While not as ambitious, Digipower (division of Mizco International) is moving
up the track at a fast pace with their
DPS-Q15 15-minute charger (supplied with four AA cells, $39) and 2500 mAh AA
Ni-MH batteries ($15). More interesting, perhaps, for those of us on the go,
are the ACD-100 universal digital camera AC adapter (with auto 110/120 switching)
and the DP-AA1 universal auto/air adapter, which plugs into any standard 12v
DC jack--travel case included, respectively $39 and $69.
UNiROSS appeared to set their sights not on speed but on portability, with
the Pocket Globe Trotter ($20), a smaller version of a charging kit introduced
previously. Microprocessor control lets you charge AA and AAA batteries without
overcharging, and built-in fail safes protect against damage when using non-compatible
cells, such as alkaline. Works with Ni-MH and NiCd cells, one to four at a time,
charging in 4.5 hours. Travel plug adapters and two batteries included. They
also introduced the Sprint CR-V3 and Sprint CR-123 charger kits--both li
GP Batteries picked up the pace a bit with their 2500 mAh Ni-MH cells, and a
30-minute charger. They also introduced a CR-V3 charger and battery.
And moving up fast was Delkin, coming in with a 2500 mAh Ni-MH AA eight-pack
(with weatherproof battery tote), plus accessory 90-minute charger, adding an
RCR-123A (CR-123A replacement) li ion battery with charger to give them an energy
The final entry in this race is RTS Inc. RTS has been named US distributor
for Hahnel li ion rechargeable batteries and chargers. Built-in IC safety circuits
limit maximum output voltage in the batteries, which are compatible with all
chargers, and protect against deep discharge, short circuits, and overload.
The new MCL 103 Hahnel li ion charger can be used worldwide, and takes less
than 70 minutes to fully charge an 800 mAh battery.
addresses can be found on page 176.