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NiMH Battery Chargers that work

I have a good mix of AAA, AA, C, D & 9V rechargeable batteries. Are the mindblowingly-expensive Powerex chargers the only game in town for getting a decent charge, or are there other options? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Feb 15, 2014 - 13 answers

You remind me of the babe.

Or what do I have to look for on a portable generator to recharge my camera and tablet. [more inside]
posted by Fermin on Feb 11, 2014 - 11 answers

Grounding plug for laptop charger came out, how to charge my laptop?

I was using a replacement adapter with my laptop, but the grounding plug came out of the adapter and was stuck in a wall socket tonight. Is it safe to use this adapter for a few days while I wait for a new replacement adapter, or should wait to charge my laptop util the adapter comes? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Clever solutions to sharing EV chargers in the workplace?

My workplace is experiencing a surge in electric car ownership, which is awesome. The company has put in four EV charging stations, which have been swamped by the increased demand. Are there any clever suggestions or ideas for how to share the available stations efficiently? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Oct 14, 2013 - 17 answers

Pros and Cons of leaving a multi-port USB wall charger plugged in?

We use a multi-port USB wall charger to charge our various devices. I'm looking for information evaluating the pros and cons of leaving said charger plugged in with associated USB cables, versus unplugging the unit from the wall when not in use. Specifically I'm looking for info on the following: We're trying to find the safest and most convenient configuration, and we're looking for some objective knowledge - please, no unsupported opinions "well, it should be fine" or "I wouldn't do it." We're really looking for known facts to help us make the decision.
posted by canine epigram on Sep 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Did my mom just get scammed?

A strange man approached my mom at work tonight claiming to be from Verizon, asked for her by name, and insisted she take a backup battery charger from him. (Full story with additional weird details below the fold.) This is surely some sort of scam, but how? Have you heard of this happening to anyone else? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Aug 16, 2013 - 39 answers

I have a Gyrowheel to help teach my son to ride bike. I need a charger.

Several years ago, I bought a Gyrowheel to help teach my older son to ride a bike. Now I would like to use it to help my younger son to ride, but the charger was lost after a move. Help me find one that will work. [more inside]
posted by procrastination on Aug 1, 2013 - 12 answers

green geek gift

As a gift, I am looking for an "off-the-grid" charger thingy. I have read a bunch of posts and reviews on these things, but I'm a little in the weeds. Plus, it seems like this stuff is developing and changing rather quickly. Hoping you can help! Specifications after the jump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2013 - 9 answers

how to combine a ryobi battery with a bosch charger ?

what is the pin output of the bosch charger AL 1411 DV. one is obviously marked positive, so i need to know which is the negative ? [more inside]
posted by captain wibbly on Sep 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Electronics in St. Petersburg, Russia

I messed up my travel packing, and I now need to buy a charger for a Canon S95 camera battery in St. Petersburg, Russia. Is there any place where I could get one for a reasonable price? I'm staying downtown.
posted by Jakey on Sep 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Charge!

I'm trying to find a USB hub with at *least* 4 ports that will charge all my devices as a standalone charging station, not plugged into a computer. It is difficult to distinguish from product descriptions which devices expect to have a computer attached. [more inside]
posted by timepiece on Aug 15, 2012 - 11 answers

New Ipad & Iphone 4S charging voltages

Hi, I have a 3rd party iphone charger which supplies 5.2 volts. It charges the iphone 4s alright but cannot charge (charging symbol is not shown on screen) on the new ipad. With a multimeter I measured the original chargers' outputs. They vary between 5.12-5.15 voltages for both of the devices. So, my first question is whether you know which smart apple technician decided that so little deviation from the standard is not acceptable Secondly, do you know what are the extra voltage tolerances for both of the devices? (Apparently, they are less than 2 percent) Cheers!
posted by raphael19 on Jul 31, 2012 - 14 answers

And why are all cords either grey or black with no identifying marks?

We have approximately four million chargers and gadget-to-computer cables in the house. I want a neat, efficient, easily-accessed method of storage for them. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Jul 14, 2012 - 28 answers

Is our house killing our MacBook chargers?

In the past year or so, around four MacBook chargers have basically stopped working (I've lost count as this includes a couple of old chargers from early MacBooks we had lying around), all in mysterious fashion. Generally they overheat more than I think is normal, and often they switch to the dreaded, "Not charging" status. On one of them, the rubber insulation melted completely then buckled. I am wondering whether it's just a coincidence that so many chargers have died, or if the wiring in our old house could be to blame? [more inside]
posted by nosh, daven, shtup on Jul 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Okay to use replacement laptop charger that is .5v more and .2a less than original?

