MajBach Posted March 12, 2002 Share Posted March 12, 2002 It wasn't until yesterday that I realized how behind the times I am. I had no idea of the new battery technology that was available. Last I knew, Alan Thicke was doing infommercials on rechargeable alkalines. Judging by how long that lasted, it didn't catch on to quick. Anyway, so I read all the threads here on batteries and such and decided I should catch up with everyone else. I did a bit of research too on the net and couldn't decide if I wanted to go NiMH or rechargeable alkaline. Naturally I like the lower cost of the latter but it was the shelf life I really wanted. Using them in emergency flashlights and remotes etc. NiMH, on the other hand, self-discharge faster than any other but appear to have to longest use and lifetime longevitey. So I went shopping today, figured I'd go one way or another and to my surprise, I found a Rayovac charger that could charge both types of batteries (even NiCds too - but who cares about them anymore). Even better was that it could charge all sizes excluding 9V (again - who cares) and do as many as 8 AA or AAA at once. The best feature was its cost - $29 CDN, compared to $69 for that one-hour charger from Rayovac. Dilemma solved, right? No, I didn't buy the unit because a few things made me suspicious and I was hoping someone here could shed some light. The unit in the Rayovac PS3. Now, all other units from any company I found that charge NiMH, also charge NiCd too. There is a switch on the charger to go back and forth. This leads me to believe there is a difference in the way the charger charges the batteries. The PS3 had no such switch to distinguish between the two different types. Not to mention the fact that this unit also charges Alkalines, which is clearly marked on ALL other chargers not to mix the two different types. How does the PS3 know what type of battery it is charging? Finally, it also doesn't state in the instructions how long charging should take, which is somewhat important. Does anyone have experience with this charger or can advise me further on it? Thanks in advance. MajBach You can't have everything. where would you put it? Quote Link to comment
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