BC125AT: Good Ni-MH chargers

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I’m still learning. I’ve learned I need to stock up on good eneloop Ni-MH batteries and I need to charge them outside the BC125 but I’m not sure yet which charger I should buy. Got some suggestions, please?
 

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Research the rechargable lithium-Ion AA Batteries before buying anything… hopefully, someone here has already done that and can post if the results are favorable or not. The Enelopp Ni-MH is also a good choice, a standard most accepted. But the L-i rechargables were not available until recently and I don’t know how they stack up against the Eneloops. That’s why I suggest taking a look at them. If they have the same length of use as the expensive disposable L-i Eveready AA’s, or even something close, it may be worth it.
 

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Research the rechargable lithium-Ion AA Batteries before buying anything… hopefully, someone here has already done that and can post if the results are favorable or not. The Enelopp Ni-MH is also a good choice, a standard most accepted. But the L-i rechargables were not available until recently and I don’t know how they stack up against the Eneloops. That’s why I suggest taking a look at them. If they have the same length of use as the expensive disposable L-i Eveready AA’s, or even something close, it may be worth it.

Li-ion AAs have voltage reduction circuitry that emits RF noise that can severely affect reception on lower frequencies (AM broadcast band). Been there, done that.

You might not get apparent interference on VHF/UHF frequencies but I'd be wary of desensitization issue.
 

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I’m still learning. I’ve learned I need to stock up on good eneloop Ni-MH batteries and I need to charge them outside the BC125 but I’m not sure yet which charger I should buy. Got some suggestions, please?

Own many chargers.

The two best on the market are (own both):

Maha MH-C9000PRO

Opus BT-C2400
 
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That's an excellent charger. Also own its predecessor and it's still going strong after years and years of service.
I had the old one too... But it quit working about a year ago... I had that one a long time too... I think when they first came out with it...
IIRC I bought that one from Thomas Distributing...
 

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I had the old one too... But it quit working about a year ago... I had that one a long time too... I think when they first came out with it...
IIRC I bought that one from Thomas Distributing...

Yep, purchased mine when it first was introduced, must be we!l over 10 years now. Had it so long the display LEDs are dimming.
 

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I use the Eneloop/Panasonic NiMH chargers. The later version has a USB port on the side should one need to charge something else. This later version handles each battery individually, which is the important feature regardless of charger.
I just got the newer one. It cycles the batteries as well as charges them pretty fast. Works quite well.
 

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Li-ion AAs have voltage reduction circuitry that emits RF noise that can severely affect reception on lower frequencies (AM broadcast band). Been there, done that.

You might not get apparent interference on VHF/UHF frequencies but I'd be wary of desensitization issue.

I've also read that circuitry can fail and jump the voltage up from 1.5. So for that reason I will never use Lithium Ion based rechargeable batteries. Well, I do use a few rechargeable 4 Ah LIFePo's in parallel for the gear, but that's about it. But AA type batteries? No way.
 

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I just want to give you a tip here so that you and others may know. That giant link is mostly telemetry and now Amazon can track you and where you shared the link, etc. It can be shortened to this: https://www.amazon.com/Powerex-MH-C9000PRO-Professional-Charger-Analyzer/dp/B08DJDQ4Y8

Typically anything after the ? mark is a query and is a boat ton of telemetry. Even eBay and other websites do that. YouTube started doing it too, but it's stripped using the GrayJay App (highly recommended BTW).

Now you know...

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I just use 2300 mAh Energizer NiMH AA's.

Since that's a Uniden BC125, it's USB (5 volt) input like the others of that manufacturer type, one of these would work. Just get a longer USB cable and put the battery in a pocket or backpack, etc.

 
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While I use the Maha/Powerex MH-C9000 Wizard One Charger-Analyzer when I want to test/refresh my Eneloops, I use the more compact Panasonic BQ-CC55 for routine use including train travel and cruises. The CC55 charges up to 4 cells individually. It charges AAs at 750 mA and AAAs at 275 mA.
 

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I to will not use a AA sized Liion battery with a Buck converter in it to make it 1.5 V...
Also not to be confused with a 14500 size Liion battery... The 14500 is a AA size also... But 3.7 volts per cell...
Using 14500 cells will smoke the radio for sure...


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