Ordered a 18.5v ~ 4.9a laptop charger on Amazon, but received a 19v ~ 4.7a charger. Is it okay to use? It seemed to work for the hour that I tested it, but I wasn't sure if I should continue using it.
posted by Bushmiller on Jul 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Chicago Fuji Battery Charger

I've got a four-hour layover at Chicago O'Hare tomorrow afternoon, during which I'd like to buy a charger and spare battery for my Fuji X100. [more inside]
posted by erikgrande on May 8, 2012 - 12 answers

Travel alarm clock that also will charge a USB device

DoesThisExistFilter: Is there such a thing as a small, loud travel alarm clock that also will charge a device/provide current through a USB port? The user needs a louder alarm than provided by his cell phone (he often sleeps with ear plugs), and it would be nice to charge the phone at the same time. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Apr 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Where to find an EU charger plug with USB in Bremen?

Where can I buy an EU charger plug with USB connector in Germany? [more inside]
posted by naskar on Feb 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Decent iPad/iPod cables?

Decent iPad/iPod cables? iPad and iPod usb cables infuriate me. The cables invariably fray at the connector junction, and the cable coating on several has simply disintegrated. Is there anywhere I can get solid iStuff cables that won't need replaced every 3 months? Preferably with some sort of reinforcement at the connector junctions? An Amazon search just gives me miles of what I presume is junk.
posted by monju_bosatsu on Dec 19, 2011 - 21 answers

A battery of questions!

Does an expensive battery charger do a better job of charging and maintaining NiMH batteries than a generic, cheapo charger? [more inside]
posted by newfers on Oct 26, 2011 - 7 answers

Can you recommend an airplane power adapter for my Lenovo Thinkpad T410?

Can you recommend an airplane power adapter for my Lenovo Thinkpad T410? [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate on May 18, 2011 - 4 answers

The awesome power of the sun means nothing without proper conversion

Have Casio Exilim G camera and iPhone. I want to purchase the least equipment needed to make both recharge using the sun. Oh, and I'm in Seattle need to buy everything Tuesday before getting on plane to New Zealand Wednesday. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Apr 5, 2011 - 4 answers

iPod Charger/Tuner with International Mode

I need a new iPod charger / FM Tuner for a 6th Gen Nano with International Mode. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on Feb 10, 2011 - 0 answers

Where can I buy a Macbook Pro charger in Cusco, Peru?

Where can I buy a Macbook Pro charger in Cusco, Peru? I think my charger crapped out on me and I need a new one. I can´t really wait for my family to mail one down from the States, so I´m venturing to Cusco, the closest big town from the one that I live in, to find one. Does anyone have any idea where i can find Apple products such as this? It´s the magnet kind :)
posted by badish on Feb 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Multi-USB charger that works with Kindle or iPad

I have a tangle of USB chargers at my nightstand for the devices there: a Kindle, an iPad, an iPhone and a Nintendo DS. All of them charge over USB. I want some thing that is nicer looking that uses just one power plug and comes out into 4 or more USB jacks. These exist, and I've tried a few, and none of them have worked with the Kindle or with the iPad (but are fine with the DS and iPhone.) Is there a multi-USB power charger that for sure works with Kindles and iPads?
posted by neustile on Feb 6, 2011 - 3 answers

Solar charger for iPad/iPhone

iPhone/iPad Solar charger to use whilst hiking? [more inside]
posted by Eapoe on Oct 27, 2010 - 5 answers

Can I use a Kindle charger on my Blackberry?

Can I use my Kindle charger for my Blackberry Bold? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy on Oct 16, 2010 - 4 answers

Charger for a Zenith DVP615 DVD player

Does anyone know of a place in the Los Angeles area where I can buy an AC power adapter/charger for a Zenith DVP615 portable DVD player? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Oct 1, 2010 - 6 answers

Battery, charger, or worse?

Powerbook G4-- not charging, plus intermittent high pitched buzzing noise, which stops when charger is removed. Still running when plugged in, but battery reads 0%. I'm hoping it's the charger, and not the battery-- anyone recognize this problem? [more inside]
posted by jokeefe on Sep 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Can I charge other devices with the iPad power adapter?

Can I plug any old USB cable into the 10W USB Power Adapter that came with my iPad and use it to charge other devices? Or will I fry something in the process?
posted by turaho on Aug 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Vacation car wants to be reliable

Please help arranging things for a car to be used for a couple months at a stretch, three times a year. [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Jul 11, 2010 - 3 answers

Cigarette lighter in car doesn't work. Please help troubleshoot.

