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johnec4 12-04-2012 03:37 PM

La Crosse Technology BC-700 alpha battery charger $29 FSSS
 
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I've had a price alert set on Amazon for like a week now on camel*3 trying to get a good price on this highly rated battery charger. i was lucky and it triggered today with a price of $32.57 from Amazon with free shipping. However, when i went on the site it was even cheaper! holla!

http://www.amazon.com/La-Crosse-T...1354664045

This charger is for both NiCad & NiMH AA and AAA batteries. Supports independent charging of each individual battery (4 slots), as well as 4 modes (charge, discharge, refresh, test). You can charge each individual battery at 200 ma, 500 ma, or 700 ma (slower = lower, less heat & longer battery life).

edit - looks like amazon warehouse has 2 of them for $27.08 and $27.30... http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-li...eller=&sr=

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tosh9i 12-04-2012 03:53 PM

how long do rechargeable batteries last compared to normal batteries if you use it on something like a clock?

mattzane227 12-04-2012 03:56 PM

Nice, I've been waiting for this to drop for a few weeks. I've got one, my sister was wanting to get into the rechargeable battery game.

cbxp 12-04-2012 03:58 PM

now $28.79

mattzane227 12-04-2012 03:58 PM

I'd get it now before it shoots back up to $40.

RECD Designz 12-04-2012 04:01 PM

Highly rated charger, great deal.

I just got the BC-1000 a few days ago for $41.

adamant 12-04-2012 04:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RECD Designz (Post 55685388)
Highly rated charger, great deal.

I just got the BC-1000 a few days ago for $41.

Where?

I_see_deals 12-04-2012 04:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tosh9i (Post 55685164)
how long do rechargeable batteries last compared to normal batteries if you use it on something like a clock?

rechargeable batts typicality discharge within a few moths at most even when not used or under very light load. use good alkaline battery. . The more often you have to remove the battery, the more a change to break the clock . the clocks that take batts are usually a tight fit in my experience

RECD Designz 12-04-2012 04:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by adamant (Post 55685630)
Where?

I think it was a Cyber Monday deal @ Casa.com

rekd0514 12-04-2012 04:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mattzane227 (Post 55685244)
Nice, I've been waiting for this to drop for a few weeks. I've got one, my sister was wanting to get into the rechargeable battery game.

low drain = alkaline and high drain = rechargeable NiMh (eneloop or duraloop) ;)

T_B 12-04-2012 04:59 PM

Bought two for distribution among the family units on Our Holy Day of Santa, thanks OP!

Nate650 12-04-2012 05:05 PM

Decent price but it has gone as low as $23-24.50.

leidout 12-04-2012 05:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tosh9i (Post 55685164)
how long do rechargeable batteries last compared to normal batteries if you use it on something like a clock?

I've had 1 eneloop in a wall clock for a little over 10 months. I imagine it'll need to be changed soon, but I think that's pretty good for a low discharge rechargeable.

atomyc 12-04-2012 05:16 PM

thanks. waited for the price drop.

johnec4 12-04-2012 05:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nate650 (Post 55687202)
Decent price but it has gone as low as $23-24.50.

not recently. it looks like the last time it was even CLOSE to that was like 16 months ago.
http://slickdeals.net/f/3167254-Amazon-com-La-Crosse-Technology-BC-700-Alpha-Power-Battery-Charger-25-95

SJstangman 12-04-2012 05:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RECD Designz (Post 55686016)
I think it was a Cyber Monday deal @ Casa.com

It's still alive:
http://slickdeals.net/f/5587800-La-Crosse-Technology-Alpha-Power-Battery-Charger-BC1000-for-41-99-FS-Casa-com

So which is the better deal?

WeirdBeard 12-04-2012 05:28 PM

Going to use this with my new eneloop batteries. Thank you OP!

airventor 12-04-2012 05:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by I_see_deals (Post 55685750)
rechargeable batts typicality discharge within a few moths at most even when not used or under very light load. use good alkaline battery. .

This was true in the 1980s maybe.

Eneloops (which are the only rechargeable worth even discussing) take 3 years to self discharge. I use eneloops in all my clocks and they last so long I literally can't tell you how long, I forget when I change them. But it is in excess of 12 months easy.

I honestly can not tell you one task at which any alkaline battery will outperform an eneloop.

They are cost double a Duracell but last at least 50% longer (often 300% longer) and you can recharge then over 1000 times. They are the world's biggest no brainer.

