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Best aa charger 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated June 1, 2019
Best aa charger of 2018
I browse the various aa charger available on the market and list three of the very best. Many brands have introduced aa charger on the market. These brands have resulted in a variety for the user. These require that the consumers be well aware of what they are buying so as to make the best choice. We’ve narrowed down our options based on the customer feedback (read positive reviews), functionality, material and size. In other words, we’ve put all fundamentals into consideration to come up with a comprehensive list that suits various needs. I have taken the initiative to educate you on the top three best aa charger that you can buy this year.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this aa charger win the first place?
I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch!
Why did this aa charger come in second place?
The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money.
№3 – EBL 8 Bay AA
Why did this aa charger take third place?
I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.
aa charger Buyer’s Guide
Another “smart” charger feature is trickle charge. Basically, if you leave your batteries in the charger after they are done charging, the trickle charge feature will top up the charge periodically so that the batteries will still be at a full charge when you remove them.
Need to run out the door? Quick charge is a feature which will charge up your batteries using a high burst of power. So instead of waiting several hours, you might wait just 1minutes. The charge will not last as long as a slow charge, but it can be very handy in a hurry.
LCD display or indicator lights
The best smart chargers include indicator lights or LCD displays which inform you about the charging progress.
La Crosse Technology BC700: Smart Charge Capable from La Crosse offers a highly efficient, totally safe way to power up your rechargeables when they’re running low on juice. Like many modern battery chargers, the BC700 is “trickle charge” capable. In other words, its intelligent internal electronics deliver just the right amount of electricity into your batteries.
Versatility. This charger can fill up double A, triple A, nickel–metal hydride and nickel-cadmium batteries.
Surge resistant. An MCU electrical safeguard kicks in if it detects any kind of unusual voltage pattern.
Smart charging. This charger can detect when it’s time to shift into “trickle charge” mode, thus avoiding inefficient and dangerous overheating.
More power. Most chargers operate at 2.4V, but this one charges batteries faster because it is rated at 2.8V.
Status lights. LED indicators show you if your batteries are ready or not.
Works in Europe. So long as you have the right kind of adapter, you can use this charger in Europe or anywhere in the world.
Extends battery life. The EBL-999’s integrated MCU controller regulates the amount of voltage going into your rechargeables, thus allowing them to last much longer than they would with an ordinary charger.
Charges singles. Unlike most battery chargers, this one is capable of charging one battery at a time.
Big LCD display. The extra long charging status display screen is more accurate compared to the simple light system found on other chargers.
Trickle charge capable. Trickle charge mode prevents overheating and further extends the life of your rechargeable batteries.
Lots of charging bays. The EBL-99can handle batteries at a time.
Super compatible. This charger accepts many battery types including double A, triple A and even 9V rechargeable batteries.
Handles any capacity. Low quality chargers can only handle regular capacity rechargeables, but this one can handle high capacity ones as well.
If you’re looking for the easiest option for keeping your rechargeable batteries full, we recommend the Panasonic Advanced Individual NiMH Battery Charger, which comes with four Eneloop batteries. This simple device doesn’t require any setup and starts charging your batteries accurately as soon as you plug them in. It can charge a single battery (AA or AAA) if need be, unlike some comparable units, which require at least two batteries to work properly.
The BC-700 displays the status of each battery position on a small LCD and allows you to independently select between three charging speeds.
The Lacrosse BC-700 will help anyone that wants to actively manage their batteries squeeze out every drop of power without adding superfluous features and breaking the bank like the top-of-the-line Powerex WizardOne—but it still costs about twice as much as the Panasonic charger. The BC-700 is based on the same pulsed charging and Negative Delta V detection as the Panasonic above, so you know it’s an accurate, automatic charger. But while the Eneloop charger does everything behind the scenes, the BC-700 displays the status of each battery position on a small LCD and allows you to independently select between three charging speeds as well as a variety of testing and maintenance modes. For most people, the repeated button presses needed to sort through these features will just make rechargeable batteries seem like a chore, but the work can help eke out slightly longer lives and marginally increased capacity if you’re willing to invest the time.
Smart chargers with room for more than four batteries are hard to find, but if you need the extra space, we recommend the Powerex MH-C800S, which can charge any combination of eight AAs and AAAs at a time. If you use a lot of batteries, the Powerex MH-C800S is worth paying extra for. But you should only get it if you really need all eight charging slots from one outlet, since it typically costs about twice as much as the Panasonic.
Unlike the Lacrosse BC-700, the MH-C800S only offers two charging speeds and displays a simple three-bar battery gauge instead of detailed charging information. Plus, it costs around twice the price as our simple pick from Panasonic. We also don’t like that the charger defaults to the faster 1-A charging mode, but a clearly labeled “Soft” button will slow that down to a 500-mA rate, which you should do every time to maximize the number of recharges your batteries can take.
We passed over the Powerex/Maha Energy MH-C9000 WizardOne Charger-Analyzer. It’s a feature-packed tinkerer’s dream, allowing you to select charge rates up to 2,000 mA at 100-mA increments, and it combines charge and discharge speeds for testing and conditioning—which is why we used it for our own testing for our upcoming rechargeable AA batteries guide. Its display is larger than the Lacrosse units, but it also requires longer button sequences to display info or set up charging profiles. So while it can do more, it also takes longer to do the things you’d normally want to do. Plenty of users swear by this charger, and even those that don’t will admit it’s extremely capable. For most people, though, the extra cost is going to net them extra frustration instead of extra practical features.
