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For What It's Worth - - battery charger !


Just wanted to let Y'all know about a little battery charger that I've been using to charge my AA and AAA batteries with.  For a long time I thought that you had to have "rechargeable batteries" for this to work but my youngest step-son informed me that "any" AA, AAA, C, D or 9V could be recharged with it, if the battery was still OK.

This is the little unit that I've been using very successfully for several years and tho it was a gift it has paid for itself many time over.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/111291487254?lpid=82

I imagine that Rrumbler (aka Em-I) could shed some light on this also or, as far as that goes, anyone else that cares to add a comment.

meller



-- Edited by Mello Yello on Thursday 6th of March 2014 11:16:43 AM

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The way we go through batteries, probably be a good idea for me to look into one of those gadgets. We have a little one that my DW uses for the recorder and batteries she has to use at town hall, but it's a real cheapy and with my luck would go BANG, splattering battery goo all over the room



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As I mentioned, mine was a gift and brand new when I got it many years ago and the Ebay link has a lot of used ones which I'd be skeer'd of. However, I never have any uneasy feelings with mine and have had as many as 6 AAs in it at once. I also imagine that they have improved on this since it was built.

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Not so sure about "any" battery being rechargeable. Any rechargeable, sure, but "any" is a big word. I've always heard alkalines, which is the predominate battery used today, aren't rechargeable unless designed for it, hence the high cost of rechargeable alkalines.



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That's what I'm saying, Dale. I have been recharging regular AA and AAA alkaline batteries for years with that charger.



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Huh. Go figure. I've heard of alkaline exploding when charged. A 24 pack doesn't cost all that much on sale, and lasts us a couple years. I think I'll stick to new. I'm a bit of a chicken.

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Your Call for sure but it's that hearsay such as "you can only recharge rechargeable batteries" that keeps those expensive #@&#@ on the shelves.  As for me, it has worked for many years and I am going to continue to use it.

 



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This is just a little off topic (as usual) but still battery related

We have a 08 toyota Prius,  its been acting kinda weird lately, everything on it is automatic ,, the doors unlock when you walk up to it ( if you have the key fob thingy in you're pocket) and starts  with just a push of a button,,

but friday that didn't happen,, in fact NOTHING happened, couldn't get the doors open, finally used the concealed key found in the door fob , and got the drivers door open, but the car wouldn't turn on,, dead 12 volt battery, so called Toyota to find a new Battery,, 258$ 75 of that to install it,, Called the tire store where we buy all our tires and battery's, 248$ 50 of that to install it,, I just want the damn battery ,, I'll do the installing. so I ended up buying it at Toyota ,(only ones that had any) the battery is in the back trunk area, buried under a huge cover , BUT getting the rear hatch open to get to the battery was the problem, its opened by a elect selinoid  so that didn't work,, finally after all the cussing and fumming,, I thought maybe there is a battery jumper connection somewhere on this POS so trying to get in the glove box to get the manual, was another problem,,, but finally I found that the jumper terminals are under the hood,, the ground is on the passenger side up way up under the windshield, and almost imposable to even see much less get a jumper cable on it ,, and the positive is on the drivers side in the fuse relay box,, that don't like to have the cover removed,, bu I finally got it hooked up and the trunk open,, now I'm into this normally 10 minute job and a normal car well over a hour,, and I haven't even found the F*&^&^$%^&g battery yet, not gonna get into all the problems with getting that damn battery in, But I'm sure the neighbors learned some new frustration  generated words, ,

We love the car great fuel mileage ( 49+ mpg on the road) but simple maintenance sucks,,,  )



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Dont those things also have a huge battery bank too...Wait till you have to replace that sucka.....

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I've complained long and hard about the trend towards useless electronics on cars. If you're so damn lazy you can't insert a key into a lock, turn it, and pull up a handle, then you'll obviously be way overtaxed with the effort it takes to drive, what with pedals and a steering wheel to contend with. You should NOT be driving!!!!

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poncho62 wrote:

Dont those things also have a huge battery bank too...Wait till you have to replace that sucka.....


