Advanced electronic control LCD display Rapid battery charger - in store - Lidl £14.99
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Advanced electronic control LCD display Rapid battery charger - in store - Lidl £14.99

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Found 29th Jul 2013
This is a fantasic professional grade charger for the money. The previous model is still on sale in Maplin for £25!

This model includes LCD level indicators for each battery, a USB port (1000mA) for charging USB devices, and various advanced features to prevent overcharging / overheating etc.

I've used these Tronic chargers before, and they are FAR better than the usual cheap ones which in my experience don't normally even fully charge your batteries. As an example, I've just put in a set of four brand new 2900 mAh AA's from 7dayShop that I charged yesterday (in a cheap 7-day-shop charger), and the level indicatior on the new charger is showing them at just over half charge!

The manual is here
lidl-service.com/sta…pdf

Old model still on sale at maplin for £25 here:
maplin.co.uk/pro…374

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I've used these Tronic chargers before, and they are FAR better than the … I've used these Tronic chargers before, and they are FAR better than the usual cheap ones



I'll second that! These are fantastic op....have some heat

Is it available now?

I have the 7dayshop 600LCD Charger...

7dayshop.com/7da…VI=

Is the Lidl charger a worthwhile upgrade? The 600LCD seems to do a good job.

Original Poster

martin1372

Is it available now?


Yes, as of today I believe. I bought one this morning in Harlow branch

For just doing AAs and AAAs ones like these are s'posed to be good:

store.imagintronix.com/bm1…ger

http://store.imagintronix.com/image/cache/data/BM100/BM100_IMAGE%20copy-228x228.jpg

amazon.co.uk/Acc…XZU

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51yFOz0Zy%2BL._SX342_.jpg

There's a few quite similar models out there around the £20-25 mark.

Edited by: "smileypete" 30th Jul 2013

Original Poster

dooper

I have the 7dayshop 600LCD … I have the 7dayshop 600LCD Charger...http://www.7dayshop.com/7dayshop-battery-charger-600lcd-intelligent-and-super-fast-for-ni-mh-for-aa-and-aaa-sizes?backUrl=L2NhdGFsb2dzZWFyY2gvcmVzdWx0Lz9xPTYwMExDRCtCQVRURVJZK0NIQVJHRVI=I've had two different ones of theirs though and neither of them have been great.Is the Lidl charger a worthwhile upgrade? The 600LCD seems to do a good job.



I've never used that particular model myself, so who knows.

Just bought one along with some Tronic AA cells. After about an hour the batteries were really hot, as in too hot to actually touch. Is this normal? Thanks

I've got the old model - Can recommend as its very easy to use an very versatile so HOT.

Anybody recommend anything similar which would also charge NiZn Batteries?

Good deal and thanks for posting.

Advanced, you never see a product like this that is beginner or intermediate. Which products cater for people who are new at battery charging?

Edited by: "fishmaster" 30th Jul 2013

These Tronic chargers are not that brilliant, I've had 2 of this type - both needed the wires resoldering on the spring loaded contacts, more than once - and, the internal circuit board (due to the heat) gets as warped as f**k

Professional grade charger?? Any way you could back that up with some evidence?

MrFizzy

Just bought one along with some Tronic AA cells. After about an hour the … Just bought one along with some Tronic AA cells. After about an hour the batteries were really hot, as in too hot to actually touch. Is this normal? Thanks

Change it for another. I've left my charger on for days and they are around 30-40 degrees.

I got one of these a while ago and it's very good value for the price - the only problem, which people did mention last time, is that is often misreports a completely flat (but otherwise fine) battery as faulty and refuses to charge so you have to either give it a 'bump start' for aminute or two with a dumb charger first or just leave it in the Tronic for a few hours with it flashing red, remove and put it back in and it's then recognised ok and will start charging.

Edited by: "razorwire" 30th Jul 2013

so, how long does it take to charge an AA battery?

salsheikh

so, how long does it take to charge an AA battery?



Obviously depends on the capacity of the battery, it's it's completely flat or partially charged and if it's doing a discharge or refesh but I'd say a couple of hours on average. It's not a fast charger but then they aren't great for the life of the batteries - mine have lasted a lot longer since I switched to this.
Edited by: "razorwire" 30th Jul 2013

razorwire

I got one of these a while ago and it's very good value for the price - … I got one of these a while ago and it's very good value for the price - the only problem, which people did mention last time, is that is often misreports a completely flat (but otherwise fine) battery as faulty and refuses to charge so you have to either give it a 'bump start' for aminute or two with a dumb charger first or just leave it in the Tronic for a few hours with it flashing red, remove and put it back in and it's then recognised ok and will start charging.


