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Old 23-06-2008, 11:47   #1 (permalink)

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WHICH RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES DO YOU USE? I HAVE BEEN USING 7DAY SHOPS OWN BRAND 2600MH BUT I FIND THAT THEY ARE NOT HOLDING THEIR CHARGE FOR VERY LONG . I KNOW THEY ARE NOT THE BEST OR THE DEAREST,BUT THEY DON'T SEEM TO LIVE UP TO WHAT THEY STATE SAYING THEY CAN BE CHARGED UP TO 1000 TIMES.

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Old 23-06-2008, 12:05   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Rechargeable Batteries

I bought some cheap NiMh 2300mAh batteries from a store here in Norway. Bought them just to test my new BG-E3, and they've been in use since. On average I've shot about half 'n half flash and not and got about 4-600 shots with 6 of those batteries.

As I'm almost exclusivly using my IS lens now and no flash, I'm getting about the same ammount of shots. IS does use a bit of power it seems .
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Re: Rechargeable Batteries

I can make a strong recommendation for the Sanyo Eneloop batteries - these are 'hybrids' with a much longer shelf life than normal NiMH batteries, and hold 85% of their charge for 12 months. They are more expensive than standard NiMH, but worth the extra especially if you want to keep a charged set as backup.

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Re: Rechargeable Batteries

THANKS SILKSTONE, I WILL BE ORDERING SOME OF THOSE. THEY ARE 2000MH ARE THESE AS GOOD AS 2600MH OR IS THERE NO DIFFERENCE, I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE RATINGS OF BATTERIES.


I HAVE JUST ORDERED 5 PACKS OF THESE THEY ARE 7.99 A PACK BUT IF YOU ORDER 5 PACKS
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Re: Rechargeable Batteries

I use 2700 or 2800 mAh batteries from Keene Electronics. Can't remember the make now and I'm at work so will try to remember to look them up later.

The Eneloop are supposed to be good, but I've not tried them.
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Re: Rechargeable Batteries

I use 7day and have never had a problem, currently using 2800 and they seem fine.
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Re: Rechargeable Batteries

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THEY ARE 2000MH ARE THESE AS GOOD AS 2600MH OR IS THERE NO DIFFERENCE, I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE RATINGS OF BATTERIES.
The ratings are for how much charge the battery will hold, and therefore how long it will take to run down in use. So in theory the 2000mAh Eneloops have a lower capacity than a 2600mAh standard NiMH. In practice, however, I find that they last at least as long - perhaps because some ratings for standard batteries are a little optimistic! The main advantage is that they don't discharge very much when not in use.

I think it's also a good idea to use an 'intelligent' charger that monitors each cell individually. The Ansmann Digispeed 4 is pretty good, but several others have come onto the market recently. I'd avoid the cheap chargers that do not monitor individual cells - it's easy to overcharge one cell, especially if the batteries start off at different states of charge.
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Re: Rechargeable Batteries

THANKS SILKSTONE FOR YOUR HELP , I HAVE JUST ORDERED 5 PACKS FROM THE COMPANY YOU GAVE ME THE LINK TO.


THANKS GRAHAM

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Re: Rechargeable Batteries

SILKSTONE, THANKS FOR TELLING ME ABOUT THE CHARGERS, I HAVE JUST ORDERED
A ANSMANN DIGISPEED 4 ULTRA CHARGER. AS I THOUGHT AFTER THE PROBLEM MIGHT NOT ONLY BE MY BATTERIES IT COULD BE THE CHARGER. I HAVE A UNIROSS CHARGER WHICH I HAVE HAD FOR ABOUT 8 YEARS SO I THOUGHT AS I AM GETTING NEW BATTERIES MIGHT AS WELL GET A NEW CHARGER.
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Re: Rechargeable Batteries

I think that's a good move, Woody. I got the Ansmann charger after frying two sets of NiMH batteries on a cheap charger. When you use the Ansmann you'll see that the different cells can finish charging at quite different times.
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Re: Rechargeable Batteries

Another vote for Eneloops. I have and used to use 2800 and 2850 batteries and they are great if you run them from full to empty in a day. But the eneloops lower self dicharge mean they last longer in actual use. I can recommend the Maha chargers.
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Re: Rechargeable Batteries

For anyone else who's looking, I use the Uniros Hybrio which are a similar technology to the Eneloop and, like the Eneloop hold their charge well. I was constantly annoyed by the fact that I'd charge a set of batteries and they'd be flat when I came to use them a week later.

