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Which eneloop batteries are everyone using for flash?

 
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Feb 17, 2015 17:06 |  #1

eneloop Pro?
eneloop?
eneloop Lite?

Also, any charging recommendations? Only four batteries at a time in a single charger can take a while if you are trying to get bunch of batteries ready to load up multiple flashes.


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Feb 17, 2015 17:11 |  #2

I have 7 sets now of the standard AA Eneloops and three AAA for my three flashguns and ringlight.

This allows me to have a few sets fully charged when i need them.

As for my charger i use a EBL smart charger which can take either 8 AA, 8 AAA or a combination of both, works well and was not overly expensive.



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Feb 17, 2015 19:15 |  #3

I don't have any enloops, yet. I have found that rayovac makes some really good rechargables that are always available at Walmart. Not that I'm in there very often. About the same price, but with no shipping charges or need to plan ahead. None of them have failed on me.

My comment is about chargng before the next shoot. For me it has become something I do when I come home and start downloading images. When the card comes out, so do the batteries. I have one smart charger and two not so smart chargers if I really need to get them charged fast.


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Feb 18, 2015 06:05 as a reply to  @ Left Handed Brisket's post |  #4

I really love my AmazonBasics High Capacity AA batteries (I got 32 of them, for my 5-speedlight studio) - apparently rebranded Eneloops (Pro or X?). They are capable of providing much higher current than standard Eneloops. With Eneloops, recycle time for my YN560-III flashes is 2.3s; with AmazonBasics, it is 1.8s

In terms of charger, I like so far my 16-bay (all independent circuits) smart charger by Knox (comes with some batteries):

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Feb 18, 2015 15:48 |  #5

I use a combination of standard eneloops in aa/aaa, amazon basics, as well as eneloops pro (black ones). I find the battery life about the same, with eneloop pro's having just a tad quicker recycling time on my ex-600.


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Feb 18, 2015 16:53 |  #6

I like the Costco packs for the standard Eneloops.

The reason why is that they are color coded, so you can easily keep track of sets of batteries. They also come with plastic holders, so that you can carry them around as a matched set and charge them all together. Battery managent is a lot easier this way.

I have 3 speedlights and 4 triggers, all of them use AA's. So I typically travel with one set of batteries in the equipment, a second set 8 x 4 AA batteries as backups, and 1 set of new alkelines in case of emergency. I've had to go to the in case of emergency batteries more than a few times due to mistakes with recharging.




  
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Feb 18, 2015 17:39 |  #7

Masa Yume wrote in post #17438063 (external link)
I like the Costco packs for the standard Eneloops.

The reason why is that they are color coded, so you can easily keep track of sets of batteries. They also come with plastic holders, so that you can carry them around as a matched set and charge them all together. Battery managent is a lot easier this way.

I have 3 speedlights and 4 triggers, all of them use AA's. So I typically travel with one set of batteries in the equipment, a second set 8 x 4 AA batteries as backups, and 1 set of new alkelines in case of emergency. I've had to go to the in case of emergency batteries more than a few times due to mistakes with recharging.

I've stayed away from Alkaline batteries after finding a set of new Energizer batteries leaking in one of my flashguns, all of them with another 3 years shelf life left in them.

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Feb 18, 2015 18:09 |  #8

Norry Rodgers wrote in post #17438115 (external link)
I've stayed away from Alkaline batteries after finding a set of new Energizer batteries leaking in one of my flashguns, all of them with another 3 years shelf life left in them.

:rolleyes:

that's why the alkalines sit in a box outside of the flash where they can't mess anything up, "in case of emergency". I do the same.


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Feb 18, 2015 18:13 |  #9

Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #17438150 (external link)
that's why the alkalines sit in a box outside of the flash where they can't mess anything up, "in case of emergency". I do the same.

I probably should have done that too, however i learned the hard way, although thankfully there was no long lasting damage to the gun, and a few minutes of cleanup managed to sort i out.

Still don't think i could trust them.



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Feb 18, 2015 18:35 as a reply to  @ Norry Rodgers's post |  #10

If I use them, they come back out. I have no idea why regular batteries are more likely to leak, but they surely do. If I don't wear them out in my gear, they end up in the kids toys after a while and I get fresh ones in my gear box.


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Feb 19, 2015 09:52 |  #11

Masa Yume wrote in post #17438063 (external link)
The reason why is that they are color coded, so you can easily keep track of sets of batteries. They also come with plastic holders, so that you can carry them around as a matched set and charge them all together. Battery managent is a lot easier this way.

I used to do that (color coding sets of AA batteries), mainly because I had a dumb (8-bay, but only 4 channels) charger. Now, with a 16-channel smart charger, plus the 32 batteries bought at the same time, I don't feel I need the hassle of color-coding. It is so much faster to use them without the need to always group them into sets - just grab 4 from a box full of them, and off you go. This saves valuable time when you are forced to changed batteries during a photo-session.


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Feb 20, 2015 16:41 |  #13

I use this charger: http://www.amazon.com …_detailpage?ie=​UTF8&psc=1 (external link)

You want a charger that charges each individual battery on its own circuit.


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Feb 20, 2015 17:04 |  #14

tagnal wrote in post #17441334 (external link)
I use this charger: http://www.amazon.com …_detailpage?ie=​UTF8&psc=1 (external link)

You want a charger that charges each individual battery on its own circuit.

I would agree with that.

when i purchased my EBL, and as good as i find it, i never considered being able to recharge single batteries, whereas my charger requires batteries in pairs.



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Feb 20, 2015 17:20 |  #15

The main thing is not so much being able to charge a single battery (or an odd number of batteries), but when you are charging 2 batteries on a single circuit, as soon as one of the two batteries is full, it stops charging. So one battery is fully charged while the other one may not be.


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