So in order to make this fantastic professional grade charger work is to use a dumb charger. Makes sense.

MaximusRo

So in order to make this fantastic professional grade charger work is to … So in order to make this fantastic professional grade charger work is to use a dumb charger. Makes sense.



I wouldn't let that put you off buying as it's not something that happens on a regular basis and as I said you don't have to do that, you can just leave it in the charger for a while then reinsert it. I wouldn't have claimed it's professional grade (or even know what that entails) but I'd be very surprised if you can find a better charger for the price


Edited by: "razorwire" 30th Jul 2013

razorwire

I wouldn't let that put you off buying as it's not something that happens … I wouldn't let that put you off buying as it's not something that happens on a regular basis and as I said you don't have to do that, you can just leave it in the charger for a while then reinsert it. I wouldn't have claimed it's professional grade (or even know what that entails) but I'd be very surprised if you can find a better charger for the price


Actually, my "dumb" charger is charging my rechargeables for years, and don't see how this is better, but I can see how it is worse, considering the problem mentioned. To be fair, the same problem appears in other more expensive chargers, also marketed as "smart" and so on, not sure how that is possible. Lots of people throw away perfectly good rechargeables because they trust their new shiny charger to be smart enough to tell them the battery is dead, when actually they could use them for years in a normal cheap charger.

Is there really any need for these smart charges with all there bells and whistles,except to tender to to the techie's,maybe? Have a fairly dumb one bought for a fiver a few years ago from B @ M and get about a years use from a pair 99P shop triple A's ,flattened daily and recharged,so could not see something like this improving on this?

MaximusRo

Actually, my "dumb" charger is charging my rechargeables for years, and … Actually, my "dumb" charger is charging my rechargeables for years, and don't see how this is better, but I can see how it is worse, considering the problem mentioned. To be fair, the same problem appears in other more expensive chargers, also marketed as "smart" and so on, not sure how that is possible. Lots of people throw away perfectly good rechargeables because they trust their new shiny charger to be smart enough to tell them the battery is dead, when actually they could use them for years in a normal cheap charger.


Well it's been far better for me as it has extended the life of my batteries and saved me money - I get through a load of rechargable batteries (lot of music gadgets and a 4 year old in the house) and I've noticed a huge difference compared to my old cheap charger from 7dayshop as I used to have to ditch batteries pretty much annually as they stopped holding charge etc but that just doesn't happen any more.This is particularly true of older sets of batteries which seem to perform a lot better thanks to the refresh function. Unlike my old dumb charger this has independent channels, will refresh if necessary and charge rapidly at a safe rate then switch over to trickle feed to protect the battery which is obviously far better for your batteries.

I think I paid under a tenner for mine a couple of years ago but even at £15 it's cheap enough for you to try out. Various versions of this charger have been popping up on here for years and always end up hot and get good reviews from purchasers. Lidl will even refund you within 28 days if you change your mind and don't think it's an improvement over your dumb charger so you've got nothing to lose in giving it a go!


Edited by: "razorwire" 30th Jul 2013

razorwire

Well it's been far better for me as it has extended the life of my … Well it's been far better for me as it has extended the life of my batteries and saved me money - I get through a load of rechargable batteries (lot of music gadgets and a 4 year old in the house) and I've noticed a huge difference compared to my old cheap charger from 7dayshop as I used to have to ditch batteries pretty much annually as they stopped holding charge etc but that just doesn't happen any more.This is particularly true of older sets of batteries which seem to perform a lot better thanks to the refresh function. Unlike my old dumb charger this has independent channels, will refresh if necessary and charge rapidly at a safe rate then switch over to trickle feed to protect the battery which is obviously far better for your batteries. I think I paid under a tenner for mine a couple of years ago but even at £15 it's cheap enough for you to try out. Various versions of this charger have been popping up on here for years and always end up hot and get good reviews from purchasers. Lidl will even refund you within 28 days if you change your mind and don't think it's an improvement over your dumb charger so you've got nothing to lose in giving it a go!


That is an excellent point, you can try it for 28 days. Although not sure if they accept it back since it is out of it's packaging?

Original Poster

MaximusRo

Professional grade charger?? Any way you could back that up with some … Professional grade charger?? Any way you could back that up with some evidence?



I guess you got me there... I was a bit cheeky in that I used the word "professional" since that's the word maplin use in their headline description of the older model of this.

Pretty sure, based on the history of similarity between Tronic and Ansmann chargers in the past, that this is a slightly tweaked version (faster PP3 and AAA charging, USB socket, LCD gauges) of the Ansmann Energy 8 Plus charger. Normally about £45, so hot from me. Thanks, OP!
Edited by: "cowbutt" 31st Jul 2013
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