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Sep 25, 2005 02:07 |  #1

My 420EX seems to take forever for the pilot light to come on and then a long time in between flashes using 1800mAh rechargeables. Guess I might have to go out and buy some higher rated ones. Anyone use the CPE2 battery pack? What kind of recycle times are you experiencing.


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Sep 25, 2005 02:57 |  #2

I use a set of GP 2100 and one of GP 2300 mAh for my 420EX.
Recharge times are low if the batteries are fresh (typically I'd say for 250 shots in varying light circumstances). Recharge times increase when batteries are near empty, so I always carry an extra set with me.

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Sep 25, 2005 04:12 |  #3

i use GP 1600mAh Ni-MH in a 550EX and they are great {that was the highest Mah rating I could get a few years ago - and i have no reason to want to change them }


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Sep 25, 2005 05:14 |  #4

The CP-E2 pack would speed up your recycle times but sadly it doesn't work with the 420EX - from memory, it's only compatible with the 580EX, 550EX, 430EX and MR-14EX.

Your best bet, as others have Said, is to try some higher capacity rechargeables... 2700mAh versions are available, for example: http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …ails&Q=&sku=384​462&is=REG (external link)

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Sep 27, 2005 08:08 as a reply to  @ gmen's post |  #5

I use NiMh 2500mah Energizer rechargables. I usually buy them in 10 packs because they are cheaper that way.


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Sep 27, 2005 08:14 as a reply to  @ blundar's post |  #6

2400 ni mh in my 580 works fine recycle is pretty damn quick :cool:


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Sep 27, 2005 09:06 |  #7

I use a range of batteries from generic 2000mah NiMH cells to 2800 Power2000 cells, all work well. I have the CPE-3, the full recharge time cuts drops from about 6 seconds to about 2 seconds, but I don't use it because the cord's not long enough to attach to my belt if the flash is on a bracket. Normally it mounts under the camera, but I have a grip there.


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Sep 27, 2005 16:50 |  #8

I use 2800mAh Power2000s with my Sigma 500...I dunno the exact time, but it's darn fast...it hasn't not kept up with me yet.


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Sep 27, 2005 18:48 |  #9

Was using ni mh 2300 mah with no issues but I got tired of charging them. I recently threw in my 580EX a set of Energizer Lithium Ion batteries that were laying around. I hope they will last a long time. Lighter in weight and they perform well in low and high temperature. Expect them to outperform alkaline batteries. If you have an extra set I believe they have a 15 year shelf life.


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Sep 28, 2005 08:07 |  #10

Actually I use EnergizerMax non-rechargeables. I was wondering if anyone else did?
The way I figure it, the batteries are like 8 for under $5, I keep four in the flash and four in my bag. Canon says you should get like 200-300 flashes I believe. That seemed pretty good and I have the fresh set ready if necessary. No need to worry about recharging. Also, don't you get the same amount of flashes out of rechargables? I mean I realize that a camera chews up regular alkalines pretty fast but I didn't think a flash would.
If I am missing something here, please let me know.


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Sep 28, 2005 09:18 |  #11

NiMh's recharge the flash waaay faster, are cheaper on the long run, and more environment-friendly...


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Sep 28, 2005 09:22 |  #12

NiMH last longer, and I use 4-5 sets per wedding. With Alkaline i'd be forever changing batteries, that'd suck.


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Sep 28, 2005 09:24 as a reply to  @ Bosman's post |  #13

Bosman wrote:
don't you get the same amount of flashes out of rechargables?

I switched to NiMH for my little P&S camera several years ago and was amazed at how long they lasted compared to Energizers and Duracells.

Even a cheap, low-powered NiMH will be STILL GOING!, long after the Energizer bunny has died.


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Sep 28, 2005 15:08 |  #14

Had my 2500mAh Powermax's shipped over and all is fine now. Thanks.


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Sep 28, 2005 18:24 |  #15

Sams Club has 2500mah energizers for $15 for an 8pack. For a little more you can get a charger.(slow 12 hour charge) No problem just plan ahead.


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