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Best Rechargeable Batteries for Flash unit?

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Hey all,

Just looking for opinions on the best rechargeable batteries to get for my SB700 flash unit.

I have some that I got from Fry's that are rated at 3000 mAh and seem to do a great job. The brand is "Digital Extreme Power", which sounds fancy, but I've never even heard of them.

Should I stick with these, or does anyone have some suggestions? I am going to need to pick up about 20 more batteries as backups.
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I use Sanyo Eneloops and they work great.
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post #3 of 8
Define best for your purposes?

Different types of battery will give you faster recycle times, longer lasting fast recycle times, or just longevity overall. AC adapters or external battery packs are best when you can actually use them, but sadly the SB700 doesn't have it.

Eneloops are great for their low discharge rate if you don't use the flash too often.

One thing you do want is a quality charger to get the most out of your batteries.
    
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Originally Posted by ljason8eg;14478685 
I use Sanyo Eneloops and they work great.

2nd'd The Eneloops are awesome batteries if you are someone who forgets them in the flash as the slow slow slow discharge rate is just outstanding.
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The purpose would be for holding a charge for a long time and recycling quick so that I never miss a moment using my SB700.
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post #6 of 8
Eneloops are simple the best option. The self discharge characteristics are ideal for infrequent use and the voltage retention under load is one of the best (faster cycling times). The Elite 1700 are another highly recommended alternative with even better voltage retention, although I have no personal experience with them.

Oh and 3000mah AA batteries are an outright fabrication, no way thats a realistic capacity. Plus they are almost gauranteed to be fragile like even quality 2500+ batteries.

EDIT: Just make sure you have a decent charger, even good quality batteries die when overcharged.
Edited by Matt86 - 8/6/11 at 1:15am
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sanyo eneloops ftw. get the charger that it comes with. charges 4 at a time. lasts quite a bit of shots..
 
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