Lacrosse also makes a higher-end and lower-end charger in addition to the BC-700, but neither strike us as good a balance of value and usability. The smaller, less expensive BC-500 has a less intuitive one-button interface, doesn’t show as much information, and most importantly, doesn’t have selectable charging currents, instead sticking with 500 mA–the high end of what most experts recommend. Aside from included accessories, the biggest feature gained from moving up to the higher end BC-1000 is incredibly high speed charging. It allows for 1-A charging across all positions, as well as 1.5- and 1.8-A charging for two batteries—all settings we strongly recommend against using since doing so will significantly lower the number of recharges your battery can take.
The Maximal Power FC9Universal Rapid Charger is a large unit that will charge not only NiMH batteries, but also Nickel Cadmium (Ni-CD), Rechargeable Alkaline Manganese (RAM), and (the manufacturer claims) some non-rechargeable alkalines. (This last use is not generally recommended for safety reasons.) Even setting that aside, it offers some of the same control features as our Lacrosse BC-700 pick but with less information monitoring. The Lacrosse is the smaller, more reliable choice.
Like the Maximal unit, the Xtar VCcharges more than just NiMH batteries, also recharging Li-ion 18650 style batteries. These types of rechargeable Li-ion batteries are different from their disposable AA lithium replacements because they have higher voltages required by specific gear, most often camera equipment, and can destroy low voltage gear expecting AA power. The VChas a clear display, multi-stage charging, and selectable current levels. But it doesn’t offer the capacity discharge and recharge test of our Lacrosse pick, and even with a decently powerful USB power supply, some users report power bottlenecks.
Based on specifications, the Foxnovo F-4S is a competent multi-current charger but has a slower, single-button interface to cycle through all the modes. Many users complained about how loud the alert is every time the device finishes a function. No one wants to be woken up at a.m. because their batteries are ready.
Both the Poweradd 903A 4-bay High-Speed Intelligent Battery Charger and the EasyAcc 4-slot AA AAA Battery Charger (now discontinued) are inexpensive and seem as simple as our top pick. But the good user reviews are mostly courtesy of free samples, and we’re not as sure of charging technique and internal logic as we are our pick from Panasonic. If we get more hands-on time, we’ll take a closer look.
The Avalon Battery Charger With Ultra-speed Technology looks and is priced similarly to our pick, but most of the positive reviews we’ve seen have been written in exchange for sample products.
The EBL batteries have a 1000 recharge cycles, meaning they are very durable. They can carry 3000mAh charge and discharge at 3.7v. They add a mix-protection additive that protects the material from degrading when discharging, therefore, extending the lifespan of the battery. It improves low self-discharge, hence its ability to maintain a 75% of the charge even if left unused for a year.
EBL 18650 lithium Rechargeable Batteries
This pack includes 18650 Li-ion batteries of 3000mAh and a universal charger. The charger only works for Lithium batteries and no other types. The charger uses the MU technology that provides a constant voltage and current for the safety of the battery it’s charging.
EBL AA & AAA Rechargeable Battery
These batteries achieve two to three times the capacity of other NiCD cells of the same size. They are designed for durability. It is suitable for those seeking more charge cycles and higher energy density. It is a good choice to control battery costs since it can be recharged more than 1000 times to power your devices. They are also recyclable meaning they are conscious of the environment.
EBL 85Bay 9V Li-ion Battery charger
The best choice to recharge your batteries is an EBL charger. This product can charge up to 9V batteries concurrently. It uses MCU technology to provide constant voltage and current for safety in charging. Once it reaches 8.1V, the charging will trickle till it is fully charged. The charger is compatible with 9V 6F2Li-ion rechargeable battery.
The rechargeable battery is made from the highest-quality material. The 400mAh battery can be used in calculators, GPS, digital cameras, and home security systems among other applications. It is RoHS and CE certified and comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.
The charger has inbuilt battery protection and a system to detect a fault. The smart LED indicators show the charging status from the start till when it is fully charged. It takes an input of 100-240V and gives an output of 4.2V at a current of 600mAh.
Fast Lithium Battery Charger
Use this charger to charge Lithium battery and not the other battery types. This package includes two universal Li-ion charger and 4000mAh Li-ion batteries. It takes about 4-hours to charge and when it is done the LED indicator will turn green.
This battery is designed for high output operation like solar lighting. It is not a replacement for the regular AA battery. It is compatible with high output solar devices like the Portfolio, Hampton Bay, and Allen and Roth among other solar lights.
Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) cells are by far the most common type of camera battery. The main reason for this is that they are extremely lightweight, can be recharged many times over and are capable of delivering a higher than average voltage than other cell types. In addition, subject to being stored at a reasonable temperature they are also much less prone to self-discharging when not in use.
Flash Power Packs
If you shoot with flash on location a lot, then it may be worth investing in a dedicated flash power pack. These are essentially bigger-capacity batteries that produce more power for faster recycling times, meaning you are free to use your flash to capture the moment without having to wait so long for it to charge in between shots.
Battery charging rules
Never charge your battery unattended – from time to time check to see if your battery is getting warm to the touch or starts to sewll, if so stop charging immediately and contact an expert immediately (like someone on dronetrest) before using the battery again.
