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PowerexMH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries
 
4.7

(based on 95 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (75)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (82)
  • Reliable (63)
  • Durable (53)
  • Lightweight (42)
  • Fast (6)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (3)
  • Poor design (3)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (59)
  • Home (41)
  • Travel (39)
  • Studio (34)
  • Portraits (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (32), Semi-professional (32), Enthusiast (24)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (86)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

So far I'm quite impressed!

I've owned quite a few cheap chargers, got tired of incomplete charges, or the 15-minute-speed-demon that only charged the newest batteries and wouldn't recognize my older ones. So I was faced with...Read complete review

I've owned quite a few cheap chargers, got tired of incomplete charges, or the 15-minute-speed-demon that only charged the newest batteries and wouldn't recognize my older ones. So I was faced with buying a bunch of new batteries - and quickly burning them up on the speed-charger - or investing in a quality charger.

So far I'm quite impressed. This charger has restored life in several batteries I was about to throw out. The ability to charge any combination of cells is a plus for all those devices that run on odd numbers of batteries. Independent charging means every battery gets a full charge, unlike cheaper units that charge in pairs. And having 8 slots means I can charge all 8 for my MB-D10 at once, or enough batteries to power two strobes.

Cons? Sure, nothing is perfect. As other reviews elsewhere on-line have stated, the LCD screen is smallish and somewhat hard to read. A backlight would help, but I just keep a small flashlight nearby. It's not small by any means - the power brick is almost as large as the charger - it's about the size of a laptop brick. And setting the default to soft charge instead of rapid seems like a better default option.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good charger but with a few quirks

This is a great charger. I have used all the functions and they are fairly straightforward. The issues I have with mine are that the buttons aren't very responsive. You have a narrow...Read complete review

This is a great charger. I have used all the functions and they are fairly straightforward. The issues I have with mine are that the buttons aren't very responsive. You have a narrow time window to select soft charging or recondition mode and sometimes I don't get the timing right and have to pull the battery out and try again. It doesn't help that the LCD display is very dim and hard to read, at least for the tiny text at the top. The battery status is clear enough though.These annoyances aren't a deal breaker though, the charger works very well and I'm getting more time out of my batteries with it.

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5.0

awesome charger

By Jesse

from Burque, NM

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Choice
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Anything Wbatteries
    • Everyday use
    • Home
    • Landscape Photography
    • Macro Photography
    • Portraits
    • Studio
    • Traveling
    • Wedding Photography

    Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

    I have had one of these for about four years, and it makes a world of difference for me. I work as a pro wedding photographer, and shoot about 1200 photos per weekend, from may to the end of September. I charge the batteries I use with this very unit. The conditioning cycle will improve your older batteries performance and will make new ones last at least a couple years, under the circumstances I shoot in. I just bought a second one, the first one is still working just fine, but I want another one to charge more batteries at the same time.

    This is a very-well-worth-it purchase for anyone who demands a lot from their rechargeable batteries. From my experience, it does work best with the 2700mAh batteries they supply, which are some of the highest mAh batteries I have found.

    The slow-charge conditioning cycle does take 36 hours, but is worth the wait. And, there is a faster, 4 hour, or so, cycle that will do well also.

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    4.0

    Good Charger

    By Mark Olson

    from Omaha, NE

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use

      Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

      One of the major advantages of the Powerex is that you can charge 8 batteries at one time. While most chargers can charge only four, the Powerex can not only charge eight, it will provide you a status of the charge for each battery.

      I primarily use the soft charging mode, slightly slower than the rapid charging mode. It preserves the battery life, though, so it is worth the extra hour.

      The LCD screen displayes a separate indicator for each battery and will display "charged" when the battery is fully charged. The LCD is the primary reason that I would give this product four stars. For us old guys, it is difficult to read becuse the type is so small.

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      5.0

      GReat Charger! Very Pleased

      By Photography By Michael A. De Martino

      from Parrish, FL

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Landscape Photography
        • Macro Photography
        • Portraits
        • Studio
        • Traveling

        Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

        Very simple to use and this has been the fastest charger that I have owned charging my eight batteries in no time!

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        • No

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        3.0

        Good charger but with a few quirks

        By Phantompwr

        from Cape Cod, MA

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Traveling

        Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

        This is a great charger. I have used all the functions and they are fairly straightforward. The issues I have with mine are that the buttons aren't very responsive. You have a narrow time window to select soft charging or recondition mode and sometimes I don't get the timing right and have to pull the battery out and try again. It doesn't help that the LCD display is very dim and hard to read, at least for the tiny text at the top. The battery status is clear enough though.These annoyances aren't a deal breaker though, the charger works very well and I'm getting more time out of my batteries with it.

