Been wanting to buy a rechargeable batter for my external flash, including a battery charger of course since I have been just buying disposable batteries as needed. A regular disposable battery cost around P180 to a max of P200 for a 2-piece bundle depending on the brand. And usually, you will consume four pieces of that every shoot.
So today, finally I decided to drop by the mall and scout for a battery charger and a rechargeable battery. The top brands like Eneloop, Philips, Energizer cost around P2,600++, that’s a 2 hour to one hour quick charger already. And since I am on low budget, I tried a this brand offered by the sales lady at the Electronic Boutique in Shangri-La Mall in Ortigas – Newstar Smart.
The charger can charge four double A or triple A batteries at the same time in a span of 3 hours only. It also comes with 4pcs double A 2700mA battery. It can charge both Ni-Cd and NI-MH type of batteries.
It also includes a car kit charger so that you can charge even if you are on the road, a USB cable is handy too if you want to charge via your USB port which I think is good only if your notebook is connected to your AC outlet, otherwise it will suck good time your notebook’s battery life. Its a different story if you want to charge it on your desktop PC.
What I initially like about this charger is that it has a refresh button which you can use to prolong battery life by completely discharging first the battery and re-charge it later. And it has a small LCD that displays the status of the battery being charged. According to the sales lady, it is very useful specially if you were able to buy a damage batter, the LCD status indicator will just blink continuously.
Like the other brands available, this one is also Made in China. The charger comes with one year warranty and cost P1,459.75 at Electronic Boutique.
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