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#146860 - 08/31/08 07:11 PM Re: Which battery charger to get? [Re: Brangdon]
Eugene Offline
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the default of 1000mA works well for eneloops, thats what I've been using for a year now. easy for the wife to use too, just told her to put them in and hit enter twice.

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#146864 - 08/31/08 07:49 PM What About Solar Re-Chargers? [Re: comms]
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Registered: 03/08/06
Posts: 26
Loc: Central Texas
Do you guys recommend any solar rechargers? Being off-grid and portable make them very attractive but do they do a good job?
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#146868 - 08/31/08 09:08 PM Re: What About Solar Re-Chargers? [Re: Hornfrog]
Rodion Offline
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Registered: 04/29/08
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Loc: Israel
I think you just answered your own question: any kind of off-grid charge is better than none.

That said, I've seen USB chargers and, although I have no laptop, would be interested at just how viable these are.
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#146947 - 09/01/08 01:08 PM Re: What About Solar Re-Chargers? [Re: Eugene]
Brangdon Offline
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Registered: 12/12/04
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Loc: Nottingham, UK
Originally Posted By: Eugene
the default of 1000mA works well for eneloops, thats what I've been using for a year now.
By their own guidelines it's too high for AAAs, but if the problem is over-heating I expect it's less of an issue with AAAs because they are so small, and that charger is well-ventilated.
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#146954 - 09/01/08 01:44 PM Re: What About Solar Re-Chargers? [Re: Brangdon]
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Registered: 08/07/05
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Loc: Saratoga Springs,Utah,USA
I bought a solar charger from Harbor Freight about 4 yrs ago and it is still working to keep my tent trailer battery charged. We use it twice a year for "moderate" dry mountain camping. (electricity is available if needed)

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#146979 - 09/01/08 04:40 PM Re: Which battery charger to get? [Re: comms]
Lono Offline
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Registered: 10/19/06
Posts: 1013
Loc: Pacific NW, USA
I'm far from expert but like the LaCrosse Technology BC-900, if you keep your eye on Amazon it usually drops down in price to $30-35 or so. 4xAA/AAAs, LCD readout for charging status of each battery, good consistent performance. I like that you can mix NiCD, NiMH, Eneloop, etc etc, my son can barely tell an alkaline from a rechargeable, and I'd rather not toast another $45 charger. Its fairly bullet proof, and you can program it for all sorts of modes if you want them. I can't say whether it will work off of solar, I need to try that, but it can run off an auto adapter I'm sure.

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#147029 - 09/02/08 01:26 AM Re: What About Solar Re-Chargers? [Re: Brangdon]
Eugene Offline
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Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2841
I should have specified AA's. I only have a couple packs of AAA's in gear that doesn't see regular use.

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#147055 - 09/02/08 08:15 AM Re: What About Solar Re-Chargers? [Re: Eugene]
Rodion Offline
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Loc: Israel
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