Yes they are. For £3.99 I decided I could handle that. It's never been that price since, though our "experts" seem to post it each and every time amazon drop the price. Environmentally friendly - keep recycling...
Just stick a piece of dark/opaque paper or tape over the light & you should be fine (y)
good thing i didint buy. anyone confirm if these have the light on? yes, would annoy me too at night.
Are these the ones with the constant light on them? Those annoy the crap out of me at night.
My order got cancelled. Boo, why list them if you dont have stock.
Deal should be expired No stock available and people’s orders are getting cancelled (confused)
Yh mine too (mad)
Yep, mine cancelled too. Grrr
Charger: Powering Laptops, Smartphones and Other Electric Devices
Chargers aren’t exciting, but underrate them at your peril. How often have you been stuck with a phone on one bar, with no way to replenish its charge? Has your laptop ever gone dead in the middle of a crucial document? Almost everyone relies on chargers to keep their devices going, and we consistently need to purchase replacement chargers for the phones, computers and gaming consoles we use.
This buyer’s guide introduces some of the most important types of chargers and will help you find the best deal when looking for the items you require.
Chargers: Battery, Wireless, USB
Chargers have been around as long as batteries have existed, but have become doubly important in everyday life since we started to use portable computers and mobile phones in large numbers.
Before the 1980s, computers and phones tended to run purely on AC mains current, with direct connections to their electricity supply. However, with the rise of laptops, tablets and mobile phones, this kind of power supply would no longer suffice. Instead, manufacturers began supplying AC chargers with their products – compact devices that could convert mains electricity into current to power the batteries in their devices.
In the past 10 years, standard chargers have become smaller and have been joined by smarter devices with the ability to charge various types of battery. At the same time, power banks have become popular, offering a jolt of charge that can be carried in handbags or pockets if required.
What hasn’t changed is that we rely on chargers to keep our communications and gaming devices going, and that looks likely to remain true for the foreseeable future.
How Do Chargers Work?
Briefly put, chargers turn mains electricity into a form of current that is appropriate for certain types of battery.
Most low-end chargers work on a continuous basis. They supply a certain level of charge constantly until the charger is unplugged or switched off. They often charge fairly quickly, but run the risk of over (or under) charging the devices they are connected to.
As you go up the price scale, you’ll find chargers with more subtlety. These chargers tend to use slower, more tightly controlled currents and feature feedback loops and sensors that precisely calibrate the level of charge they deliver. It all helps to ensure that fragile batteries receive optimal charging levels and avoid the damage caused by overcharging.
When charging goes wrong, the consequences can be deadly. For instance, there have been cases of mobile phones combusting when their batteries become superheated due to overcharging (although simple device failure is a more common issue).
This makes it really important to find a charger that is suited to the device you need to charge. You won’t be doing your laptop or smartphone any favours if you choose a cheaper charger that leads to long-term damage.
Looking at the Various Types of Charger
When you come to pick a charger, make sure you choose the right one for the job. Here are the major varieties available from HotUKDeals merchants:
Battery chargers – Rechargeable batteries can be found in many wireless devices. Perhaps most importantly, they are a key component of automobiles (hands up if you’ve left your headlights on at night and found your battery has been exhausted overnight). This makes it essential for all car owners to have a battery charger in their shed or boot. A 10-amp charger will generally be sufficient for most standard car batteries, and try to find a microprocessor controlled smart charger as well. There are many cheaper options on the market, but your car battery will thank you if you go for a higher-end device. You might want to think about choosing a waterproof charger as well – you never know when you could break down in inhospitable conditions.
Laptop chargers – Almost all laptops use rechargeable batteries, allowing them to be used wirelessly, wherever you need to get some work done. The precise charger required will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and from model to model – so always pick one that is certified as compatible with your computer. Universal chargers are also available (but double check that your manufacturer is listed in the specifications, as sometimes major laptop makers are excluded). These chargers could be extra-useful if you own or manage a range of laptops, and they tend to come with a selection of connectors as well.
