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Rhys
06-02-2008, 06:55 AM
I'm looking at getting some AA rechargeables for my flashes. I have a load of NiMh batteries of about 1600 mah that are getting a bit elderly (5 years old). I'm thinking of getting low discharge batteries. I'm not keen on the price though - the ordinary ones seem cheaper and of higher capacity.

I charged some of my exisiting batteries some days ago and one pair almost immediately didn't work, despite having been given the all-clear by a reconditioning charger.

Given the age of my batteries, I feel new is in order. My question is thus:
What's the cheapest price and place you've found for AA low discharge or AA high capacity and where was that place? I know my local BiLo sells low discharge AAs.

cdifoto
06-02-2008, 07:50 AM
2500-2700mAh is the norm these days. 1600mAh means they're ollllld. Definitely time for a new set or three!

I'd look at Amazon.com & Thomas-Distributing.com. If anyone would have good prices it'd be them, otherwise I imagine the price on those doesn't have much flex...kinda like lenses. You won't find anyone legitimate with vastly lower prices than anywhere else.

cdifoto
06-02-2008, 07:52 AM
Speakin' of which...here's a 4 pack of 2300mAh Low-discharges for 11 bucks:

http://thomasdistributing.com/shop/delkin-2300-mah-aa-low-discharge-rechargeable-batteriesbr4-battery-packbrfree-4-cell-battery-holder-p-1247.html?SP_id=75

You'd have to order enough to justify shipping though.

Rhys
06-02-2008, 11:35 AM
Hmm. BiLo has 2000mah low discharge pre-charged for $12.95. Seems a bit expensive compared to Thomas Distributing's Kodak 2100mah for $7.97.

Only thing against that is Thomas Distributing's S&H charges. For 4 sets it works out at $7.82 extra which is cheaper but you have to buy at least 2 sets to beat the local option - which also has the advantage of immediacy.

Visual Reality
06-02-2008, 04:15 PM
Eneloop, Eneloop, Ene.............you get the point.

And no I am in no way affiliated with them, it's just the only AA battery worth buying anymore. I have a couple dozen of them around my house and in my gear and its ready every time I pick it up, even months later.

Don't let the 2000mAh rating fool you - they outlast my 2500mAh Energizers when discharging them entirely in one day, very impressive.

Rhys
06-02-2008, 05:54 PM
I was impressed by the Duracell 2000mah batteries with a 365 day life for $11.95/$12.95. Given that they were in BiLo, I reckon that was a bargain!