CompassionateVeg 12-04-2012 05:45 PM

Thanks. My charger died for 2 of the 4 spots about a month ago. I have wanted a good one for a while. :)

thisisnuts 12-04-2012 05:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnec4 (Post 55687748)
not recently. it looks like the last time it was even CLOSE to that was like 16 months ago.
http://slickdeals.net/f/3167254-Amazon-com-La-Crosse-Technology-BC-700-Alpha-Power-Battery-Charger-25-95

Most recent lowest price was end of August of this year $24.73
http://slickdeals.net/f/5124384-OOS-24-73-Amazon-com-La-Crosse-Technology-BC-700-Alpha-Power-Battery-Charger-FSSS

RECD Designz 12-04-2012 05:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SJstangman (Post 55687766)

Nice! I didn't realize.

Guess it depends on your needs and $$ willing to spend. The BC-1000 comes with adapters for C & D cell sizes. "Normal" price appears to be $59.99.

Quote:

Originally Posted by airventor (Post 55687960)
This was true in the 1980s maybe.

Eneloops (which are the only rechargeable worth even discussing) take 3 years to self discharge. I use eneloops in all my clocks and they last so long I literally can't tell you how long, I forget when I change them. But it is in excess of 12 months easy.

I honestly can not tell you one task at which any alkaline battery will outperform an eneloop.

They are cost double a Duracell but last at least 50% longer (often 300% longer) and you can recharge then over 1000 times. They are the world's biggest no brainer.

+1 :cool:

I_see_deals 12-04-2012 05:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by airventor (Post 55687960)
This was true in the 1980s maybe.

Eneloops (which are the only rechargeable worth even discussing) take 3 years to self discharge. I use eneloops in all my clocks and they last so long I literally can't tell you how long, I forget when I change them. But it is in excess of 12 months easy.

I honestly can not tell you one task at which any alkaline battery will outperform an eneloop.

They are cost double a Duracell but last at least 50% longer (often 300% longer) and you can recharge then over 1000 times. They are the world's biggest no brainer.

Then excluding the eneloop brand.... I stand by my statement

MilrTime83 12-04-2012 05:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnec4 (Post 55687748)
not recently. it looks like the last time it was even CLOSE to that was like 16 months ago.
http://slickdeals.net/f/3167254-Amazon-com-La-Crosse-Technology-BC-700-Alpha-Power-Battery-Charger-25-95

According to the Camel price graph it was around $25 this past August.

vanontom 12-04-2012 06:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nate650 (Post 55687202)
Decent price but it has gone as low as $23-24.50.

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnec4 (Post 55687748)
not recently. it looks like the last time it was even CLOSE to that was like 16 months ago.

Quote:

Originally Posted by MilrTime83 (Post 55688672)
According to the Camel price graph it was around $25 this past August.

myPriceTrack [mypricetrack.com]
The Tracktor [thetracktor.com]

$31 in TX (Taxes). :nono2: No other sellers currently close... yet. May this price hold for a bit.

chance3349 12-04-2012 06:07 PM

Is this charger better than this: http://www.amazon.com/Sanyo-SEC-N...d_sbs_hg_2

macinmn 12-04-2012 06:13 PM

I understand your points, but why would you put a $2 battery in something that is going to benefit from it no more than using a $0.25 disposable battery. Isn't the whole point in using rechargeables, to be recharging them, and many times, enough to get your money back out of them? Your break even point is reusing them the 8th time, and when used with camera gear, remotes, other high to medium drain devices, you achieve this easily, but you're saying it might take the guy 10 years to break even. Over that amount of time, we should probably start accounting for inflation and what he could have made putting the money into a municipal bond instead. :D


Quote:

Originally Posted by airventor (Post 55687960)
This was true in the 1980s maybe.

Eneloops (which are the only rechargeable worth even discussing) take 3 years to self discharge. I use eneloops in all my clocks and they last so long I literally can't tell you how long, I forget when I change them. But it is in excess of 12 months easy.

I honestly can not tell you one task at which any alkaline battery will outperform an eneloop.

They are cost double a Duracell but last at least 50% longer (often 300% longer) and you can recharge then over 1000 times. They are the world's biggest no brainer.

Quote:

Originally Posted by I_see_deals (Post 55685750)
rechargeable batts typicality discharge within a few moths at most even when not used or under very light load. use good alkaline battery. . The more often you have to remove the battery, the more a change to break the clock . the clocks that take batts are usually a tight fit in my experience

Quote:

Originally Posted by tosh9i (Post 55685164)
how long do rechargeable batteries last compared to normal batteries if you use it on something like a clock?


macinmn 12-04-2012 06:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnec4 (Post 55687748)
not recently. it looks like the last time it was even CLOSE to that was like 16 months ago.
http://slickdeals.net/f/3167254-Amazon-com-La-Crosse-Technology-BC-700-Alpha-Power-Battery-Charger-25-95

I got mine from a reputable ebay seller for $29 shipped a few months ago. good charger, but the price isn't astonishing.

lnx 12-04-2012 06:27 PM

Excellent charger and good price too.

kb9nvh 12-04-2012 06:45 PM

Eneloops for rechargeable..dont bother with any other kind. Self discharge on eneloops is more like alkalines but the capacity and current rate is pure NiMh. You actually can use then in a clock or remote control and they will stay good for as long as an alkaline.
The point about is it worth a $2 battery to do what an alkaline is better suited for is well taken...that said, eneloops make it possible. http://www.candlepowerforums.com/...arge-study

Danzilla 12-04-2012 06:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by OAKside (Post 55689032)
myPriceTrack [mypricetrack.com]
The Tracktor [thetracktor.com]

$31 in TX (Taxes). :nono2: No other sellers currently close... yet. May this price hold for a bit.

