Hello Skooter Blog readers. Today I talk about a Battery Charger La Crosse Technoly BC1000 Alpha Power (La Crosse Technology Alpha Power Battery Charger, BC1000) acquired on Amazon US and sent to Brazil by Shipito, the parcel forwarding service utilized for the sixth time (Browse other purchases).
I already had a La Crosse charger, model BC-9009, I bought while living in Canada. I decided to leave it to my parents and acquire the BC1000 MIM, which is essentially the same, with only an additional circuit for detecting overheating, because some people complained heating the BC-9009. I never had any problem with that.
Who uses rechargeable batteries should know that not just get good batteries, you also need a good charger. And La Crosse Technoly Alpha Power BC1000 certainly offers one of the best, perhaps the best, treatment that your rechargeable NiMH batteries can receive. The La Crosse stands out in this segment for a while now.
Why not use bums Chargers? A good reason is to avoid overloading the batteries, because it causes heating and shortens the life thereof. A good charger knows measure when the battery is charged and stop charging, or reduce it to low currents and safe, which is the BC1000 makes. Another important feature is to charge each battery individually, Just because some carriers charge pairs. Even cells purchased together in the same package has slightly different characteristics, and upload them to pair is not a good idea, because one will end up getting overloaded and / or the other will be left with less load than actually supports.
The BC1000 also has a number of useful features: he accepts 1, 2, 3 or 4 cells growing. And you can set each cell to perform a different function, with different currents, etc. You can only charge the batteries until full, regardless of the current load. You can also choose discharge them completely and only then make a new load, which is recommended from time to time to recover the full capacity of the battery. Another interesting function is the REFRESH, which discharges and recharges the battery again and again until it reaches its maximum capacity. It is common for most batteries “tired” of the total capacity lost over time. This cycle made by BC1000 will recover this lost capacity at each cycle, and it just when you realize that there is more gain in continuing cycles. Finally, the TEST function allows you to easily check how much charge the battery support, to see if the amounts disclosed by the manufacturer are real.
The La Crosse Technoly Alpha Power BC1000 allows you to select the current to be used in each cell individually, values are 200mA (standard), 500mA, 700mA, and 1000mA. If there are only one or two batteries in the charger, You can still select 1500mA or 1800mA. I usually use the standard 200mA, which provides a trickle charge, but healthier for batteries, bearing without heat. But it's always nice to have the possibility to download in 1000mA or 1800mA for fast super charge in critical situations, with the peace of mind that the best temperature detection mechanisms and full load are being used to minimize the impact on battery life.
An LCD display with a large amount of information is present in the La Crosse Technoly Alpha Power BC1000. Here you can view the function being applied to each cell individually, beyond the current being applied (or taken), current voltage measured in each cell, charging / discharging current in each cell, and charge that was added to or removed from each cell.
The La Crosse Technoly Alpha Power BC1000 comes with a nylon pouch that accommodates the charger, power supply, some batteries and adapters. There are several divisions to accommodate each item. In the package is the power supply of 3V and 4A, 4 AAA battery 1000mA, 4 AA batteries 2600mA, 4 adapters for use with AA batteries C (average) and 4 adapters for use AA batteries as D batteries (large). The batteries are not low self-discharge, but they are good and come close to the nominal values. After break-in (some cycles are required for a new battery reaches full capacity) they must reach the nominal values. The adapters are great to place to run radios and old toys.
The only negative point BC1000 I should mention is that it does not detect batteries that are severely discharged. When a cell that is offering a lower voltage 0,50V is placed in the charger, it only shows the message “null”. The solution in this case is to use a charger “butter” to charge the battery for a few seconds / minutes, only the voltage reaches a minimum. I say charger “butter” because most smart chargers refuses to load cell in these situations. Another alternative is to leave the cell for several hours / days in the charger, because it ends the measurement by applying a low voltage and, but that is enough to make the battery come in 0,50V after some time, and then she will load normally. There is also as cause a short using a paper clip and a charged battery and then the charger will start charging, but rather will not recommend this procedure, because it may not be safe.
In buying used the free shipping from Amazon to send the packet to my address in Shipito da California. I do not know why, but did not have to pay state taxes even with the address and the California, so I opted for it as freight from there to Brazil is smaller than Oregon. I used this feature to avoid invoices with value drawing attention in the box. The application was done on days 23/06/2013 and shipped on the day 28/06. Arrived in Shipito not give 01/07 and was returned on the same day.
The dimensions of the package Amazon according to Shipito are 10″×8″×6″ (26× 19 × 14 cm) and the weight is 2,10 lbs (0,95 kg). Had previously chosen the option to open the package and take 3 Photos (the cost of US $ 1,00) to have damage insurance and also to make sure that the Amazon hit the request. They took even more 4 toast pictures.
Chose the shipping Airmail Priority, which is the cheapest shipping with insurance, but no trace, time consuming and possibly, because the package may eventually go through other countries before coming to Brazil. But I chose the Priority Airmail because I thought it would not be worth paying more in shipping than the product itself. Here is the summary of spending Shipito in the table below:
|(Bank fee 4.3%)||($0.70)|
And some more information:
|Package type (for Customs):||gift|
|Shipping method:||Airmail Priority|
|Mailout fee:||$8.50 (Small package (up to 30lbs))|
As já mencionei, no trace beyond US borders, but there is a partial trace that shows the path of the package within the US, which can be accessed within the own website Shipito, using a tracking code that starts with SAP.
|Local Date & Time||Location||Description|
|10/10/2013 18:34||Error retrieving details from vendor: USPS for tracking number:|
|07/01/2013 21:38||Torrance CA||Parcel Received|
|07/01/2013 16:25||Torrance CA||E-File Uploaded|
|07/01/2013 07:10||Hawthorne, SUCH AS||Parcel Shipping Initiated|
|10/10/2013 18:36||Hawthorne, SUCH AS||Parcel Picked Up|
The package arrived in my hands the day 30/07, less than a month after posting, what a great time considering that this is the Airmail Priority. The package was not taxed. Follows the purchase summary table:
|Product Name:||Battery Charger La Crosse Technoly BC1000 Alpha Power|
|Name Original:||La Crosse Technology Alpha Power Battery Charger, BC1000|
|Current value:||US$ 58,41|
|Payment Method:||Credit card / Prepaid Debit Mastercard from Payoneer|
|Package Home Country:||USA|
|Time in Transit:||
|Declared content:||Battery Charger|
|Type Marked Content:||Gift|
E to end, Here are some photos:
And I'm ending here with a more positive assessment for Amazon and the Shipito and also for the Battery Charger La Crosse Technoly BC1000 Alpha Power (La Crosse Technology Alpha Power Battery Charger, BC1000). Do not forget to share the article with your friends if you like. Happy shopping.