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Need to buy Duracell rechargeables for 580EX2, which ones?

 
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Jul 17, 2009 13:11 |  #1

So im trying to find out which rechargeables are best from duracell, HAVE TO BE DURACELL because I bought the 2650mah ones and the shelf life and lifespan has been far from acceptable lately and P&G sent me 2 vouchers for (2) 4 packs of AA rechargeables. I currently get about 15 full flash outputs (red lights) until the light remains green and the flash becomes useless/ wont turn on (on a full charge). Also, shelf life after a full charge is about 1 week and I get maybe 10 flashes from those until they are useless.

I need to know which are best? initially I went with the 2650 since its the largest they carry (i think) but the rep that I spoke to lead me to believe that the "pre-charged" 2000mah units would be better and last longer.

any opinions would be great.

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Jul 17, 2009 14:08 |  #2

avbcon12 wrote in post #8297268 (external link)
I need to know which are best? initially I went with the 2650 since its the largest they carry (i think) but the rep that I spoke to lead me to believe that the "pre-charged" 2000mah units would be better and last longer.

any opinions would be great.

Thanks!

Sorry, I can't help with the Duracell Dilemma, but I do second the "pre-charged" option. I use Eneloops and while I have never actually counted the number of flashes before needing to change batteries, but I know I have gotten well over 150 full power flashes on a set.


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Jul 17, 2009 14:13 |  #3

great, thanks.


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Jul 17, 2009 14:15 as a reply to  @ wlescall's post |  #4

yes, get the pre-charged ones. if you look at the tops of the batteries, some will be white and some will be black. the white tops are made in japan and are said to be re-branded eneloops.


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Jul 17, 2009 14:17 |  #5

so which ones are better? white tops or black?


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Jul 17, 2009 14:22 |  #6

I would toss the Duracell voucher and get Eneloops.


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Jul 17, 2009 14:23 |  #7

white.

or you can sell them on ebay and buy eneloops


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Jul 17, 2009 14:27 as a reply to  @ CosmoKid's post |  #8

Sanyo Eneloop Rechargable are good.:cool:


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Jul 17, 2009 14:29 |  #9

I know I know, Eneloops are great.

Im not tossing the voucher out just to go spend more money on other batteries.


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Jul 17, 2009 14:53 |  #10

I too would get the Eneloops.

However, since you have the others...
NiMH batteries do not reach their full charge potential until they have been "cycled" a couple of times. Some high end chargers will condition the batteries for you, or you can do it yourself by simply using them in a high-demand device and then recharging them, repeating the cycle a couple of times. DO NOT RUN THEM COMPLETELY DEAD! Just put a good load (like a heavy duty flashlight or motorized toy) and run them until they start to appear "sluggish", then recharge fully.

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Jul 17, 2009 15:15 |  #11

rklepper wrote in post #8297601 (external link)
I would toss the Duracell voucher and get Eneloops.

+1.


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Jul 17, 2009 16:04 |  #12

Since you have to buy Duracells, get the made-in-Japan, white-top "Duraloops", which are probably re-branded Eneloops.




  
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Jul 17, 2009 17:27 as a reply to  @ Shenanigans's post |  #13

the white-topped duracells are made in japan and most likely re-branded eneloops. the black-topped ones are made in china and most likely re-branded rayovacs.

both are good, but if given the choice, most will choose the ones with the white tops.


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Jul 17, 2009 17:33 as a reply to  @ klr.b's post |  #14

I picked up three 4-packs of the white-top (made in Japan) Duracells when Safeway was running a sale. They have performed very well, I think. I would not hesitate to get them. Throwing away the vouchers would be insane, IMO. (And for reference, I also have 8 Eneloops that I got in a Costco kit. I can't really tell the difference.)


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Jul 17, 2009 19:04 |  #15

juise wrote in post #8298524 (external link)
I picked up three 4-packs of the white-top (made in Japan) Duracells when Safeway was running a sale. They have performed very well, I think. I would not hesitate to get them. Throwing away the vouchers would be insane, IMO. (And for reference, I also have 8 Eneloops that I got in a Costco kit. I can't really tell the difference.)

thank you for being reasonable! I think throwing the voucher out would be just stupid too


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