Battery Chargers

A battery charger is a device designed to push electrical energy through a secondary cell or a battery to recharge it.

How does it work?

A typical rechargeable battery can be charged many times. First you have to make sure you have the right type of battery that allows for recharging. From here, you connect the battery to the charger unit. Once a current starts to flow, the electrodes that have depleted out of the batteries are recharged and the battery's energy is restored. It is important to cut off charging once maximum capacity is reached, or the batteries will have to expend the excess energy and will overheat, leading to risk of rupture, chemical leaks or sometimes even the explosion of the battery.

Different types of rechargeable batteries respond best to different types of charging, therefore being able to pick a charger suitable for one type of battery may not work well with another. In other words, we should not charge a mobile phone with a car battery charger, but neither should we charge NiMH batteries with a nicad charger.

Methods of Battery Charging:

  • Lead- and lithium-based chargers operate on constant current constant voltage (CC/CV).
  • Nickel-based batteries charge with constant current and the voltage is allowed to rise freely.
  • There are battery chargers available for standard sizes, for example, AA, AAA, C, D and 9V. There are also battery chargers available for larger lead-acid batteries.
  • Some battery chargers have slots for the smaller cells to be placed into for charging. These often fit straight into a plug socket for power. Other battery chargers come with crocodile clip connectors to connect to larger, lead-acid batteries.

Features and benefits

  • Cost effective: batteries can be reused multiple times, expanding their performance life
  • Eco-friendly for the environment as recharging batteries reduces the number going to landfill
  • Charge several chemistries including lithium-ion, NiCd, NiMH
  • Some will work in your car if they have an adapter, providing charging on the move
  • Fast charging times
  • Handy lights that change colour to indicate completion


