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Different Types of Battery Chargers

9/12/2013 5:07:37 PM | by Anonymous

Battery Chargers

A battery charger is also known as a microprocessor-controlled charger. They are designed to work only with smart batteries from the same manufacturers. Each smart battery contains special microchips used to program and communicate with the smart charger of the same brand. Battery chargers are made with various voltages. Some are designed to charge double As whereas others are to charge triple As batteries. There are also types of chargers made to charge only C or D cell batteries. Universal battery chargers are also designed to charge different battery sizes those powers a variety of devices. Some are designed mainly for NiCD batteries, whereas others are only for NiMH types. Automobile batteries also have auto battery chargers.


Smart battery chargers are also built to make charging more precise so that it is unlikely to suffer from overcharging. They are also equipped with microchips that work by a specific and corresponding charging unit. To ensure that the batteries are not damaged, customers should charge their batteries with the same manufacturer’s battery charger. Charging the battery with a foreign charger can cause the nullification of any free/purchased warranties the consumer is entitled to the battery. Smart batteries are also understood to be capable of complex functions. The microchips stored in the system aids the information to user of its existing state of charge (SOC) and state of health (SOH).


Types of Battery Chargers

1. Emergency Charger

They are a type of battery charger that powers the cell phone from a car. This device also doubles as a power source and recharges. It is plugged into the socket of the car’s cigarette lighter.


2. Automobile Charger

It is designed to recharge the car’s battery whereas some are designed to start a car without the need for another vehicle. This device is often known as a portable power station. The batter charger and power station is made with a very long cord. It may also include a battery charge status indicator light.


3. Speed Charger

Speed charge is the bulky type of charger for changing 12 volts batteries. This type of charger is referred as the smart charger due to its capabilities. It is designed for batteries that charges jet skis, lawnmowers and motorcycles.


How to choose Battery Chargers?

Choosing the right battery charger may seem intimidating due to the variety of choices available in the market. However, the process is now made easier just by following the basic rules. It will guarantee that you choose a battery charger to meet your needs and provide top quality service. Classic battery chargers can handle both NiMH or NiCAD batteries. A NiMH charger usually works well with NiCAD cells, however not vice versa. Most of which are designed to work with AA or AAA batteries. Certain products also require their specialized format battery charger which will normally be provided by their manufacturer. The average capacity would be either four or six batteries. Ideally, it is advised to at least have an extra pair of charged batteries at all times to ensure that your charger can handle its load.


Most typical battery chargers are powered via the AC outlet. Smaller units are plugged directly into their outlets making them convenient for people who are constantly on the go. They are designed for travelers; these chargers usually work for both 100 and 220 volt outlets without the need for the adaptor. Cheaper chargers normally require an external converter to be the power brick. It sends electricity to the charger via the power cord. It is much cheaper but however inconvenient as it cannot handle 220 volts unless an expensive adapter is added.

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