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Battery Chargers(HKTDC Electronics, Vol 02,2006)

Charging Ahead

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The Energy 8 Professional charge and test station from Ansmann Energy Int'l Ltd can simultaneously charge up to six cylindrical cells and two 9V blocks
Hong Kong companies are leading the charge for a cleaner environment by delivering chargers that refresh NiCad, NiMH AA and AAA batteries more quickly than ever.

Their innovations ensure microprocessors manage and LEDs monitor the recharging process more efficiently, cutting the potentially toxic waste of disposable batteries while reducing costs for consumers.

These efforts are paying off if Ansmann Energy Int'l Ltd general manager Lawrence Hung's observations are any guide. "Demand this year to date is better than last year, especially in Europe," he claims.

Hung's 15-year-old company manufactures on an OEM basis and also produces battery chargers that bear the Ansmann brand at its ISO 9001-certified facility in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland.

"The Energy 8 series that is our most popular line can recharge up to six cylindrical cells and two 9V blocks at the same time," Hung explains.

He adds that the multifunction, microprocessor-controlled desktop charger for NiCad/NiMH cells features an integrated, high-quality battery tester and an automatic refresher function.

"The integrated battery tester makes it possible to test the cell capacity and voltage within two seconds," Hung explains, adding that Ansmann also has other products for lithium-ion batteries.

Ansmann requires minimum order quantities of 500 units for its own-brand battery chargers and 3,000 pieces for OEM items; both delivered 5-6 weeks after order confirmation. "Our major markets are Germany, the UK and the US," Hung adds.

Europe in general and Germany in particular are also major markets for Sanwall Electric Products Co Ltd, which began operations 26 years ago. "Our most popular items are the quick-charging HSC-102 and HSC-401 battery chargers," explains marketing manager Viola Leung.

The high-speed HSC-102 model charges batteries in 45 minutes, while the HSC-401 takes one hour to revive NiMH, NiCad, alkaline, AA, AAA and 9V batteries.

Sanwall's ISO 9002-certified, 700-worker factory in Huiyang on the mainland delivers minimum orders of 1,000 units 30 days after order confirmation.

"Quality is important," Leung adds, noting that Sanwall also has its own Hi brand. "Our products comply with a number of major international safety standards such as GS, CE, UL, CSA and SAA and also meet the RoHS requirements."

Equally committed to safety and environmental quality is Minwa Electronics Co Ltd, which prides itself on also meeting such key criteria as UL, ETL, CE, GS and PSE while also complying with RoHS demands.

The 29-year-old company's most popular lines can recharge C- and D-size batteries. "Our most popular chargers are the MW3698 30-minute, MW3798 one-hour and MW3198 two-hour models," reveals assistant marketing manager Carol Chan.

She explains that these models are typically used for recharging batteries for devices such as digital cameras, MP3 players and portable DVD players.

"Our big advantage is that we provide a one-stop solution, designing or co-developing a product with our customer while delivering service support," Chan claims, noting that the company's products appear under the Minwa and Sovis brands.

Minwa's ISO 9001-certified factories in Shenzhen occupy 60,000 square feet, employ 4,500 workers and deliver minimum orders of 2,000 units 30-35 days after order confirmation.

"Our major markets include the US, Canada, Taiwan and European countries such as Germany, the UK, Italy and France," Chan adds.

Asia Bright Industrial (HK) Co Ltd follows a different strategy, specialising in fully automatic chargers for the 6V and 12V batteries used in automobiles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and personal watercraft.

The five-year-old company has its own Battery Fighter brand and produces BFM and BFX versions that feature a microprocessor control and six and three LED monitors respectively.

Asia Bright's 2,500-square-metre factory in Dongguan on the mainland employs some 120 workers who produce 1,000-unit minimum orders delivered 4-5 weeks after order confirmation. "Our principal markets are Australia, the US and Europe, including Germany, France, Spain and Sweden," director Duncan Chung observes.

Buyers seeking small, fast or computer battery chargers should check out Shun Shing Standard Corp Development Ltd, which manufactures an extensive range at an 8,000-square-metre, 600-worker, ISO 9001-certified factory in Dongguan and has its own Shun Shing brand.

The 32-year-old company's BC026 one-hour charger and BC020 USB charger lines support up to four cylindrical cells, the latter charging via an external interchangeable AC adaptor while the BC026 is USB-powered. "We require a minimum order of 3,000 units, which can be delivered 4-6 weeks after order confirmation," marketing manager Raymond Lam says. "Our principal markets are the US, Europe and Asia."

Meanwhile, 41-year-old Lenmar Enterprises (HK) Ltd focuses on high speed battery chargers for 2.4V-7.4V lithium-ion, NiMH, NiCad, AA and AAA batteries.

This strategy has paid off, with Lenmar's MSC1LX 30-minute speed charger garnering a Best of Innovations award at the latest CES exhibition in Las Vegas.

The MSC1LX, which features five adaptor plates to fit 3.6V-7.4V lithium-ion camcorder and digital camera batteries, can be charged by house current or car lighter.

The company, which has its own Lenmar brand, manufactures its battery chargers at a mainland factory in Suzhou that is ISO 9000-certified and meets UL standards.

Lenmar requires minimum order quantities ranging from 500-2,000 units - depending on the model - and delivers 45 days after order confirmation. "Our major markets are the US, Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia and Australia," marketing executive Wendy Choo adds.

Like other markets worldwide, they rely on Hong Kong battery charger manufacturers who are renowned for providing perfectly-priced, power-packed products.

WRITTEN BY JOHN CASEY

CONTACT DETAILS

Ansmann Energy Int'l Ltd
Rm 1202
Tung Wai Commercial Bldg
109-111 Gloucester Rd
Wanchai
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2877-8233
Fax: 852-2877-8100
Email:
alo@ansmann-energy.com
Web:www.ansmann-energy.com

Asia Bright Industrial (HK) Co Ltd
Rm 601
Choa's Bldg
143-145 Bonham Strand East
Sheung Wan
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2850-5052
Fax: 852-2850-5059
Email:
sales@asiabright.com
Web:www.batteryfighter.com

Lenmar Enterprises (HK) Ltd
Rm 1503
Eastwood Centre
5 A Kung Ngam Village Rd
Shau Kei Wan
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2904-7877
Fax: 852-2519-0122
Email:
lenmarhk@netvigator.com
Web:www.lenmar.com

Minwa Electronics Co Ltd
22/F, Far East Finance Centre
161 Harcourt Rd
Admiralty
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2557-3245
Fax: 852-2897-2085
Email:
enquiry@minwa.com
Web:www.minwa.com

Sanwall Electric Products Co Ltd
7/F, Blk A, On Fat Ind Bldg
12-18 Kwai Wing Rd
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2796-7988
Fax: 852-2796-8225
Email:
sales@sanwall.com.hk
Web:www.sanwall.com.hk

Shun Shing Standard Corp Development Ltd
Rms 710 & 712, Blk A
Sun Fung Centre
88 Kwok Shui Rd
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2426-2597
Fax: 852-2487-2967
Email:
marketing@shunshinghk.com.hk
Web:www.shunshinghk.com.hk