Maha MH-C808M With Backlit LCD Display

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Maha MH-C808M
8-Cell AAA/AA/C/D Charger
A Closer Look
January 21, 2006
Introduction A Closer Look Worldwide Adapter Specifications Conclusion


Let's take a closer look at some of the major features of the MH-C808M. All of the features of the MH-C801D have been carried over, so the following will sound familiar. However, I've added more images such as a comparison, and information about charging the C and batteries.

DIN Power Jack

Maha MH-C801D DIN Jack

For those who want a little more info on the power input, here you go.

The MH-C808M has two separate input voltages:

  • Input 1: Pins 1 and 2 (DC 20V 300mA)
  • Input 2: Pins 3 and 4 (DC 18V 2000mA)
  • GND: Pins 5, 6, and 7 (the outer ring)
This is the more professional and reliable way to configure a multi-voltage, multi-capacity charger. A DIN configuration keeps the power differences independent, so there is very little chance of an accidental overcharge of current flowing through the charger. When you're dealing with eight independent battery cells keeping track of the charging levels, this is a much more professional way of handling electrical currents.

Multi-Status LCD Display (With Backlighting)

Maha MH-C808M With Backlit LCD Display

If you're a Maha fan, you'll be excited to know an LCD display WITH backlighting is now featured. Due to the complexity of the MH-C808M, bright lights in multiple colors wouldn't necessarily do the job. When the battery has been completely charged, you will see a DONE display over the blanked-out segment charge indicator. There are other indications on the LCD display you should be aware of. If you see a battery shell, but without the segments, this indicates an abnormal battery which needs to be conditioned--not charged (normally, your batteries will display a one-segment indication if they have lost their charge). If you see a battery shell with the 3 segments and it is flashing, this indicates you have a battery fault.

Rapid, Soft, and Conditioning Charges

Maha MH-C801D Conditioning and Soft charging buttons

There is no "Rapid Charge" button per se because the charger automatically begins to charge the batteries at its highest and quickest charging level when you insert the batteries into the cells. If you want the Soft Charging mode, you must press the SOFT button within five seconds of inserting the batteries into the charger. If you want to condition the batteries, you must press the Conditioning Symbol within five seconds of inserting the batteries.

MH-C808M vs. MH-C801D

The MH-C808M is significantly larger than the MH-C801D, due to the C and D battery charging capabilities:

Maha MH-C808M compared to MH-C801D

And of course, the height of the charger is also more substantial:

Maha MH-C808M compared to MH-C801D (side shot)


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