If you're in the market for a moderately-priced, fast charger for your NiCd and/or NiMH AA and AAA batteries, you've probably noticed that most don't offer much for your money. Ansmann, a world leader in battery and power supply technology, offers the solution with this rugged, reliable rapid charger that incorporates top-of-the-line performance at a low price. Unlike typical chargers in this price range, it uses microprocessor technology to monitor and control the charging process and offers features you simply won't get from other manufacturers. It even comes with 4 of the highest quality, high-capacity rechargeable batteries you can buy, included free.
With 2 independently controlled pairs of charging stations, this unit lets you charge 2 or 4 AA or AAA cells and monitors the charging process to prevent battery damage from overcharging. Unlike timed chargers, this intelligent device will allow you to top up partially depleted cells and advanced Delta peak circuitry switches the charging current from 500mA to a trickle, to maintain peak charge on the cells until you remove them. This process allows you to charge partially drained batteries in a proportionately shorter time, without the potential adverse effects of using timed chargers.
An LED status indicator shows the charging status and indicates if a faulty cell is inserted. Charging time is approximately 6 hours for fully discharged, 2400mAh batteries and as mentioned, shorter for cells that still have a stored charge. The trickle charge feature means you can leave your batteries in the charger after the cycle completes without worrying about self-discharge. The compact unit features a UK plug on the back, for direct connection to 230VAC, with no cord required.
For the serious amateur or professional photographer, or anyone who needs safe, simple and reliable fast charging for high-capacity batteries, this is undoubtedly the best solution on the market. It's covered by a 3-year warranty by the manufacturer and comes with a 4-pack of Ansmann's 2850mAh NiMH batteries.
The Ansmann PC III Charger was formally known as the Photocam III Charger.