‘Questions to ask’ by the first time NiMH battery charger users

In our previous post we had already discussed about the NiMH batteries, so most of you might be aware of the basic things about them. However, knowing about the batteries is necessary, but not sufficient. You must also have knowledge regarding the NiMH chargers, so that you leave no room for error. There are a lot of things that you must know about the NiMH battery chargers, so that you buy the right one as well as use it in the right way, in order to make the most out of it. So, let us take a look at some of the most important things regarding the NiMH battery chargers that every user must know. In order to make you understand in better way, we have portrayed it in the form of questions and answers…


  1. The first question when it comes to the battery chargers is, “How much time does a charger take to charge the battery?” Well, it is just a simple math here that you will have to calculate. Divide the capacity of the battery by the charge rate of the charger. To be on the safe side, you can increase the amount of time by 20 percent to allow the inefficiencies.

  1. Another question is that, “Is it possible that a battery can get damaged because of the charger?” Well, of course yes, one of the most popular reasons for the damage of battery is the overcharging of the battery. Well, overcharging is the case which is caused most of the times because of using the so called rapid chargers. These chargers are good if they are used wisely. However, no one takes proper care while using them. These chargers charge at the full rate for five to eight hours. So, if you charge the partially charged battery, it is obvious that it will get over charged and thus over heated. The overheated batteries shorten its life, damage it or reduce its capacity. The best solution to all these problems is to use the smart charger.

  1. One of the most popular questions that most people ask about battery chargers and charging is, “What is trickle charge?” The trickle charge is the best one, as it is high enough to keep the battery fully charged and low enough to avoid getting the battery overcharged. It can also be called maintenance charge, as it maintains the right amount of power in the battery. However, it is really difficult to figure out the optimum trickle charge. Generally it is considered to be the ten percent of the total capacity of the battery.

Now that you are aware of some of the most important things related to the usage of NiMH battery chargers, it is advisable for you to keep all these points into the consideration and implement them as you use the chargers, in order to prolong the life of the batteries and chargers and also make the most out of it. Good luck for the same!

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