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Rechargable AA Batteries - Yay or Nay?

 
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Nov 18, 2012 09:39 |  #1

I usually buy a pack or two of AA batteries if I need my flash (and battery pack) for something I am going to shoot. Recently bought a pack (my first :confused: ) of rechagables and thinking of buying a few more packs. Now I get a mixed message.

a) "They work GREAT and last forever!"
... and ...
b) "They are OK until you charge them a "couple" (???) times, then don't expect them to last throughout the shoot!"

Yay? ... Nay?

hate to waste money on something that won't work much better than disposables anyway ... but then again, using disposables and tossing them out doesn't make sense either!

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Nov 18, 2012 09:50 |  #2

I use Eneloop rechargeable batteries and they seem to have been doing the trick for me for a while now. :)




  
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Nov 18, 2012 09:54 |  #3

dexy101 wrote in post #15259777 (external link)
I use Eneloop rechargeable batteries and they seem to have been doing the trick for me for a while now. :)

same here


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Nov 18, 2012 09:59 |  #4

If you normally decide at the last minute that you need to use flash, and go out and buy batteries, then rechargeables might not suit you. While some (Eneloops) hold their charge for quite a while, most NiMH batteries need to be charged before use, or at least topped off, and this may not suit your style.

As to them not lasting for a shoot, that of course depends on what/where you are shooting, your average distance from your subject, aperture in use and ISO, etc. so no, they might not last all day at a wedding, but I think you should expect to change them out at some point for an event like that anyway.

For someone who uses flash quite a bit, they are more cost-effective, and give faster re-cycle times than AA alkalines, which is what I assume you are talking about when you say you purchase batteries before a shoot.




  
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Nov 18, 2012 11:00 |  #5

Phototeacher wrote in post #15259814 (external link)
If you normally decide at the last minute that you need to use flash, and go out and buy batteries, then rechargeables might not suit you. While some (Eneloops) hold their charge for quite a while, most Lion batteries need to be charged before use, or at least topped off, and this may not suit your style.

As to them not lasting for a shoot, that of course depends on what/where you are shooting, your average distance from your subject, aperture in use and ISO, etc. so no, they might not last all day at a wedding, but I think you should expect to change them out at some point for an event like that anyway.

For someone who uses flash quite a bit, they are more cost-effective, and give faster re-cycle times than AA alkalines, which is what I assume you are talking about when you say you purchase batteries before a shoot.

+1, I believe they are cost effective, having a charged extra set is a good idea when you go out.


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Nov 18, 2012 11:21 |  #6

Phototeacher wrote in post #15259814 (external link)
If you normally decide at the last minute that you need to use flash, and go out and buy batteries, then rechargeables might not suit you.

No, I'm the type that will know I need plenty of battery and/or will bring them "just in case" no matter what. Also the type that would make sure they are ALL recharged before packing them. (here's the anal part of me ... I likely would be sure to bring a pack of unopened alkalines "just in case" :o )

As to them not lasting for a shoot, that of course depends on what/where you are shooting, your average distance from your subject, aperture in use and ISO, etc. so no, they might not last all day at a wedding, but I think you should expect to change them out at some point for an event like that anyway.

I'm thinking an average wedding or something like that and as I said above, I would likely have plenty of rechaged and alkalines as well.

My main concern is , as stated, do the crap out after a few uses / recharges? Would it be a waste of money if I was planning on a number of shoots (weddings?) and invested in rechargables only to find out I shouldn't have bothered and just stuck to throw away alkalines?

For someone who uses flash quite a bit, they are more cost-effective, and give faster re-cycle times than AA alkalines, which is what I assume you are talking about when you say you purchase batteries before a shoot.

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Nov 18, 2012 11:27 |  #7

2n10 wrote in post #15260027 (external link)
+1, I believe they are cost effective, having a charged extra set is a good idea when you go out.

And Thank You! Will begin using them and putting them to the test ASAP ...

... (warning to my dogs!) Look out pups! You are going to be my test subjects this week, so be ready to pose and see a lot of flash! :lol: (first time since August, we will have all 8 of our Labs (9 dogs total, counting our Norwich Terrier) home from the show circuit!)


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Nov 18, 2012 11:33 |  #8

I use only Ansemann and Eneloop rechargeables and have no problems. However, it pays to buy a good charger--one that monitors the charge in each battery separately. I use an Ansemann charger, which works fine, although the first one broke and had to be replaced under warranty.


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Nov 18, 2012 11:39 |  #9

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.


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Nov 18, 2012 12:02 |  #10

Rechargeable FTW.


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Nov 18, 2012 12:45 |  #11
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I use re-chargeables in my flash units. They have lower internal resistance, so they re-cycle the flash faster. I quit using them in my grips when one day, my T1i battery meter showed 3/4 charge and the main control dial quit working. I thought my camera had died. It worked fine in "P" mode, but I could change no settings in Av or Manual. I went home and put in the LP-E5 and everything was fine. Now I have lots of rechargeables for my flashes. If you are going to use them in the grip, carry recently charged extras or alkaline spares.


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Nov 18, 2012 13:14 |  #12

I've been using Eneloops for a while in my current flash unit and previous flash units. They are magnificent.


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Nov 18, 2012 14:04 |  #13

Eneloops Rule .


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Nov 18, 2012 14:06 |  #14

Another Eneloops user here, so far so good I have had no issues so cannot complain. I will stay with them now. A good smart charger helps as well.


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Nov 18, 2012 14:10 |  #15

dpds68 wrote in post #15260597 (external link)
Eneloops Rule .

Just get Eneloops.... Otherwise you will have 25 more people tell you how much they love Eneloops haha.


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