It seems the ac-adapter plug thingy (i.e. the cigarette lighter) doesn't work in my car. I suspect a blown fuse. I have neither the time nor the inclination to take it in to get fixed if I can do it myself. Halp? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Jun 29, 2010 - 15 answers

Where to buy Canon CB-2LW Battery Charger in Orlando?

Where to buy Canon CB-2LW Battery Charger in Orlando? [more inside]
posted by bostonhill on May 16, 2010 - 1 answer

Need a Dell charger part

I need to replace part of the charger for a Dell laptop. Help please? [more inside]
posted by gally99 on Apr 30, 2010 - 6 answers

So many USB chargers, so little space.

I have a USB charger for my phone and another for my MP3 player. Can I use one for both without fear of damaging my two most favoritest electronic devices? [more inside]
posted by Work to Live on Feb 18, 2010 - 6 answers

What is the best solar powered charger for iPhone?

My dad is going to Haiti to do trauma counseling and critical incident stress debriefing and needs to keep his iPhone charged. Can you please recommend the best solar charger for an iPhone, or one that can be used with it? I don't know anything about these products or about solar power and my dad knows even less!
posted by nitor on Jan 28, 2010 - 12 answers

What does this High Pitched Noise mean? Am I a Dog?

I just bought a charger for my cellphone at Target. It's not the special manufacturer's brand, but an after market one that costs half of what the Sprint store chargers cost. When I plugged it into the wall, it started making a high pitched noise. I haven't plugged the other end of the charger into my phone for fear of ruining it. Is this normal? Is my charger bad? Thanks.
posted by bluefly on Oct 8, 2009 - 14 answers

I Ch-Ch-Charge you

Where would you go to get a cheap iPhone/iPod wall charger and/or USB cable? [more inside]
posted by gensubuser on Oct 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Laptop charger inlet slowly breaking.

Laptop charger inlet slowly breaking. [more inside]
posted by ekpyrotic on Sep 11, 2009 - 11 answers

Samsung Camera Battery Recharger in the Bay Area?

I have a Samsung TL320 digicam, but no battery charger. Where can I obtain a charger for it, ASAP, near Berkeley, CA?
posted by zevious on Sep 6, 2009 - 1 answer

Can a Canon CB-2LV battery charger with output of 4.2v 0.65A safely charge a Canon Battery Pack NB-5L 3.7V 1120mAh(Li-ion)

Can a Canon CB-2LV battery charger with output of 4.2v 0.65A safely charge a Canon Battery Pack NB-5L 3.7V 1120mAh(Li-ion) if I cut the little bits of plastic stopping me out of the way?
posted by CaptMcalister on Aug 27, 2009 - 2 answers

What is the best universal charger to reduce cable clutter, esp while travelling?

What is the best universal charger to reduce cable clutter, esp while travelling? [more inside]
posted by shalam on Aug 24, 2009 - 8 answers

Keeping the phone charged on the go

Will a Verizon brand car charger ruin the battery on my new Blackberry Curve? [more inside]
posted by crapples on Jul 10, 2009 - 7 answers

Camcorder Batter Charger EMERGENCY!

I am in NYC and I need to buy a camcorder battery charger TODAY! The camcorder model is Panasonic PV GS320 and the battery pack number is PV DAC14D. This shouldn't be so hard, right? [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex on Jun 28, 2009 - 7 answers

Is difference in voltage and pins an issue with replacement batteries andd chargers?

Are third party chargers and batteries OK for Canon digital cameras? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 2, 2009 - 9 answers

iPhone car charger?

What's a good iPhone car charger that won't make my music noisy? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Nov 18, 2008 - 3 answers

Why does my Mac power adapter spark?

When I plug my MacBook Pro Power Adapter into most/all outlets, I see a blue spark as the prongs enter the outlet. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by plasticbugs on Aug 17, 2008 - 10 answers

Will a universal Craftsman charger work with my 15.6V drill?

Will a universal Craftsman charger work with my 15.6V drill? [more inside]
posted by ets960 on Jul 1, 2008 - 2 answers

Need help charging my mobile phone

I have a Motorola V188 mobile phone from the U.S. I'm in the Netherlands with no charger, and I really need to charge the phone ASAP. How? [more inside]
posted by korres on Jun 8, 2008 - 9 answers

Horray for electric scooters!

I want to charge this scooter w/o buying another bunch of crap. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on May 22, 2008 - 6 answers

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