For a battery charger to get our attention, it usually has to employ a unique means of charging the batteries -- like USB or windmill power -- but sometimes plain old overkill is enough to get us interested. Case in point: the Powerex MH-C9000 -- or as Powerex calls it "the charger-analyzer from the future!" -- which'll give you more control over the battery charging process than most of us want to have. For eighty bucks and a bit of patience, it'll let you charge, condition, analyze, cycle, form and discharge four AA or AAA batteries, with each batt in the charger able to be tweaked independently to eke out as much juice as possible, displaying the process on the charger's spacious 3.5-inch by 1.5-inch backlit LCD. Of course, the MH-C9000 also has a basic mode, which'll automatically charge the batteries with no button pressing necessary, which we somehow suspect will end up seeing the heaviest use. Look for this one to ship sometime in December, with a 12V car adapter also available as an option. [Warning: PDF link]
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