Using quick charger with overnight batteries

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Jerry D., Apr 30, 2004.

  1. Jerry D.

    Jerry D. Guest

    The Micro Center stores are selling Ultralast AA Ni-MH batteries
    (4-pack) for $4.49. After researching this product line, I conclude
    that these batteries are compatible with Ultralast's overnight
    charger. However, all of my chargers are 1 - 3 hour chargers
    (Energizer, Lenmar & Maha). What will be the charging time if I use
    these Ultralast batteries on my quick charge chargers? Will my quick
    charge chargers have an adverse affect on these Ultralast batteries?
    Jerry D., Apr 30, 2004
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  2. Jerry D.

    Bob Salomon Guest

    Capacity of your battery in mAh x 40% divided by the output of your
    Bob Salomon, Apr 30, 2004
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  3. I think you mean it should be multiplied by 140%, not 40%. That scale
    factor compensates for poor charge efficiency at trickle charge rates.
    You need to put in 140% of rated capacity in order to get the retained
    charge up to 100%.

    But for a fast charger, efficiency is better, so the right answer is
    probably closer to 110 or 120%. For example, 2000 mAH cells charged at
    1000 mA would take 2 hours at 100% efficiency (which never happens), but
    2.2 or 2.4 hours are realistic numbers.

    Dave Martindale, Apr 30, 2004
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