07
Feb
13

Universal Battery Chargers Offer Best-In-Class Performance

universal battery charger

There are plenty of entry-level battery chargers on the market that make it relatively cheap to start using rechargeable batteries. But a universal battery charger will give you the performance you are looking for, and save you money in the long run.

The biggest objection that consumers have with rechargeable batteries is the upfront cost: in spite of the fact that all batteries are expensive — even the disposable variety — the idea of having to spend the extra money for rechargeables, plus the battery charger, can really be the difference in someone investing in them in the first place.

As a result, companies like Energizer and Sanyo Eneloop has put together packages that include a set of AA rechargeable batteries and an accompanying battery charger, all for one relatively low price. The idea of these packages is to get people on board with rechargeables. But in the end, does it make more sense to simply buy a universal battery charger from the onset?

What Is A Universal Battery Charger?

The term “universal battery charger” might be confusing to consumers. After all, can’t a battery charger charge pretty much any brand of rechargeable battery? While premium brands like Sanyo Eneloop and Energizer would like to make you think that you should only put their brand of batter into their brand of charger, the fact is, any simple battery charger will be able to handle charging Powerex, Eneloop, Energizer, Vapex, or Ansmann. Even the cheap brands can be charged with these chargers. But that is not what makes a charger a “universal” charger.

A universal battery charger is a simply a charger that can charge every battery type.

Most entry-level battery charger models can only charge AA and AAA rechargeable batteries — and they are typically very slow 9and sometimes spotty) when it comes to charging, with many consumers complaining that they never really get 100% charge from them. Universal battery chargers, on the other hand, are never considered “Entry level” — at the very least, they offer mid-level quality and performance, along with the ability to charge AA, AAA, 9V, C, and D-sized rechargeable batteries.

Ansmann XC 3000 Universal Charger, Battery Management System

Universal Battery Charger Features

Unlike an entry-level battery charger, which offers little more than a trickle charger and a few LEDs to let you know when your AA or AAA batteries are finished charging, universal battery chargers typically feature a wide range of integrated features. In addition to being able to charge more batteries or different varieties at a time, many devices also feature battery conditioning circuits that will optimize or discharge a battery as needed, as well as cut-off circuits and more granular display screens that give you a more user-friendly experience.

Also prominent on universal battery chargers is the ability to fast-charge batteries. Another big objection to rechargeable batteries is having to wait hours for them to complete. The universal charger often charge batteries much quicker than the entry-level models.

Ansmann Energy 8 Plus Battery Charger and Maintenance Station

Universal Battery Charger Prices

so, what can you expect to pay for a universal battery charger? It will most definitely cost you more than what you pay for with entry-level chargers. In Australia, a universal battery charger will run you between AUD $60 and $300, depending on the kinds of features and performance you’re looking for. Entry-level chargers might cost only ¬†between AUD $20 and $30, but it’s wasted money — in the end, you’ll eventually upgrade to a universal battery charger, and your standard charger will become obsolete.

A great first universal battery charger for the money is the Ansmann Energy 8 Plus Battery Charger. For AUD $109, it offers:

“. . . the most advanced charging control available today for all the most commonly used sizes of Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium batteries used in electronic appliances.

The charger accepts AAA, AA, C, D, and 9V. Just plug it in and it charges all these battery sizes automatically and fast! The Energy 8 automatically reconditions batteries, before recharging. It will charge two 9V cells in a little over 2 hours. You can also charge other sizes and/or types simultaneously in the Energy 8 Plus charger. This “smart” charger automatically adjusts to each cell size, cell type and cell capacity. Each cell is charged independently, with simple progress indicator lights for each cell. Automatically switches to trickle charge as each cells reaches full charge.”

While standard, entry-level battery chargers are a cheap way to get into using rechargeable batteries, what makes the most sense is to simply invest in a universal battery charger the first time.

Thanks for reading our article! Did you know that Electronics Warehouse carries the Ansmann Energy 8 Plus battery charger and a wide range of universal battery chargers? Take a look at what we have on offer. .

 

 


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