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Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries

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Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries

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  • For 1-8 AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Batteries
  • Charging Time: 1.6-4.6 hr
  • Delta-V Microprocessor for Full Charging
  • Discharging to Refresh Batteries
  • 8 LCD Charging Indicators
  • AC Adapter: 100-240V for Worldwide Use
  • DC Adapter for Car Charging
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The Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries charges up to 8 AA or AAA size nickel-metal hydride or nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries. Charging time ranges from 3.6-4.6 hr for AA batteries, and 1.6-2 hr for AAA's. Eight individual LCD indicators give the charging status for each battery. Patented technology permits the charging of different sizes and types of battery simultaneously--charge a AA with a AAA, or an NiMH with an NiCd.

The charger's intelligent microprocessor doles out the full charge to each battery while preventing overcharging, thanks to Delta Voltage Protection. The Safety Timer with Automatic Timer Shut-Off senses when batteries are fully charged and ceases charging. Automatic Charge Current Selection automatically chooses the optimal current for the batteries you're charging. Reverse Polarity Protection and Alkaline and Bad Battery Protection safeguard the charger and your batteries against damage when batteries are installed improperly. There's also a discharge function, allowing you to refresh the batteries prior to charging.

The charger features an icon that shifts up and down during discharging, and stops shifting when discharge is complete. This icon also displays battery capacity while charging. The full-battery icon lights up when the batteries are fully charged. A flashing full-battery icon indicates an abnormality, such as the presence of a bad or alkaline battery, and at this point the charger will cease its operation. The charger is powered by an included external AC adapter with switching 100-240V power for worldwide use, or by the 12-24V DC cord which can plug into your car's cigarette lighter for charging on-the-go.

Charges up to 8 AA or AAA size nickel-metal hydride or nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries.
Charging time ranges from 3.6-4.6 hr for AA batteries, and 1.6-2 hr for AAA's.
Eight individual LCD indicators give the charging status for each battery.
Patented technology permits the charging of different sizes and types of battery simultaneously--charge a AA with a AAA, or an NiMH with an NiCd.
Intelligent microprocessor doles out the full charge to each battery while preventing overcharging, thanks to Delta Voltage Protection. The Safety Timer with Automatic Timer Shut-Off senses when batteries are fully charged and ceases charging.
Automatic Charge Current Selection automatically chooses the optimal current for the batteries you're charging.
Reverse Polarity Protection and Alkaline and Bad Battery Protection safeguard the charger and your batteries against damage when batteries are installed improperly.
There's also a discharge function, allowing you to refresh the batteries prior to charging.
Has an icon that shifts up and down during discharging, and stops shifting when discharge is complete. This icon also displays battery capacity while charging. The full-battery icon lights up when the batteries are fully charged. A flashing full-battery icon indicates an abnormality, such as the presence of a bad or alkaline battery, and at this point the charger will cease its operation.
Powered by an included external AC adapter with switching 100-240V power for worldwide use, or by an optional 12-24V DC cord (not included) which can plug into your car's cigarette lighter for charging on-the-go.
UPC: 847628532922
Configuration 1-8 batteries
Battery Type AA or AAA NiMH or NiCd
Microprocessor Control Negative Delta V
Input Power AC adapter: 100-240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Charger: 12 VDC, 1.3 A
Output Power AC adapter: 12 V, 1.3 A
Charger: 1.5 V, 500 mA (AA), 250 mA (AAA) max.
Charging Time AAA:
1-4 850 mA batteries: 0.8 hr; 6-8 850 mA batteries: 1.6 hr
1-4 1000 mA batteries: 1 hr; 6-8 1000 mA batteries: 2 hr

AA:
1-4 1800 mA batteries: 1.8 hr; 6-8 1800 mA batteries: 3.6 hr
1-4 2000 mA batteries: 2 hr; 6-8 2000 mA batteries: 4 hr
1-4 2300 mA batteries: 2.3 hr; 6-8 2300 mA batteries: 4.6 hr
Discharge AAA:
1-8 850 mA batteries: 4.25 hr
1-8 1000 mA batteries: 5 hr

