving me low battery warnings, even though I'm still showing half the battery life left (and yes, I did change the setting on the Oregon back to alkalines) Having said all that, I'm thinking of going back to rechargables, but obviously I need to upgrade my equipment. So I'm looking for suggestions for a good charger and batteries. I'm considering the LaCrosse BC-700 and Sanyo Eneloops. What I want to know is, does this sound like a reasonable setup? Anything else out there I might consider? And finally, will the "smart" charger be able to recondition some of the various makes and models of batteries I already have or does it only work with a certain grade or type of battery? I've done a search on the forums already but there aren't too many threads on the topic and most of them quickly went into a lot of technical discussion of voltages and discharge rates and stuff that went right over my head So if someone could break it down for me in layman's terms I would really appreciate it. Thanks! Quote Link to comment
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