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        • No

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        4.0

        SOLAR LIGHTING ASSISTANCE

        By Tom the Baker

        from Columbia, MD

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Not Bright Enough Display

        Best Uses

          Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

          I recently installed several solar post lights on my backyard deck rail. As you would expect, their efficiency is highly dependent on plenty of sunshine days to charge the inboard AA batteries. I am using, with great success, the Powerex MH-C801D to augment the normal charging which occurs via the solar collectors. During periods of minimal sunlight, I remove and charge the AA batteries and return them to the post light before darkness. The original batteries (NiCD - 1000 Mah) were replaced with NiMH - 2700 Mah. The newer batteries, with their larger capacity, allow the lights to be more tolerant of longer periods of minimal sunlight. The only nit-pick I have is the display tends to be difficult to read at times. Otherwise, an excellent product!

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          5.0

          Awesome product.

          By Ben

          from Mountain Home, AR

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio
            • Traveling

            Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

            This is with a doubt the most efficient battery chaarger I have ever used. The different cycles are a great choise to have and the recondition mode is great for older rechargeable batteries. I would reccomend this charger to anyone that uses rechageable AA or AAA batteries in their equiment. My buy another one for the convience because I use so many batteries in my gear.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great features

            By 3d Photo

            from Phoenix, AZ

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • No Weak Battery Indicator

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Home
            • Landscape Photography
            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio
            • Traveling

            Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

            I love that you can charge the batteries individually. I immediately conditioned all my rechargeable batteries. Easy to use and read. The display can be a little difficult to read if you have a lot of light behind you as a glare exists.I would love to see a new feature though. Some indicator to help identify batteries that are no longer charging to full capacity. It just says Done when charged and unless you check the charging quite often, it is hard to know which ones went from 3 bars to done, 2 bars to done or 1 bar to done. So I would love to see an indication of something to tell me that it charged fully to the capacity of the battery rather than wondering why it went from the 2 bar (50% indicator) straight to Done.

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            5.0

            Will no disappoint!

            By Mike in NY

            from Central NY

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use

              Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

              Charger works as advertised. It works quick and is so far very dependable. I haven't used the soft charge feature yet, but the quick charge feature does the job in about an hour.

              No regrets on this purchase!

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              • No

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              3.0

              Great charger, but GUI not great

              By Argus

              from San Francisco

              About Me Professional

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Poor Design

              Best Uses

                Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

                In it's basics its great. Love how it can charge in an hour which for me in a live production environment is key. Also like how it charges individually and you know which ones are done.

                But the bad side is that the display is very hard to read. It has a very low intensity display that I have to rotate in order to see ! Also, it's menu system is not intuitive at all so you'll have to read the manual if this is your first time (which is slightly annoying because I have different technicians using this and they all have to be now taught).

                If they fixed the screen, this would be perfect for me.

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                5.0

                WORKS PERFECTLY

                By MATUREFUN

                from SAN DIEGO, CA.

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

                  I LIKE THE ICONS SHOWING THE STATE OF CHARGE THEY HAVE.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great product. I would buy this again!

                  By Gladman

                  from Venice, Florida

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

                    We use this product for professional video production co.
                    Needed stuff!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    just what i was looking for

                    By Sébastien

                    from Montréal

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home
                      • Portraits
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

                      Works perfectly with the 2750mAh batteries.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Good charger

                      By BKK Photog

                      from Thailand

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Charges 8 Aa Or Aaa

                        Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

                        This is a high quality charger, highly recommended.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Professional Grade

                        By I AM TALL

                        from Beautiful Blue Ridge Country

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast
                        • Lightweight
                        • Portable
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits
                          • Weddings

                          Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

                          Very Nice and stable product! Would purchase an additional one. A must have for wedding & event photographers.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Speedy charge, easy to use

                          By Jen

                          from Berkeley, CA

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast charge

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

                            Using to quickly charge AA's for field surveys. Very speedy to charge, < 1 hr for four batteries with clear display of the charging status. Have only been using for 2 weeks, but so far I recommend this charger.

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                            5.0

                            Great recharger

                            By DB

                            from Temecula, CA

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

                                Great recharge times. Easy to use. Great with Eneloops

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Charges batteries

                                By Pat

                                from Lockport, NY

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use
                                    • Home
                                    • Studio
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

                                    I find reading the LCD display difficult. The words are tiny and not easy to read. You have seconds to select soft charging or conditioning once you insert a battery - or the unit selects conditioning. You should have more time to select what you want.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Product

                                    By BBurk

                                    from Salt Lake City, UT

                                    About Me Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Everyday use
                                      • Home
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

                                      Works as advertised. Love it! I own 2.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Excellent battery charger

                                      By guytonphotog

                                      from Sugar Land, TX

                                      About Me Professional

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Studio
                                        • Traveling

                                        Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

                                        I bought this charger so I could charge all my batteries for weddings. I need my batteries to be reliable and this is the perfect charger. It charges eight batteries at once, but lets you see exactly how each battery is charged. It also makes sure they all have a full charge.

                                        It's fast and quite reliable.

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                                        5.0

                                        Charges Quickly!

                                        By Wheaton Photographer

                                        from Wheaton, IL

                                        About Me Semi-Professional

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Powerex MH-C801D 8-Cell 1-Hour Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries:

                                            The slow charge mode is at least twice as fast as other chargers I've used.

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