Always charge your battery at 1C or less – many chargers allow you to set a charging rate, although most batteries can support up to 5C charge rates (which makes charging your battery much faster). Its always best to charge at 1C or less as this means the chemicals inside your battery will gain energy slower which keeps them more stable and ultimately means your battery will have a much longer life in terms of charge/discharge cycles.
Ensure the number of cells and battery type are set correctly on your charger to match the cell count in your battery. – this is only applicable for more advanced chargers.
Some chargers like the one included with the DJI Phantom many not appear to be a balance charger, but that is because the phantom battery actually has a built in battery monitor and balancer built into it.
Most batteries specificy a maximum charge rate as 1C, 2C etc… however most chargers you specifiy the charge rate in Amps, so sometimes there is confusion between these two values. To convert your battery C charge rate to Amps you simply need to multiply the battery capacity by the C rating. So lets say we have a 2200mAh battery with a charge rate of 2C. So the maximum current we can charge this battery at is 2.2Ah x = 4.4A. Similarly lets say we want to charge a 5100mAh battery at 1C, the max current we will need to set on our charger is 5.1Ah x = 5.1A. The maximum current you can for your charger depends on the power output it is cable of as described in the next section.
All batteries have a certain power output level, defined in Watts, typically around 50W. This number represents how much power the charger can provide to your battery, ultimately the larger this is, the faster it can charge your battery. Watts are the product of current and voltage, so if you keep current constant (say at the recommended 1C value) you will use more power with higher voltage (bigger cell count) batteries. So having more power available it better. Lets look an example, if we want to charge a 3S 2200mAh battery at 1C we will need to use 12.6V x 2.2A = 27.72W. If we want to charge a 3S 5100mAh battery at 1C we will use 12.6V x 5.1A = 64.26W which is actually a little over the standard power rating for chargers. So we an only charge our 5100mAh battery at 50W/12.6V = 3.6A assuming we have a 50W charger.
Some batteries include a built in power supply so you dont need to worry about this. But if your battery does not include a power supply you will need to make sure that the one you buy will match your charger in terms of specifications and also the connector is the same. At Unmanned Tech we have the option to add a compatible power supply on most of our chargers.
The process of charging a battery
Although each brand of charger might have different features, I will discuss the main ones that are shared with all Lipo chargers so you can have a basic idea of how to use them. For full details its best to read the documentation included with your charger. Some simple chargers just require you to connect them and it will start charging automatically.
Some chargers have a fast charge feature which in my opinion is more of a gimmick than a useful feature. Fast charge allows you to save abit of time when charging your battery as it will skip the balancing step. In fast charge mode the charger will only look at the overall voltage of your battery and will stop slightly below the maximum charge for safety reasons (as the battery might not of been perfectly balanced at the start of the charge). This is only usefull if you want to get flying int he air, but in reality this does not save much time over a proper balance charge so to get the most life out of your batteries its best to always use the balance charge.
Another useful feature that some chargers have is the Lipo storage mode. If you remember from your Lipo battery guide, its best to store your battery at about 40% to 50% charge. So the storage mode on your charger will automatically charge/discharge your lipo to this range in each cell so you can safely store your battery when you are not going to flying for a while.
Date: 2005? Charge: AAA, AA 1- batteries Charge rate std AA: 1275mA 1-/ 565mA 3-Charge rate std AAA: 310mA xIndividual charging: Yes Colors: White Voltage: 100-240V 50-60Hz Market: Japan Other info: Not to confuse with the NC-MR5which has a Refresh function. This one came out the year eneloop was introduced, so this is officially not an “eneloop charger”.
JP version EN version
Date: 2009? Charge: AAA, AA 1- 2 batteries Charge rate std AA: 850mA x/ 450mA xCharge rate std AAA: 850 mA x/ 450mA xIndividual charging: Yes Colors: White Voltage: USB 5V 0.5A Market: International including Japan Other info: Led blinking=charging Led on= charge complete.
Date: Japan, April 201Charge: AAA, AA 1- batteries Charge rate std AA: 550mA (1-batteries hours, 3-batteries hours) Charge rate std AAA: 275mA (1-batteries 1.5 hours, 3-batteries hours) Individual charging: Yes Colors: White and Black Voltage: Intl. 100-240V 50-60Hz Market: Japan only Other info: Available in black and white, separately only in white. Just like many other Panasonic chargers it chargers double the speed when used with only 1-batteries. The charge rate above is for batteries only. 550mA*2=1100mA per battery when charged alone, or in pair.
Date: 201Charge: AA+AAA 1- batteries Charge rate std AA: (hours) Charge rate std AAA: (4hours) Individual charging: Yes Colors: Black only Voltage: 100-240V Market: Japan only Other info: Only available at Costco in Japan as a set. The set is : k-kj43mcc8I have no further details. These things I could read from pictures of the package.
Manual: International version
Date: 201Charge: AA+AAA 1- batteries Charge rate std AA: 200mA (hours) Charge rate std AAA: 80mA (hours) Individual charging: Yes, Colors: White Voltage: Intl. 100-240V 50-60Hz Market: Overseas only Other info: Can mix AA and AAA. Auto cut off at 1hours. Has a charging indicator, but I don`t think it uses different colors.
Manual: JP version
Date: Japan, April 201Charge: AA+AAA or 4 batteries Charge rate AA lite: 200mA (hours) Charge rate AAA lite: 115mA (hours) Individual charging: no, only in pairs Colors: White Voltage: Intl. 100-240V 50-60Hz Market: Japan only Other info: This is a charger especially designed for eneloop lite. It will charge rather slowly. It does not have an indicator if a battery is full. Automatically stops after hours charging. Stops charging when full, but LED will stay on till hours. Personally I don`t recommend this behavior.
