Ever feel drained, exhausted, burned out?
SkyRC has launched a "Multi-Chemistry" solution to at least correctly charge the heart of those gadgets we need with cylindrical batteries. As the manual of the new MC3000 charger states:
Charging batteries is usually a primitive, boring task. Can't fool you friends, it still is. In fact, this charger merely knows three elementary routines: charge, discharge, rest. However... refining, combining and repeating them in impressive cycles will make you feel dominant and superior! We believe that operating the device will bring some fun and satisfaction to an otherwise mundane activity: charging one's empty batteries. The MC3000 may be the most joyful not so compact 4-bay universal round battery charger in the world.The manual is very good and it teaches you all you need to know to set up an excellent battery charging strategy for your household. It's a good idea to design a fixed schedule for all devices in the home that use cylindricals and to make sure that they are all frequently loaded with freshly charged batteries. This way you can guarantee all family members that no longer will any device ever fail due to a drained battery.
Of course one must ensure that all members in the household understand and accept the regime because if one carelessly mixes batteries that have not been verified to match, unbalanced discharges may take place and it would take several extra cycles to get it all sorted out again. Unnecessary stress and anxieties may ensue in the social sphere.
|Program your charge with your smart phone|
|Charging the powerful Nitecore flashlight battery|
|iPhone screen snapshot showing the discharge over time|
|Monitoring the charging on the iPhone|
The manual is very helpful with practical tips like "A blinking green SNB means happiness. The electric charge (mAh) is often lackadaisically called capacity. Stay away from children."
|Charging / refreshing a set of Eneloop batteries|
|Cycled and fully charged, ready to go|
There are also some real gems in the "Error Message" section. For instance, if "unknown err thx" appears on screen, be advised that this may be a "spontaneous extraordinary internal error of unknown origin and magnitude, sneaky bug, thanks for your comprehension. Ignore or unplug from mains."
The FAQ pages are also well written, very informative and here as well the authors have managed to wedge in a few jokes. I won't give them away as some pure joy must remain to exclusively discover for new owners themselves.
I sent compliments to the team and mr. Karl Peng replied: "I will forward it to the project team, they'll be happy to hear that someone has read the manual :)=)"
Go get one!
More info on this blog:
(also check your his brilliant lab setup and swoon!)
There's a video byJulian Ilett online: