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

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Product Highlights
  • 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

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 an optional 12-24V DC cord (not included) 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.
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)
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 164 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (131)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good value (89)
    • Lightweight (84)
    • Fast charge (66)
    • Easy to install (63)
    • Reliable (61)

    Cons

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

    Best Uses

    • Primary battery (55)
    • Professional cameras (52)
    • Travel (46)
    • Back-up (35)
    • Weddings (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (56), Photo enthusiast (43), Semi-pro photographer (41), Casual photographer (7), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (152)

    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

    Great Charger

    By Haucke

    from Hurst TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        This is a great charger I would recommend it.

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        5.0

        No Bank breaker

        By Kaden

        from Western Wisconsin

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Charging Battery

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

          I was on a 2 week shoot without access to a store. This allowed me to have a constant supply of ready charged AA batteries to run my mics, recorders, and even my camera on short notice.

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          5.0

          Lets you weed out the week batteries

          By NHKen

          from North Woodstock, NH

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Keeping Your Stuff Ready

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

            Lets me pick out the batteries that need more work or are just done. I have real good volt meter but it takes a lot less time to put them in the charger, that I have to do anyway. I have a bunch of the same batteries so its helpful have the LCD indicate which one is not as good. Plus you charge up to 8 at a time each and each gets a full charge.

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            4.0

            Convenient AA NimH Charger

            By tavonati

            from central Florida area

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Holds 8 Aa's
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Takes Long To Charge

            Best Uses

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

              Convenient 8 AA's charging "cradle", AC and DC car adapter.
              1) Takes longer time to fully charge 8 AA NiMH batteries, as advertised ~ 6 hrs.

              2) Let you see charging progress per battery.

              3) Light weight

              Only reason not giving 5 stars is the long time it takes to fully charge 8 AA NiMH.

              Definitely recommend this product.

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              5.0

              Easy to use and secure!

              By Derek

              from São Paulo, Brazil

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

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

                Easy to use, good functions and secure, since it´ll stop the charging for each battery individually.

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                5.0

                Rapid Charger

                By Sammi

                from Clifton, NJ

                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:

                    Works great. Love that I can tell how much longer needs charging by the display. Discharges batteries first, so I know I'm getting full use of them.

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                    5.0

                    Reliable

                    By Notanseladams

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    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:

                        Product is reliable and works as advertised. I do not use "quick/rapid charge" options, so time for full discharging/charging is not an issue for me. I have four of these chargers, and they're an excellent deal for their price and performance.

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                        5.0

                        Very good value for the money!!!

                        By Stephen & Odalys Miller

                        from Wesley Chapel, Florida

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          Very good value, I bought the charger with 16 rechargeable batteries, Very easy to use, only drawback, it takes about 10 hours to charge to batteries up the FIRST time, otherwise no problems to speak of.

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                          3.0

                          Works Nicely

                          By Livefish

                          from Bologna, Italy

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                          • Cost

                          Best Uses

                          • Flash photography

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

                          A bit pricey but appears pretty well made and seems to work perfectly. Have been using this with the Watson AA rechargeables. Seems as quick or quicker than my other chargers.

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                          5.0

                          Perfect for recharging batteries

                          By Stwo

                          from NYC, NY

                          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:

                              The drain battery feature is brilliant. It helps maximize the life of your batteries.

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                              5.0

                              Fast Recharging

                              By JLPG

                              from Orlando, FL

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Travel
                                  • Weddings/Events

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

                                  Most of the batteries recharge in about an hour.

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                                  5.0

                                  Brilliant

                                  By Keiron

                                  from Sydney

                                  About Me Photography Student

                                  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:

                                      Got this as part of a Canon flash package but I couldn't be happier with it. The charger is a solid well made unit in all respects. Its small, neat and works perfectly. The included 12V adaptor cord is a handy bonus.

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                                      5.0

                                      very usefull

                                      By Dan

                                      from philadelphia 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:

                                          great charger

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                                          5.0

                                          Fast charge

                                          By Rebecca

                                          from Austin, TX, USA

                                          About Me 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:

                                              I bought this product and 16 accompanying batteries in a Nikon SB-910 Speedlight two-flash lighting kit and was amazed at how quickly 8 of the batteries charged at once from being almost completely dead. The charger has a nice lighted display so that it's easy to tell when the batteries are ready.

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                                              5.0

                                              Solid Charger- Gets the job done

                                              By Professional Photographer

                                              from New Jersey

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

                                              Charges quickly and displays battery level of each individual battery on the display. For the price, you can't beat it. Definitely is comparable to more expensive ones out on the market. Highly recommended!

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                                              5.0

                                              Fast-charging and versatile station

                                              By TJ

                                              from Denver

                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Compact

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Professional Work

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

                                                Great quality; helpful and easy-to-read screen; can charge both AA and AAA batteries (concurrently, if desired).

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                                                5.0

                                                Charge up!

                                                By JB

                                                from New York

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

                                                I like the led charging progress display, very useful. Compact and easy to carry in any photographers bag.

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                                                5.0

                                                great product

                                                By crjonc

                                                from smithville, nj

                                                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:

                                                    very efficient

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                                                    5.0

                                                    good

                                                    By J O

                                                    from Illinois Chicago area

                                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Durable
                                                    • Easy to Use

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Family Photos
                                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                                      • Weddings/Events
                                                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                                                      support for flashes

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                                                      5.0

                                                      best charger yet

                                                      By woody

                                                      from US Virgin Islands

                                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Compact
                                                      • Easy to Use
                                                      • The Reform Feature

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

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

                                                          Great 8 bay charger that has 8 seperate channels so it's easy to monitor the condition of each cell.

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