Smartphone chargers – Again, all mobile phones need to have their batteries topped up regularly, but there’s 'no one size fits all' charging solution. While phones usually come with a charger included, it’s often a good idea to buy an additional charger when you purchase your phone, just to be on the safe side. You might also want to add a USB charger to your accessories collection. These handy devices let you use the charge on your laptop as a power source for smartphones.
iPhone Lightning Chargers – Having said that mobile phone users should think about getting a USB charger, this has to be qualified for Apple fans. Apple’s iPhones don’t use standard USB connections. Instead, you’ll need to get hold of a charger that uses the Lightning connector system, and specialist adapters are available to do the job.
Wireless chargers – In the past, battery chargers always involved cumbersome cables that needed to be wound around the plug when the charger wasn’t in use. However, that’s no longer the rule. Nowadays, you can pick up convenient wireless chargers for smartphones and other digital devices. However, most of these devices are only partially wireless. They still generally need to connect to the mains socket in some way. Where they do away with wires is the connection between the charger and the phone being charged. It’s not a total liberation from wires, but it’s a start. You should also be aware that wireless chargers tend to be slightly slower than conventional forms (although that’s really not such a big problem if you are charging overnight, like many of us do).
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Tips for Using Chargers Safely
Picking and using the right charger can make or break your laptop or phone. That’s not an exaggeration. When you overcharge any device, it can lower its expected lifetime and pose a fire hazard, so try to avoid it all costs. Here are a few tips to help you make the right decision:
Check the device’s capacity. Every battery has a capacity measured in mAh. This will tend to increase with the size of the device, meaning that less powerful chargers will struggle to charge up Kindles or laptops. Make sure your charger’s capacity matches that of the device being charged.
Consider the weight. Chargers are meant to be portable. Go for models that won’t weigh you down unnecessarily (or think about combining a heavy duty charger with something more stripped down that you can take when you are out and about).
Outdoor solar chargers can be a great option if you need to take devices into the wilderness or just have a desire to make your digital life more sustainable, but they tend to be slightly slower than conventional models.
Be flexible with multiple charging. Not all chargers are designed to handle one device at a time. If you have many devices to keep topped up, go for a charger with multiple ports and enough juice to handle various batteries.
Think about opting for a battery pack. You don’t always need to rely on charging for long periods. Instead, you can find battery packs or power banks that contain large amounts of charge on small devices. They could be the ideal alternative (or supplement) to a mobile phone charger.
The Best Charger Deals
If you are in the market for a cheap portable charger, the best usb charger, a cheap portable charger or the best phone charger, HotUKDeals is the place to look.
If you shop at certain times of the year, you may well find even bigger savings. For instance, phone chargers are regularly discounted for the Black Friday retail event in November. Solar chargers could dip in price as the summer camping season gets underway, too.
Whenever you make a charger purchase, the coupons, vouchers and combination deals at HotUKDeals will let you do so as cheaply as possible.
Save Money and Buy a Cheap Charger at HotUKDeals
Chargers are an essential item, whether you need a cheap usb or battery charger or you want to rely on them to use your car or digital camera. Whatever type of charger you need, check out the HotUKDeals listings, where all of the major charger brands will be available at bargain prices.
You make some assertions here, in particular that temp level controls the charging rate and this then therefore protects battery chemistry. Any sources to confirm that? I actually thought the heat was as much of a symptom of overcharging as much as a cause of damage, so have not assumed batteries are protected by temp control alone they might get damaged without getting hot?
Have the same from 7dayshop paid a bit less.. £18 iirc.. nice charger, wish it had some lighting to show charging state from a distance. Defaults to sensible safe charging rates on inserting batteries. Easy to ramp it up if needed. Some of the features I haven’t used the display and interface could be better but each slot is properly independent and I like the USB out because it’s like 1A. Gentler on charging iPhone etc. It can’t see batteries that are absolutely flat, so these tend to require a few moments in a ‘dumb’ charger.. most of us have them somewhere. I pop flat AA in my landline phone and stick it on the base station for a few mins..
Arrived last night and I've started working through my backlog of discharged AA/AAAs. It has managed to charge a load of AAAs that had over-discharged and weren't registering in my old charger. I'm really liking the "Grading" mode where it charges->discharges->charges and then gives you the battery capacity (mAh). I knew some of my old LIDL rechargeables were on the way out, so nice to be able to see which ones need retiring.
