From: SMS on
Bill wrote:
> On Wed, 11 Jul 2007 12:02:00 -0700, "mehlREMOVETHIS(a)cyvest.com"
> <mehl(a)cyvest.com> wrote:
>
>
>> Steve --
>>
>> Thanks for all the suggestions and information.
>>
>> There is a Fry's a few miles from me. Thanks for mentioning them.
>>
>> Larry
>
> Lary,
>
> I have the Maha MH-C401FS and love it. 4 batteries on independant
> circuits so they each will charge as needed. Fast and slow charge
> options. I only use mine on 110 volt, but believe it came with a 220
> volt adapter.

It used to come as either the "regular" edition with 110V only, or the
"International" edition with 110/220, not sure if Maha still does this.

Since it's rather an old design, "fast charge" is really not all that
fast (1000mA) though it's fast enough for a lot of people that don't
care about super-fast charging.

It has a lifetime warranty, something almost unheard of for this sort of
product.
From: ASAAR on
On Thu, 12 Jul 2007 01:28:48 GMT, Yuki wrote:

>> I will appreciate any recommendations of specific brands of charger
>> and/or battery.
>
> I'm very happy with a Sony BGC-34HRMD that meets all of above,
> has a LCD display and refresh function. It uses a short cable for
> power, no wall wart. Weight 5oz/139g. Medium charge speed, around
> 4 hours for 4 depleted AA batteries.
>
> Seems that the current incarnation has the reference BCG-34HRMF4,
> comes bundled with 4 2700mA Sanyo made batteries, priced around $30.
>
> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002IOIMQ/ref=pd_cp_e_1/102-9027916-3679350?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-41&pf_rd_r=13CR2D1N93F61Y1B1MFQ&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=250314601&pf_rd_i=B000H8XGJC

I've also been very pleased with that charger, also a BCG-34HRMD.
When I got it several years ago it included, IIRC, four 2050mAh NiMH
cells. I checked your link and although the price is $30.99, there
are three alternates in the "More Buying Choices" box on the right.
Adorama and Gigabyte are selling it with the four Sony NiMH cells
for $24.99. When I got mine several years ago in Sony Style it sold
for about $40. Discounting the included batteries, it's an
excellent charger selling for only $15, a pretty good bargain.

From: SMS on
Yuki wrote:

> Seems that the current incarnation has the reference BCG-34HRMF4, comes bundled
> with 4 2700mA Sanyo made batteries, priced around $30.

It's okay, but the charge rate is pretty low with four batteries, only
525 mA. With NiMH batteries, there's a fine line between too low of a
charging current and too high of a charging current. Too low, and it may
not detect end-of-charge correctly. Too high, and it may heat the
batteries to the point where it reduces their useful life.

I'd avoid that charger just because there are much better chargers
available now. It's a fairly old design. While the LCD display is nicer
than just an LED, such as what's on the Maha MH-C401FS, the MH-C401FS is
a better choice.

It's rather amusing that they call it "Super Quick." Hopefully the Sony
spec is incorrect and the charging voltage is _not_ 1.2V!

I know someone that had one of these chargers, and they said it was fine
except that it would occasionally proclaim that a cell was bad when in
fact the cell charged just fine on other chargers.

Steve
"http://nordicgroup.us/chargers"
"http://batterydata.com"

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From: Thomas T. Veldhouse on
mehlREMOVETHIS(a)cyvest.com <mehl(a)cyvest.com> wrote:
> Hello --
>
> Can anyone help me narrow my search for a charger suitable for
> traveling? I am not digesting all the technical information available
> in this group.
> My new camera is a Canon S5 IS. I assume the battery type to get in
> NiMH.
>
> Requirements for the charger:
> - 100 - 240 V
> - lightweight, if possible
> - independent charging channels
> - holds 4 batteries
> - slow charge standard or as an option
> - mAh rating ?
> - USB capability not needed
>
>
> I will appreciate any recommendations of specific brands of charger
> and/or battery.
>

Maha MH-C401FS

http://www.thomasdistributing.com/mhc401fs.htm

It comes in white or black.

--
Thomas T. Veldhouse

We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from the
machinations of the wicked.

From: Thomas T. Veldhouse on
SMS <scharf.steven(a)geemail.com> wrote:
>
> As to batteries, get Eneloop or Hybrio, not standard NiMH.
>

That completely depends upon usage pattern. If you are travelling and
planning to shoot a lot of pictures for instance, the higher capacity standard
NiMH (i.e. 2700mAh) might make more sense. Also, consider the Rayovac Hybrid
over the Hybrio batteries if you live in the US as they are made by the same
manufacter [Spectrum] in China and are otherwise the same battery, but easier
to find an probably cheaper ($8.99 for four at Walmart).

> If you're near a Fry's, look for the Ultralast charger that comes with
> Hybrio batteries, and which meets your other criteria, though it does
> include USB capability you don't have to use it.
>

Target and Walmart [and Circuit City] sell Rayovac batteries and chargers and
Circuit City sells both Rayovac and Eneloop.

--
Thomas T. Veldhouse

We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from the
machinations of the wicked.