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Subject: Re: Jukebox not playing very long - battery life question

Re: Jukebox not playing very long - battery life question

From: Chris Holt <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2003 22:22:38 -0400

It's very likely, but it depends on the charger. The great majority of
chargers these days "sense" when the batteries are charged and switch from
charging to a trickle. Only a very few chargers are timed anymore.

Very important to get a charger designed for NiMh batteries. Chargers for
NiCad batteries are not good to use for NiMh. As with the timed chargers,
NiCad only chargers are getting very hard to find, so it's getting harder
to go wrong. :)

Make sure you are getting a good charge, especially with higher capacity
batteries. You should have no problems leaving the charger plugged in
overnight. 2100/2200 batteries will take quite a while to charge properly
in the JB.


On Thu, 21 Aug 2003 17:48:04 -0700, Sharon wrote:
> I am gathering from this thread that I can use the charger I have now
> for my 1600 NIMH batteries to charge 2100 or 2200 ones also when I find
> them? I don't need a new charger? That would be good... (o:
> Sharon
>> On Thu, 21 Aug 2003 14:06:36 -0400, Neon John wrote:
>>> Good advice. To add to it, one of the best chargers out there
>>> right now is the Ray-O-Vac 1 hour charger available at WallyWorld,
>>> etc. It's $29.95 and, depending on the particular package, comes
>>> with either 4 1800 mah batteries or a car cigarette cord. This
>>> charger contains 4 individual charging circuits so you can put 4
>>> batteries in, regardless of the individual state-of-charge, and
>>> have them all charge properly. On 2300 mah batteries it takes about
>>> an hour and a half to charge.
>> So they have solved the overheating problem with those? Dave
>> Etchells warned against that model in his Great Battery Shootout page
>> Saying:
>> "As alluded to earlier, one important, albeit somewhat informal
>> finding at this point: The Rayovac 1-hour charger does indeed seem to
>> get the batteries too hot. - I observed with several different sets
>> of batteries from various manufacturers that repeated charge cycles
>> in the Rayovac resulted in a noticeable and continuing decrease in
>> maximum capacity. (Two sets of cells even vented, a very unusual
>> occurrence in my experience.) It's darn fast, and charges the
>> batteries pretty completely, but definitely seems to have a negative
>> impact on battery life."
>> Personally I use one of Rayovac's PS1 chargers. Four independant
>> circuits, slow overnight charge and 9.99 at Wal/K/mart/TArget, etc.
>> Not that I'm a cheapskate or anything. The 1850 Evereadys in my JBR
>> right now are getting replaced with some of the new 2100s, "just
>> because". Got lots of things I can use the 1850s in. :) But hey,
>> they were less than $10. Go figure. That's cheaper than the 1850s
>> were. (~$12)
>> Chris
Received on 2003-08-22

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