It's all useful info! I can't complain if someone does a bit of research and shares their findings :) QC (Qualcomm Quick Charge) charging depends on the USB source (e.g. plug, powerbrick etc) and won't apply most of the time. If you look at the back of your USB plug and it only lists a 5V output then it doesn't do QC. Having said that, it looks like this might potentially still charge at 2A if you only put a single battery in, regardless of QC. Personally, I'm going to charge my AA/AAA IKEA & Eneloop batteries in this thing and let it choose whatever current it sees fit. I think a lot of the perceived wisdom on battery charging dates from an era before smart chargers when you just had to pick a current that would work safely across all of your batteries. The danger of a high current charge is that it heats the battery up, which can prematurely degrade the battery chemistry (or catch fire beyond a certain point). Smart chargers like this one measure both internal resistance and temperature directly for each battery whilst charging so it seems like the old rules-of-thumb are a bit irrelevant.
I wasn't trying to downvote your deal (on the contrary)- I just don't know much about what charger to get and so look for reviews. If I used a non QC cable - then how slow does the charger then charge IKEA batteries?
Yes, if you go back to the last time this product was posted, I pasted a link there to the science that the fast chargers really mess up the chemistry of tyhe rechargable batteries. Not an issue if you use them every day and write the loss off against tax, but for a home user it's not the same deal.
Is this actually true though?
I managed to get one for 15 quid too. Lucky I was browsing the site at that moment. That deal lasted a whopping 18 minutes.
Yeah I tried to get one then but some people were buying like 5 (annoyed) I like the idea of one but realistically I don't need it as I've got so many spare batteries now over the years and now I'm waiting for Milwaukee deals for the main things.
Be careful, as said last time, these fast chargers might be great for site workers who need a fast charge but they don't do the batteries any good at all.
Thank you for posting. Your thread was selected for our Highlights pages (highfive)
Agree, I prefer MK or british general
Agreed, LAP are fine, not the best but it's a white plastic socket.. Many electrical wholesalers stock LAP products so they can't be that bad.
These are decent for the price, that’s why I posted it, I did not post it just for the sake of it You have 2 USB ports, 1 of which is the older A type & 1 the newer C type, powering at 4.2a What more do you want for £10.99? If it stops working return to Screwfix I’ve never had an issue with them customer service is very good
Thanks for taking the time to share this @ibn.shah
Great price (y) 🏼
Question I have if I'm using only one of the ports to charge phone etc but have 2 other chargers plugged into 2 remaining sockets but not charging anything will it cut of power to the other 2 chargers until I obviously plug them into something? Hope that makes sense lol
Cheers for sharing, @CurryKoola - nice first post :)
Again. It is important to point out there are different versions of 40mm Active 2 also. Some are made of steel. Some are made of aluminium. Some have 4G so you do not need your phone & can call directly from the watch & some haven't. Good deal by the way.
I did check the last few days and couldn't see it for £99 ever. But I guess what you meant was if you buy it with a phone which is a different deal completely. Couldn't see the charger too but I guess I didnt look properly. This deal is definitely not for everyone but for people who want the 40mm UK version now at the best price.
Nope. It was the same one. Below is the link. currently £199 but till 27th April you get trio as free. Plus if you buy it with Mobile then 50% off £199 £99.50 https://www.samsung.com/uk/watches/galaxy-watch-active/galaxy-watch-active2-40mm-black-sm-r830nzkabtu/buy/
There are many different versions of the Active 2 watch. I think you are mistaken.
Different seller. That’s why it can’t be unexpired. Ah well. Hopefully anyone that missed it will see our comments (y)
No difference, different seller but both held and shipped by Amazon.
What’s the difference? They seem identical to me. Both 65W, both 2 of each USB.
It's not this one that is now reduced its another and its here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charger-RAVPower-Desktop-Charging-Nintendo-Black/dp/B08DFKZ7BC/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=ravpower+65w&qid=1620631479&sr=8-3