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allochthonous
06-18-2006, 09:17 AM
I just bought a Canon A620, which comes with 4 alkalines only, and would like to buy some rechargables.

Is there any reason why I should pay over twice as much for Canon brand NiMH batteries, when I can go to Walmart and buy a set of 4 Energizers and charger for $20?

Canon simply says that they recommend (of course) their batteries and will not be responsible for performance or "leaking" of other brands. How likely would there be problems with other brands, as long as one sticks with the major brands?

From what I can gather reading posts here and other places, it seems that NOBODY bothers to pay $$$$ for the "camera brand" rechargables. True?


PK

AlexMonro
06-18-2006, 12:28 PM
I don't think there's any good reason to use Canon brand batteries other than Canon's profits. The batteries they sell are probably made by one of the big battery manufacturers anyway.

I would suggest avoiding the ultra fast chargers (1hr or less) unless you really need them as these are likely to reduce the overall lifetime (charge / discharge cycles) of the batteries. It might be a good idea to get a spare set of batteries so you can quickly swap them if you run out of power in the middle of a shoot.

I use Ansmann 2600mAh and Lloytron 2300mAh AA NiMH with a Lloytron 4.5 hr charger with my Fuji S9500.

Fred
06-19-2006, 04:00 PM
for my Canon A95 I use Energizer 2300's I bought at Wal-Mart. They work just fine.

JTL
06-25-2006, 01:38 PM
Argreed...best batterries are Energizer and Maha PowerEx...

canon_A620
07-07-2006, 10:27 AM
I recommend the Sanyo 2700 mAh (http://www.thomas-distributing.com/sanyo-2700-aa-rechargeable-batteries.htm) cells, and a MH-C401FS (http://www.thomas-distributing.com/mhc401fs.htm) charger.

The energizer cells have been know to suffer from a high "self discharge" rate when not being used. The Sanyo's claim to have the lowest self discharge rate and highest capacity.

liter_of_cola
07-27-2006, 07:06 PM
I was very happy with my Lenmar NiMH batteries (2300 mAH) and my Lenmar charger (NoMEM Pro) all bought on e-bay for around twenty bucks. Two years later and still running strong.

ben7337
07-28-2006, 04:21 PM
can you show me what the canon brand batteries look like because on amazon I found some batteries speciffically for canon and they have 8 AA 2700 mAh batteries for only $18 I personally think that is a steal not overpricing. here is the link.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EDQFY8/sr=8-5/qid=1154124596/ref=sr_1_5/104-4510778-4696705?ie=UTF8

cdifoto
07-29-2006, 12:38 PM
Wal-Mart has 8 packs of Duracell 2650mAh NiMH batteries for $16. I bought 3 packs the other day. They're all I use in my flash units.

ben7337
07-29-2006, 06:44 PM
really? I was juat at a walmart and only saw 4 packs so $18 but I guess it was a larger walmart than the one in my town my town probably won't even have NiMH batteries lol. thanks for the info that saves some money.

cdifoto
07-29-2006, 07:58 PM
really? I was juat at a walmart and only saw 4 packs so $18 but I guess it was a larger walmart than the one in my town my town probably won't even have NiMH batteries lol. thanks for the info that saves some money.


They were all back in the photo/developing area. My store's a Super but it's really not all that big. It was $10 for a 4 pack so I figured I'd go ahead and save myself ~$12 overall.

thanhnv1980
07-30-2006, 11:21 PM
I've bought a bq-390 Panasonic chager kit and i use canon A530, this really good, good for my pocket!:)

Gideon
08-29-2006, 01:42 PM
I bought a pair of SONY 2500 mah and GP 2500 mah too.

Both pairs are AA.

downtrodden
09-02-2006, 01:48 AM
I have the green and yellow kodak nimh's and LOVE them. i have two sets of those and the charger that came with one set.. i also have a set of duracells but i don't like those at all and try not to use them. I have a fifteen minute charger from my duracells which i bought just for emergancies (i was on vacation for a week and a half) and since i've got back the fifteen minute charger hasn't even been unpacked. :X

cdnphotographer
09-03-2006, 11:19 PM
how long do you let them charge for? I bought a Energizer NiHm 2600 pack and they have been charging for almost 12 hours now and the charger light is still red??