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Battery Chargers. What should I get?
« on: July 02, 2020, 02:36:32 AM »
I’m looking for something that can show you how much power is left in a battery and maybe recondition it.

What’s everyone using? 

Thanks! 
« Last Edit: July 03, 2020, 10:54:52 PM by justink »
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Re: Battery Chargers. What should I get?
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2020, 04:53:09 AM »
we talkin AA/AAA NiMH, or Lithium Ion?
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Re: Battery Chargers. What should I get?
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2020, 01:33:03 AM »
we talkin AA/AAA NiMH, or Lithium Ion?

AA Eneloop Ni-MH

I was looking at this (but not sure if there's something better?)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QYCJKJK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_3kS.EbJD1W4YS

or this?

https://www.amazon.com/Powerex-MH-C800S-8-Cell-Smart-Charger/dp/B000LQMKDS/ref=psdc_10063711011_t1_B07QYCJKJK

i thought i saw a thread on here talking about this sort of thing before but i can't find it.
« Last Edit: July 03, 2020, 01:38:17 AM by justink »
Mics:
DPA 4023 (Cardioid)
DPA 4028 (Subcardioid)
DPA 4018V (Supercardioid)
Earthworks TC25 (Omni) 

Pres and A/D's:
Grace Design Lunatec V3 (Oade ACM)
Edirol UA-5 (bm2p+ Mod)

Recorders:
Sound Devices MixPre10 II
Edirol R-44 (Oade CM)
Sony PCM‑M10

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Re: Battery Chargers. What should I get?
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2020, 01:54:05 AM »
the one you list is the best 8-cell charger

this was the mack daddy though it only does 4
https://mahaenergy.com/mh-c9000/

looks like a new one coming out, though i cant discern a single difference
https://mahaenergy.com/mh-c9000pro/
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Re: Battery Chargers. What should I get?
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2020, 02:26:06 PM »
I know this isn't what the OP really was asking about, but no one really needs to be buying Eneloops.  Buy these 2450 mAh batteries from IKEA, which have been proven to be the same thing as Eneloop Pro for a fraction of the price.  I own about 20 or so of them, and they are outstanding.

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/ladda-rechargeable-battery-70303876/
https://www.slrlounge.com/panasonic-eneloop-vs-ikea-ladda-are-they-the-same/
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/47233
https://www.dpreview.com/videos/8633918572/comparison-cheap-ikea-ladda-batteries-beat-panasonic-eneloop-pro-recycle-speed

I use this cheap charger with them, which does a fine job for my purposes:
https://www.amazon.com/EBL-NiMH-Rechargeable-Battery-Charger/dp/B00EB7812C/
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Re: Battery Chargers. What should I get?
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2020, 02:51:23 PM »
i second the ikea eneloops

i have a bunch
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Re: Battery Chargers. What should I get?
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2020, 04:00:06 PM »

I third the 2450 mAh batteries from IKEA!  Great batteries...

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Re: Battery Chargers. What should I get?
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2020, 04:32:03 PM »
dont be scared of the "only" 2450 mAh capacity

they do was well as any "2600" or "2700" , and more importantly they are built to keep capacity a long time

i am not exaggerating when i say i would expect them, with a good charger, to easily last 5+ years in 'critical use' before being relegated to remotes, toys,flashlights etc.

i dug some old abandoned eneloops out a drawer. had to be 10-15 years old. tested at 90% of rated capacity when tested on the powerex

the #1 advantage of the maha wizard charger is testing capacity. i write the number right on the side with a sharpie, and then i have 'matched sets' of batteries. i dont mind having 550 maH AAAs, i just use them all together in my headlamp, and keep the 800-900s together as well. And of course the usefulness of matching cells for a taping application is obvious. Weeding out a single weak cell could be that extra hour you need to make the show happen

i get that you might want an 8-bank charger for your mixpre, i had one as well when i had a mixpre as i used the 8-cell sled. personally id rather have the super dope 4-bank charger and keep an extra full set of 4 cells. so if youre doing shows night after night you can get by with only charging 4 overnight and have 8 ready to go, if that makes sense

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Re: Battery Chargers. What should I get?
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2020, 10:52:51 PM »
I know this isn't what the OP really was asking about, but no one really needs to be buying Eneloops.  Buy these 2450 mAh batteries from IKEA, which have been proven to be the same thing as Eneloop Pro for a fraction of the price.  I own about 20 or so of them, and they are outstanding.

