NiMH Battery Chargers
Rechargeable NiMH batteries now on the market are best charged with a smart battery charger
Either an MiNh charger or a Nicad charger will recharge NiMH bnatteries properly. Recharging will take more time when using a Nicad charger since NiMh batteries as one of their good characteristics have a higher capacity than Nicad batteries. NiMh battery chargers are available in either timer controlled or smart charge or timer controlled types. The timer controlled charger will charge for a set period of time then shut down at the end of that time. A smart charger will charge till the battery is fully charged then it will shut down automatically.
Why then doesn,t everyone use a smart charger? The answer is very simply that they are more complex and cost quite a bit more. Some users will buy a fixed time charger to save some money. They do indeed save a bit on the cost but they then will have possible problems with partial recharging as the timer may shut off before the battery is fully charged. Most people will find that the smart charger is the smart buy even with the higher price.
If you use lower capacity batteries a fixed time charger will do your charging perfectly well. If you use high capacity batteries you would be well advised to purchase a smart charger. If you use a fixed time charger it will most likely shut down before your high capacity batteries are completely charged. The smart charger will not shut down too soon and will keep on charging till the batteries are fully charged. It is quite obvious that the smart charger will save you both time and annoyance.
Solar powered battery chargers can also be obtained. These have quite a low charging rate and are suited best to charging lower capacity batteries such as Nicads. You can indeed charge NiMh batteries using a solar charger but it will take quite a long time to get the batteries completely charged. These solar chargers can be quite useful if you are camping outdoors, with no power supply available to you. Otherwise a smart charger will in fact be your smart choice.
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NiMH Battery chargers