What do you know about rechargeable batteries?

United States
December 3, 2007 8:20am CST
Since I have a digital camera I have to use rechargeable batteries and in my opinion they are a pain in the butt! For one thing their very expensive and even at the price they don't seem to hold the charge very long! Do you have any experience with rechargeable batteries? Is there one brand that's better than the other? Is there one that is absolutely the best?
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
3 Dec 07
Well you don't HAVE to use rechargeable batteries but it's a heck of a lot better and smarter than using regular batteries since they'll be wasted in only a little while. I buy... ergh Energizer? They're silver batteries with green writing. They're excellent. My favorite of all the rechargeable kind. Granted they are expensive but you buy a decent amount, keep them charged and you don't spend nearly as much as you would without it. Two things I know about batteries. One, keeping them in the fridge helps keep batteries good. I don't know why, but it does. Second, don't know what type of charger you have but I've found that the faster chargers (the 15 minute chargers and couple hour chargers) are not nearly as efficient as the long charger. My charger is a 14 hour charger. Granted it sucks because they take forever to charge but I've found that they last a lot longer than the chargers that charge really quickly. Trust me, it's a lot better than regular batteries. I live off of rechargeable batteries... for everything.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
3 Dec 07
"One, keeping them in the fridge helps keep batteries good." thats actually not necessarily true...it may extend the life a little but not by much AND it takes longer for the battery to warm up to a decent temperature in order for it to work properly...
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
3 Dec 07
In my experience, which is what I was speaking from rather than fact or fiction, I've never had trouble.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
3 Dec 07
I have 4 sets for my camera as I take a lot of photos and want a charged set at the ready at all times. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
4 Dec 07
I don't like them.I feel the way you do they are a pain in the butt.They cost way to much, to much trouble.and i have not had good luck with them..I bought one of those gadgets that is supposs to recharge batteries and it was just a waste of my money.Now everytime we go into the store and i see one or my husband sees one we say man that was a waste...
• United States
4 Dec 07
I've noticed a lot of people feel they are a waste but I'm still not convinced. The manual that came with my digital camera recommends them so that's what I use. I think my problem is I think they last forever and they don't!
@calvin222 (1607)
• India
3 Dec 07
The basic thing is you need batteries which are a minimum of 2000 mha. preferably more. any good brand will do, but definitly not chinese. the charger also makes a difference, the mha capacity must match the batteries (its written on the charger) or it will take forever to charge.
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• United States
3 Dec 07
I didn't realize the capacity is written on the charger. I just checked and your right! Live and learn huh?
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
3 Dec 07
They are great as far as being able to use them over and over again. But like any type of battery they do lose their life as well. Once they don't hold a charge for long it's time to replace them. I have no idea as to the best brand though. I just buy them. I figure the money spent on them would have been spent on film etc for a 35MM camera anyhow. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• United States
3 Dec 07
I feel the same way as for the money spent on film for a 35 mm. Remember those days? lolol...
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
3 Dec 07
I love rechargeable batteries and I use the same ones someone else mentioned (silver w/green lettering)...BUT I have also learned wiht my camera a few things you should keep in mind.. Here are some things that I have found will drain ANY battery quick - constantly viewing the pics you take - frequently holding the button waiting for the right moment to snap your photo - filming theres another thing too but I cant for the life of me remember what it is LOL when I do I'll let you know though :-D We actually use rechargeables for just about everything in our house from the cameras to the tv remote -
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• United States
3 Dec 07
Since most of the pics I take are for my auctions once I download them I delete them...actually...I always delete the pictures as soon as they hit my pc so I don't have that problem. I also never wait for the right moment I'm usually pretty good at getting it fast even when it's my granddaughter.
• United States
3 Dec 07
I agree with you on this one. I bought three Energizer battery chargers and three sets of batteries for them at a Sam's Wholesale. They were great at first but, then they just stopped charging. I don't know exactly how long I had them before this happened but, it wasn't THAT long!
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• United States
3 Dec 07
I just had to check to see what I have and it's a fujifilm charger. When it was new it was awesome but now it's about 4 years old so I probably need to start looking into getting a new one.
@Omabunga (92)
• Philippines
3 Dec 07
There are many types and sizes as well as capacities of rechargeable batteries. Before cursing one, you must ensure that you are using the right one for your application. Using the same size for your application is not enough. You have to look at the mAHr (milli Ampere Hour) rating. The higher the better. Higher rating means longer life. Another thing to consider is the type that is recommended for your application. Types such as NiMH, Li-ion, NiCad and many more. Your charger must be compatible with your battery or else the life of your battery will suffer. You need to understand you battery to get the most out of it.
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• United States
3 Dec 07
Wow, that's a lot of stuff that I didn't know about! I'm going to have to do some more research now. Thanks for the information.
@youless (91132)
• Guangzhou, China
4 Dec 07
My digital camera also needs the rechargeable batteries. I also found some of them can't last the electricity for a long time. I think they are old enough. So I have to charge them again and again. In fact I've bought a lot of rechargeable batteris, therefore, my problem seems less serious.
@joshboz (1214)
• Australia
3 Dec 07
the best rechargeable batteries are those leading brands today. because they are rest assured to be durable,efficient and promising. rechargeable batteries are many nowadays and they could be the cheap or the expensive ones. i tried them both and found out that the more expensive(leading brands) are promising unlike the cheaper one which requires charging them for longer period and therefore, drain more electric energy than the expensive one.
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@estherlou (5020)
• United States
25 Dec 07
I have a Sony Cyber shot camera and my batteries can last a week or so without being recharged. If I take pictures every day, I might have to charge them more often. I've never thought they were a pain. I've actually thought they were very cool...charge in a couple of hours, or overnight without worrying about it. Different kinds of batteries? sorry, I'm no help. The ones in my camera happen to be the ones that came with the camera. The say "Stamina" and "nickel-metal hydride battery". I've had the camera over a year and haven't had to replace the batteries, so don't know how expensive they might be either.
@bowtieguy (5930)
• United States
6 Dec 07
You need a battery charger to use them and AAA's have a seperate charger than AA'a do.