kogaku wrote:(blah blah etc...)
Forgot to mention, in for two, mainly for the chargers, to use with my large supply of low-self-discharge AA NiMH cells (mostly Rayovac, which perform like champs, with a few Eneloops and some others, with a VERY few "traditional" (non-LSD) cells.
While "wartish" 4-cell chargers are a dime a dozen, they are largely of the timed-charge type, and worse yet, charge the cells in pairs (i.e., you can charge two batteries, or you can charge four batteries, but you can NOT charge one or three batteries.
These two malfeatures combined pretty much guarantee that you will slowly destroy your cells (due to mismatched charge, unless both cells in each pair are EXACTLY matched in every aspect (including state of initial charge), and each charge session being either too little or too much (due to the session length being based on time rather than the actual NEEDS of each cell).
These chargers, though, have a charge-state LED per-cell, indicating that it's not only monitoring the charge state, but, is doing so on a per-cell basis (pretty much necessary on a charger designed to handle alkalines).
BTW (and StdDsc "YMMV"), I suspect these chargers willl PROBABLY do a decent job recharging "normal" alkaline AA cells. I intend to give 'em a try, CAREFULLY checking (during charge) for leakage, overheating, etc.
One little-known characteristic of alkaline cells is that (with current generation, at least) they can be charged to MUCH higher voltage than the official (nominal?) 1.5V level. If slowly (i.e., micro-trickle) charged, you can get close to 2V per cell -- before they start leaking. Dang, I sure miss the days when they were designed NOT to leak when recharged!