I've been using the new Sanyo Eneloop AA Ni-mh rechargeables in my 7D grip for the last two weeks and was amazed at just how long they lasted, especially compared to Alkalines which just dropped 50% of their power after 30 mins.
I got several hundred pictures + a lot of live view + a lot of chopping n' changing with camera/menu settings (as I was shooting mainly indoor with flash + some outdoor painting with light and stroboscopic 'Matrix-movie' type stuff) before the Eneloops died and they did so without any warning as Neuro said.
I kept checking the Battery Info every day to see if the charge display changed and it always read 'full' right up to a short while before the power went off and it read 50% full, so there was some warning.
Just FYI, I fully charged the Sanyo's before use and even though they're rated 1.2V 2000 mAh, I had them all at 1.48V to 1.5V with 2100+ mAh. Immediately after they died I put them into the battery charger and they still had about 20% capacity, but the critical factor was the Voltage - they'd all dropped below 1.18V.
By the way I have 5 x LP-E6 battery packs, but I wanted to see how the new low self-discharge AA cells fared and I have to say they stack up pretty well, lasting as long as the LP-E6 as far as I can make out.
From a cost-benefit perspective, they're a lot cheaper than multiple LP-E6s, I mean 16xAA's on Amazon cost me less than 24 British Pounds (a little more than US$32 or 2 bucks a piece), so 6 Eneloops cost me about the same as 1 x LP-E6 clone. That ain't bad.