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Battery chargers-can I use it for all my batteries

I have two battery chargers. One is for alkaline and one is for Energizer nimh. Can I put my nicad and mercury cad and heavyduty batteries in them? Thanks

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I would say not.
I have a charger that can do Nmhi and Alkaline but you need to throw a switch. You can't put NiCad in it at all. I know the voltage in the NiCads is lower and the other chargers will cause them to leak or even explode.

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