Hahnel UniPal Plus review: One universal charger to rule them all?

Should you replace your camera chargers with this universal offering from Hahnel? We find out…

Hahnel Unipal Plus universal charger
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Hahnel's UniPal Plus is a well built replacement that comes in a lower a price than many proprietary first-party chargers. If you've misplaced your own-brand charger, or are looking for one solution to cater for lots of different batteries in varying shapes and sizes then the UniPal is a great option. It also boasts a 12v car charger, USB port to charge smart devices and the ability to charge up two AA or AAA batteries with a bright LCD to show the charging status.

Pros

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    Li-Ion, AA/AAA and USB charging

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    US, UK, EU and AUS plug adapters

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    12v car charger adapter

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    Build quality

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    Reasonably priced

Cons

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    Can only charge one battery type at a time

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    No built-in power bank

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    A little fiddly to line up connector pins

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If you’ve lost your current charger, or you have lots of different battery types from various makes and models, all with their own unique type of charger, then a universal charger like the UniPal Plus  from Hahnel might be for you!

Hahnel UniPal Plus: Specifications

Works with: Li-Ion, AA/AAA, USB
Car charger: Yes
LCD screen: Yes
Power adapters: UK, EU, US, AUS
Size (WxHxD): 126x30x76mm
Weight: 125g
Charge time: Approx 2 hours

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Like the idea of a universal charger but need something more portable? Hahnel’s UniPal Mini II is a much smaller stripped back universal charger that just covers Lithium Ion cells, but has the same high build quality we’ve come to expect from Hahnel products. It’s an ideal choice for travel and business and better value than buying a proprietary charger too.

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The Hahnel ProCube 2 comes in different iterations for many camera brands, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and Fujifilm. It allows two Li-Ion batteries from your camera brand to be inserted and charged simultaneously, reducing space on your desk and helping to keep your charging station clean and tidy. It also features an LCD display to show the battery charge level of both inserted batteries and can also charge up to four AA rechargeable batteries too.

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Dan Mold
Deputy Editor

Deputy Editor on PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, Dan also brings his technical wizardry and editing skills to Digital Camera World. He has been writing about all aspects of photography for over 10 years, having previously served as technical writer and technical editor for Practical Photography magazine, as well as Photoshop editor on Digital Photo


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