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bascom
05-29-2007, 01:06 PM
Have any of you tried the new AA lithium batteries from Energizer? How long do they last? These are non-rechargeable but much longer lasting than regular AA's and 1/3 lighter but cost twice as much. Their web site says AA alkalines only last 90 shots but AA lithium last 630 shots. However, with rechargeable AA's I can get 2,000 or more shots and they cost the same as lithium AA's ($10), so it still sounds like rechargeable is best.

http://www.energizer.com/products/lithium/default.aspx

Visual Reality
05-29-2007, 05:09 PM
They are great (and lightweight) but I still say their rechargeables are the best. I can max out a 4gb memory card before my 4x2500's die :eek:

And at that point I recharge them and use them again...can't say that about the others.

S.C.
06-03-2007, 07:39 PM
They are great (and lightweight) but I still say their rechargeables are the best. I can max out a 4gb memory card before my 4x2500's die :eek:

And at that point I recharge them and use them again...can't say that about the others.

So glad you told how long the 2500 rechargables last. I am a new S3 owner & also have the energizer 2500's. I was wondering how long they lasted in the S3. Now i know :)

Visual Reality
06-03-2007, 07:47 PM
Note that is with 75% of the shots with the LCD off and closed, and only using the viewfinder, which probably contributed a good deal to that result. Also 2gb of that was recorded video so about ~700 pictures.

reppans
06-10-2007, 07:55 PM
...with rechargeable AA's I can get 2,000 or more shots....

I find that very, very hard to believe.... no offense.

Visual Reality
06-11-2007, 04:38 PM
Yeah, unless you have a camera that will take 6 AA's, that isn't realistic.

bascom
06-15-2007, 08:42 AM
I find that very, very hard to believe.... no offense.
Yes I got 2,000 shots over 14 months before my rechargeable AA's stopped working (died, can't be recharged, need to be thrown away). But I had to recharge them several times of course. What's hard to believe? Rechargeables are long lasting. Energizer says AA lithium last 630 shots. Do you believe that?

David Metsky
06-15-2007, 08:57 AM
Yes I got 2,000 shots over 14 months before my rechargeable AA's stopped working (died, can't be recharged, need to be thrown away). But I had to recharge them several times of course. What's hard to believe? Rechargeables are long lasting. Energizer says AA lithium last 630 shots. Do you believe that?

Everyone assumed you meant on a single charge. I've got over 20,000 shots on my AA rechargeables and they're still going strong. Only 2000 seems extremely low to me, that's only 5-6 full charges the way I shoot.

Visual Reality
06-15-2007, 02:51 PM
The way you posted it you made no mention that was with multiple charges. I think either your charger is poor (1 hour fast charger) or your batteries are cheap.

If mine only lasted 2,000 shots they would be done after 1-2 recharges...

bascom
06-15-2007, 02:57 PM
I think either your charger is poor (1 hour fast charger) or your batteries are cheap.

You may be right. I've only charged them about 6 times. They are an Energizer charger and the 2500 NiMH Energizer AA's that came with them. Bought them at Target. This one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817173026&ATT=17-173-026&CMP=KNC-overturesmx&ATT=product

Thanks for the tips, I'll try to figure out why they haven't lasted longer.

Visual Reality
06-15-2007, 06:43 PM
Well, that is the exact one I am using with great results...not sure what to say?

reppans
06-20-2007, 05:42 PM
Sounds to me like it's a non-use issue. High capacity NiMh's *need* to be used and cycled (full charge/discharge) relatively frequently or their inherent self-discharge will actually permenantly damage them. I've always read that Energizers were pretty decent batts.

You should definitely get Sanyo Eneloops if your shooting around 2000 pix/yr.

Read some posts from Silverfox (WWW guru of batts) HERE (http://forums.steves-digicams.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=119558&forum_id=51&jump_to=712434#p712434):

pursang
06-22-2007, 03:04 AM
My camera is a Canon PowerShot A410 and just recently I've been getting the "change batteries" message when I turn it on, this is with freshly charged Energizer 2500mAh's, I've owned them for about 14 months so I'm getting a pretty good bang for the buck, now if they'll just get me through the next few car shows ! time for new one's.

Rhys
06-22-2007, 08:22 AM
My AA NiMh batteries last a long time. I've had some for 5 years. BTW I use a 10-minute reconditioning charger.

GabOrcinus
06-24-2007, 01:22 AM
I just ordered the Sanyo Eneloops 2000mAh AA's (from here (http://thomasdistributing.com/shop/-sanyo-eneloop-aa-2000-mah-4-battery-pack-in-sanyo-casebrsuper-low-discharge-nimhbr1-free-extra-4-cell-battery-case-p-287.html?SP_id=&osCsid=2bc140a167f03d005d3ae18b48bb161c)) for my SB600. I've got a cheap NiMh charger for AAA's and AA's that takes about 2 hours to charge them. Is it ok to use it with my new batts or will it affect their lifespan?

Visual Reality
06-24-2007, 07:56 AM
This page should answer all of your questions:

http://www.stefanv.com/electronics/sanyo_eneloop.html

A 2 hour charger should be fine. Just DO NOT put them in a 1 hour or less (say, 15 min) charger. Those are bad for any rechargeable battery.

I use an 8 hour charger to stay on the safe side, and just let them go overnight. It shuts off when they are done, aka "smart charger".

GabOrcinus
06-24-2007, 11:19 AM
Thanks for the link, it helped a lot. :)