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/ladda-rechargeable-battery-70303876/
https://www.slrlounge.com/panasonic-eneloop-vs-ikea-ladda-are-they-the-same/
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/47233
https://www.dpreview.com/videos/8633918572/comparison-cheap-ikea-ladda-batteries-beat-panasonic-eneloop-pro-recycle-speed

I use this cheap charger with them, which does a fine job for my purposes:
https://www.amazon.com/EBL-NiMH-Rechargeable-Battery-Charger/dp/B00EB7812C/

very good post.  now that they ship, I'm going to buy 8. 
Mics:
DPA 4023 (Cardioid)
DPA 4028 (Subcardioid)
DPA 4018V (Supercardioid)
Earthworks TC25 (Omni) 

Pres and A/D's:
Grace Design Lunatec V3 (Oade ACM)
Edirol UA-5 (bm2p+ Mod)

Recorders:
Sound Devices MixPre10 II
Edirol R-44 (Oade CM)
Sony PCM‑M10

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Re: Battery Chargers. What should I get?
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2020, 10:54:32 PM »
Okay, Okay...  the IKEA LAADA are the same/great deal. 

But someone link me to a charger/refresher so I can impulse buy one and be done with it PLEASE!     :smash:
Mics:
DPA 4023 (Cardioid)
DPA 4028 (Subcardioid)
DPA 4018V (Supercardioid)
Earthworks TC25 (Omni) 

Pres and A/D's:
Grace Design Lunatec V3 (Oade ACM)
Edirol UA-5 (bm2p+ Mod)

Recorders:
Sound Devices MixPre10 II
Edirol R-44 (Oade CM)
Sony PCM‑M10

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Re: Battery Chargers. What should I get?
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2020, 10:55:43 PM »
the one you list is the best 8-cell charger

this was the mack daddy though it only does 4
https://mahaenergy.com/mh-c9000/

looks like a new one coming out, though i cant discern a single difference
https://mahaenergy.com/mh-c9000pro/

i listed two 8 cell chargers.  which one?  lol
Mics:
DPA 4023 (Cardioid)
DPA 4028 (Subcardioid)
DPA 4018V (Supercardioid)
Earthworks TC25 (Omni) 

Pres and A/D's:
Grace Design Lunatec V3 (Oade ACM)
Edirol UA-5 (bm2p+ Mod)

Recorders:
Sound Devices MixPre10 II
Edirol R-44 (Oade CM)
Sony PCM‑M10

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Re: Battery Chargers. What should I get?
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2020, 11:17:07 PM »
theyre essentially the same. i dont see the 980 being worth twice the price over the 800, its not a real analyzer like the C9000 series
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Re: Battery Chargers. What should I get?
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2020, 08:18:04 AM »
Personally I'd buy one of the Powerex 8 cell chargers & the new Powerex MH-C9000PRO Professional Charger-Analyzer once it is available.  Approximately $130 invested in chargers to run a 5K-10K (or more) rig depending upon the number of mics that you choose to run.  I know that you frequently run multiple pairs of mics.


I already have one of the Powerex 8 cell chargers.  It has always performed like a champ.  I'm going to purchase one of the  4 cell Powerex MH-C9000PRO Professional Charger-Analyzers once they're available to supplement my 8 cell charger with the additional analyzer features.
« Last Edit: July 04, 2020, 08:23:43 AM by dactylus »
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Re: Battery Chargers. What should I get?
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2020, 09:25:19 PM »
Personally I'd buy one of the Powerex 8 cell chargers & the new Powerex MH-C9000PRO Professional Charger-Analyzer once it is available.  Approximately $130 invested in chargers to run a 5K-10K (or more) rig depending upon the number of mics that you choose to run.  I know that you frequently run multiple pairs of mics.


I already have one of the Powerex 8 cell chargers.  It has always performed like a champ.  I'm going to purchase one of the  4 cell Powerex MH-C9000PRO Professional Charger-Analyzers once they're available to supplement my 8 cell charger with the additional analyzer features.

Good idea.  I went with this:  Powerex MH-C980

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QYCJKJK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I might pick up that Powerex MH-C9000PRO in a few months too. 
Mics:
DPA 4023 (Cardioid)
DPA 4028 (Subcardioid)
DPA 4018V (Supercardioid)
Earthworks TC25 (Omni) 

Pres and A/D's:
Grace Design Lunatec V3 (Oade ACM)
Edirol UA-5 (bm2p+ Mod)

Recorders:
Sound Devices MixPre10 II
Edirol R-44 (Oade CM)
Sony PCM‑M10

 

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