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C9000 Eneloop

What’s this a new topic? Yes i’ve been talking about the same topic on this site for quite awhile and i kinda pushed all my other hobby topics out of the way but i had to talk about batteries and chargers. Not only that there has been an outbreak of lithium ion (Li-Ion) batteries exploding, alkaline batteries leaking and so forth so this topic of the day i’m talking about my preferred type and brand of batteries and chargers! This post will be updated to include more information.

The picture above here is a Maha/PowerEx C9000 charger which you won’t find at Walmart! In fact recently i walked into a Walmart store and basically there was hardly any rechargeables at all. Most of them were alkalines or lithiums! Anyway, hopefully that will change to the point where you can find these at any store. First there’s some videos to watch to get familiar with the chargers.


Confused or overwhelmed with information? Well if using a smart analyzer charger such as the C9000 is too many buttons there are other options but for now i’m going to talk about the more advanced stuff. You might think why i would spend so much time on this, well in reality i don’t. Usually i just pop the cells in the charger or when the batteries start acting up i refresh them, which keeps the battery active as storing the cells will weaken them. This kind of goes with the topic what do you need a flashlight for since i have around 10 of them! What else, to see in the dark. I also like camping so there’s no lights or light switches just whatever you have on you. I’m going to get a little bit why it’s about time to get rid of alkalines for rechargeables and how nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries really should replace the alkaline battery.

I have had numerous occasions of alkaline batteries leaking in devices such as remotes, flashlights, even a Gameboy or two. Maglites are horrendous, especially the D cell format where those batteries can swell up and get stuck in the flashlight where you need to drill out the battery or find a way to hammer them out in which in the modern LED lights, the LED and switch housing only goes one way which is the same way as the batteries get removed. There’s some tricks other than the drill method but that’s the only method i am aware of and if you are keeping a Maglite as an emergency whether in the house or a car, i wouldn’t store alkalines in there, even if they don’t swell up or leak that moment when you need to use it and the cells just killed your flashlight. More annoyingly the leakage is a pain to clean up and at that point you might as well spend more money to save a bit of time and effort. I have actually used NiMh cells since they were out when only the cheap timer or voltage chargers which only charges in pairs were offered and even then i didn’t buy a whole bunch because it didn’t take long for my Ni-Cad AA cells to die out and that was mostly due to the fact the charger itself died!

But several years later and a different kind of battery came out so i tried those. Again, the charger died. Bought another and then the charger was apparently working but some kind of malfunction occurred where something was wrong with the cells or the cells didn’t last very long. At that point i gave up and went back to alkalines, that was at least until Duracell and Energizer came out with NiMH cells and chargers which i got in 2005. Both chargers still work! The Energizer cells stop working but the Duracells are still moving along even in this LED string light. Some of the cells have gotten too weak though and won’t survive the night which again is nice and brighter than a nightlight. 11 year old cells that has actually been a bit overcharged a bit overdischarged (a couple of cells actually reverse charged which can damage the battery) but it’s proven to me that these cells can work for many years provided i use them in the lower drain devices.

So why are we not using this? Well i have noticed from my first hand experience that rechargeables don’t always work the way we intended and i have learned a few things along the way. First experience may not be the best especially when there are defects either in the charger or the battery. The set of Energizers i had bought in 2005 were discharging faster then the Duracells and the AAA Energizers i bought later in 2006-2007. Even though the chargers still work and i infact use them still on the older batteries they are not the best. They only charge in pairs, only go by voltage or by timer. A realistic charger can charge anywhere from 1-4 batteries for those odd, 1 or 3 cell devices, but even then you want to charge each cell individually since not every cell comes out exactly the same at the factory and may need to charge longer or less. Not only that smart chargers can detect when the cell is full and uses temps as a guide too to stop the charging process.

