dealsvolt stream universal battery charger for $21.99…

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Amazon has the same charger under a different brand name for $33. It has generally positive reviews, but some mention is made of batteries leaking fluid after charging.
http://www.amazon.com/Viatek-RE02G-GrayProfessional-Disposable-Regenerator/product-reviews/B002MUAG1Y/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

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I was looking at these things over at Amazon and they were getting terrible reviews, mainly that they don't charge the battery or it has a VERY short life. It's too bad because I wanted one. :(

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Yeah, off-brand cheap charger = big suspicion. Too easy to make the bells & whistles look good, without putting the correct & expensive circuitry inside. I'll stick with major brand-names, that have a reputation on the line (and I don't usually avoid generics).

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Well, alkaline is alkaline. You really can't chemically recharge them. It would need to be Ni-MH or Ni-Cd batteries to actually recharge. That's why alkaline leak. You can only put on a small surface charge at best.

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Good chargers cost money. And for the love of Pete don't use Alkaline batteries in chargers. They leak, don't last as long, and the voltage will drop. Invest in good batteries and a good charger (Powerex/Maha).

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You can get a La Crosse BC-700 for just over $30. It doesn't have all the features of more expensive chargers, but it does a decent job. I think that's the least you can spend for a decent smart charger.