After recently reviewing a plethora of Battery Chargers, I’ve found myself impressed by the range of features offered. When looking for a Battery Charger, you will want to make sure you choose one that has sufficient features which meet your individual needs. Some of the most important aspects to consider are the types of batteries which the charger can charge, the charging speed, the AC voltage input it takes and the ability to charge different battery types simultaneously.
The Sony Cycle Energy BCG34HRE4KN is a compact charger supplied with four AA pre-charged batteries. On paper this charger looks like it packs a real punch, but does it deliver when it’s put into use? Read on further to find out.
Features of the Sony Cycle Energy BCG34HRE4KN
- Quick 4 hour charging time
- Slim line design (only 1.2″ thick)
- 4 AA Pre-charged batteries included
- Refresh function
- Monitors and charges each cell individually
- Individual battery status indicators
- Low self discharge rate
The charging time is very quick and significantly shorter than most other chargers on the market. One or two batteries will charge at 1050mA which takes around two hours to charge. Three or four batteries will charge at 640mA, taking around four hours to charge. This is based on charging the batteries when they are empty.
You can charge batteries individually, so you’re not limited to only charging them in pairs as with many other chargers. Each cell has an individual LED status indicator, so you’re aware when a battery is fully charged and ready to be used. This indicator is especially useful when you’re charging a combination of different cell types and the required charging times differ.
Slim line design
With its slim line design at only 1.2″ thick, the Sony Cycle Energy BCG34HRE4KN makes for an ideal travel charger. The plug folds into the charger, making it very compact for storage. The charger has a universal AC voltage range of 110v-240v so you can use it in many countries without the hassle of using a voltage converter.
One of the most impressive features of this charger is the refresh function. This allows you to fully discharge your batteries, and then recharge them to their optimum level to increase the battery’s life. This feature is only necessary to use for batteries which aren’t holding their full charge and you want to give them a new lease of life.
The Sony Cycle Energy BCG34HRE4KN is a fantastic battery charger which ticks all the boxes. It’s small and lightweight, has an impressive set of features and is easy to use. The really standout features for me are the Refresh Function and the ability to charge both AA and triple A batteries simultaneously.
Sony has included four AA Pre-charged which are ready to use right out of the package. These are low-self-discharge NiMH type batteries with a lifespan of 1000 cycles so you get plenty of use out of them before they need disposing.
Overall, if you’re looking for a top brand charger to charge AA or triple A batteries for home use or travel then you can’t go wrong with this smart charger.