Best AA rechargeables ?

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  1. kawasakiguy37

    kawasakiguy37 Member

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    Im looking to pick up some QUALITY AA rechargeable batteries. Also looking for a quality charger. I need something decent to power my speedlight, but I dont want to go Nizn or with anything that will overvolt it too much. I just got some LiFePO4 cells from AW (small manufacturer) that are working great in my triggers, but these are CR123 size. Any recommendations?

    Main Requirements:
    Relatively affordable
    RELIABLE (I dont want cells dieing on me!)
    Relatively low self discharge (So normal NIMH is probably out, maybe LSD ones?)
     
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    Sanyo eneloops a little pricey but very worth the price ... I had 8 sets for when I did weddings... Never failed me
     
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    Eneloops are the best, but the Duracell Pre Charged which have the white tops are rebranded Eneloops. The ones that have black tops are rebranded Rayovacs and not as good.
     
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    How do the eneloops compare to the Maha Imedions? Those seem to get good reviews as well.

    Are there no LiFePO4 alternatives?
     
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    Any other recommendations on chargers? I definitely want a good one. The Maha looks quite nice.

    Also been hearing some great things about GP ReCyko+ batteries. I know GP is China but its considered top quality and the guys on the candlepower forums are all over these.

    Any body used the GP LSD NIMH cells?
     
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    Used many brands of cells over the years, Eneloops best by far. Unlike the others, they're ready to go when you are. Maha charger also the way to go- nice to be able to charge 8 at a time.
     
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    Bite the bullet, get the right insert and buy a Quantum battery. Or just a quantum battery and and Lead acid old school battery.

    These things last for years, if not abused and left undercharged.
     
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    My Olympus Camedia charger with 2100 mAH NiMH rechargeable batteries served me for 10 good years before starting to showing signs of retirement.. worth every penny
     
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    Another vote for Eneloops! It's so great to be able to just go with them without having to worry about whether they still carry a charge from the last time you used them.
     
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    Going to try eneloops and the GP Recykos. Both get great reviews. Maha 801S charger seems like the way to go
     
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    I vote for the Eneloops too. Charge quick and hold their charge really well even when not being used.
    I use 8 as well - 4 in the flash unit and 4 charged up ready to go. :smile:
     
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    Eneloops and Imedion's from Thomas Distributing with a Mahayana charger. Never an issue.
     
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    I think we pretty much have a consensus! Eneloops for me as well. The only rechargeables I'll buy