AA:
1-8 1800 mA batteries: 9 hr
1-8 2000 mA batteries: 10 hr
1-8 2300 mA batteries: 11.5 hr
Indicator Lights Battery icon shifts up and down during discharging; when batteries fully discharged, stops shifting
Displays battery capacity while charging
Full-battery icon lights up when batteries finish charging
Flashing full-battery icon: Abnormality, e.g., the presence of a bad or alkaline battery
Approvals Adapter: RoHS, FCC, ETL, CE
Charger: CE, RoHS
Operating Temperature Up to 104° F (40° C)
Dimensions 7.8 x 3.1 x 1.2" (19.8 x 7.9 x 3.1 cm)
Weight Charger: 0.26 lb (0.12 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.9 x 6.0 x 3.4"
Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries
  • 100-240V Switching AC Adapter
  • DC Car Adapter
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Watson8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries
     
    4.7

    (based on 231 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (185)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (37)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (107)
    • Easy to use (90)
    • Good value (89)
    • Fast charge (66)
    • Easy to install (63)

    Cons

    • Takes too long to charge (11)
    • Pricey (10)

    Best Uses

    • Primary battery (55)
    • Professional cameras (52)
    • Travel (52)
    • Back-up (35)
    • Weddings (22)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (83), Semi-pro photographer (58), Photo enthusiast (54), Casual photographer (7), Photography student (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (207)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best AA Bet For Pro Photographers

    I shoot 50-60 Weddings a year and countless other assignments. I use rechargeable AA batteries in 4 different flash units along with some external battery packs. After a several disappointing experiences with Rapid...Read complete review

    I shoot 50-60 Weddings a year and countless other assignments. I use rechargeable AA batteries in 4 different flash units along with some external battery packs. After a several disappointing experiences with Rapid 30 minute or 1 hour chargers (which tend to short a battery as often as charge it) I made the move to this 8 bay trickle charger. The slow steady charge and 8 independent bays with independent readings allow me to charge batteries confidently, knowing when they're full and not shorted. You can also dump the power in a battery before refilling them which will maximize their power life on a shoot.

    These charge a partially used battery in about 2 hours which is plenty fast. They'll dump a battery and refill it completely in about 6-10 hours depending on how full it was to start.

    I own 4 of these units so that I can charge all of my AA batteries overnight between gigs without having to wake up in the middle of the night to rotate batteries in a single charger.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good unit, long recharge times

    this is a really good charger. i'm impressed with the individual battery charge indicators, and the discharge function. the problem is the recharge time. This has never taken as little as four hours...Read complete review

    this is a really good charger. i'm impressed with the individual battery charge indicators, and the discharge function. the problem is the recharge time. This has never taken as little as four hours to charge. It's easily double that amount of time.
    It's a good charger. but if you need a fast charger, this is not the one to buy.

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    5.0

    A must have

    By Sharp Shooter

    from Petaluma, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

      LCD indicators for each battery are a real plus. The discharge function allows you to refresh batteries before charging.

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      4.0

      DOES THE JOB

      By Number 1 DP

      from St. Croix, U.S. VI

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

        Ordered this to charge my Watson AA batteries that I use in my Nikon SB-910 flash units This unit also does a slow discharge (if you so choose) before charging the batteries. The reason for the 4 stars instead of 5 stars is because on the unit I received the indicator bars on one of the two 4-position charge sections are no fully functioning on two of the battery sections. The unit seems to be fully charging all the batteries, so why send it back. It's a little disconcerting though when the indicator bars don't always light up. Shipping from B&H was fast with excellent packaging, as always. B&H is simply the BEST!!!!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Fantastic Charger

        By KellyL

        from Normal, IL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

          I charge my batteries every week for my upcoming wedding. The interface allows you to see the current charge of each battery. Batteries charge well and hold charge wonderfully. I use Eneloop Extreme Pro batteries with this charger and one set of four batteries gets me through the ceremony and reception.

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          5.0

          Total batteries money savings

          By Nazario

          from Yonkers,NY

          Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

          I always have batteries handy and recharged ready to go

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          5.0

          great charger

          By Dave B

          from Hershey, PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos

            Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

            This charger works well. The display is great to know how far the batteries are charged.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Very good

            By JSV

            from Great Falls, MT

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

                Love that it will charge batteries in odd numbers, and with mixed sizes. Read-out is very handy as well. Solid construction with quality connections.

                Not using this for photography - it will mostly be charging batteries for my kid's RC vehicles.

