Product test: Ansmann battery charging and care station Energy 8 plus

Product test: Ansmann battery charging and care station Energy 8 plus: charging

Batteries offer us mobility in every situation. Be it on the radio, in the digital camera or the smartphone. But also Batteries lose their power and must be recharged become.

There are thousands of different chargers and charging stations available, which advertise with different advantages. Mostly it is the Charging speed that stands in the foreground and miracles promise.

Of course, the battery is full afterwards, but it is sparing for the battery in the least cases. It is therefore rarely beneficial to the cheapest chargers to grab.

The Care and charging station Energy 8 plus from Ansmann belongs with a recommended retail price of about 110 € (online from 63 €) safe to gfirst class and often it is not understood why the sum should be spent.

The test will show whether the investment is worthwhile or cheaper devices are sufficient.

Technical data and equipment

(Manufacturer)

  • Auto diagnosis of inserted batteries
  • adapted fast charge
  • 5-fold overcharge protection
  • usable worldwide
  • Battery Formats: AAA, AA, C, D, 9V block
  • Charging currents:
    • 6 x AAA (Micro) = 400mA
    • 6 x AA (mignon) = 1000mA
    • 4 x C (baby), D (mono) = 1000mA
    • 2 x 9V block = 60mA
  • Input voltage: 100 - 240V
  • Output voltage: 4/6 x 1.45 V DC and 2 x 10.15 V DC

Packaging and delivery

Colorful and the handy cardboard presents itself in a friendly way to the battery charging and care station Energy 8 plus. Here, the designers have done a decent job and the presentation is very inviting.

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Attractive and informative packaging

The fold-out tab for hanging also clearly shows that the pack for direct purchase was designed in an electronics shop. But even here, packaging is not just packaging.

Plister packaging clearly shows the contentHowever, the containing devices can not be stowed away again and the opening of such a package has certainly caused quite a few bloody fingers.

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The device is visible without opening

Ansmann is banking on a sales-promoting cartonwho can really be seen: The charger is clearly and clearly shown, the possible battery sizes are shown and are laterally, and at the back simplified, the technical data in several languages to see.

But that's not all: the Front cover is fixed by means of Velcro fasteners and can be opened. Underneath is already one sufficient and colored manual also a viewing window overlooking the charger.

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In the lid the most important functions

Although various packaging materials are required for this, they can be demonstrably recycled. If the need exists - the Packaging is space-saving, very stable and suitable for permanent storage and thus to protect the technology. Even after years, she should not suffer noticeably, as the high quality suggests.

Inside is a Form made of papier mâché, which accommodates the charger, fixed and also protects against falls. Even here, an additional ring of foam provides even more protection.

Rarely - or better never - I have held a package in my hand, which is at the same time appealing, stable as well is informative while giving the content perfect protection offers. The eye buys in and in this case is advertised externally with quality. The imprint "3 years warranty" of course supports that immensely.

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Packed safely inside

The first (impressive) impression

Externally, the packaging was already impressive, now the care and charging station is taken in hand. First, the power connection is positive.

Even if it is today common practice is to integrate the power supply into the plug to make the device smaller I'm not a big fan of this variation. With increasing performance, the power supplies become larger and sometimes only three can be used on a five-pin power strip.

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Fits well in any environment

Ansmann waives this variant and equips the charging station with a detachable Euro cable out. As is advertised with a worldwide use and an input voltage of 110 - 240 V, this is also the optimal solution to the plug and cable to the national standard adapt.

But even without an exchange I like this variant. Receives the Charging station a permanent place on a cabinet, the outlet is usually behind or below. To disconnect the charging station 100% from the mains, however, it is sufficient to unplug the device from the device.

At a Cable break only has to buy a new standardized cable be, a repair is not necessary. Still used many years ago, this variant is unfortunately becoming increasingly rare today due to cost reasons.

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Chic design and space for many batteries

The care and charging station Energy 8 plus itself appears in a neutral silver with a dark base in metallic blue: Neutral, subtle colors that allow the device to be placed anywhere.