 Yeah Poncho  the 12 volt battery is only to turn on the computer , instruments , etc, and  start the thing, the battery pack that , it runs on at higher speeds, is 3500 $ to replace,, but they are suspose to last a long time,, we have had the thing since new , in 09,, we ordered a 09 and waited about 5 weeks to get it and got a call from the dealer that someone was there wanting to buy our car,, so we went to the dealer and , took the car,, only to find out later that it was a 08 model,, but exactly what we had ordered except the year,, they never mentioned that it was a year old car, when we took possession of it, untill we noticed the year on some of the paper work,,, ( probably had it for a month before we noticed it,, ) so we took it back and told them we wanted the car we ordered not a year old car, so they lowered the price by 3K,, $ they  almost got away with their switch-a-roo game,,,Ill never buy another car from them for sure,, but they did also give us 2 years of free oil changes,,, furiousfuriousnono

 



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thirdroc17 wrote:

I've complained long and hard about the trend towards useless electronics on cars. If you're so damn lazy you can't insert a key into a lock, turn it, and pull up a handle, then you'll obviously be way overtaxed with the effort it takes to drive, what with pedals and a steering wheel to contend with. You should NOT be driving!!!!


 actually the electronics on the car is why it gets nearly 50 MPG, The gas tank holds 11 gallons and we get nearly 400- 450 miles to a tank,, so I'll take those usless electronics anytime as to spending money on gas that just runs out the tail pipe,,

the only maintenance I had to do on that car is the 12 v battery,, and that's  in 5 years time,, and its got 81K trouble free miles on it,, not even a flat tire,,, I was just bitchin about how much trouble it was to get too,,, biggrin even if it was easy to get too,, I would bitch about something anyway,, smilesmile thats what old farts do ,,,  Ain't it Meller???



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"So I've been told, but it's only hearsay !"

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"So I've been told, but it's only hearsay !"


  hearsay is suppose to be the gospel truth isn't it? or is that something different ?



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depends on "who" ya talkin' to biggrin



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The electronics on all my cars have been nothing more than unreliable pain the butts. The last one, if one is to read the manual, has all kinds of cautions and warnings, "Do NOT attempt adjusting radio while driving." To me, that says it all about the "convenience" of electronics.

20-25 years ago, I had a car with a carburetor and no brains, it got 44mpg. Electronics my ass.

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Electronics - one of the reasons I sprang for the Ford ESP. That truck of mine has gadgets I STILL don't understand - i.e. voice recognition, Blue Tooth, Microsoft SYNC just to name a few. Then there are TWO hulking group 27F batteries under the hood........

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Got the second oil change on the Fiesta today, finally got that stupid idiot light and warning message "Oil change due" that came on a few hundred miles after the first oil change, turned off. Only took 3 tries of the procedure to get it to take. Just waiting for the other idiot light to come on again, you know, the one that shuts some stuff down when you're running down the freeway at 70 clicks. The only way to get stuff to work again is push it into neutral, turn it off, while coasting along, turn it back on, and pull it back into gear. Stupid electronics. I got better mileage with a carburetor all those years ago.

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 You know maybe the solution for that light problem , is to mask off the  speedometer part , and paint the rest black , so that light won't be so  bothersome for you,, sounds like they don't work right  for you anyway, probably take care of that problem for less than 2 bucks,, maybe less if you find some paint on sale somewhere,,,biggrinbiggrin  oh yeah,, I would suggest Black paint,, so that light can't show through,,



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Thought that was what black electrical tape was for............

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poncho62 wrote:

Thought that was what black electrical tape was for............


 It is around here biggrin



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If it hadn't been so cold, there would be electrical tape over it. The oil change one at least. I now know the procedure for getting rid of the oil change warning. The other goes out with a cycling of the ignition, which is what gets everything else working again. Course, that also wipes out the fault code so they don't know what's going wrong.

Both of them replace the radio information display. The radio is everything from sound to traction control, which by the way doesn't work for crap either, so putting in a better radio is no longer an option.

I see things being more complicated, but I still fail to see any real improvement for the complications. I guess that's what happens when one thinks for oneself instead of blindly following what others tell one to think.

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