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Description Price Battery Sizes Charged Number of Batteries Charged Chemistries Charged Number of Cells Charged Plug Type Batteries Included Model Number Car Lighter Adaptor Charging Time Battery Type Charged Dimensions Charge Current Input Voltage Maximum Output Power
RS stock no. 433-1459
Mfr. Part No.9564006-1
BrandAnsmann
R 564.02
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units
- 1 Lead Acid - UK No ALCS 2-24A - - - 106 x 68 x 51mm 900mA 230V ac -
RS stock no. 800-3032
Mfr. Part No.1001-0006-01
BrandAnsmann
R 958.55
Each
units
AA, AAA 8 NiCd, NiMH - Worldwide No Powerline 8 Traveller - - - - - - -
RS stock no. 720-9080
Mfr. Part No.5207473-UK
BrandAnsmann
R 665.74
Each
units
AA, AAA, C, D, 9V 5 NiCd, NiMH - EURO, UK No Photocam V No 1.4 → 6.6 (AAA) h, 2 → 8.6 (AA) h, 4.6 → 15 (C) h, 5.4 → 30 (D) h, 11.2 → 28 (9V) h - - - - -
RS stock no. 667-3092
Mfr. Part No.5207452/UK
BrandAnsmann
R 4,462.30
Each
units
AA, AAA, C, D, 9V 16 Lithium-Ion, NiCd, NiMH - UK No Energy XC3000 Battery Manager No 94 → 195 (AA) min, 160 → 290 (AAA) min, 160 → 320 (C) min, 160 → 720 (D) min - 287 x 192 x 56mm - - -
RS stock no. 783-9593
Mfr. Part No.1001-0004-UK
BrandAnsmann
R 2,525.14
Each
units
AA, AAA, C, D, 9V 16 NiCd, NiMH - EURO, UK No Energy 16 Plus - 1.2 (AA)h - - - - -
RS stock no. 800-3038
Mfr. Part No.2109-3012
BrandAnsmann
R 755.50
Each
units
AA, AAA 4 (AA), 4 (AAA) NiCd, NiMH - Worldwide - - - - - 119 x 67 x 31mm - - -
RS stock no. 800-3048
Mfr. Part No.1001-0011-UK
BrandAnsmann
R 583.54
Each
units
AA, AAA 4 (AA), 4 (AAA) NiCd, NiMH - EURO, UK - - - - - 105 x 65 x 27mm - - -
RS stock no. 439-3659
Mfr. Part No.5207442/UK
BrandAnsmann
R 1,544.14
Each
units
AA, AAA, C, D, 9V 8 NiCd, NiMH - EURO, UK No Energy 8 Plus - 1.5 → 3.5 (AA) h, 1.65 → 3.3 (AAA) h, 1.8 → 6 (C) h, 2.2 → 12 (D) h, 2.5 → 5 (9V) h - 191 x 172 x 57mm - - -
RS stock no. 508-7484
Mfr. Part No.5007053/EU
BrandAnsmann
R 390.36
Each
units
AA, AAA 4 (AA), 4 (AAA) NiCd, NiMH - EURO Yes Photocam III No 4 → 2.7 (AAA) h, 5.4 → 6 (AA) h - 120 x 68 x 34mm - - -
RS stock no. 776-0800
Mfr. Part No.2019-3003
BrandAnsmann
R 795.16
Each
units
Battery Pack - NiCd, NiMH 3 → 10 AUS, EURO, UK, USA - - - - - 118 x 62 x 88mm - 100 → 240V ac -
RS stock no. 800-3057
Mfr. Part No.1001-0014-UK
BrandAnsmann
R 1,728.97
Each
units
- 1 Lead Acid - - - ALCT 6-24/10 - - - 272 x 194 x 142mm 1 A, 5 A, 10A 230V ac -
RS stock no. 681-3152
Mfr. Part No.5107553/UK
BrandAnsmann
R 776.62
Each
units
AA, AAA 4 (AA), 4 (AAA) NiCd, NiMH - EURO, UK No Powerline 4 Zerowatt Yes 0.75 → 3.3 (AAA) h, 2 → 4.5 (AA) h - - - - -
RS stock no. 511-2237
Mfr. Part No.5007053/UK
BrandAnsmann
R 409.45
Each
units
AA, AAA 4 NiCd, NiMH - UK Yes Photocam III - 0.8 → 2.9 (AAA) h, 1.9 → 6.8 (AA) h - 120 x 68 x 34mm - - -
RS stock no. 800-3041
Mfr. Part No.1101-0004-UK
BrandAnsmann
R 247.45
Each
units
AA, AAA 4 (AA), 4 (AAA) NiCd, NiMH - UK Yes - - 10 (AAA) h, 15 (AA) h - - - - -
RS stock no. 493-4676
Mfr. Part No.5117003-UK
BrandAnsmann
R 448.33
Each
units
AA, AAA 4 NiCd, NiMH - UK Yes Photocam III - 0.8 → 2.9 (AAA) h, 1.9 → 6.8 (AA) h - 120 x 68 x 63mm - - -
RS stock no. 776-0790
Mfr. Part No.2019-3007
BrandAnsmann
R 1,189.44
Each
units
Battery Pack - NiCd, NiMH 3 → 10 EURO, UK - - - - - 150 x 80 x 61mm - 100 → 240V ac -
RS stock no. 467-6796
Mfr. Part No.9554003/03
BrandAnsmann
R 267.92
Each
units
- - - - UK - - - - - 85 x 62 x 81mm - 230V ac -
RS stock no. 492-8845
Mfr. Part No.5117003
BrandAnsmann
R 540.99
Each
units
- - NiMH 2 → 4 EURO - - - - - - - - -
RS stock no. 174-4612
Mfr. Part No.1001-0063-UK
BrandAnsmann
R 500.44
Each
units
9V 2 NiCd, NiMH - EU, UK - - - - - 124 x 70 x 48.7mm - - -
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RS stock no. 201-9789
Mfr. Part No.1001-0079-UK
BrandAnsmann
R 828.18
Each
units
AA, AAA 4 NiMH - EURO, UK No Powerline 4.2 Pro - - - 80 x 130 x 31mm - - -