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Oct 10, 2018 21:27 |  #1

I have a speedlite that currently uses energizer rechargeable batteries. Although, am satisfied with them, like any other battery feel as they don't last as much. But then again if run at full power, what can I expect. I found this in amazon: https://www.amazon.com …ywords=eneloop%​2Bpro&th=1 (external link)

I have been seeing the name a couple of times on line and a few on videos. Never used them... can anyone tell me if they are good as mentioned or just stick to the energizer. If better, will it help cycle faster? Thanks in advanced.




  
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Oct 10, 2018 22:31 |  #2

Rechargeables test, original

https://photography-on-the.net …showthread.php?​p=18287437

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https://photography-on-the.net …showthread.php?​p=18287437


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Oct 11, 2018 01:42 |  #3

Oh good. None of us have to repeat that test. It’s great.


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Oct 11, 2018 03:03 |  #4

If you don't have Amazon Prime, same kit, same price at B&H includes expedited delivery.

https://www.bhphotovid​eo.com …op_pro_high_cap​acity.html (external link)




  
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Oct 11, 2018 08:48 |  #5

Thanks for the links and good thing I do have prime.

The energizer batteries cycle roughly about 4-5 seconds fully charged and longer once they are near the end. They do get hot as well. Will definitely get eneloop or powerex.




  
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Oct 11, 2018 11:27 |  #6

firme wrote in post #18726790 (external link)
The energizer batteries cycle roughly about 4-5 seconds fully charged [...]

Your batteries are definitely very tired - any decent NiMH batteries should provide higher currents. You can go with any new rechargeable battery to get better recycle times. The difference eneloops and other low discharge batteries will give you is the ability to store them without loosing significant charge.


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Oct 12, 2018 15:26 |  #7

drmaxx wrote in post #18726885 (external link)
You can go with any new rechargeable battery to get better recycle times.

BTW, if you use only the AA batteries that are fitted within the battery compartment of the flash, it will NEVER recycle as fast as powering the flash via an external battery pack that is loaded with usually 8 AA batteries, connected via a cord to the flash. External battery packs can get down to 2 sec. recycle from full power discharge flash.


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Oct 12, 2018 16:18 |  #8

Out of curiosity what is a descent brand? I see they vary in different price ranges and I sure can't get one for at some of the prices I have been seeing them at.




  
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Oct 12, 2018 17:49 |  #9

Angmo wrote in post #18726644 (external link)
Oh good. None of us have to repeat that test. It’s great.

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Oct 12, 2018 18:12 as a reply to  @ firme's post |  #10

You have not told us which speedlight you use! The power pack must have a compatible connector suitable for your flash unit.


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Oct 13, 2018 01:04 |  #11

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Oct 13, 2018 02:00 |  #12

firme wrote in post #18727668 (external link)
Out of curiosity what is a descent brand?

Not sure if you are asking this for batteries or packs? As for batteries: Not an easy answer. Even the eneloops have a tarnished reputation (see: http://www.candlepower​forums.com …oop-Cycle-Testing-Results (external link)). However, if you go with the large brand names (Duracell, Energizer, ....) you are usually on the better side. If you are interested in long lifespans then get a intelligent battery charger with independent channels for each battery. Lower capacities (2000 mAh) are generally more robust then high capacity ones (2800 mAh).


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Oct 13, 2018 09:18 |  #13

drmaxx wrote in post #18727918 (external link)
Not sure if you are asking this for batteries or packs? As for batteries: Not an easy answer. Even the eneloops have a tarnished reputation (see: http://www.candlepower​forums.com …oop-Cycle-Testing-Results (external link)). However, if you go with the large brand names (Duracell, Energizer, ....) you are usually on the better side. If you are interested in long lifespans then get a intelligent battery charger with independent channels for each battery. Lower capacities (2000 mAh) are generally more robust then high capacity ones (2800 mAh).

The article you link to is four years old and addresses inferior quality Chinese made Eneloops vs. Japanese. If you look at that back of the package the OP intends to purchase (see 2nd image from top) it clearly states batteries are made in Japan.




  
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Oct 13, 2018 14:27 |  #14

Asking about the power pack.




  
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Oct 16, 2018 00:39 |  #15

firme wrote in post #18728179 (external link)
Asking about the power pack.

I think Canon discontinued the power pack but there are some units available used. See https://www.adorama.co​m …-WSrVoG9k3cAaAjyxEALw_w​cB (external link) for one typical listing at $49. The original list price was around $220.

It uses 8 AA batteries. One caution is when firing on continuous; after 20 shots it is recommended you allow the speedlight to cool for 10 minutes.




  
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