GE/Sanyo Super Quick Charger. Available now, $39.99 SRP. Billed as "the world's fastest self-contained NiMH battery charger," the Super Quick Charger fully recharges AA nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries to 1,850 mAh in 60 minutes or less. The company says other one-hour chargers recharge up to only 70 percent of capacity. The self-contained charger has no external transformer, making it small enough to fit into a shirt pocket. The charger can charge AA or AAA batteries alone or in combination, and can charge NiMH or NiCd batteries. Includes four AA NiMH batteries. GE/Sanyo AA NiMH batteries are slated to be upgraded to 2,100 mAh in the first quarter of 2003.
Call (800) 832-4872 or visit www.sanyobatteries.com.
Panasonic BQ-345A/4WK AA batteries. Available now, $19.99 SRP. These AA-size, 1,950 mAh NiMH rechargeable batteries are much more powerful than alkalines for everyday consumer electronics, particularly digital still cameras. This "value pack" includes four batteries and a six-hour charger, and is aimed at those consumers who are new to rechargeables, and want to purchase them at a moderate cost.