Manual: Intl. version
Date: Japan, November 201Charge: AA+AAA 1 – 4 batteries Charge rate std AA: 4*800mA (hours) fast charging (1.hours) Charge rate std AAA: 4*300mA (hours) fast charging (1.hours) Individual charging: yes, fast Colors: Black and White Voltage: International 100-240V 50-60Hz Market: worldwide Other info: LED colors used to show charge status. Fast charging: 1 or batteries normal: or batteries Red=0-20% (Blinking red= Error, non rechargeable battery) Yellow=20-80% (Blinking yellow= Battery need replacement) Green=80% or more Off= Fully charged It can detect if the battery is rechargeable or not. It can also detect if a battery is in bad shape. Reviewed by HKJ and FilterJoe.
There is also another BQ-CC55, without the multi colored LEDs. It has some smaller color leds. And I dont think the chargers are the same. The BQ-CC5is sometimes referred to as the Eneloop PRO charger, because it`s sold with eneloop PRO batteries and sometimes with standard batteries in a set.
Manual: JP version
Date: Announced May 201Available December 201Charge: AA+AAA 1-batteries Charge rate std AA: 2*AA 1.hours 4*AA=hours Charge rate std AAA: 2*AAA=1.5hours 4*AAA=3hours Individual charging: yes Colors: Black Voltage: International 100-240V, 50-60Hz Market: EU/UK Other info: Includes an LCD display with battery status to show Voltage, Watt and Wh. It also includes a Refresh mode. The USB-out is not a powerbank feature, unfortunately. You can use the USB-out for the charger is in use charging the batteries.
Let’s get started.
An AA battery, also known as double A or Mignon battery comprises a normal size single cell cylindrical dry battery. A wide varieties of rechargeable batteries are available in the market, ranging from lithium-ion to the presently defunct nickel-cadmium, while nickel-metal hydride batteries (Ni-MH) are the popular solution with a capacity almost three times of nickel-cadmium batteries and an energy density comparing with lithium-ion. The batteries possess remarkable recharge capacity and are able to retain most of their energy during extended storage. Moreover, based on your opted brand, you normally won’t require another pack for upwards of years.
The finest AA rechargeable batteries provide over 400 hours battery life, sustain to their declared capacity and remain charged between uses. The primary feature which distinguishes rechargeable batteries of identical size is their capacity, measured in milliamp hours (mAh). Capacity represents the quantity of electrical charge held inside the battery. The greater the charge in a battery, the greater electrical current it can furnish and the longer your device can be powered by it. AA rechargeable batteries have capacities ranging from 1,300mAh to 2,900mAh and can be used in a range of applications ranging from TV Remote Controllers to Alarm Radios, Clocks, Flashlights and Wii Controllers, Walkie Talkies, MPplayers, Personal CD players and Bicycle lights.
Now that you are convinced of the goodness of rechargeable AA batteries and AA battery chargers, let’s talk about the best rechargeable AA batteries that we have in markets today.
A popular name in the battery industry, Energizer is one among the finest rechargeable alternatives for high-powered gadgets like digital cameras, video game controllers, and flashlights. The batteries last times more in high-powered gadgets than the company’s normal alkaline batteries. Though the specific number of charges capable of being handled by the Recharge in its lifespan has not been listed by Energizer, the company does offer a 5-year guarantee on its product, indicating a lifetime of nearly 400 charges before its performance starts deteriorating.
The Energizer Recharge Power Plus is a NiMH battery which comes pre-charged and ready for use. It is easy to the environment and delivers superb price versus power performance. It comes in sets of or and comes packed in a box with a wall charger which recharges up to AA batteries.
EBL Rechargeable batteries
The EBL batteries are first-grade AA 2800mAh Ni-MH rechargeable batteries which can be recharged nearly 1200 times when wholly or partly drained. The greatly improved low self-discharge enables it to retain 75% of capacity after years of remaining idle. The pre-charged batteries can be instantly used out from the package. They offer a voltage of 1.2V and great performance of about 1000 rechargeable cycles. The batteries are based on supercell lattice technology which provides the best performance and constant voltage throughout. The batteries have a superb charge and discharge performance and will stay in top quality after 3-times of charge and discharge on first time or after a long time of non-use.
Sun Labz Battery Charger Rechargeable Batteries
It’s illuminated LCD display reveals the charging status of every rechargeable battery. The charger can recharge approximately 1,000 times 2800mAh NiMH SunLabz rechargeable batteries.
La Crosse Technology BC700 Alpha Power Battery Charger
The charger comes with four modes and can charge every NiCd and NiMH AA and AAA rechargeable batteries. The four modes comprise of charge, discharge whereby it discharges the batteries and later recharges, recharge and test by showing the battery capacity. All modes default by itself to 200 mA charge and can charge both AA & AAA rechargeable battery at the same time and charge each low-discharge battery.
The BC700 charger is equipped with an overheat detection to safeguard from over-charging with its LCD displaying the battery capacity after completion of charging. The user can choose a range of milliamp settings ranging from 200 to 700 for a quicker charging. It also has a discharge mode that minimizes memory effect by totally discharging rechargeable battery prior to a total capacity recharging.
