Maha/PowerEx C-204 battery charger reviewed!|
(Friday, September 7, 2001 - 01:34 EDT)
Tired of replacing those useless alkaline batteries that your digicam burns up in minutes? Look no further than the first in our new series of reviews seeking solutions to the power dilemma...
Well, after reviewing multi-thousand dollar scanners and high-end digicams, you might think that a $25 battery charger would be a bit of a come-down. Actually, the C-204 NiMH/NiCd battery charger is every bit as good at doing what it does as the best of the high-end cameras or scanners we've seen. We've gotten quite a bit of email over time about batteries, chargers, and other power-related issues.
Being an EE (Electrical Engineer) by original training, Dave is actually a bit of a "battery geek" himself. (Well, maybe more than a bit. ;-) The last few months, he's been putzing about in his electronics lab with various batteries and chargers, and is about to the point that he'll have something coherent to say on the whole subject.
For a start though, he's reviewed the little charger from Maha that's become our solid favorite in the studio. The C-204 is cheap, versatile, and actually does about the best job of packing a full charge into NiMH AAs of anything we've come across. Read the review if you must, but if your camera uses AA batteries and you don't get one of these, you'll have only yourself to blame for half-dead batteries that quit way before they should. Just go buy one and thank us later. ;-)