A couple of interesting features that the C9000 charger has is that you can refresh the cell, cycle the cell, discharge/recharge and break in. Break-in is a bit of an odd feature it purposely overcharges the cell at a low enough rate it won’t actually harm the battery. Sometimes, smart chargers will detect that the battery is full even though the battery was dead 5 minutes ago and you are using a 5 hour charge! So the battery is still dead. Sometimes the battery is really bad but other times the cell has been sitting dormant for too long and that’s where the dumb timer chargers generally come in which can also overcharge the cell. But using the break-in mode on cells that don’t quite get a full charge because the charger terminated the charge before the end of charge. The C9000 has another nice little feature but it greatly depends on how you use them. The charger will terminate or reduce charging current (that’s the amount of charge going into the battery at once) whenever the cell reaches 1.47v. So if you are charging a battery at 2 amps (not recommended unless a C or D cell) it will terminate the cell earlier. Don’t know the exact capacity the cell is at but if you charge a cell at 1 amp it will terminate around 80-90% and top off the cell at 100mA for 2 hours then trickle charges at 10mA. Traditional high self discharge cells benefit from this but also low self discharge batteries such as Eneloops can benefit as well since at 500mA charging rate Eneloops can charge up to 1.52v which is full capacity. The higher the current rate the higher the voltage will be.

 

Eneloops, Fujitsu, Amazon Basics, Ikea Ladda, Duracell and Energizers are the best. Make sure to get the Japan made cells. China made cells are generally lower quality and even though i have Japan cells that don’t work as good as China, Japan Eneloops work the best. Also the video is outdated, Eneloops now carry a 70% charge after 10 years. It’s hard to say how long a healthy, proper use Eneloop would last, they say 2100 cycles but a few tests say that the cycle usage may be shorter or that standard 2100 cycle Eneloops are used in moderate to low drain devices and only discharged to about 40% and charged up to 80%. Not many chargers will terminate charge at 80% if much of any other than the Skyrc MC3000

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01D1GHZNO

Which is more advanced than the C9000. Haven’t tried this charger but it’s on my to buy list. The other brand cell battery types such as the Energizer and Duracell may be Eneloop knock offs but they do really well. Take note that generally the higher the capacity of the cell, the less recharges you have. But have greater capacity. NiMH technology has improved so the low self discharge cells are pretty good compared to alkalines but the interesting factor is that you actually can get more run time in higher drain devices with high capacity cells such as Energizer, Duracell and Eneloop Pro. Eneloop Pro has up to 2550mAh capacity. It’s lower than an alkaline capacity but alkalines has such high internal resistance that the voltage sags. Most of the time in higher drain devices such as a flashlight, alkalines still have 30% capacity in reserve but can only be used in low drain devices. Modern flashlights like Maglite or LEDLenser can probably use 80 or 90% of alkalines but the brightness is pretty dim but not unusable. So when you get to 40-50% left in an alkaline, an Eneloop Pro will keep the flashlight shining bright.

Eneloop claims to have their cells precharged but some people are confused to as why they are not getting much of any activity from their device or they have low battery. While Eneloops are pre charged and you can use them right out of the package and it can depend on dates, whether you bought counterfeit cells, they are defective or maybe your device doesn’t work well with NiMh cells in which case the device requires the higher voltage of alkalines and won’t work well with NiMh cells. I have found this to be rare and all of my stuff works just fine with NiMH batteries. Possibly because most newer devices will run on NiMH cells. So which capacity should you get? In most cases the standard 2100 cycle white Eneloops (or another brand) is just fine even with high drain devices because 1900mAh is suitable enough for most. In some cases the Eneloop Pro (or other brand) is ideal but only for those devices that will eat up batteries. Digital cameras, high powered flashlights are best with the Eneloop Pro, you can still use the regular Eneloops with those devices if you wish. While it wouldn’t be practical and i wouldn’t recommend it is if you were to use Eneloop Pro in wall clocks, PC mice/keyboards, transmitters/remotes.. things like that. You would think though that the batteries would last longer in those devices but could you really spend the extra money on cells that you are not really going to notice recharging from 1-2 years to 3 years. It’s actually hard to say how long the Eneloop Pro lasts on a single charge because they only advertise that they hold 80% after a year. Nothing about 2-5 years so really i’d only buy them if you plan on using them. 500 cycles is pretty much standard on higher capacity cells and that’s pretty much the same as lithium ion cells. I have noticed another thing with the Eneloop Pro, if you drain the cell you will be eating up more cycles and there’s not much for recovery.

