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    Default Duracell rechargeable leaking in LaCrosse charger

    I bought a pack of rechargeable duracell batteries from Sam's Club. Put them in my Lacrosse BC-900. My son used them in the controller for his video game. He said He grabbed a battery out of the charger and it was warm, then he said it was leaking and "burning" his hand. He threw it in trash. I then checked two AA batts that were sitting in the charger and both of them were leaking.

    Is the BC-900 a bad charger for these Duracell batteries? https://www.samsclub.com/p/duracell-...er-details_pdp


    Charger was set to the 200 charge rate. These batteries were on their first few charge cycles.

    Any thoughts on this issue?

    Photo of two of the batteries https://imgur.com/a/BwTCqAv


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    Default Re: Duracell rechargeable leaking in LaCrosse charger

    After reading this, I'd buy a new charger...
    https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb...harger-Warning

    There's a few others like that on here if you search.
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    Default Re: Duracell rechargeable leaking in LaCrosse charger

    Quote Originally Posted by peter yetman View Post
    After reading this, I'd buy a new charger...
    https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb...harger-Warning

    There's a few others like that on here if you search.
    P

    I've had this charger for MANY years and was unaware of this issue. Thank you for pointing out this problem. I have used it successfuly many times with eneloops, but it seems it doesnt like the duracells.

    Time to find a new charger. Any recommendations for a good reasonably priced charger.

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    Default Re: Duracell rechargeable leaking in LaCrosse charger

    I’ve had an xtar vc4 for years to charge nimh with no problems. I think skylumen.com has some misnamed ones for pretty cheap or at least he did.
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    Default Re: Duracell rechargeable leaking in LaCrosse charger

    For AA's and AAA's, it's hard to go wrong with the panasonic BQ CC 17 charger – slow but very dependable and won't over heat your cells.

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    Default Re: Duracell rechargeable leaking in LaCrosse charger

    Quote Originally Posted by bigburly912 View Post
    I’ve had an xtar vc4 for years to charge nimh with no problems. I think skylumen.com has some misnamed ones for pretty cheap or at least he did.
    I have previously bought two VC4.
    They work but often the cable has some oddities, if you move the charger or touch the cable the charge can slow down or stop.
    I asked for a replacement cable and the problem is the same on both chargers.
    At this moment I would buy an Xtar X4 which is also more versatile (dual power supply option)

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    Default Re: Duracell rechargeable leaking in LaCrosse charger

    Panasonic BQ-CC17 and Xtar X4 are my two most-used chargers. They are very simple chargers, with nothing to tweak. But they do a very good job. The BQ-CC17 is great for NiMH cells (such as Eneloops). The X4 can be used for both NiMH and 4.2v lithium-ion. Personally, I wouldn't use the X4 for AAA cells, since it charges a bit fast for them. But it's great for AA cells, especially when I don't want to wait as long as the BQ-CC17 takes.

    Both those chargers are for people that just want plug & play. When I want more control (over things like charge rate and termination voltage), I use fancier chargers, but they're not as easy to use.

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    Default Re: Duracell rechargeable leaking in LaCrosse charger

    I prefer Xtar SV2. It is capable of 0.25A, 0.5A, 1A, 2A charging (user selectable). Never had an issue so far.

    People complained of weak spring mount points, but I personally cannot confirm that. I am always careful with my equipment.
    Last edited by vadimax; 06-01-2020 at 11:42 AM.

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    Default Re: Duracell rechargeable leaking in LaCrosse charger

    Quote Originally Posted by vadimax View Post
    I prefer Xtar SV2. It is capable of 0.25A, 0.5A, 1A, 2A charging (user selectable). Never had an issue so far.

    People complained of weak spring mount points, but I personally cannot confirm that. I am always careful with my equipment.
    Unfortunately I can confirm that the posts do break with very light use. I had one break the first time I used it – put in a couple cells and about a minute later heard a pop and the spring had broken off one of the little plastic posts. A minute later another pop and another broken post. Got another SV2 that lasted a few months when one of the posts broke (light use only, never treated roughly) the other post on that charger broke soon after – really a poor design in regards to the method xtar uses to attach the springs.

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