My last charger died within the first couple uses, so decided to spend a little more on my next one. I'm really glad I went with this as a result. It's everything I need in a charger, and feels a lot more sturdy and less cheap than my previous one. Compact, Fast, and Convenient. The manual was informative too, and written with very easy to understand wording.
I'm not a battery expert, so I'm not sure the pros and cons associated with charge speed; I'm happy with the fact that this will charge my 4200 mAh 8.4v battery in under a half hour though! Judging from the other reviews and some quick internet searching (nothing too in-depth yet, I'm afraid), there doesn't appear to be anything bad about it.
What I didn't understand is why the voltage display (the default display after plugging in the battery) kept rising for my battery. I can't remember clearly, but I think it started around the accurate voltage of my battery (8.4). By the end of my charge however, it had slowly risen up to past 10v. I think this may just have something to do with trickle mode and how the manual describes it as "helping to maintain the peak voltage in the battery", but am not sure. Perhaps this also relates to reviewer J. NGUYEN's complaints of increased FPS.
Overall, though? I love this charger and highly recommend it.
As for the poster below me (R. DENNIS), I found your claims to be somewhat inaccurate. If you'll allow me to quote:
- "I have 3 mini NIMH batteries; 1100mah JinYin (POS), 1200mah Intellect & a 1600mah Intellect. The charger automatically selected 3amps for each battery, (it also states 3amps in the manual)"
And now to quote the manual.
- "NiMH batteries usually carry a recommended charge rate of 1C, with C being the rated capacity of the battery. For example, if a battery is rated at 3000 mAh, a 1C charge rate would be equal to 3 amps(1000 mAh = 1amp)."
Clearly, the recommended amps as stated by the manual for your batteries would equate to the following: 1100 mah JinYin = 1.1amps, 1200 mah Intellect = 1.2 amps, and 1600 mah Intellect = 1.6amps. I'm not sure where you're getting the 3amps thing, other than the example using a 3000 mAh battery. While that doesn't change the fact that the Plug 'n Play was very clearly off, I thought I'd at least clear up your apparent misconceptions with the manual.
Plug 'n Play
Charges Very Fast
Trickle Mode upon Completion
Can Use a Car Battery to Charge (helpful for all day games without access to wall outlets)
No Discharge mode for NiCad battery owners
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]