(The latest update to this charger gives it a higher charging current to handle the new high capacity 2500mAh NiMH cells.)
The charger's microprocessor insures safe, fast, and precisely metered charging. Its voltage sensor matches the output power to the battery voltage with no damage from overheating. It can charge 2 or 4 cells at a time, each pair has its own charger and circuitry. Special "Thermal Sensors" monitor the temperature of the cell during recharge cycles. It will reduce current if it senses the batteries getting too hot. This is the primary cause of "memory effect" in all rechargeable batteries! Reduce the temperature and you increase the longevity of the cell.
Automatically detects fully charged batteries to prevent overcharging. Goes into reduced
trickle charge (50mA) after the regular charge cycle to keep batteries fresh. Batteries
are checked for shorts or improper polarity before charging to protect the charger's
circuitry from damage.
The charger is self-contained, no external "wall wart" transformer is needed. Simply flip out the AC connector prongs and plug it directly in the wall socket. International Power Compatibility means it runs on any AC current worldwide! (96-240V, 50-60 HZ) All you need is an open wall socket, a prong adapter (varies for each country,) and you're charging fast and SAFE anywhere in the world. Combined with its small size, light weight, and no DC transformers, the Lightning Pack 4000N is quite possibly the perfect travel charger.
Changes from LP4000 to new LP4000NThe addition of an onboard Battery Conditioner. Using the SLOW switch on the back of the unit, the charger can be set to discharge 2 or 4 cells all the way down to 1V before beginning a normal charge cycle. This is great for initially breaking in new cells, and to ensure peak capacity at anytime. (As you know, NiMH cells don't need this procedure done as much as older NiCd cells did. NiMH is much less prone to "memory effect".)
Battery Size and Type. It now charges AAA, as well as NiCd, cells, which the previous model could not.
Charge Temperatures. Most "rapid chargers" use large charging currents to achieve fast times. This makes for quick recharges, but causes batteries to get extremely hot as a result. High temperatures are the number one culprit of "memory effect," (not short cycling, as is commonly thought.) The Lightning Pack 4000 is the only "less than 2 hour" charger that keeps the temperature under 90 degrees, assuring both fast as well as SAFE recharges. (Both the Maha C204F and Rayovac 1 hour chargers are up around 145 degrees; making the batteries quite hot to the touch.) These temperatures seriously degrade cell capacity, and have a significant impact on the overall number of recharge cycles.
Lightning Pack 4000N Specifications
The Lightning Pack 4000N is a very compact, fast and safe charger that can be easily stowed in your camera bag by folding back the AC prongs. In fact, it makes a great holder for your second set of batteries when not in use as a charger. The green OEM Sanyo 2500mAh NiMH batteries are definitely "heavy duty" cells that equal (or better) other brand 2500mAh NiMH at a lower cost.
There's "fast" chargers and then there's "fast but safe" chargers such as the Lightning Pack 4000N. This charger will recharge your cells as quickly as possible without overheating them which causes damage and shortens their lifespan. This also gives a cell a "fuller" charge which means it will deliver more power to the device it's used in - in digicams this means more pictures per charge.
RipVan the seller, is so confident about this charger that they offer a LIFETIME
SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - which simply means that for as long as you own it, you're
guaranteed to enjoy it or your money back.
RipVan also sells Sanyo 2500mAh AA and 900mAh AAA NiMH batteries
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