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Best Charger Ever? The Titanium 16 Bay Battery Charger Review

By Pye Jirsa on March 24th 2014

Titanium Innovations 16-Bay Charger Review by SLR Lounge

Since we released the Ultimate Practical Review of the Best AA Batteries for Photography and the Ultimate Practical Rechargeable AA Battery Review we have been frequently asked what battery charger to purchase.

Overall, we were quite surprised to see that not only did the Eneloop and the Eneloop XX rechargeable batteries win, but they practically crushed the competition in both tests. We use them all the time at the SLR Lounge studio and Lin and Jirsa Wedding Photography.

The problem we do have with the Eneloop battery is that the standard Sanyo Eneloop Battery Charger only charges 4 batteries at a time. We typically go through 16-32 Eneloops per wedding shooter. With the amount of batteries we use shooting anywhere from 2-5 weddings per weekend, we would have to buy a lot of Sanyo 4-bay chargers.

That is why we’re stoked to find the Titanium 16-bay Battery Charger. It’s such a great charger that we ended up buying 6 of them. Watch the video below to check out our full review of this great photographic accessory.

Titanium 16-bay Battery Charger



Why We Love the Titanium Battery Charger

Here are some of the reasons why we love this charger:

  • You can charge AA or AAA batteries without using adapters.
  • You don’t have to charge in pairs. You can charge an odd number of batteries at any given time.
  • There are LCD readouts that tell you how much charge is left in each battery.
  • You can also discharge batteries before charging if you need to.
  • The charger will stop charging a battery once it is fully charged, which can help extend the life of the battery.
  • Built in safety and thermal protection.

The Titanium 16-bay charger is on sale on Amazon.com for about $50, which is about the same price as buying 4 of the Sanyo Eneloop Battery Charger, but without the hassle of finding 4 power sockets to plug into.

If a 16-bay charger is overkill for your needs, Titanium also makes the Titanium 8800 8-bay Battery Charger for around $35.


Don’t forget to read our Ultimate Practical Review of the Best AA Batteries for Photography and also the follow up Ultimate Practical Review of the Best Rechargeable AA Batteries for Photography to find out why we like to use Eneloops rechargeable batteries.

About

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Bill Smith

    Where’s the video?

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  2. Rebecca Wilkowski

    I’m curious, what other chargers did you test, to come up with this one was the best? Did you test:
    – MAHA MH-C801D
    – Tenergy TN160
    How do these chargers compare (other than the fact they hold fewer batteries?)

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  3. Scott Hancock

    Can someone look on theirs and tell me if the power INPUT is rated 100-240v 50/60Hz ? (Can it be used on various power with right plug adapter?)

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  4. Kurk Rouse

    Excellent charger for the money i’m glad i took a leap of faith and purchased it

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  6. Andrew

    Your logo looks funny with the Pinterest button over it, lol.

    SLR LounP

    Do a review on LaCrosse and MaHa smart chargers!! It’s nice to have a capacity readout but it’s virtually useless without numbers! “oh great, 50-ish% full!” but what’s full? mAh and voltage readings are great, as much as I like the idea of charging SO many batteries at once..

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  7. Joseph Linaschke

    If I’m understanding the comments correctly, is it OK to leave batteries charged into this at all times, and it won’t overcharge them? I know rechargeable batteries tend to lose power just sitting unused, and I’m wondering if leaving this full at all times is OK for the Eneloops.

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  8. David Raco

    In europe there is:
    http://eu.nkon.nl/maha-powerex-sanyo-eneloop-chargers/tensai-ti-1600l.html
    Tensai TI-1600L charger – It looks the same. And cost nearly the same.

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    • Simon

      …and is in fact the same, just black and other branding. I´ve got one and it´s a great charger.

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  9. Christopher O’Driscoll

    Eneloop have a multi bay charger as well……mine holds 8 and it detects the current battery state and only charges according to what it needs, that alone for each individual battery was worth the money as it preserves the battery life considerably

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  10. dj paine

    Not available in amazon!!!!

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