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Battery Charger from lidl £12.70 inc refresh function

£12.70 @ LIDL
hi all found out they are selling these again , Battery Charger Charges AAA, AA, C, D and 9V Ni-MH or Ni-Cd batteries Integrated LED battery status indicators With refresh function to disch… Read More
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8y, 5m agoFound 8 years, 5 months ago
hi all found out they are selling these again ,

Battery Charger

Charges AAA, AA, C, D and 9V Ni-MH or Ni-Cd batteries
Integrated LED battery status indicators
With refresh function to discharge batteries fully before re-charging
Batteries not included
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£12.70
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#1
The refresh function is really only useful for NiCd batteries, which to be honest, are a bit MORE than outdated :-( If you are using this type, maybe a better buy would be some new batteries first!
Both standard and new technology NiMH types recharge without the memory effect, so will recharge without having to drain them.

How it performs for charging NiMH types is more of significance, and I am under the impression that it is very standard, taking anywhere up to about 8 hours, if it is similar to the performance of the one I have.
Perhaps someone could correct me on that if it is a faster model?

Recently Aldi had basic chargers for about 8 quid with similar functionality, and some stores may still have them & 7 day shop can do some that perform a similar function eg http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_3&products_id=102044
for 11 quid taking about 3.5 hours for AA batteries. No doubt there wil be other perhaps beter offers around.
1 Like #2
that charger with the link does not have a refresh on it so you can not compare it with this one.
#3
thedrisback;4299651
that charger with the link does not have a refresh on it so you can not compare it with this one.


Read my post.
1 Like #4
This is a rebox of the one they have been selling for a while.

it stakes 6 AAs or AAAs or 4 Cs or Ds with an extra spaces for two PP3s.

Each is an individual charging circuit - so its unlikely to fry batteries if you put in a dud with a good one as there are no common charging circuits. You can also mix batteries - so you could charge two AAs two AAAs a C and a D with two PP3s all at the same time.

HOWEVER......

Its still available in some Lidls in the old predominately grey box (the new one is greener) and the identical charger sells for £7.50 in the old packaging.

Maryhill and Nitshill Rd both have them in Glasgow at the £7.50 price, with the more expensve green boxed ones next to them.
1 Like #5
The charging time is fairly good - although is probably about an hour for AAA and 90 mins for AA, I have only charged Cs Ds and PP3s overnight. It could be a lot less - as I have never sat waiting, as those of us with lives buy extra batteries and let them charge at a sensible rate.

I would highly recommend it - and have charged about ten AAs and AAAs already today.
#6
ibiza;4299804
The charging time is fairly good - although is probably about an hour for AAA and 90 mins for AA, I have only charged Cs Ds and PP3s overnight. It could be a lot less - as I have never sat waiting, as those of us with lives buy extra batteries and let them charge at a sensible rate.

I would highly recommend it - and have charged about ten AAs and AAAs already today.


Ah!
Most interesting, that is reasonably fast without the real hammering that the 15 minute chargers give the batteries. The Lidl one I had seen looked a bit like an old fashioned version of it, and it wasn't nearly this fast

PP3s do take forever on my current charger, so I can relate to this, although they do fully charge well this way. I did have a faster charger, but it packed in, and have fallen back to an older slow model.
1 Like #7
ibiza
The charging time is fairly good - although is probably about an hour for AAA and 90 mins for AA, I have only charged Cs Ds and PP3s overnight. It could be a lot less - as I have never sat waiting, as those of us with lives buy extra batteries and let them charge at a sensible rate.

I would highly recommend it - and have charged about ten AAs and AAAs already today.


I bought one of these after you posted them last year - been pretty happy with it - though at the time you were saying you thought this was a re-badge of a more expensive unit - did you ever confirm if it was?

edit - woops I see this was already answered in the original post and I must have forgotten.
1 Like #8
phatbhoy
I bought one of these after you posted them last year - been pretty happy with it - though at the time you were saying you thought this was a re-badge of a more expensive unit - did you ever confirm if it was?



Wasn't it a Sony one it was being compared to?
1 Like #9
My local lidl store currently has these on sale for less than 9 quid!
(available in both style of boxes)
#10
stamfordblue
Wasn't it a Sony one it was being compared to?


it was this one

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/209682/lidl-battery-charger-under-a-tenner/
1 Like #11
e_munky;4358197
are the batteries they are selling any good? particularly the aa/aaa's


Look at the battery threads on here at the moment. MASSES of info, I am sick of repeating it :-(
#12
Just bought one of the chargers.