Speaking of placement - in the review of the lower part Unfortunately, I miss the possibility of wall mounting. Batteries pay off with the frequent use and thus also with the charge.

So if you use batteries, the charging station often needs. Practically, if she lets herself be attached to the wall somewherewhere she does not claim any footprint on shelves and yet is always easily accessible.

At the bottom, however, is also a positive point - In addition to the performance data there are additional safety instructions and a clear explanation the features (or LED displays) to find.

Even the charge current specifications of the different battery sizes are not missing. That's for one fast device instruction makes sense, yet does not affect the overall visual impression. A really meaningful implementation.

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Back side with functional explanation

The front presents itself quite simple with deep recesses for inserting the batteries, discreetly integrated in a black strip LEDs and the colored explanations of the LED meaning.

These are represented by red and green rectangles or stripes and the associated terms, such as Charging, Refreshing, Error or ReadyEveryone should understand.

Some will miss a cover as a conclusion and to protect against dust, but it should not Heat development during charging be forgotten: this naturally escapes much better without a cover, which in turn protects the battery.

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Subtle incorporation of the LEDs

Except for the desired wall mounting, the care and charging station Energy 8 plus from Ansmann really cuts off perfectly. As the Packaging, also convinces the design of the charging station and even all the important information about the operation can be found.

Who needs a manual?

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Small but absolutely sufficient user manual

In principle, many assume that they only have to read an operating manual when there is really no other option.

However, my experience with many product tests, in which I read each manual in detail, has shown that It is always important, point by point, the manual and to read the safety instructions.

It does not take much time, but clarifies about possible accident hazards and hidden functionsthat you might not have thought of.

In the case of the Care and Charging Station Energy 8 plus, however, even I tend to skim the operating instructions only briefly.

All important data and peculiarities of the charging station are the packaging can be seen on the back of the unit again all the information and even on the top of the meanings of the LED displays are clearly illustrated.

In addition, it is a fully electronic device that requires neither settings nor monitoring. Who with these extensive information the device can not use, probably no help manual further.

Nevertheless, I also read these, which themselves usefully on a small booklet and two pages in german language limited. As already mentioned, I think that is important and will be rewarded.

In addition to the general safety instructions and the already known functions, there is also the indication that Only batteries that are suitable for fast charging may be charged are. I had never paid attention to it and thus learned something again.

For the fact that the charging station is self-explanatory and requires no settings, a user manual does not have to provide more. All information can be found and Despite the rather small font, the manual is easy to read, which is due to the not white, but very bright paper.

Well informed in the practical test

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The importance of LED displays

A battery charger charges empty batteries until they are full. So what does the test of a battery charging station and especially of a battery charging and care station look like?

First, of course, with the power connection, This one is about 1.8 m long and thus provides enough room for maneuver in the place choice. For a short time, all the LEDs flash a few times and signal that they are ready for operation. Nice would be a control LED, which permanently indicates the power connection.

Without it remains at first sight unfortunately a secret whether the Charging station currently connected to the mains is or not. So let's put in the first battery and immediately an LED indicates the current state of charge.

Green stands for over 80% charge, orange for 25% to 80% and red claims less than 25% charge for recharging. After five seconds, the charging station goes into charging.

This should be enough to decide whether the battery is removed from the charging station or left to charge in the charging station. In which state of charge the battery is not matter. This one will measured and the charging process adjusted accordingly, which is signaled by the LED display.

red-green flashingrefreshingThe refresh process revives old batteries, reduces the memory effect and extends the life of the battery.
green flashingPre-ChargingEmpty batteries are gently pre-charged.
flashing rederrorThe battery is defective, inserted the wrong way round or it is an alkaline battery.
red steady lightChargingThe charging process is activated.
green steady lightreadyBattery is charged and charge retention is activated

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Alkaline batteries were not always detected

With the help of the clear LED displays you are always informed about the condition of the inserted batteries. Sogar Alkaline batteries should be detectedwhich did not work 100% in the test.

