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    Good AA rechargeable batteries?

    I need to get some new all-purpose AA rechargeables. Which are good quality? Preferable Gen 2 NiMH that keep the charge. Not primarily for camera flash use.

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    Re: Good AA rechargeable batteries?

    I use Sanyo Eneloops, and have been happy with them.

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    Re: Good AA rechargeable batteries?

    Quote Originally Posted by stephengilbert View Post
    I use Sanyo Eneloops, and have been happy with them.
    +1. They hold a charge unusually well.

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    Re: Good AA rechargeable batteries?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oren Grad View Post
    +1. They hold a charge unusually well.
    +1

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    Re: Good AA rechargeable batteries?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oren Grad View Post
    +1. They hold a charge unusually well.
    +1 I had a set in my afd ii since last october, cam was switched on and they only went flat about 3 weeks ago.

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    Re: Good AA rechargeable batteries?

    Sanyo Eneloops.

    But get the Maha or Powerex 8-cell recharger unit.

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    Re: Good AA rechargeable batteries?

    Sanyo Eneloops like everyone else who mentioned them are hands down the best!

    I don't have personal experience with the Maha or Powerex, but I use the Titanium 16 battery charger, which I think is great! It does take a while longer than others on the market, but my research quite a while ago assured me that quicker isn't necessarily better. So while I do say this, your research and usage mileage may differ!
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    Re: Good AA rechargeable batteries?

    There are several different types of Eneloops. Simply buying Eneloop is not going to deliver "general purpose". The distinction is in the mAh. They have different discharge rates, how many times they can be recharged as well as other differences which I don't recall.

    Nikon's site has an excellent article, kept updated, on buying rechargeable batteries. They address Eneloop specifically. Probably easier to Google the page than sift through Nikon's site.

    When I made my last purchase I went with the 1,900 mAh batteries. I was looking for general purpose at the time. For flash, there are much better choices. About 5 years ago I bought the standard Sanyo 4 cell charger. It replaced one of the fancier names (that died after about 5 years) and its done just fine. I could not tell a difference with the same batteries.

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