?Today chargers are used for many various applications, the most famous being the mobile phone batteries or the car battery. Today, even boats, motorbikes and other battery types require chargers or rechargers. It is imperative you use the correct charger for your battery, as that only improves the battery performance, but also increases the battery life. All chargers are not the same and, as said above, it is advisable that you use the correct charger for the battery. For example, you will not use the charger for a 12 V car battery to charge a mobile phone battery. Smart chargers have the inbuilt intelligent technology that not only improves the charge efficiency, but also effectively achieves the optimum life of the battery. Automatic chargers let you know if your charger has been properly charged or not so you don't have to keep guessing. Gel or calcium set chargers let you know if you are charging at the correct voltage or not for your appliance. A few types of Chargers available in the market: Simple Chargers: These chargers use a simple DC current to supply electric current to the battery. It is inexpensive, but lacks in quality, as the charger cannot control the current or time it is charging, so it can destroy your battery by overcharging. Timer-Based Charger: Timer-based chargers are those chargers in which you can predetermine the time for which the battery will be charged. This prevents overcharging and saves electricity. These are typically used for high capacity NiCad cells. The drawback of these chargers is that they can't recognise if a battery is half charged and goes on charging till the set time is up and this results in over charging. Trickle Charger: A trickle charger is the slowest battery charger. You can leave your battery to be charged indefinitely and the battery will never over charge. Intelligent Charger: An intelligent charger regulates the output of the current depending upon the battery's state. It can monitor the temperature, voltage and can even time the charge to determine the optimum charge current at that particular moment. The charging is deemed complete when the correct voltage, temperature and set time is achieved indicating that the battery is completely charged. A typical intelligent fast charger charges up to 85 percent of the battery capacity and then switches to trickle mode so it does not overcharge. Fast Chargers: Fast chargers use a control circuitry in the battery to rapidly charge the battery without damaging the cell's elements. Such chargers mostly have a cooling fan to keep the cell's temperature under control. USB Chargers: Such chargers use the Universal Serial Bus, which provides a five-volt power supply. USB cables also under this category can be used as a power supply. This is commonly used for charging cellular phones and digital audio players like iPods and MP3 players. Solar Charger: These chargers use solar energy to transfer electric current to the rechargeable batteries. They are generally portable and even wind turbines are used, which make use of Kinesis K3. An overview of the uses of a battery charger: ? Mobile phone battery chargers (both home and car) ? Camcorder charger ? Digital camera charger ? Power tool charger ? Gel battery chargers ? Sealed lead chargers ? AGM battery chargers ? NiMH/NiCad battery chargers ? Lithium ion/polymer chargers ? Electronic items If you are looking for battery chargers for, say, your mobile phone batteries or your motorbike battery amongst many other applications, The Battery Base is your best bet. You will surely find what you are looking for there. Please check out the website for more information: .au.