We review the Kenro Universal Charger, designed to charge a wide range of different batteries.
Kenro Universal Charger at a glance:
- Price: £23.94
- Website: www.kenro.co.uk
As its name suggests, the Kenro Universal Charger is designed to charge a wide range of different batteries. They include the popular AA and AAA batteries, as well as camera and video batteries. The Universal Charger also has a USB output port, so if you have the right cable for your camera/smartphone it can be used as a USB charger, albeit a rather complex one.
The device is compatible with 3.6-3.7V/7.2-7.4V Li-ion batteries, the type you’ll find in many modern digital cameras including DSLRs and CSCs. We tested a few different styles of battery and found Canon LP-E6 batteries charged fine, as did the Fuji NP-W126. Olympus BLN-1 batteries don’t tend to play nicely with anything other than the proprietary charger, however, and the Kenro is no different, as it failed to charge those. Other than the Olympus battery, it was able to charge everything including a mix of AA, AAA batteries in both NiCd and NiMH varieties.
There’s a built-in microprocessor which automatically detects the ± polarity of the batteries and adjusts itself to successfully charge them. This is particularly useful when charging block-style batteries where it can be difficult to see the polarities, or they are unspecified.
The Kenro Universal Charger is powered by an AC plug, and an in-car charger is also included.
SCORE: 4 out of 5
Recharge at home or in the car