A standard Eneloop can be drained to 0.4v and hold that voltage no matter what you throw at it and can recover to 1.2v like that while the Eneloop Pro will hang around 1-1.1v. Then again i used these Eneloops in a more powerful flashlight and they are the AAA version. So i don’t really have much to compare it with. Just keep in mind though 1.23v (25%) is more ideal for a resting voltage when to recharge for extended life. I prefer 1.26v (50%) but at the risk of saying this is the reason why it’s almost completely unnecessary to buy the Eneloop Pro if you are not going to use the extended run time you still get more use in between recharges. Not to mention if you are in the need to use that extra run time you got it. So really having a set of Eneloop Pro may be the best thing but keep a minimum stock that you actually use. I tend to cycle through some of my cells especially the higher capacity and the few high self discharge (standard) cells that i have. Since my LEDLenser  T7 takes quite a bit of power, Eneloop Pro does really well. So i have 2 sets of cells for it (8 pack) and a 3rd set of Radioshack 850mAh cells. I use one set of Eneloop Pro more than the other but at least once every 3 months i use the other one. I need a secondary LEDLenser which will be a P7.2.

So with that there are some types of batteries that get iffy, Such as Sunlabz, Rayovac, EBL, Tenergy. The Sunlabz and Tenergy i have had good luck with in the D and 9V format. D cells can be expensive, the proper NiMH D cells, not the ones with the AA cells inside which some manufactures have been doing because as i said, actual D cells can be expensive. Just a 2 pack of Sunlabz can be $16. When you compare that to the massive capacity of a D cell, 10,000mAh it’s almost worth it. Provided you got a charger that works and whether the cell is in good condition. Some reviews are not good that claim the batteries do not work as intended and so far i only have seen a few chargers that use D cells. A really good one is the Maha C808M,

http://www.amazon.com/Maha-MH-C808M-Ultimate-Professional-Batteries/dp/B000E65DG6

Which again can get pretty expensive. It’s hard to say whether the cells are really any good and besides that Sunlabz D cells are not true LSD but doesn’t mean they are really bad either. Regular high self discharge NiMH batteries require regular use and an occasional full discharge or break-in with the C9000. Tenergy has some LSD D cells but they are slightly lower capacity than the Sunlabz cells. This is when D alkalines are more likely to survive and be needed, but again when they leak they leak bad and they can swell up so if you can’t justify paying upwards of $130 for a good charger and a set of cells you will be in trouble if you leave the alkalines in the device. So that would be the tradeoff. There are also AA > D adapters but you get reduced runtime, even with 3AA Eneloop Pro that would be at 7650mAh which isn’t too bad compared to 10,000mAh so it may not be noticeable but you would need 9AA batteries if you got a Maglite 3D.  You would need a 10+ battery charger and i don’t know any i could recommend. Even then i am using adapters on my C9000 that allows me to charge D cells but it’s sort of clunky to use all the time. Great if i need to check out the status of the cells but other than that i’d need the C808M charger.
I will soon add links and more to this later on, no time frame as of yet but i wanted to put this out there and hopefully will encourage people to get more into rechargeables. There’s quite a bit of alkalines on the shelves and while it’s not just the environment/resources the price point of buying NiMh cells provided that they are well taken care of and work to begin with, could save plenty of money as well as having to clean up alkaline messes. Some people do still prefer alkalines over NiMh and i have found you could recharge alkalines but there is a risk of them leaking. I have been experimenting only putting them on my La Crosse BC1000 charger at 200mAh for 5 minutes. That seems to work fine provided they were used in a low drain device. I don’t have enough AAA’s so in a pinch i recharged some alkalines i had handy but they didn’t have any charge left in them. It works but got to be careful and i don’t store them in the device so there’s no harm in if they leak. it’s not recommended to recharge them though there are youtube videos of people recharging them like regular rechargeables. If they were charging them for 3-6 hours, the risk of them leaking increases. They say it’s cheaper than buying rechargeables but i’d say they just don’t want to spend the money to getting a proper recharging setup.

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Target continues to miss the target, if the CEO was given a gun he’d completely miss and somehow manage to shoot the broadside of a barn. So now the CEO admits they are losing money but are somehow blaming climate change for it. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/05/20/target-ceo-blames-climate-change-not-bathroom-policy-hurting-sales/

Last time i checked people will stand in the cold for 20 hours to get the best deals on black Friday. In fact they’ll skip Thanksgiving to get the best deals. How in the world will rain and 30F weather keep people from shopping at Target? We all know that other retail stores are not doing so well, yet Amazon is slightly going up. You can google that. Whether or not transgenders should be able to use the bathroom they identify as, people are not taking that lightly as shown here. http://wgntv.com/2016/05/17/woman-with-bible-protests-against-targets-new-bathroom-policy/

Except the video with the 12 children was deleted. Here’s another, http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/05/16/video-woman-marches-through-target-saying-the-devil-will-rape-your-children-because-of-its-bathroom-policy/ which is actually pretty hilarious it could have been a Mad TV episode on crazy Christians. But in reality Target has opened up the doors to perverted men. http://www.glennbeck.com/2016/05/16/target-refuses-to-remove-creepy-guy-from-womens-bathroom/

And people are freaking out about it, http://www.oregonlive.com/window-shop/index.ssf/2016/04/target_transgender_bathroom_policy.html

There were other videos posted about men asking if they could use the women’s bathroom at Target if they feel more comfortable and Target employees has said yes, it’s ok. This is exactly what the liberals want, for men to use the women’s bathroom as this isn’t even about transgenders anymore. Transgender is a smoke screen and in fact this is how the topic of transgenders started, with the school issue of transgenders being able to use the bathrooms and part of it has to do with Planet Fitness kicking out a paying consumer because she reported there was a man in the women’s restroom.

But, Target has gone full liberal, first they deny they were losing sales then had a huge drop in sales so they blame climate change on the lost sales. This is exactly like talking to a liberal who literally makes things up and doesn’t have anything to back it up with. Liberals admit that 41% (which is actually higher now) of transgenders attempt suicide but does a 180 and blames it on society. What they do not understand is that society and the infrastructure of our social system does not conform to the transgender ideology. It’s trying to fit a square into the circle peg hole, it won’t work and i already know this extreme push towards transgender acceptance is exactly that. While they compare African American rights to Transgender which is completely 2 different things the only common thing is that we’re back to the time where slavery was abolished but African Americans received continuous death threats and bullying. In fact i believe that transgenders are still being used by men for their sick agendas. It’s a smoke screen in which the liberals want. This may not be the last transgender topic i have but i want to talk about other things because already it looks like more people are talking about the dangers of becoming transgender and Target is under fire so pretty much i don’t think i need to contribute much. 2016 is definitely the worst year for transgenders. While it may have been worse back then, often times it was brushed under the carpet so most of society has not been aware of transgenders. 2014 this wasn’t even that much of a subject but 2016 has been an everyday topic and i bet the violence of transgenders has increased plenty.

In some of my other posts i have already explained how dangerous it is to live a transgender lifestyle, especially in children. So many transgender teens have committed suicide already or have at least attempted to do so.

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Now that we got that cheesy title out of the way yet something else has been brought to my attention and i couldn’t wait to write this down in my wordpress blog! (not really…) Anyway i need another disclaimer trying to avoid the wrath of the transgender mafia experts that this blog is an opinion. If you feel like you are going to get threatened stop reading! I don’t need someone rushing to the deep end saying they are going to call up Obama to have my account removed because i am posting something logical, something that coherently makes sense. So again this is an opinion.

