I'm trying to get the most out of my NIMH batteries by discharging them completely. One of the cells has more charge than the others so I want to make sure this particular cell has the same charge as the others before I recharge them. Is it safe to short the batteries by directly connecting the +/- terminals together with a wire? I figured I would discharge them to 0 volts or close to it. I don't know much about the specs of my charger so I don't know how it determines the batteries are fully charged. I do find that one of the batteries gets hotter than the others so I figured it might be overcharging this particular cell while the others aren't getting fully recharged. I wish I had a Maha C401FS charger. That thing charges 4 batteries independent of each other so even though the batteries have different charges, the charger will only recharge each of them until they are full.