As if batteries were inserted, the condition of the battery - or in this case of the batteries - was displayed and the charging process initiated. Two batteries were even "charged" (almost full batteries) that far Green steady light signaled a full charge and the batteries could actually be used in the digital camera with flashlight.

A Alkaline battery was properly detected with an error message and two more remained permanently in charge. Even a 9 V alkaline block was "charged" without error detection.

Accordingly, the function of detecting alkaline batteries does not always work. Of course, every battery is labeled "not charging" and everyone should know that Batteries do not look for anything in a charger to have.

In further tests, I dedicate myself to real batteries, which were fully loaded correctly. This could be the end of the test - Batteries are charged and held in the optimum state of charge thanks to the charge after full charge.

However, Ansmann advertises Microprocessor control and a refresh function, which should spice up old batteries again. Of course, I would like to investigate and coincidentally lie here even such old models around. Cheap solar lamps made of plastic have the disadvantage that they become brittle and the plastic covers become cloudy.

After a few years, they have over 1,000 downloads and the mostly low-quality batteries say goodbye forever, With an existing brand charger, I have these batteries charged several times, consumed and reloaded to minimize the memory effect and make the batteries usable again.

Some times they even achieved the power to take pictures with the digital camera (without flash), but then the camera already reported weak batteries and switched off when inserting. The Batteries are ideal for testing the capabilities of the Energy 8 plus care and charging station.

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Old batteries were saved with the refresh function

The insertion of these six dead batteries was acknowledged with different results. Two were sorted out with error message and the remaining one four of the refresh processt.

Presumably through the Utilization of all six loading places, the charging process withdrew something and it took until the four intact batteries were displayed as charged. The test in the digital camera proved it - only after 97 pictures with flashlight refused the camera their service.

The reload started with the gentle pre-charge and showed after almost two minutes a failure of the batteries. No, they were not finally over, but too warm due to the heavy load, After a short Visit to the freezer was the charging process and completed in less than 20 minutes.

As before, the very old batteries (NoName - without any name) make their service in the digital camera. From now on no more batteries disposed of before they are checked in the nursing station and possibly saved.

For me already little wonder and a reason for battery charging stations not only to pay attention to the price. In addition, I will collect all the solar lamps in winter, and treat the batteries to some wellness.

I can do that my test now with a positive overall impression break up.

With a small mistake to a very good overall impression.

From a garage company to a global market leader - this is how Ansmann introduces its company description. The The impression of a world market leader is already evident in the packaging, which impresses with its professional design, interesting ideas and sensible design.

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Our rating

The same professionalism is evident in the Care and Charging Station Energy 8 plus. Well designed, sensibly equipped with LEDs and perfectly explained in every point, the charging station impresses with a highly technical interior in a nevertheless simple and not overloading acting housing.

Although the charging station makes a mistake in the detection of alkaline batteries, which I can not award five stars, but impresses with a perfectly functioning refresh functionwith which even old and otherwise unusable batteries can be revived.

It is almost unbelievable how rechargeable batteries, which were charged several times without success, in the Nursing station of Ansmann brought to life become.

The care and charging station offers Accommodates up to 6 micro, 6 mignon, 4 baby or 4 mono batteries plus two 9V blocks.

All round batteries can through automatic detection without special settings also combined loaded become.

The Microprocessor control determines the required data, such as battery type, state of charge or the optimal charging path. A device can not be operated more easily.

Note from Ansmann AG for the detection of alkaline batteries

"The detection of alkaline batteries is due, among other things, to the quality (internal resistance) of the batteries used." The charger sorts alkaline batteries purely according to the high voltage during charging Normal rechargeable cells have a lower voltage level (NiCd / NiMH 1.2V) Alkaline 1.5V) If charging exceeds 1.75V, it will be sorted out (alkaline detection) If an alkaline cell is completely empty and does not exceed the voltage of 1.75V during charging, then these are not recognized as defective. "

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