But here’s the thing, transgenders think that they are entitled to be who they believe that they are and they claim to have science to back up that fact, so any little hitch in the road is a no go. There’s a lot of various information going around and some of it has been said to been false. Target is facing backlash for announcing their policy that they do not discriminate against transgenders and that men can use the women’s restroom. Yes.. they can.

https://thehumanextinction.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/target-allows-men-to-go-into-the-womens-restroom/

That petition is up to 1,121,000 signatures. Already we have people stating that oh AFA is a hate group and they manipulate their numbers. But then, Target has lost $1.5 billion in sales,

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/04/28/target-bathroom-boycott-crosses-1-million/

https://www.google.com/finance?q=NYSE%3ATGT&ei=qSQdV-nTOtW5mQGpr4nQDg

And there’s proof of this. Yet people are denying that boycotts don’t have any effect. And then they claim that other companies such as Google, Walmart, and Facebook are all pro transgender. Except they haven’t claimed that they endorsed men to visit the womens room. Target didn’t need to announce that they support transgender. In fact they could have been discreet about it. Transgenders say they have been using the bathroom of their choice for years and no one noticed. So why now? There may be some theories circling around such as with Planet Fitness where a transgender was using the women’s locker room and a lady complained then got banned from the place. Another one may be transgender children and the recent uproar on them being accommodated in schools.

Target was foolish enough to even consider publically announcing their views on transgenders (or non gender conforming people). Transgenders have been discriminated against since the dawn of time. It’s only been recent that they have been demanding equal rights. I have been saying for years though that being transgender is not smart or recommended. Now i could debate whether or not transgenders have a mental illness but the main reason that i think they do is because no matter what you say to the transgender community they always have some excuse, like “i was born transgender” or “transitioning is the only cure we have”. These are all excuses. Right now i am battling trying to get the effort to organize all my stuff so when i move it’s really easy. Remove what i don’t need and make it so i only need to make fewer trips. I can’t do it. I’ll do it for an hour and then i’ll stop and never do it again for months! My excuse? That i’m tired. While i don’t need to move until next February i’d like to be prepared in case i need to do it at an earlier time. Maybe i could bring some of the stuff to my parents place so it would make the moving day far easier.

But again, i generally tell myself, i don’t want to do it.. too tired, i’ll do it tomorrow. But whatever. It’s a process. I have to tell myself that i can do it and i should. There are some people who don’t want to become trans so they avoid it. Walt Heyer for an example grew out of it. But then that’s another excuse transgender say, Walt Heyer isn’t trans, he was a confused individual who thought he was transgender. And basically whatever they come across they don’t like, they discriminate, hate on and deny that even ever happened. Like this story for an example,

CRIME TEXAS: Transgender Caught Taking Pictures of 13-yr-old girls at Target – LGBT’s Leader: She was born…

Ok, i’ll bite.. perhaps it is fake.. i mean so many people are saying it is so it must be right? Chances are it is fake but it’s pretty convenient to say the least that it’s a hoax. But to say that transgenders are incapable of committing these sorts of crimes is really plain ridiculousness, it’s like believing hoax stories such as the one posted above. Another problem i’d like to bring up is the transgender community often times feel they need to drag children into this problem. It’s like ‘oh think of the children’, where they are using transgender kids as a way to promote their lifestyle and to try to gain acceptance.

Like this article for an example,

http://nymag.com/news/features/transgender-children-2012-6/

But then you have to think about who are you protecting? Yourself or your kid? People would say, ‘I can’t believe you’d let your kid do that. That’s abuse.’ I’ll tell you what’s abuse: suicide. Do you want a live daughter or a dead son?”

I have not met one person who recently transitioned who was a child. In fact i have not met any child who felt suicidal because of their gender conflicts. Zero, zip, not one documented case of a child. Today i see children who transitioned who were perfectly fine otherwise up until they transitioned and then bullied to suicide. The fact is transitioning makes it worse! Yet the transgender community says it’s the other way around, they are more likely to commit suicide if they don’t transition. I did a little research awhile back on which doctors actually advocate transitioning and i came up with only 2 out of 13 doctors actually advocate transitioning (but none advocate transitioning for children). So i guess it’s ok for transgenders to fake stories but when someone fakes a story against transgenders people lose their minds over it.

Children do not identify as transgender and this whole idea of transgender is pretty much psychological. Adults can identify how they want but with children it is extremely not recommended and if you happen to find a doctor that advocates treatment for your child, get a second opinion. Transitioning isn’t recommended in any cases, otherwise this bathroom issue would not be an issue at all and it’s quite disturbing that the transgender community may in fact be using children to manufacture transgenders. In fact transgender children in itself is a hoax, because it is not a problem but a manufactured one.

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