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AA Battery Charger and Batteries
« on: November 07, 2012, 09:38:38 AM »
Hello All,

I'm hoping you can help me make the right choice, I have been spending so much money on Batteries for jobs in the past, I just have so many old batteries laying around with half power in them, I use Double AA batteries for my 430 EXII speedlite, so I decided I need rechargeable batteries with a charger, but i know nothing about what kind are the best for the job, I need Long Lasting and good recycling times,  can any of you help me with a few choices of Charger and Batteries?

Thanks so much in advance

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AA Battery Charger and Batteries
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Re: AA Battery Charger and Batteries
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2012, 09:57:20 AM »
Sanyo eneloop batteries.  Low self-discharge means they hold their charge.  The NiMH chemistry is actually better for high-drain devices like your Speedlite  You'll notice that your recycle time (delay until the capacitor fills and your flash can fire again) is much faster with the eneloops than with alkaline AA batteries - faster as in takes half the time.
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Re: AA Battery Charger and Batteries
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2012, 10:00:02 AM »
Eneloop or alternatively the Duracell "pre-charged" batteries for sure!

As far as charger, I suggest any of the excellent Lacrosse chargers, I use two of the BC500's due to the default charge rate being optimal, and they can run with included 12V cigarette lighter plugs.
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Re: AA Battery Charger and Batteries
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2012, 10:36:53 AM »
Thank you so much, Im going to buy them both now!

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Re: AA Battery Charger and Batteries
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2012, 11:26:37 AM »
I am very happy with my Energizer NiMH batteries and compact chargers. The batteries hold a charge very well. My first rechargeable batteries and charger were from PowerEx... the charger is good, but the batteries were the worst. I still have the charger but the batteries are no longer in my bag.

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Re: AA Battery Charger and Batteries
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2012, 11:31:50 AM »
Eneloop batteries +1

And try this charger (handles more batteries):

http://www.amazon.com/Titanium-Battery-100-240V-Adapters-MD-1600L/dp/B005UNPM3M/ref=sr_1_23?ie=UTF8&qid=1352305667&sr=8-23&keywords=battery+charger

And, one of these to keep the batteries organized ("point down" for charged, "point up" for drained):

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004YG7JXW/ref=ox_ya_os_product


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Re: AA Battery Charger and Batteries
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2012, 11:47:21 AM »
Sanyo eneloop batteries.  Low self-discharge means they hold their charge.  The NiMH chemistry is actually better for high-drain devices like your Speedlite  You'll notice that your recycle time (delay until the capacitor fills and your flash can fire again) is much faster with the eneloops than with alkaline AA batteries - faster as in takes half the time.
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I used to have 2500 mAh batteries from 2008 but they don't hold charge for long so I got Enloop for the 600EX.

As for charger, I bought a Sony charger in2010 which I use.

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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2012, 11:47:21 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2012, 12:12:51 PM »
I am very happy with my Energizer NiMH batteries and compact chargers. The batteries hold a charge very well. My first rechargeable batteries and charger were from PowerEx... the charger is good, but the batteries were the worst. I still have the charger but the batteries are no longer in my bag.

I had Energizer NiMH batteries for year in various electronics around the house, including an older P&S that took AA's.  I was constantly disappointed by them.  Not one of them holds a change now, and most won't even charge anymore (blinking light on charger indicating faulty battery).  I use Sanyo Eneloop batteries exclusively now.  They are very reliable, and from what I've found, hold a charge for a very long time in storage between charges.
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Re: AA Battery Charger and Batteries
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2012, 12:22:58 PM »
The best charger is Powerx made by Maha, also they make very good batteries (2700mAh).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817355014

I have been using this charger with all kind of batterers (PowerX, enloops, soshine) and the powerx have the most power, but enloops are also very good.

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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2012, 12:33:53 PM »
I have been using rechargeable NiMH batteries for many years.  Initially, I used Energizer batteries but they did not last long or recharge properly.  I have no idea about their current quality.  In April 2009, I purchased two La Crosse BC-900 chargers which came with their brand of NiMH AA and AAA batteries.  All I can say about the La Crosse batteries is that I was very disappointed. In July, 2009, I obtained Sanyo Eneloop AA and AAA batteries plus 4 Sanyo standard 2700 mAH batteries.  I had issues with the 2700 batteries but not the Eneloop.  I currently own 74 Eneloop AA and 43 Eneloop AAA batteries.  I will not buy any other NiMH battery but Eneloop.  The Eneloops give long life, many recharges and I have lost only one AAA so far after the warranty ran out. The Eneloops work great in my 580EX and many other devices.  I use them in adapters as C and D batteries.  I am trying to never purchase alkalines again.

In December 2010, I bought my first MAHA Powerex C9000.  I use it exclusively and need to sell my two La Crosse chargers.  The C9000 is so much better with the different options.  I purchased a 2nd C9000 in August so I can charge 8 Eneloops simultaneously.

The least expensive place to purchase Eneloops is at COSTCO.  They used to be available at costco.com but not currently.  I can get them at two of my local warehouses.  In June, 2012 I purchased 10 Eneloop AAA for $19.99 and 8 Eneloop AAs for also $19.99.
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Re: AA Battery Charger and Batteries
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2012, 12:44:25 PM »
The best charger is Powerx made by Maha, also they make very good batteries (2700mAh).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817355014

I have been using this charger with all kind of batterers (PowerX, enloops, soshine) and the powerx have the most power, but enloops are also very good.

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+1 I use this charger too. It can recondition the batteries if necessary.

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Re: AA Battery Charger and Batteries
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2012, 01:02:22 PM »
I have been using rechargeable NiMH batteries for many years.  Initially I used Energizer batteries but they did not last or recharge long.  In 4/2009, I purchased two La Crosse BC-900 chargers which came with their brand of NiMH AA and AAA batteries.  All I can say about the La Crosse batteries is that I was disappointed.
La Crosse has the best AA/AAA battery charger on the market.  I have used the BC1000 model with both Duracell white top and Sanyo Eneloop batteries for years.  If you want to get charger, go with La Crosse.  If you want to get rechargeable batteries, go with Sanyo Eneloop and Duracell white top(not the black top version).
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Re: AA Battery Charger and Batteries
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2012, 01:34:12 PM »
Low self-discharge NiMH batteries and a battery charger that charges each cell individually, not in pairs, at a relatively low current. I use Eneloops and a LaCrosse BC-700

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« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2012, 01:48:54 PM »
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Re: AA Battery Charger and Batteries
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2012, 01:58:49 PM »
+1 Eneloop batteries

Charger:

MAHA MH-C-801D

http://www.digitaldingus.com/reviews/maha/mhc801d/mhc801d.php

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« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2012, 01:58:49 PM »