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Subject: Re: Batteries

Re: Batteries

From: Bluechip <csbluechip_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2005-11-18

Here is an advert page for the 1hour charger with batteries that I purchased.
http://www.battech.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=335&products_id=878
You can click the image to enlarge.

The wall wart and cable for the lighter adaptor is in a blister on the back
of the package - so you can't see them in the picture.

The batteries were fine when I put them in, although one did start flashing
when I kicked the charger, and the charger had to be powered down and back
up again. Two of my archos batteries flashed at me, the other two
charged. I reset the charger a few times that evening, but it was happy to
complain about the same batteries every time.

I don't know why it stresses "unplug between uses" ...is that a "save the
environment" thing or does it really need to have it's power cut bewtween
charge cycles?

If I think about it next time I sit to watch TV, I will pull mine apart and
see if I've got any chip numbers - I finally have access to a digital camera :)

BC

> >I popped down to my local branch of Dixons (well, actually it was in the
> >next town across, but I was there for an interview anyway) and purchased
> >some Energizer 2500 mAh batteries with a seperate-cell charger which can be
> >either mains or car-lighter powered for 25 (not bad for an off-the-shelf
> >price)
>
>Which charger did you get? Is it the one with the black cylindrical +
>connections that slide in and out and with a fan? A url to a photo
>would be grand.
>
>Reason I ask is that I recently bought one of those. Labeled "15
>minute charger". I also have the previous edition "30 minute
>charger". This is the one where one battery fits on each of the 4
>sides of the charger.
>
>I'm not having much luck getting either of these to charge Energizer
>batteries, including the ones that came with the chargers. Both
>chargers activate the fault lights. Both chargers do fine with some
>Powerex and some Batteries America private label 2300 mah batteries.
>
>Both chargers seem to do a rather complex little analysis of the
>battery when it is inserted. It looks like it might be an impedance
>measurement. I was going to analyze the circuitry but the *ssholes
>ground all the numbers off the chips.
>
>The Energizer batteries charge just fine in a Ray-o-Vac 2 hour charger
>(still my favorite) and the capacity checks out OK so there is nothing
>wrong with the batteries.
>
>I'm just wondering if I've hit incredible odds and have gotten two bad
>chargers in a row or if there is a design problem.
>
>John
>---
>John De Armond
>See my website for my current email address
>http://www.johngsbbq.com
>Cleveland, Occupied TN
Received on Fri Nov 18 05:55:37 2005


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