I'm new to this GREAT forum.
Some background: I've been using rechargeable batteries since the early 80s, but didn't own a 'smart' charger until 2003 when I bought a Maha C204F. Little did I know, so the fact that it only has 2 circuits had escaped me as being problematic - so much for 'smart'... I've been using it primarily for charging sets of 4 AAs that my P&S cameras use. (One day they'll die and probably be replaced by non-AA cameras as they're harder and harder to find.)
When we got two Petzl headlights that use 3 AAAs each, I got a cheap(ish) second charger with 4 individual circuits; unfortunately it's an even less smart charger...
Hence I've been fairly disappointed with the performance a/o longevity of the various batteries I've bought over the years (Powerex 1800 & 2000, GP 2700, Sanyo 2700, GP 1000, + various no-names), half of which I've already dumped in the recycling bin.
So now it's (belatedly) time to get a proper charger (and some new LSD AA/AAAs).
I started reading up through the many relevant threads first, so came to conclude that I'd either go for a C9000 (or maybe BC1000) or 'just' a simple(r) and cheaper smart charger like a Sanyo/Eneloop MQR06 or a Sony BCG34HRE. Living in France, but often travelling to/from Holland, I'd probably by it here http://eu.nkon.nl/maha-powerex-sanyo...-chargers.html, where I'd get the Sanyo + 4 AA Eneloops for half the price of the C9000.
Q: Not being much of a battery analyzer, and prepared to 'dump' most of the remaining batteries I have, should I go for the simpler & cheaper option (and spend the saved cash on new Eneloops or Recykos)? Or would I still be buying more batteries in the long run that way, because I wouldn't be able to properly analyses/recondition them?
Thanks in advance for any enlightening advice!
PS: other appliances that use some AA/AAA batteries in the house: laser level (4 AAs), thermometres, simple weather station, computer mice