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                5.0

                great product

                By npeltack

                from colorado

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

                love the ability to charge so many batteries and that it works great with the eneloop pro batteries

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                5.0

                Rapid Charger gets 5 stars from me

                By kmjo

                from Brooklyn, new york

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

                loved this product, lights up, and charges fast.

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                5.0

                Can't beat this charger

                By Soundguysam

                from Colorado Springs, CO

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Good Audio Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • House Of Worship Producti
                  • Live Sound
                  • Wireless Microphones

                  Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

                  I am using Ansmann and Interstate rechargeable batteries. The Ansmann batteries are for wireless mics and the Interstate batteries are for "hearing assist" packs. I've been using these for several months now and the charge that it puts on the battery is gentle enough that it doesn't wear the batteries out but also quick enough that I can put them on in the morning and have the batteries ready for evening events.
                  Great solution to the growing number of batteries I was trashing 4 days a week.

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                  5.0

                  Works well

                  By Gk

                  from NYC

                  Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

                  Works as expected, no problems.

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                  3.0

                  an "ok" charger

                  By kw ghost ship

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

                      I got this to go along with some Eneloop batteries. Seems to be working alright so far, but this is a "no bells and whistles" charger, just plug in and put batts in. I also own a LaCross brand charger that I like better, as that one allows you to adjust your charge rates and monitor things better.

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                      5.0

                      Fast charger that displays how much is charged

                      By joshml82

                      from Astoria

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

                      So far it has been great. Love that you can see the progress of the charge, and it seems to charge pretty quickly.

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                      5.0

                      Wonderful Charger!

                      By Shutterbug Patti

                      from Tampa, FL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

                          I purchased this charger to charge 8 AA Watson rechargeable batteries to be used in my 2 new Canon 600EX-RT flashes. The individual charging display is great. Charger does take longer than mentioned in the instruction manual but that's okay since I always have fully charged spares.

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                          4.0

                          I would buy me another one

                          By Syezdi

                          from San Jose, Calif

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Durable Lightweight
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel

                            Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

                            Use this for re chargeable battery. Like triple discharge before charging to full power. So far so good.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Ideal charger

                            By DMJ

                            from San Diego

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

                            I have this charge (well, from back when it was sold under the Pearstone label). It is perfect. Each battery has its own charging circuit so if you put in batteries with different charge levels, you don't overcharge one to get the other fully charged. Also if you have a flash (like the Nikon SB800) that can use 5 batteries, you can charge all 5 at once. It detects defecting batteries and tells you. You can fully discharge the batteries before changing. (Not sure this is necessary any more, but it is helpful for NiCd batteries.) It charges quite rapidly.

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                            1.0

                            Stopped working after 6 months of use

                            By JosiPhoto

                            from Boston, MA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Pros

                            • Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

                                The product worked well for 6 months but then stopped working. Not it simply blinks lights on the bottom LCD and does not charge any batteries. I've had cheaper models last years. Very ineffective and a disappointment

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                                5.0

                                so far so good

                                By danny

                                from ca

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Underwater

                                  Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

                                  I use this for my underwater strobes. Saw one on a boat, and liked the 8 bay function... covers both sets of batteries. so far ....it works perfectly. give me a month or 2 in sea air and I'll let you know if it's indistructable!

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                                  5.0

                                  The bees knees

                                  By Daniel Rodriguez

                                  from Miami Beach, Florida

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Travel
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

                                    This thing is AWESOME! I bought a pack of 16 Panasonic Eneloop rechargeable batteries and this thing is GREAT for when I get home from a shoot and offload the batteries from my flashes and dump 8 of them in the charger at a time. It takes me roughly 2.5 hours to charge 8 dead batteries.

                                    I haven't had a need to try the car charger yet, but either way I'm a fan.

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                                    5.0

                                    Well worth it

                                    By Canuck

                                    from Edmonton, alberta

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

                                        Fantastic! Love the fact that you can charge 1 battery at a time instead of in pairs. The digital readout is easy to use and makes finding the charge simple. Only negative is I wish it has a cover to keep out dust!

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                                        5.0

                                        Why did it take me so long to get this?

                                        By Marty

                                        from WA

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy to Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Gaming Headset And Contro

                                          Comments about Watson 8-Bay Rapid Charger for AA / AAA NiMH or NiCd Rechargeable Batteries:

                                          Easy to use. I like the charge indicators. Easy to use for AA and AAA batteries.

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