The Best Battery Chargers (For D and C Size Batteries)

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We briefly reviewed battery chargers in a previous post “The Best Rechargeable Batteries of 2013“. But let’s take a look at the best “Universal Battery Chargers”. These are chargers that can handle AAA, AA, C, D sized cells, and well as 9V cells.

The Best Overall Charger: The PowerEx “Ultimate Professional” Charger

Maha PowerEx Battery Charger

Maha’s Ultimate Professional Charger almost lives up to its hyperbolic name. This compact charger can charge any combination of 1 to 8 batteries. You can mix and charge AA, AAA, C and D sized cells at the same time on individual charging circuits. Each battery size also has its own fixed contact charging points (i.e. not a spring). An LCD display shows charging and conditioning status of each rechargeable battery.

Like the Ansmann chargers, Maha’s universral battery chargers can restore batteries to their optimal performance level by repeatedly charging and discharging them. It also has intelligent charging technology and overcharge protection. It also comes with an international AC adapter, and short-circuit protection.

It is available from Amazon for around $89.

The Most Affordable: The Maximal Power FC999 Universal Rapid Charger

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The Maximal Power FC999 Universal Rapid Charger is a versatile and reliable charger. It has a microprocessor to intelligently monitor and control the charging cycle in each charging port for overcharge and short-circuit protections.  It is capable of charging a wide range of batteries, namely: AA, AAA, C, D, N, 9V, Ni-MH (Nickel Metal Hydride), Ni-CD (Nickel Cadmium), RAM (Rechargeable Alkaline Manganese) and even Alkaline (previously Non-Rechargeable).

It’s available on Amazon for about $28.35

Comments

  1. Rehan says

    I’d suggest getting some battery extenders to convert AAs to C and D rather than keeping C and D cells around. It increases the utilization of the cells that you have and means you can buy a cheaper charger.

  2. John B says

    My la crosse charger actually came with a few C and D adapters.

    I don’t need C or D that often and finding NiMH versions is difficult.

  3. herbolaryo says

    Using a rechargeable battery with a good charger is metaefficient.
    It would be more metaefficient and economical if you can pair it with a portable solar panel. That way you won’t worry about electricity cost in the long run.
    I am not familiar with solar technology though. Have seen the following foldable & rollable solar panel w/c one can expand & use w/ other gadgets you have e.g. laptop.
    http://www.solardirect.com/pv/consumer-ready/power-film.htm
    http://store.altenergystore.com/Solar-Panels/Foldable-Solar-Panels/Sunlinq-25Watt-12V-Portable-Power-Pack/p2380/

    Some have battery charger accesory as well…
    http://store.altenergystore.com/Solar-Panels/Flexible-Rollable-Solar-Panels/Accessory-Items-for-Flexible-Solar-Panel/PowerFilm-Inc-RA-5-DLX-Univ-Chrgr-Pack-w4xaaaaacd/p710/

    I hope Justin can do a review of portable solar panel as well as to their efficiency, cost, and long term maintenance.

    Looking forward to that.

  4. says

    Using a rechargeable battery with a good charger is metaefficient.
    It would be more metaefficient and economical if you can pair it with a portable solar panel. That way you won’t worry about electricity cost in the long run.
    I am not familiar with solar technology though. Have seen the following foldable & rollable solar panel w/c one can expand & use w/ other gadgets you have e.g. laptop.
    http://www.solardirect.com/pv/consumer-ready/power-film.htm
    http://store.altenergystore.com/Solar-Panels/Foldable-Solar-Panels/Sunlinq-25Watt-12V-Portable-Power-Pack/p2380/

    Some have battery charger accesory as well…
    http://store.altenergystore.com/Solar-Panels/Flexible-Rollable-Solar-Panels/Accessory-Items-for-Flexible-Solar-Panel/PowerFilm-Inc-RA-5-DLX-Univ-Chrgr-Pack-w4xaaaaacd/p710/

    I hope Justin can do a review of portable solar panel as well as to their efficiency, cost, and long term maintenance.

  5. kittyfool says

    I’m looking for a SOLAR charger for AA, AAA, 9v,C, and batteries. I’ve been able to find tons of chargers that charge AA and AAA. I’ve found tons of NON-solar chargers (which I belief you are advertising-it doesn’t say), but I haven’t found a solar charger that does all of the household batteries. Do you have any links? I do have 12v charger, but I don’t have clue on how to hook it up or if it still works. The electrician didn’t know how it worked, when I built (I buyed it with a pellet stove for backup-so I have no backup for a 12v either, but right now, I’m looking for a solar household charger).

  6. kittyfool says

    Thanks, Justin, but this is the same unit that numerous websites have. According to their advertisement, it doesn’t have the capability to charge 9v batteries. Although, one commentator says it does. Sorry, to ask again, but they don’t have a customer number (who does these days?), so do you know of a solar charger that does that?

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