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BC-900 Battery Charger by La Crosse BC900 w/LCD Display

06/06/05

  11:35:54 pm, by The Dreamer   , 479 words  
Categories: Stuff, Digital Photography, Travel

BC-900 Battery Charger by La Crosse BC900 w/LCD Display

Link: http://www.thomas-distributing.com/la_crosse_bc-900_battery_charger-display.php

Next on the post holiday acquistion spree....a La Crosse BC900 Battery Charger.

I forget how I came to first seeing this, but I kind of thought neat....I want one.

I used to use the Rayovac one-hour chargers...actually I own 5 of them. Originally the plan to was keep me well stocked with NiMH batteries for my digital camera and flash. Except that I don't use that camera much and the batteries didn't seem to give me much more life than the LiOn battery.

But, the new digital camera uses AA batteries as well, just not as many. But, still I wanted to update my collection.

First thing I did was use the charger to refresh the old batteries. Found lots of cells that were just dead, and the rest were useless. According to the charger only had capacity of around 200mAh. They were Nexcell 2100mAh batteries.

Pretty much the whole lot is toast.

That's okay...around the same time I ordered a 10 pack of 2500mAh Power 2000 batteries from Adorama.

Unfortunately, that's not what I received. They sent me what they claimed to be 2700mAh batteries instead. Unfortunately, it seems most of the higher capacity NiMh batteries are more hype now. I had read that they based the capacity on discharge to a really low voltage which isn't realistically usable in anything real.

What I also found was there is quite a variance in actual capacities.

For the 10 batteries, the charger reported capacites of:

1.91, 2.01, 2.06, 2.07, 2.16, 2.17, 2.19, 2.23, 2.26, 2.27 Ah

Kind of disappointing.

There was the set of 4 1500mAh batteries from my old Archos Jukebox Recorder 20. I did a quick zap with them, before the 2700's had arrived...one of the cells was dead. But, the final number seemed reasonable. But, I put them aside thinking that they were of no interest to me.

I then dug out a pair of 1600mAh Rayovac batteries, the kind that came bundled with the quick charger....which I also didn't have much use for, but I was curious what the BC900 would report for their capacity.

They came in at 1612 and 1627 mAh....well, that's old school I guess...when they advertised something and meant it.

I wonder how the 2000mAh batteries that came bundled with the BC900 will do. Just for grins, I'm doing those now.

I actually don't know if I'm going to bring these with me on my next trip. I have a bunch of blister packs of Oxy-Nickel batteries for use with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2. I think they should cover me, and I'm sure I can buy regular alkaline AA's in a pinch.

Plus I'll probably be jungling plenty of other electronics that will need an electrical outlet....hmmm, wonder there'll be enough juice in the room to run everything. Or better yet, even open outlets. Never seem to have enough of these in any hotel room that I've stayed in &#59;D

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