How Can I Charge NiMH Batteries in Europe?
I was impatient and now I'm paying the price. I should have known better. My wife was kind enough to buy me an Olympus D450Z a few months ago. It ate alkaline batteries like popcorn, just like everyone says.I panicked and bought the NiMH batteries in-town, rather than doing it right and ordering a MAHA charger/Nexcells from Thomas Distributing. So, now I have 8 x 1250 mA NiMH "AA" Eveready ACCU batteries, and a handy little charger. Great little batteries, and the rebate made them really cheap.

Big help, I told them next time it's MAHA for me. Great web-site, lots of helpful answers, thanks!..

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You can probably get away with a 240/220->120 transformer. Battery charging circuits aren't usually too particular about AC frequency, since after the transformer steps the voltage down the diode bridge changes the AC into pulsating DC and everything else in the circuit usually runs off capacitively filtered DC. You might notice a bit of hum from the transformer, but as long as it doesn't heat up it shouldn't be a problem. Have a good look at your charger, it might be rated 50/60 cycles or hertz. Most transformers are rated 50/60hz anymore anyway. But, if you were trying to run a 60hz motorized clock or something off 50hz you might notice a slight timekeeping problem...

I think Thomas sells both. [chargers, not sunshine... ]Some(most? many?) hotels abroad and cruise lines offer a 120VAC shaver outlet in the bathroom, this should be just fine for a charger. Why not check with the hotel in advance?..

Comment #1


The 50/60 hz is not a big factor. The step down will work without converting the frequency..

Call ahead. Most European hotels have 110 volt outlets in the bathrooms for "american shavers" that will work perfectly fine for rechargers (although it says for shavers only - the chargers actually pull less current than the shavers. They only want to make sure people don't plug hair dryers into them)..

I spend a lot of time in Europe and have used these outlets for this purpose quite a bit..


Comment #2

Using the outlets in the bathroom is a good idea.. another one is to buy one of those travel kits that have all the standard plugs for most countries... they usually come with a step-down transformer 220 to 110v.....

Comment #3

Go to You will be amazed at the deal they will give you PLUS their intelligent charger switches AUTOMATICALLY betwenn 120VAC and 220VAC. It can also charge NiCd batteries and is microprocessor controlled...

Comment #4

You don't need to buy anything more except possibly a 220 to 110 volt converter, 25 watt or the smallest, lowest capacity one you can find, as the power requirement of your battery charger is very low. The 50 or 60 Hz frequency specification is NOT IMPORTANT in this case.

As already mentioned, many hotels offer low powered 110 volt outlets in the bathrooms which will power a small battery charger nicely...

Comment #5

Is it worth all the effort? You can buy a charger here (in England) for 14.99 complete with 4 NiMH batteries, or just the charger itself for about a tenner. Wouldn't that be easier? Then you could always give it away - to me! - before you return to the States!..

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