Put it on with 2x 9V and 6x AA of two makes. First problem, it doesn't like some AA batteries, as the plastic outer sheath covers a bit much of the terminal, so needs a bit of jiggling around to get it to fit. ONE of the batteries was stone dead, and it has remained stone dead (I suspected it was) - chucked it out.
I do think one of the "ports" is a bit dodgy though, it is reporoting one cell as dead (flashing red) when it had a moderate amount of charge left to start with! Won't be sure until this batch have sorted themselves and I try it with other makes/types

The charging times are pretty long too!

According to the manual using the equation given: 9v 280mah ones will take something like 420 minutes! ie 7 hours!
2500mah AA's will take 225minutes ie 3h45mins!
AAAs charger at lower rate, so even longer!

Still, it is cheap enough I suppose
#13
nihcaj;4361017
Just bought one of the chargers....

How much did you pay?

These were £8.99 last week in my local store - they had loads of them.
Not been in today to see in they've put them up to £12.70
#14
Saw these today.There were loads of them.
Strange thing was they had some selling for £12.99 and some for £9.99
They looked identical boxes apart from a red "bubble" on some boxes saying about the discharge feature.
Those were the ones selling for £12.99.
Both chargers would discharge though and looked identical.
Very odd :thinking:
1 Like #15
stamfordblue;4370682
Saw these today.There were loads of them.
Strange thing was they had some selling for £12.99 and some for £9.99
They looked identical boxes apart from a red "bubble" on some boxes saying about the discharge feature.
Those were the ones selling for £12.99.
Both chargers would discharge though and looked identical.
Very odd :thinking:


It has been mentioned before on these threads that there is old stock in some stores (sadly not local to me!)

After trying mine for a full day now, I am a little happier with it - it does not do a FULL discharge ,so therefore batteries with some charge (as most still are!) are not completely emptied first, then fully recharged, just a short discharge, then recharge, presumably for some technical reason to get the max charge into them - so the times taken in practice are faster than the total times suggested in the manual :-)

I had problems with one 9v that appeared dead, although charging it for a short while on my old charger seemed to kick some life into it, then put through a full cycle on this, it went through a full charge to a very healthy level.
Some old batteries that have not been used for a while responded fairly well, I have chucked about 3 dead cells out, (including some more of the old Lidl ones that I had from a while back which were always very poor ) but the rest seem fine, and most are reporting higher voltage levels on full charge than they have for some time! :-)
1 Like #16
Premier;4301241
My local lidl store currently has these on sale for less than 9 quid!
(available in both style of boxes)


Premier;4361412
How much did you pay?

These were £8.99 last week in my local store - they had loads of them.
Not been in today to see in they've put them up to £12.70


Just an update on what my local Lidl store have done.

They have now split the two types of boxes to different areas of the store.

The older style box has now been increased in price to £9.77 each and the new style box increased in price to the deal price of £12.70. (representing over a 40% increase)

Edit: ibiza posted yesterday in another thread that old stock in 3 stores he has visted is being sold at just £7.50 ish each
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/333565/aaa-aa-c-and-d-rechargeable-batteri/showpost.php?p=4381704&postcount=40
What's going on with Lidl prices??? :?
#17
Bit of a delayed responce, and I couldnt find the original thread regarding the comparison of this charger to the Ansmann, so thought I would post it here instead.

Own an Ansmann energy 8 and bought the lidl charger purely out of curiosity to compare.

Heres a few pictures

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w254/devils_advicate/P1040506.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w254/devils_advicate/P1040507.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w254/devils_advicate/P1040508.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w254/devils_advicate/P1040509.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w254/devils_advicate/P1040512.jpg


Can confirm that the chargind pins are identical! Also they have a very unusual set up the same as the Ansmann. So either copied or using the same parts.

Plugs/cable etc seem to be different. Plastics used are similar, as are colours and print.

THe CE etc signs are same on the back, although the Ansmann seems to have an extra one for the USA as well as CE, TUV etc

THeir capabilites seem identical, and their use of power (using Lidl power meter) Are also identical.

Although the programme they use (shown by the blinking lights) Is very similar although not Identical. Their battery checks at beginning are performed differently with different lights flashing, and power used at this stage is different.

The stiffness of the springs on the Lidl charger are also alot stiffer than the Ansmann.

Ansmann charger has a removeable power cord whereas Lidl one is fixed into place. Ansmann comes with a variety of different plugs, Lidl just a UK plug.

Unfortunately I dont want to open them up to compare the insides as they both have remaining warranty and would liek to keep it this way. Cannot compare screws used on Lidll charger either as they are hidden. Lidl charger also uses sponge feet where as Ansmann does not.

Sorry dont really have much of a conclusion. They do seem very similar, a bit too similar for Ansmann not to notice, so maybe are made under license from Ansmann. They do slightly differ in terms of flashing different lights at start, but other than that seem to be the same.

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