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

(based on 116 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (91)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (94)
  • Reliable (73)
  • Durable (61)
  • Lightweight (50)
  • Fast (8)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Everyday (70)
  • Home (47)
  • Travel (45)
  • Studio (40)
  • Portraits (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-professional (38), Professional (36), Enthusiast (27), Casual user (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (99)

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

No Brainer to duh get this One

By Chris

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This thing is fun to use get its te best one. The soft charge is the way to go.
Charges fast even then. Plug in power cord carefully ... just make sure pins align softly at first

 
4.0

Great way to charge a lot of batteries

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Works well. I like the fact that you don't have to charge the batteries in pairs. LCD readout is a bit dim to read.

 
5.0

I would buy this again

By Christian

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love this charger

 
5.0

MH-C801D 8-Cell Charger

By Linda

from Austin, Texas

Verified Buyer

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

This charger is very easy to use, and I'm going to buy a second one like it. I've reconditioned some old batteries that I thought were at the end of their lives, and they appear to be in much better shape.

 
5.0

Very fast

By David

from New York

Verified Buyer

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

Having had many slow 4-battery chargers over the years, this 8-bay rapid charge is fantastic when coming home after a shoot and getting the kit ready to go for the next day very quickly.

 
5.0

Best

By vadtelphotography.com

from New York

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

I'm an event photographer and need to charge tons of batteries. I had the previous model for years and still use it. But to make the things fast, bought this one, so I can charge 16 batteries at a time! What can I say? Reliable, fast. And there are few more modes toto use when you are not in a rash to help your batteries last longer. It even returned few sets of mine back to life!
Highly recommend.

 
5.0

Saves me so much time

By Al

from Binghamton, NY

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use

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

    I used to recharge my batteries 4 at a time in a small charger that too several hours. This charger is great and will save you a lot of time.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        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
           
          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

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            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

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              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

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    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.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          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!

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            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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