The charger has safeguards that can detect rechargeable battery polarity, battery temperature and damaged rechargeable batteries. It can function on 100-200V AC Input. It measures 5” long and 3” in width and 1-1/2” in height with a limited one year warranty period.
Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger
This great looking camp stove uses the excess heat generated from the burning twigs and wood to generate electricity.
We were really impressed with the first generation of the CampStove charger and now it’s even better. It now outputs 50% more power and comes with an integrated 2600mAh battery and LED flexlite so you can keep an eye on your cooking.
While you’re boiling some water for coffee or heating up some food you can plug your phone into the USB charging port.
If you don’t plug anything into the port then it charges the internal battery so that you can use that power later even when the stove isn’t burning.
Solar Charger RAVPower 24W Folding Solar Panel
If you’re expecting plenty of sun and will be stopping for a few hours during daylight hours then this is a great portable charging option.
This high-efficiency solar panel outputs up to 24W, weighs just over 2ounces and folds up into a thin, compact form factor that fits easily into your pack.
It doesn’t have a built-in battery so you’re going to need sun to get your charging done. It has smart charging outputs that allow you to charge up to devices simultaneously.
The output current is high enough to charge most devices and the stainless hooks make it easy to hang from your tent, a tree or even your backpack while walking.
PowerGreen Solar Charger
At 21W this folding solar panel puts out enough power for most smartphones and cameras and folds into a very compact and lightweight size.
The two outputs can be used simultaneously but will only output a maximum of 2A each. That’s plenty for most devices and it charges really fast.
It’s really light and the small form factor and mounting rings make it ideal for hanging off the back of your backpack.
The panels are waterproof but the USB charging connectors aren’t. If you’re going to use it on your backpack then make sure the connectors are safely inside.
Solar panels for camping and hiking will normally make use of thin film solar cells which contain no glass. This allows them to be flexible, light and easily incorporated into a folding form factor.
They generally have no battery storage incorporated into them which means they’re only going to charge your device when there’s decent sun.
The output can also vary as clouds move across the sun. Because of this, they work better as a charger for your power bank than charging your phone or camera directly.
Besides the two categories above you then also get hand crank type chargers and heat converters like the ones we reviewed above.
These are fine in a pinch and are novel ideas but for reliable charging of more than just a smartphone you’re better off with a decent solar panel and power bank.
Do a “power budget” and make sure that the power you’ll be getting from your recharger is sufficient to charge your device.
This means understanding the voltage that your recharger outputs as well as the maximum current it can output.
If it only puts out 5V and your device needs 12V to charge then you’re out of luck.
Also, some devices like tablets and higher capacity camera batteries have higher voltage and current requirements than smaller smartphones and GPS devices may have.
The words “portable” or “compact” are very subjective terms.
Just because a device is described as portable doesn’t mean that it’s going to fit into that last spot you’ve got left in your backpack.
Check the physical dimensions of the device and don’t just rely on how big it looks in the pictures.
Higher battery capacity and power output come at a cost. Increased weight.
Check the weight of the device and add this to your weight budget. If you’re going to be away for a longer time then the added weight may be justified.
If you’re only going to be out for a day or two then buy a smaller capacity device to save a few ounces and dollars.
We love the Dark Energy Poseidon power bank. We can be pretty tough on our gear sometimes but this device is just about indestructible.
It doesn’t have the highest battery capacity we’ve seen but it’s plenty enough for 3-phone charging cycles while not taking up too much space in your pack.
Powered by a 1.2v AA battery, the Thrunite Tuses a CREE XP-L VLED to provide a neutral white light. The Thrunite TNW emits a maximum of 25lumens with a maximum beam distance of 65m and a peak beam intensity of 1,06candelas. The Thrunite Tuses an OP reflector with an ultra-clear glass lens with an anti-reflective coating to give the beam a perfect flood. Made from aircraft-grade aluminum with a premium type III hard anodized finish the Thrunite Tis impact resistant up to 1m and features an IPX-rating.
The Thrunite Tuses a tail switch to power the light on and off. The tail switch is recessed enough to allow the Thrunite Tthe ability to tail stand. Switching between the three brightness levels offered can be done by halfway pressing the tail switch. The Thrunite Talso features a twisty head design that powers the light and allows users another option to cycle through modes. A reversible clip allows you to clip the light to whatever is convenient. Mode memory allows the light to be turned on in the last mode used. This is a great option for every day carry (EDC) Flashlight.
The Olight S1A is an upgraded version of the extremely popular Olight S1Baton. Users will notice that the Olight S1A offers double the performance when compared to the Olight S1Baton due to the TIR optic lens. The TIR lens is paired with a CREE XM-LLED to emit a maximum of 600 lumens. The TIR reflector provides the light with a big, defined wide hotspot that is ideal for close up illumination. The manufacturers claim with the Olight S1A there is a maximum beam distance of 118m.
The Olight S1A uses an industrial silicone wide side switch to operate the light. The switch design provides the best performance and allows for easy one-handed operation even while wearing gloves. The Olight S1A can be powered by a single AA battery, but for optimal performance, you will want to use the included 14500 lithium 3.7V battery. 600 lumens can only be achieved with the 14500 lithium battery. The Olight S1A offers five brightness levels, plus strobe mode. The Olight S1A features two built-in timers, a short timer for minutes and a long timer for minutes.