Heck, if you're in TX you should have loaded up on discounted Amazon gift cards from HEB this week! (ends today) Save you an extra 17% off everything from the get go and offset any taxes.

SDRockz 12-04-2012 06:52 PM

$25 or bust!

avidracer 12-04-2012 06:57 PM

thanks in for 1

lodit 12-04-2012 07:08 PM

does anyone know if the eneloops would be good for solar led lights?

i'm thinking of using them for the walkway lighting, since the existing rechargeable batteries are rather crap.

dadab 12-04-2012 07:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnec4 (Post 55687748)
not recently. it looks like the last time it was even CLOSE to that was like 16 months ago.
http://slickdeals.net/f/3167254-Amazon-com-La-Crosse-Technology-BC-700-Alpha-Power-Battery-Charger-25-95

Not really. Just couple months ago. My first FP deal. :wave:


http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/79262/amazon.com-la-crosse-technology-bc700-alpha-power-aaaaa-battery-charger

johnec4 12-04-2012 07:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dadab (Post 55691140)

strange. that didnt come up when i searched bc-700... gg

malluprince 12-04-2012 07:48 PM

Great! In 4 1. I had this in my cart for the last week.

dadab 12-04-2012 07:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnec4 (Post 55692018)
strange. that didnt come up when i searched bc-700... gg

Search function is broken on SD - old news. :)

arnoldfriend 12-04-2012 07:59 PM

Thanks, regretted not buying one when it was on sale last time.

Nate650 12-04-2012 08:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dadab (Post 55692094)
Search function is broken on SD - old news. :)

The more foolproof way is to use an Amazon price tracker.

ywallet 12-04-2012 08:25 PM

Back to $38.95 now

RECD Designz 12-04-2012 09:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chance3349 (Post 55689118)
Is this charger better than this: http://www.amazon.com/Sanyo-SEC-N...d_sbs_hg_2

I'm no expert, but it appears the charger in that kit is not a "smart" charger so I would say, yes, the La Crosse is better.

kb9nvh 12-05-2012 05:59 AM

nope, get the La Crosse or the Maha. I dont keep up on this topic but so far I've not seen any others recommended so highly across so many internet sources.


Quote:

Originally Posted by chance3349 (Post 55689118)
Is this charger better than this: http://www.amazon.com/Sanyo-SEC-N...d_sbs_hg_2


SR20DEN 12-05-2012 01:46 PM

I managed to grab two of these yesterday afternoon for $31.33 each (Amazon). Great chargers, I have one already and love it. I will probably buy one more on the next sale so that I can slow/smart charge 16 eneloops at once for my wife's photo gear.

airventor 12-05-2012 03:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by I_see_deals (Post 55688628)
Then excluding the eneloop brand.... I stand by my statement

No, you need to get acquainted with LSD NIMH Batteries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low_...arge_cells

There are other credible brands it's just that eneloops are setting the bar the last few years.

airventor 12-05-2012 03:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by macinmn (Post 55689284)
I understand your points, but why would you put a $2 battery in something that is going to benefit from it no more than using a $0.25 disposable battery.

Well, is low draw clocks you ~might~ have a point BUT there is more to consider.

1) I doubt the payout is 10 years. 3 or 4 years is more likely.

2) What is the time and hassle worth? Why are you going to change batteries in a clock every few months when you can do it (guessing) every year and a half? Time is money too.

3) You're missing the big picture. Once you're converted to eneloops you have those available. If I wanted to buy 25cent cells I'd have to pick them up and store the other 3 from the package... Then I would lose one, throwing away any potential saving.... Just put a real battery in it and be done.:bounce:

phillip9 12-11-2012 08:15 PM

What do you recommend for rechargeable D-cell and C-cell batteries?

I have read that the adapters do not work in all devices.

kb9nvh 12-11-2012 09:52 PM

D cells and C cells seem like a niche market and any of those I've seen were really expensive. Eneloop sells C and D cells. apparently they are made up of their AA and AAA cells internally. See the link. http://www.candlepowerforums.com/...ls-Exposed

Quote:

Originally Posted by phillip9 (Post 55952108)
What do you recommend for rechargeable D-cell and C-cell batteries?

I have read that the adapters do not work in all devices.



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