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

(based on 109 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (85)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (94)
  • Reliable (72)
  • Durable (61)
  • Lightweight (50)
  • Fast (8)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (4)
  • Poor design (4)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (69)
  • Home (47)
  • Travel (45)
  • Studio (40)
  • Portraits (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-professional (37), Professional (36), Enthusiast (27), Casual user (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (98)

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

 

Dangerous! Device burned up!

I purchased this item in June 2013. After not being used for my wedding off-season, I started a charge cycle today with some PowerEx AA rechargeables (the same ones I always use)....Read complete review

I purchased this item in June 2013. After not being used for my wedding off-season, I started a charge cycle today with some PowerEx AA rechargeables (the same ones I always use). Luckily I didn't go far as after about 5 minutes I started to smell an electrical fire. Sure enough, the unit had gotten very hot and began to his and smoke. I immediately unplugged it and dumped the batteries. The power supply had begun to melt and continued to pop, hiss, and smoke. I shutter to think of what would have happened if I had charged these overnight in my office as I usually do. Be warned.

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5.0

Works GREAT!

By PeteM

from Orcutt, CA

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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:

      None of the standard chargers give this level of control or conditioning options. A must have for proper battery management.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Just Great!

      By RCH

      from 18064 PA

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        8 batteries at once

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        Very useful

        By Gary

        from Tintenbar,NSW, Australia

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Home
          • Landscape Photography
          • Portraits

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

          I decided to buy this unit when my old 4 bay charger was acting up. The MH-C801D allowed me to identify some faulty batteries and recondition the remainder, which I had purchased from B&H 5 years ago.

          I use this unit to recharge 5xAA's used in a Nikon SB 800 Speedlight and also AA's used in Mac keyboard etc

          The screen can be difficult to read in certain light conditions, but this would not stop me buying this unit again

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          • No

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          5.0

          great battery charger

          By eric

          from dallas

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Home
            • Studio
            • Traveling

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

            fast charging

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent

            By Pravin

            from Mississauga.on.

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Home
              • Studio
              • Traveling

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

              Charging batteries AA

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great tool for our Tech booth

              By Hope Worship Leader

              from Bluffton, Indiana

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Studio

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

                Love this product. It's quick enough to get the job done and smart enough to know when a non rechargeable battery has been loaded.

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                • No

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                4.0

                The only way to charge your batteries

                By The guy with the Canon

                from Sherman Oaks, CA

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable
                • Well Designed

                Cons

                • No Voltage Readout

                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:

                Love the way that it analyzes each individual battery and charges accordingly.

                1hr fast charge, great for us photographers!

                Rejuvenates weak cells

                Wish it provided more info like how many volts each battery is producing after its charge cycle.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Charger

                By Bill Brasky

                from L.A. CA

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  Fast, easy to use, definitely worth the $[$] extra bucks to get the faster model.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Fast Charging Unit

                  By Mr Roberts

                  from Melbourne, FL

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio

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

                  Works quickly to charge batteries. Well made (and a bit heavy). Has a power brick which is kind of old school. I would like the display to light up (backlight) so it would be easier to read the readouts.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Quick recharge

                  By Wheaton Photographer

                  from Wheaton, IL

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Traveling

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

                    I shoot in a lot of venues and use battery powered flashes, with shoots that can last 12 hours. Being about to quickly recharge batteries without damaging them is really important.

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                    • No

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                    2.0

                    No

                    By Baz Is

                    from CA

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Poor Design

                      Best Uses

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

                        It will charge the batteries but good luck seeing the screen!!! its so hard reading the screen. the quality of the screen sucks lol

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great charger, all a photographer needs

                        By Johnny D

                        from Cincinnati, OH

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

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

                          Fast service by B&H as always. Charger itself has a simple interface, though the text is very tiny, but thats easily forgiven. This charger does have one of those bricks, that you might see on a laptop cord, so for traveling, it takes up a bit more room than I would like. but so far, so good!

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Charger

                          By CBD

                          from Chester CT

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • Hard To Read Lcd

                          Best Uses

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

                            Easy to use. Stops charging batteries that are done before the others, Has a conditioning mode too.

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                            5.0

                            Works well. Good results.

                            By Adora-bull Photography

                            from Cincinnati, OH

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • 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:

                              I use this to recharge my Eneloop batteries. I like it because it charges the batteries individually, so I know they are all getting a full charge.

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                              • No

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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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                                    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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