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Feb 11, 2013 21:44 |  #1

Which batteries have you found to be the best for your flash? Are there any good rechargeable AA that will give a great amount of flashes per charge and fast refresh rate?


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Feb 11, 2013 22:11 |  #2

I'll start the Eneloop train...


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Feb 12, 2013 00:07 |  #3

Eneloops are great since they don't self-discharge quickly while sitting idle. This makes them great when your flash might sit a while between uses. If your use is such that you'll charge your batteries immediately prior to an event, there are other non-low-self-discharge NiMH batteries with higher capacity than the low-self-discharge type.




  
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Feb 12, 2013 00:43 as a reply to  @ mike_d's post |  #4

All aboard......Eneloop!




  
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Feb 12, 2013 01:50 as a reply to  @ NU27D's post |  #5

I'll put my vote in for not just eneloops but the XXX kind. The recycle time is nonexistent.




  
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Feb 12, 2013 02:24 |  #6

Eneloop is the way to go.


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Feb 12, 2013 03:01 |  #7

Yup, eneloops are pretty much where it's at. I have a lot of the old 1900mAh sets and a few of the newer 2550mAh. Both (if not all) are simply great and never gave me any problems. Recently also got some 2400mAh imedions (from Powerex) which are also fantastic so far.

I maintain them with a Maha MH-C9000 charger and after 3 - 4 years of use, the sets don't have ANY individual batteries that differ from the rest in capacity. In fact, the capacity hasn't really dropped at all.


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Feb 12, 2013 03:19 |  #8

I guess unanimous vote goes for Eneloop!
Though general idea is a rechargeable with high mAh


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Feb 12, 2013 03:26 |  #9

samsen wrote in post #15600974 (external link)
I guess unanimous vote goes for Eneloop!
Though general idea is a rechargeable with high mAh

That, but ONLY use LSD (low self-discharge) batteries. Only if you shoot through at least a full set per flash on every shoot, it might pay off to use a "regular" nimh set with higher capacity (2700-2800mAh).

Sanyo Eneloops and Powerex Imedions (among others) are all LSD batteries, meaning that after one year of storage, they still contain over 85% of their charge. For flash batteries and spares that's a huge benefit since availability (for me) is more important than squeezing out 10-20% more capacity at the expense of your batteries draining to empty in a few months of storage.

That said, the difference in capacity used to be bigger: 1900mAh for the original eneloops, which were the first LSD batteries vs 2700mAh for regular high capacity batteries. Now 2550mAh is the highest capacity for LSD and 2850mAh MAX for others. I don't see any more reason to use none-LSD batteries.


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Feb 12, 2013 10:17 |  #10

Really great info. It's crazy how many branches there are to learn about in learning photography. For example the branch that bright me here:
Photography> Type of photography> cameras> camera format> lens> lighting> flash>batteries>rechargeable>type> capacity> brand

In each one of those branches their are so many things you could spend time learning


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Feb 12, 2013 16:06 |  #11

samefly wrote in post #15601812 (external link)
Really great info. It's crazy how many branches there are to learn about in learning photography. For example the branch that bright me here:
Photography> Type of photography> cameras> camera format> lens> lighting> flash>batteries>rechargeable>type> capacity> brand

In each one of those branches their are so many things you could spend time learning

This is a problem I have - particularly with having multiple hobbies. For example I also spend a LOT of time learning about home automation, security, surveillance, and media center PCs (to scratch the surface). Each one of these has their own set of branches... I just need more hours in a day and/or for my body to require less sleep ;)


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Feb 12, 2013 16:08 |  #12

I read this thread last night before going to bed and had a dream that they went on sale for 99cents after rebate

hahahaha, Dang I need more batteries.


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Feb 12, 2013 16:10 |  #13

samefly wrote in post #15601812 (external link)
Really great info. It's crazy how many branches there are to learn about in learning photography. For example the branch that bright me here:
Photography> Type of photography> cameras> camera format> lens> lighting> flash>batteries>rechargeable>type> capacity> brand

In each one of those branches their are so many things you could spend time learning

There is one thing that affects ALL of those, it's the one you want to master.
And that is light, Light is the key to ALL photography. From film to digital, cellphone cameras to medium format Hassies.


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Feb 12, 2013 17:58 |  #14

drvnbysound wrote in post #15603081 (external link)
This is a problem I have - particularly with having multiple hobbies. For example I also spend a LOT of time learning about home automation, security, surveillance, and media center PCs (to scratch the surface). Each one of these has their own set of branches... I just need more hours in a day and/or for my body to require less sleep ;)

Same hobbies here. Are you on AVSForum? I thought I recognized the handle!


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Feb 12, 2013 18:46 |  #15

About how many full powered flashes are you getting per charge (list what speedlite you're using)


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