No such problem with these, you even buy them ready charged so they can be used immediatley. I bought a box of 40 quite recently and it worked out at 1.35 per battery from battery force. We often have 25 - 30 in devices (2 kids) so 40 is quite a useful number.

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Re: Rechargeable Batteries

DAN, WHERE DID YOU BUY THE BOX OF FORTY FROM. SO I HAVE ONLY SEEN THEM IN PACKS OF FOUR, BUT BUYING THEM IN BULK LIKE THAT MUST SAVE A FORTUNE. WE HAVE UNTOLD REMOTE CONTROLS, GRANDCHILDRENS TOYS ETC, SO WE GET THROUGH LOADS OF BATTERIES
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Woody, yes it is cheaper - about 1.35 per battery as opposed to about 1.85 each for 4. I got them from Battery Force, Uniross U0120012 Hybrio AA NiMH Box of 40 at Battery Force.

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Woody if you don't mind me asking........where did you order the Ansmann Digispeed charger from?
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I bought mine some time ago from Fotosense...

Ansmann Digispeed 4 Fast Charger (incl. 4 x 2700 mAh NiMH Batteries) - Default Store View

Woody may have found a better price.
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P -E SORRY I DID NOT SEE THIS YESTERDAY. I GOT IT FROM WAREHOUSE EXPRESS.

IT MAY HAVE BEEN DEARER THAN OTHER PLACES, BUT THE COST FROM THEM WAS 59
THEY DO ANOTHER MODEL WHICH IS 49.

THEY ARE EXCELLENT CHARGERS, I CHARGED THE FOUR BATTERIES THAT CAME WITH IT IN ABOUT TEN MINUTES, EACH BATTERY CHARGES AT A DIFFERENT RATE SO SOME CHARGED SOONER.

I CHARGED FOUR OTHER BATTERIES THAT WERE COMPLETELY FLAT, THESE TOOK JUST UNDER HALF AN HOUR TO CHARGE.

THE CHARGER I HAD BEFORE WAS A UNIROSS WHICH USED TO TAKE ABOUT SIX HOURS TO CHARGE FOUR AA BATTERIES.
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Well the batteries arrived today from the link Silky posted, only ordered on Sunday evening .........just waiting for a charger now.
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I think it's also a good idea to use an 'intelligent' charger that monitors each cell individually. The Ansmann Digispeed 4 is pretty good, but several others have come onto the market recently. I'd avoid the cheap chargers that do not monitor individual cells - it's easy to overcharge one cell, especially if the batteries start off at different states of charge.
Does this do the same job then , as only 19 :- TG2900DC-ENAA ???
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Re: Rechargeable Batteries

That looks OK, although I've not heard of the brand. The Ansmann has a fan to keep the batteries cool, and is an established make, but the one in your link should be fine if it works as advertised. (I bought my eneloops from component-shop and their service was very good.)

I also have one of these...

http://www.batterylogic.co.uk/techno...line-BL700.asp

... which seems OK but is a little over-complicated. By default it charges at only 200 mAh which is good for the batteries but takes 12-16 hours for a full charge. You can alter this to 400 or 800 mAh, but you have to read the manual to figure out how to set it.
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Does this do the same job then , as only 19 :- TG2900DC-ENAA ???
well i thought that at 19 for that including 4 rechargeables it was a terrific price so i just ordered one!

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Only thing is, and not trying to put a downer on anything, I thought the reason you couldn't get 8 fps on the D300 was that the En-el3a batteries aren't powerful enough, and you need 2500mAh+ to get the required power
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