The Manker T0II features a CREE XPL-HI LED and has the ability to emit a maximum of 500 lumens. One of the most popular tests done by individual owners of the Manker T0II is beam distance. The manufacturer claims the maximum beam distance for this light is 282m, but tests showed a beam distance of 268m. The Manker T0II has the ability to be powered by a single disposable AA battery or a single 14500 battery. Output will vary based on battery being used. For the size this is a great long range flashlight.
The Manker T0II is made from an aerospace grade solid aluminum bar that features a HA III MIL-standard hard-anodized finish. The Manker T0II offers an IPX-rating and can withstand impacts up to 2m. Controlled through a side switch the Manker T0II offers users two operating modes: general and pro. Each of the two modes offers four brightness levels and special modes. The Manker T0II also has the ability to tail stand.
The Zanflare F2S uses a high-quality CREE LED bulb to emit a maximum of 200 lumens of cool white light. An ultra transparent mineral glass lens is treated with an anti-reflective coating to improve reflector performance. The Zanflare F2S also combines Crystal Coating technology with their precision digital optics to offer high reflector performance.
The Zanflare F2S can be powered by either AA disposable batteries or 14500 Li-ion batteries. An indicator light on the Zanflare F2S works as a low battery indicator. The battery indicator starts alerting users once power levels have dropped below 30%. The tail switch button provides power to the light and allows users to switch between brightness settings and strobe mode. The memory function allows the Zanflare F2S to turn on in the last setting used.
Armytek Prime AV3
The Armytek Prime AVuses a CREE XP-L White LED to emit a maximum of 850 lumens. The light provides a peak beam intensity of 5080 candelas with a maximum 143m beam distance. Using an efficient TIR-optic, users will not experience any “tunnel vision” even after using the light for an extended period of time. The TIR-optic provides a beam with an 80-degree spill and a 20-degree hot spot. Powered by two AA batteries the Armytek Prime AVoffers a built-in low battery indicator, a multi-color LED indication, and auto-memorization of the last mode used.
In 2015, Nitecore released the newest version of the Nitecore EA4The 201version of the Nitecore EA4uses the same CREE XM-LULed as in previous models. The LEDs allow the Nitecore EA4to emit a maximum of 1020 lumens for hour and 4minutes. With the use of Precision Digital Optics Technology the Nitecore EA4delivers exceptional reflector performance for a maximum beam distance of 376m. Powered by AA batteries the Nitecore EA4provides users with five different brightness levels, plus SOS, beacon, and strobe modes.
The compact light is rather simple to use as it comes with two different switches, one for powering the light on and off and the other for switching between the different modes. The mode switch provides users with direct access to both strobe and turbo modes. A power indicator light located behind the dual switches alerts users to remaining battery power and serves as a location beacon. The Nitecore EA4offers a sturdy and durable hard-anodized HAIII military grade body with a mineral glass lens featuring anti-reflective coating.
Coast Polysteel 600
The Coast Polysteel 600 offers a pure beam focusing optic for optimal up close or far away illumination. The Coast Polysteel uses their largest Ultra View Flood Beam combined with a Bulls-Eye Spot Beam. The Ultra View Flood Beam provides a circle of consistent light that measures 11.in diameter at feet away. The Bulls-Eye Spot Beam features a maximum beam distance of 234m with a transition halo to increase the effective viewing area. Shaping the beam of the Coast Polysteel 600 is done simply by twisting the head of the light.
The Coast Polysteel 600 features a stainless steel core inside a fiberglass-reinforced polymer body. This durable body allows the light to survive a drop from up to 3m. The Coast Polysteel 600 can be fully submerged in water up to meters deep for a period of hour without incurring any damage. Using a click switch located on the tail end of the light the Coast Polysteel 600 offers users the choice of three brightness levels with a maximum of 7lumens.
The Thrunite TN4A HI is a powerful thrower flashlight that uses a CREE XP-L HI LED to emit a maximum of 1050 lumens. Independent tests measure the maximum beam distance of the Thrunite TN4A HI at 346m. The compact thrower achieves the high-quality beam with a smooth peel reflector paired with an ultra clear tempered glass lens with an anti-reflective coating. Powered by 4xAA batteries the Thrunite TN4A uses an advanced electronic switch for silent operation.
With the Thrunite TN4A users have the choice of four brightness levels, plus strobe and firefly modes. Firefly mode can be accessed instantly when the light is off. To prevent the light from overheating Thrunite uses an intelligent temperature control technology to automatically lower the current when the temperature reaches 17degrees Fahrenheit. A battery indicator light will change from bleu to red to alert users when the batteries need replacing. Memory function allows the light to be turned on in the last setting used with the exception of Firefly, Turbo, and Strobe.
Using a CREE XHP3HD LED the Manker MK4offers a neutral white and cool white version. The Neutral white version has a 20% less output than the cool white version. The cool white version uses the ND LED with a maximum output of 1500 lumens. The neutral white version utilizes a HI LED with the ability to emit a maximum of 1280 lumens. The Manker MK4Cool White has a maximum beam distance of 389m with a peak beam intensity of 38000 candelas. The NW version offers a maximum beam distance of 410m with a peak beam intensity of 43400 candelas.
The Manker MK4can be powered by AA batteries or 14500 lithium-ion batteries. The 14500 batteries allow for a higher output and a better throw, but runtimes are drastically reduced. Using a side switch the Manker MK4offers users four brightness levels to choose from, plus SOS and strobe modes. The Manker MK4will operate for a maximum of minutes at 1500 lumens before stepping down to 750 lumens.
