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Old 23-01-2007, 19:34   #1 (permalink)
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My camera takes 4 AA batteries. I tried using some regular ones when I first got it but it seemed they didn't last very long so I bought some rechargeables. They've done quite well up until recently but now every time I charge them it seems they don't charge properly and I find they are almost 'empty' before I get to use them! I've had them about 2 years now, so they are still more cost effective than proper batteries but before I replace them I wondered if anyone has any advice or can recomend a particular type that might be better? Or at the very least someone you can buy them cheaper?
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Old 23-01-2007, 20:22   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Batteries

Well digital caneras do eat batteries and so from a cost point of view the rechargeables are your best bet, not sure the best place to get them but you could have a look at warehouse express on the interweb thingy. try googling it.
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Old 23-01-2007, 20:41   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Batteries

If you are not in a hurry, 7dayshop usually have a pretty good range of batteries available at cheap prices. Delivery usually takes around a week though.

My advice would be to get the most powerful ones you can afford, with batteries they are rated in mAh so a 2300mah would last longer than a 1800mAh battery of the same type.

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Old 23-01-2007, 21:40   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Batteries

Steve's got the right place here,
The only place i would buy batteries from is 7dayshop.com. They are cheap and reliable, i have bought heaps of rechargeable batteries from there and am happy with them all. I have shopped with them now for almost 10 years originally buying all of film from them (before the internet took off for them and i think they were still called MX2).
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Old 23-01-2007, 21:58   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Batteries

I just noticed that you said AA batteries and on futher inspection I also found that 7day have a special on 4 2800mAh AA recharables for just £4.39 down from £14. That to me looks like a great deal, get two pack for the win

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Old 23-01-2007, 22:22   #6 (permalink)
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I can highly recommend Fameart. I bought three fours about three years ago and they are all going strong. originally bought from 7dayshop, who, like Steve, I can recommend. Found them at Battery Force.

Helena - it is worth investing in a good battery charger. Some chargers don't know when to stop and will damage batteries. I would suggest buying the Ansmann Digi-Speed 4 since it monitors each individual cell and when one battery is full it shuts off only that one etc, etc. It also has LEDs for each battery to signify when empty, full, dead etc. You can have a look here NiCd and NiMH Rechargeable Battery Chargers.
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Old 23-01-2007, 22:40   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Batteries

I quite like the look of the 7dayshop site - they have a charger and some 2700 MaH batteries: 7dayshop.com - Online Store

or alternatively Amazon have one that looks like it has okay reviews and is a super speedy 15 min charger which sounds useful, but you can never tell!
Amazon.co.uk: GP Powerbank 1hr H800C Charger - 15min Charger incl. 4 x 2700mAh Batteries: Amazon.co.uk:
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Old 23-01-2007, 22:47   #8 (permalink)
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I'd give a whirl to the 7dayshop one but the other I've never heard of.
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Re: Batteries

The 15min charger will not be doing your batteries any favours at all and will burn them out forcing the charge in that quickly.

The specs on the charger you found at 7 day seem pretty reasonble, being as it is microprocessor controlled and has both a timer and thermal safety cutouts. Also they are offering a 30 day full money back guarantee...

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AN UNBEATABLE PRICE on this superb V6000 7dayshop battery charger. You will not find better value anywhere in the UK today for a product with similar specifications !

The 7dayshop V6000 “World-wide” travel charger is a top quality microprocessor controlled “Ultra-Fast” charger, capable of charging both AA and AAA size Ni-Mh (or Ni-Cad) rechargeable batteries. It is supplied with full instructions a Universal Voltage Mains Adapter (with UK plug fitted) and also a FREE 12V car lead (uses the cars cigar lighter / 12V power socket) for the ultimate in charging convenience.
This V6000 battery charger is particularly suitable for demanding users as it offer extra fast charge times and has the added benefit of being able to be taken abroad as it works with all voltages from 100~240 volts. Note that a simple travel plug adapter may be required to convert 3 pin to 2 pin US or Euro types..

Recharges from 1 to 4 batteries at a time
Super safe microprocessor control, fitted with “Delta-V” overload detection, thermal and timer protection and also reverse polarity protection too
Automatically switches charging between AA and AAA size batteries
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Charging times will vary from 40 minutes to 70 minutes according to the type and the specification of batteries used.
May be used with all suitable and good quality rechargeable batteries.
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The charger is avaiable seperately for £10.99 and the 2800mAh batts for £4.39 which should meet all your needs. If it were me doing the buying thats what I would get
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Old 24-01-2007, 08:41   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Batteries

Thanks for everyone's help advice and introduction to some new reasonable websites! I'm sold on the 7dayshop ones.
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The 15min charger will not be doing your batteries any favours at all and will burn them out forcing the charge in that quickly.

The specs on the charger you found at 7 day seem pretty reasonble, being as it is microprocessor controlled and has both a timer and thermal safety cutouts. Also they are offering a 30 day full money back guarantee...



The charger is avaiable seperately for £10.99 and the 2800mAh batts for £4.39 which should meet all your needs. If it were me doing the buying thats what I would get
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I have one of these chargers {have had for about 6 months} I cannot fault it in any way . The built in thermal safety cutout means you can leave the batteries in to charge without the fear of overheating and poss risk of a fire. I cannot recommend this charger highly enough and would say that anyone needing these sizes of rechargeable bateries would not do better for both cost and piece of mind
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I have never found a need to charge a battery within 15mins, if you have enough batteries (one lot and a spare or more) then 1-3hr charger should be ideal (so long as it has the microprocessor). The most useful item i've found with my charger is the in-car plug. Perfect for camping trips or long stints away from home.
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The chemical compository of batteries means trickle charging is ALWAYS the best way to charge and will keep the batteries working in tip top condiiton for much longer. Fast charging can be done but you should only use that option when you are desperate for some speedy power.

You won't get a full current charge though. What i mean by that is that batteries will charge up to the required voltage very quickly but the current rises more slowly so if you fast charge (like the 15 minute charger) with 2800MAh batteries, you are likely to actually only be getting perhaps 2000MAhs, so they will need charging again sooner. This in turn means the charge cycle count is going to increase faster and the batteries will start to lose power more quickly over time.

There is no danger of fire or serious over-heating with any decent charger these days as they are designed to conform to British Standards requirements. As far as I am aware, the sale of continual charge devices (ie ones that just continue pumping out a charge even when the battery is fully loaded so that they severely overheat with the danger of the cases splitting and the ensuing fire hazard) are illegal in the UK and have been for a couple of years or more.

The 7Dayshop microprocessor controlled charger Steve mentioned is excellent. I have one of these and it really is excellent. It can test your batteries for health to ensure they are not shorting internally, it can provide a slow trickle drain for batteries that are not charging properly so that you can give it a full cycle of charge and drain to help restore it, and they cut off charging when the battery is fully charged, with red and green indicators to visually show when they are done. It also does various sizes from AAA up to D cells and PP3s.

Just as it hasn't really been mentioned though I know this is well-known these days, please do not buy NiCd batteries. These have far too low a current to be of use to digital photographers and the batteries suffer horribly from the memory effect, meaning you have to fully drain before each charge. They are simply not up to the job so stick to NiMh batteries which are much higher current.

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These look interesting, taken straight off the news press - http://www.pixalo.com/community/news...ery-10751.html
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i usually buy my batteries from maplin either instore or online. havent let me down yet!

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