Skimmed over this quickly.
I use a lot of rechargeable batteries and had a cheap charger and batteries at first.
Quick chargers are a killers of rechargeable batteries.
The Lacrosse charger in the above post is the one I use. Great charger.
As stated above get Sanyo Eneloop batteries. Most NiMh batteries lose charge just still on the shelf not in use. The Eneloop batteries will retain like 80% of there charge sitting for a year. Most other batteries are dead in 2 months.