This refers to how many times you can recharge the batteries before you have to replace them outright. Five hundred times is a good minimum, but you will find batteries which can be recharged for 2,000 or more times. If you do the math, you can figure out exactly how long a recharge cycle will last you. Often you can go years before you have to replace your batteries.
Some rechargeable batteries undeniably yield better performance than others. You can recognize the quality especially when you are using a digital camera. Poor quality batteries result in poor quality photos. High-quality batteries result in crisp, distortion-free photos. This is true even with the same type of battery; not all lithium batteries are equal, for example.
A good AA when they’re on sale
But the Eneloops did win decidedly in one test—after nine months on the shelf, our sample Eneloops still had an average of 8percent of their charged capacity available, compared with just 7percent available from the Energizers. In a single-battery flashlight like this one, that could mean an extra minutes of light. When taken together, our tests don’t point to either brand being conclusively better than the other. Still, the Eneloops regularly cost 2percent more, and that’s not really worth it to most people just for slightly extended shelf life.
A good deal on AAA batteries
There was no real difference in AAA battery performance between Energizer, Eneloop, Duracell, and these. These will probably be the cheapest, but if you see a better deal on another brand, they’ll serve you just as well.
Energizer, Eneloop, and Duracell also performed nearly identically, so it’s worth checking their prices before buying.
When we measured initial capacity by charging and discharging each battery three times and averaging the results, there was only an percent difference between the capacity of the best and worst brands. In this case, an percent spread is basically nothing. When we charged and discharged them another four dozen times—about 200 hours each—we also found that there was no drop in performance, or difference between brands, after the 50th cycle. We also tested which battery powered our favorite headlamps brightest and longest. After six hours, all four brands were dimming at a similar rate but still just barely lighting the way. It was long enough and close enough that the test ended in a tie.
How we picked
Batteries don’t require hours assessing industrial design or critiquing the user interface. They’re pretty straightforward, and they have to match a fairly precise set of dimensions. We wanted to find the best, most quantifiable value—a reliable mix of capacity, life, price, and availability.
There are a handful of different battery technologies out there right now, but the only ones that will truly replace your alkaline AAs are nickel-metal hydride AAs, commonly abbreviated as NiMH. (You can pronounce it “nim” and save some trouble.) Specifically, look for new NiMH batteries that advertise “low self-discharge,” “LSD,” or even “Precharged!” that will hold a charge for months or years as opposed to mere weeks.
Testing methods and results
We found our picks through a mix of standardized measurements and real-world performance. Standardized measurements help us get hard, comparable numbers for how much energy a battery can hold, how long it can hold it, and how it performs after constant charging and discharging. That’s helpful for relative comparisons, but to relate that to the real world we also load batteries into flashlights, headlamps, RC cars, and anything else we can think of to demonstrate head-to-head performance variations.
Our first bench test was straightforward. We discharged four batteries from each brand so we’d clear out whatever charge was left from sitting on the shelf. Then we charged them and discharged them three times to average the results. The speed at which a battery is charged and discharged actually impacts the amount of energy it will store, so we standardized both rates to match the gentle rates that simple chargers often use. This meant charging at 500 mA (.5A) for AA batteries and 400 mA (.A) for AAA batteries. Depending on your use, you could be discharging batteries quickly (e.g., photography lighting, RC cars) or slowly (e.g., wireless keyboard). Because AA batteries are likely the choice for more-demanding devices, we discharged them at 1,000 mA (A) rate, but we stuck to just a 400 mA discharge for the smaller AAA batteries. With such a huge range of possible uses, it’s impossible for us to have data for all of them, but a standardized test like this is still useful for comparing batteries to one another.
Care and use
With the right charger, your batteries will mostly take care of themselves. LSD NiMH batteries don’t need be kept in the refrigerator or freezer, you don’t need to drain them before recharging, and they don’t need trickle charging to hold power. If you use one of our recommended chargers, the only care they need is to be taken off when they’re done charging to avoid power leaking into and overcharging them.
Long-term test notes
We used the Energizer Recharger Power Plus batteries in our mice and keyboards for most of 201without any problems or unexpectedly short run times. Because NiMh batteries have a different voltage curve than alkaline batteries, we have noticed that simple battery meters, like the one that warns of low battery on macOS when using an Apple Magic Mouse or first-gen Magic Trackpad/Keyboard, can be confused about how full they are. We’ve learned to ignore the low-battery warnings and to continue to use the same batteries for a couple more weeks—if not months. Overall, the charge capacity life of our picks should be three to four times that of a standard disposable alkaline, but no matter what brand you use, be prepared for charge meters expecting alkalines to behave a little funky with NiMHs.
Green Flag lead the field here, claiming that their average response time is 30 minutes, a figure that is helped by employing a network of local agents to act on their behalf. The RAC aim to reach their customers in 40 minutes while the AA doesn’t quote an average response time.
The RAC have the highest number of patrols per member while the AA have the highest number in total.
Fit for purpose
The first thing to decide is what is it going to be used for. If you are going to be towing a boat, or loading kayaks on the roof every weekend then a diesel SUV with a conventional transmission is probably better. If you are going to be going off road then getting one that has four-wheel drive is important. If the longest journey you are going to make is to the supermarket and back then the choice widens and features such as four-wheel drive become less important. As with most things in life it is better to decide what you want the car to do and then fit the model to suit that, rather than the other way around.
