Recharger on Steroids
In this age of electronic devices, power is everything. I'm not the first one to observe that we all now manage our batteries with the kind of care we used to spend on managing our film. Film cameras without film are expensive paperweights; electronic devices without batteries are the same.
Unfortunately, along with all of our electronic devices comes an array of battery configurations, adapter plugs, chargers — all of which are available in variations that approach googolplex numbers. Nonetheless, I still have a number of devices that use good old-fashioned AA and AAA batteries. Like many of you, I've opted for the rechargeable kinds because of their obvious economic advantages as well as the consistent voltage output which is handy — and sometimes required — by today's electronic devices. For years now I've used nickel metal hydride batteries (NiMH) and the latest technology of slow discharge NiMH batteries. With these, a good charger is a prerequisite.
So, get a good charger — not one of those cheap $10 ones, but a really good one. How about one that pushes $75? No, I'm not kidding — but fortunately you don't have to pay list price for it. I have two Maha Powerex MH-C9000 AA - AAA Battery Chargers that are simply fantastic. I have no hesitation in saying this is the best battery charger ever manufactured. I suppose it would have to be in order for them to sell them for $51.97. As I say, they're not only worth it, but I purchased two of them.
Why are they so good? I'll let you read all the details for yourself at the Thomas Distributing website, but the short story is that they not only charge batteries but they recondition them, break them in, trickle charge them, do battery matching, battery forming, and… well, you can do the research yourself. The bottom line is they make rechargeable batteries perform the way we need and expect them to.
Since power management is such a critical part of our workflow these days, I found myself not even hesitating when it came to purchasing a battery charger would solve this critical problem. Well, in the spirit of true confession, I came to this conclusion the first time I was out in the field with no batteries for my flash unit because my stupid NiCad AA's were dead. I am delighted to report that that experience has never been repeated now that my AA and AAA power management is being handled by this terrific battery charger.