Now that I have a digital camera I am in the market again for a set of
rechargeable batteries. In the past I gave up using them for a
portable radio because alkaline batteries lasted for a week where I had
to change the rechargeable ones every day.
The ones I have used in the past were Radio Shack.
Have they improved or did I go with the wrong kind?
On Sun, 20 Feb 2005 09:54:07 -0800, Kilowatt wrote:
Digital cameras can be pretty tough on batteries, and some don't like them
at all. In any case, there are better batteries than ones RadioShaft
sells. Try http://www.batteriesamarica.com . I've found the Sanyo
batteries to be quite good and Batteries America to be reputable.
Check http://thomasdistributing.com/ for batteries & chargers. But
these days, Target, et. al., carry Duracell & Energizer NiMH
rechargables (& kits) - they're really good too. I find that being
able to run a charger from a vehicle's lighter port really handy too.
Don't bother with any kind of alkaline cells in today's digital
cameras - they don't deliver enough juice fast enough (internal
resistance & chemical limitations, etc.).
And if you're like me and don't use your camera daily, you'll
eventually get caught by the self-discharge of the NiMH cells. So I
always keep a set of Lithium cells with the camera too. Unaffected by
temp extremes and 10-year shelf life, they'll always be ready when you
If your camera uses a CR-V3 battery, consider a lithium version of
that since they hold even more juice than AAs. And now they're making
RCR-V3 (rechargable Lithium-Ion), but so far they don't seem to be
living up to their potential - yet. I'm looking forward to them since
the self-discharge of Li-Ion is wayyy lower than NiMH.
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