Keep your family safe
Most SUVs released after 20will have an Australasian New car Assessment Programme five star rating, the highest safety rating a car in New Zealand can get. As with any car, especially a family car, this is an important consideration. Many new SUVs also come with additional safety features such as autonomous emergency braking and blind spot monitoring.
SUVs come in three broad sizes – small/compact, medium and large. They all have varying engine sizes and fuel economy, with the smaller ones generally being more economical. They also offer varying space options, with, as you would expect, the larger SUVs having more room. Many models also come with a two-wheel or four-wheel drive option.
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Make sure that your car is in good shape. Inspect your tires for signs of uneven wear, which might indicate alignment or suspension issues. Check for signs like more wear on the inside or outside of the tire vs. an even wear pattern across the entire width of the tread.
Decipher the tire code. Perhaps the most confusing part of tire buying is figuring out what those numbers on the sidewall of the tire mean. They are part of a simple standardized code that is required by federal law in order to describe tires, and to identify them in case of a recall.
A good tire center will be able to talk you through these codes, and will know which tires are a good fit for your vehicle. You will have to choose between summer, all-season or winter tires, between extended tread life and better handling.
Be sure to ask a lot of questions, get answers, and have your tire guy point out the features on the tires and the code that indicates the feature on the sidewall.
Consider the wheels. One of the most popular customization options on vehicles these days is a new set of rims. If your current wheels are worn or damaged, you might want to consider buying a new set when you replace your tires.
Additionally, the fact that custom wheels are often heavier than stock ones means they can negatively impact the suspension or fuel mileage.
Consider buying over the Internet or by catalog. You can really save some money on the initial purchase of your new tires by shopping over the Internet. Some retailers, like Tire Rack, even have relationships with local independent tire centers that will accept shipment of your new tires and perform installation at a pre-negotiated rate.
Here are other things to look for
GPS means your location as well as your speed is recorded. The GPS data syncs up with the video clips when played back in software bundled with the dash cam so you can watch the footage and see your location on a map.
The Nextbase 312GW is an excellent all-round dash cam. It offers great-quality footage during the day, is easy to use and has a convenient magnetic mount that allows you to quickly remove and replace the camera without unplugging cables.
United Egg Producers Certified supports caging hens, but does present requirements for hens deemed cage-free. Each hen in a cage-free environment needs a minimum range of to 1.square feet of floor space to itself, and nesting and perching spaces are required. No outdoor access is required.
American Humane Certified lays out specific requirements for enriched colony housing, cage-free, free-range, and pasture-raised. Enriched colonies cage birds, but with more space than battery cages: 0.square feet, each with a space for nesting and perching. Cage-free birds require 1.2square feet of floor space as well as a place to perch and nest. Free-range requires 21.square feet of roaming space per bird, and pasture-raised requires 108.square feet of specifically outdoor space with living vegetation per bird.
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Meanwhile, Bluetooth, AirPlay and now Google Cast are similar, but have some key differences. Bluetooth works with nearly every smartphone and tablet (including Apple devices) within a range of about 30 feet, but has somewhat diminished sound quality. AirPlay only works with Apple devices, with some exceptions. It offers superior, lossless audio quality, but requires your receiver to be connected to your home network. Meanwhile Google Cast is able to stream to multiple rooms, is compatible with both Android and (increasingly) iOS apps, and is also able to stream in higher-than-CD hi-res quality (24bit/96kHz).
Check the tires and wheels. Look for even tire wear. Uneven wear in the front could mean the wheels or suspension are out of alignment.
Inspect the exterior. Look for recent paint jobs as this may indicate body damage. You can sometimes detect paint jobs by finding over-spray on the rubber window molding. Tap along repainted areas and listen for a change in tone that reveals patchwork.
Drive it cold. A cold engine will tell you a lot more then a warm one will.
Check the alignment. While driving, take your hands off the steering wheel for a moment and see if the car pulls in one direction. If it does, you might have some front-end alignment problems.
Take the car over a bumpy road. Check out how the car responds to the bumps. If you feel the bumps a lot, the shocks are probably worn.
This light is powered by a single AA battery and produces 16lumens of light on its maximum setting with a decent runtime of 1.hours.
It can also be used in Low (20 lumens / 3hours) and a juice-sipping Firefly mode (0.lumens / 147 hours).
The T10 is turned on via the tail switch and offers multiple methods for changing between modes, either involving multiple presses of the tail switch or twisting the head of the flashlight.
It sounds more complicated than it is, but fortunately the flashlight has a memory function and stores the last used setting, which is handy for people who struggle to remember how to get the mode they want.
EagleTac D25A2 Mini
The D25AMini packs a lot of punch into a small package. Powered by two AA batteries, this light gives off a whopping 34lumens in Turbo mode and will keep shining for 1.hours (rated using an Eneloop rechargeable battery rather than an alkaline).
At Medium output, it generates 9lumens for seven hours, while at Low it manages lumens for 100+ hours.
There are five further modes: Strobe, Flash (high), SOS, Beacon and Flash (low), making the D25Aan extremely versatile and capable performer.
The light is switched on using a twist switch and is really easy to operate one-handed.
It has a constant current regulation for all its output modes, is impact resistant and has a water resistance rating of IPX-8.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your aa charger wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of aa charger
- №1 — AmazonBasics Ni-MH AA & AAA Battery Charger With USB Port
- №2 — Energizer Recharge Value Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries Included
- №3 — EBL 8 Bay AA