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Rechargable AA Batteries - Yay or Nay?

 
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Nov 18, 2012 14:24 |  #16

I'm not sure about having "at least 2-4 sets" as someone mentioned. I couldn't find Eneloops 2 years ago so bought Eveready Rechargeables to use with a Canon flash. Even used extensively I have taken 200 to 300 shots at a wedding and they are still going strong. You be the judge of what you need based on your style of shooting. If you are the occasional indoor photographer you likely don't need four sets.




  
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Nov 18, 2012 15:39 |  #17

Rechargeable batteries for flash ( AA ) are very similar to rechargeable batteries for RC stuff... When you buy them- they've got a rating- in mAH that tells you how much power is in them- and typically- that same rating reflects how fast you can pull power out of them... Get the cheap Ever-ready batteries in most stores- and they are rated at like 2500 mAH. I've been using some I picked up at a local hobby store- 2700 mAH batteries- and those definitely recycle the flash faster and longer... I believe a lot of the Enelopes are rated at like 2900mAH- but it's nearly impossible to find Enelopes here locally. I prefer to use the 2700 mAH rechargeables... If I know I am going to use them- I recharge a bunch of them- and usually I take a pack of regular AA's as backup.


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Nov 18, 2012 15:49 as a reply to  @ John from PA's post |  #18

One of the advantages of eneloop and other "ready to use" and "precharged" rechargeables is they retain a significant portion of their charge after even a year of non-use. For casual users, this is an important feature. They are also usable right out of the package, generally being about 70% charged when purchased.

As for longevity, I have eneloops several years old that still test at 80% to 90% capacity. As indicated earlier, a high quality, independent channel charger is a good investment.




  
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Nov 18, 2012 17:02 |  #19

A pretty extensive study was done on rechargeable batteries, here's a link to the thread. Search is your friend. -rick

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=677074


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Nov 18, 2012 17:02 |  #20

I use Eneloops in every piece of photo gear that uses AA batteries. I have 12 spare Eneloops charged that can be swapped out if I actually run a set down.


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Nov 18, 2012 17:42 |  #21

Believe it or not. I alway stock alot of energizer rechargeable batteries. They rrp $30 pack of 4. But i got them on special for $2.5 per battery. I collect almost 40 to 50 batteries. Kids' toys, my digital door lock (used 8), my tv remote alot of other. They dont show much sign (maybe because those device dont use much power). Until i got my 430exII and 600exrt i can feel it only last probably 20flashes then i can see it slowly dying. I heard eneloop xxx or eneloop rechargable are way to go. There a youtube vid compares them.
I am waitting for the next big sale on eneloop so i can grab some.


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Nov 18, 2012 18:39 |  #22

ChanHoNam wrote in post #15261214 (external link)
Believe it or not. I alway stock alot of energizer rechargeable batteries. They rrp $30 pack of 4. But i got them on special for $2.5 per battery. I collect almost 40 to 50 batteries. Kids' toys, my digital door lock (used 8), my tv remote alot of other. They dont show much sign (maybe because those device dont use much power). Until i got my 430exII and 600exrt i can feel it only last probably 20flashes then i can see it slowly dying. I heard eneloop xxx or eneloop rechargable are way to go. There a youtube vid compares them.
I am waitting for the next big sale on eneloop so i can grab some.

I only use Energizers for my kids toys.... and that's only because I can't seem to find any other brands when I'm looking.

Try testing a full power blast with your flash using both batteries and you'll see which one's recharge faster.


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Nov 18, 2012 19:35 as a reply to  @ OneJZsupra's post |  #23

We shot 27 weddings this year. I use rechargeable eneloops and powerex 2700 from battery plus. I have 4 580's and 6o batteries. As soon as a flash starts to slow down i put in a fresh set. They work trick.

Costco has Eneloops for $19.oo for a set of 6. Must say i change batteries a lot less with these Eneloops....great batteries


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Nov 18, 2012 19:43 |  #24

umphotography wrote in post #15261589 (external link)
We shot 27 weddings this year. I use rechargeable eneloops and powerex 2700 from battery plus. I have 4 580's and 6o batteries. As soon as a flash starts to slow down i put in a fresh set. They work trick.

Costco has Eneloops for $19.oo for a set of 6. Must say i change batteries a lot less with these Eneloops....great batteries

I need to get my a set of powerex 2700 for my flashes too.


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Nov 18, 2012 19:46 |  #25

Since nobody has brought this up, I'm going to go out on a limb and recommend Sanyo Eneloops.
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Seriously, they are stupidly good and underpriced. The best darn batteries in existence.

Years ago I had a Canon SX 110 IS, and it used two double-a batteries. I was lucky to get a hundred shots before the batteries croaked. Then I bought a four-pack of Sanyo eneloops at Best Buy for ten dollars, including the charger.

I then started getting, kid you not, 900 shots per two batteries. That's almost two thousands shots on one charge. crazy.

Still have them. Use them in the Wii controllers.


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Nov 18, 2012 19:59 |  #26

maverick75 wrote in post #15260154 (external link)
I've been using rechargable batteries for the past 10 years and couldnt be happier. They dont last forever but I've gotten 5 years out of my cheap energizer nimhs. The cost savings over disposible units is tremendous...

That being said I would get at least 2-4 sets,power checker and a car charger.

+1 (really) inexpensive nimhs from Asia. I bought a box of 50 eight years ago. 2 were 'bad'. The rest I'm still using(!). Some of them have done over 500 cycles, no doubt.




  
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Nov 18, 2012 20:11 |  #27

LV Moose wrote in post #15259795 (external link)
same here

Ditto. Won't lose a charge in sitting idle and has great power


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Nov 18, 2012 21:07 |  #28

I now use 4 sets of Eneloops with two chargers. Before the Eneloops (and I still do) I number my batteries in groups of 4 and rotate usig them and charge them together. When one goes bad I ditch the set. I haven't had a set go bad yet with the eneloops but even got a good year of steady use out of the regular rechargables.


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Nov 18, 2012 21:37 |  #29

I have two sets of nimh - cheapo "sunpak" brand which I'm sure are made by someone else and re-labeled. They work really well.


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Nov 18, 2012 21:59 |  #30

Over the years I've gradually built up about four dozen AA rechargeables... lots of them Energizers and other common brands. They work fine... When using flash, I'm often using battery packs that take an additional 8 batteries, for a total of 12 batteries per flash.

The chargers I use are inexpensive and slow. There are faster, but I don't know if the batteries charge as well as they do on the slow ones. The key thing is to start charging a couple days in advance, or if you use flash a lot rotate the ones you use and keep recharging. Toward that end, I've got two chargers that can handle 8 batteries at a time, plus a couple more that can charge 4 at a time. So it might take 6 or 8 hours to charge a set, but I can charge up all my batteries in two sessions.

I also think the flashes recycle faster with the rechargeables and that I get at least as many shots per charge as a set of alkalines would give me. I haven't run any actual comparison tests though.

I do carry a few packs of alkalines most of the time, too, just in case.


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