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http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-rechargeable-batteries/
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Rechargeable batteries are better and cheaper than you remember, holding a charge for years and costing less than a nickel per charge over their life cycle. In fact, after more than a dozen hours of research, a dozen hours of real-world tests, and over 70 hours of controlled testing with a pair of battery analyzers—including another 12 hours of real-world testing with flashlights and a camera flash—we found that the Energizer Recharge Power Plus are the best rechargeable AAs for most people most of the time. But we also found that almost all the brands we tested are good enough for most uses if you can find them at a discount.

To be honest, I'm sort of stunned.

I thought the Eneloops would dominate, like they have for so many years in the past.

I still love mine though. wubsmiley.gif
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I have a truck load of EBLs in my house for all our devices, love em! Also a large number of Amazon Basics, and love those even more - they cost me a Hell of a lot less.
    
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I have a truck load of EBLs in my house for all our devices, love em! Also a large number of Amazon Basics, and love those even more - they cost me a Hell of a lot less.

Never even heard of them before today.

But that price/performance ratio is insane.

So guess what's in my cart now? tongue.gif

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It still kinda blows my mind that many people use rechargeable batteries for things like game controllers, headsets, mice, keyboards, etc. All of my stuff has always been wired. It performs better in nearly every case.

But anyway, rechargeable batteries do seem like they've come a little ways. Still won't convince me to go wireless for anything, but a nice bit of information to know I guess.
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It still kinda blows my mind that many people use rechargeable batteries for things like game controllers, headsets, mice, keyboards, etc. All of my stuff has always been wired. It performs better in nearly every case.

But anyway, rechargeable batteries do seem like they've come a little ways. Still won't convince me to go wireless for anything, but a nice bit of information to know I guess.

i'm gonna go ahead and say that probably 90% of things that require AA batteries have no option to send signals via a hardwire. I'm not sure how the current gen controllers are, but my xbox360 wireless controller only has a wired input for power. so even if its plugged in, the input and outputs are still wireless-ly communicated
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I have a 8 pack of the EBL. Nice for some things, but, you'll end up having to charge them every 3 days to 1 week vs putting normal AA in there and having them last months. I switched back to normal AA for my 360 and Xbone controllers and haven't looked back. I just buy AA by the 36 pack. The pack lasts for a very long time.
     
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Never even heard of them before today.

But that price/performance ratio is insane.

So guess what's in my cart now? tongue.gif


I picked up the EBLs from Amazon Warehouse for like $10 for 20 of em. I always keep my eyes open for the Amazon Basics and EBLs. Three kids with a bazillion toys? Need those batteries!
    
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I thought the Eneloops would dominate, like they have for so many years in the past.

I still love mine though. wubsmiley.gif


I wouldn't ditch the Eneloops just yet. The next wave of AA powered flashlights can get 300 lumens out of one cell, IF the cell can deal with the stress. Performance under heavy load has always been Eneloop's strong point.
It sounds like this is where Eneloop Pro really shines.

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?403440-Zebralight-SC5-(1xAA-XM-L2)-Review-RUNTIMES-BEAMSHOTS-VIDEO-and-more!
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Given the heavily-driven nature on the highest levels, stick with good quality NiMH. Alkaline batteries will not perform well at all on these levels.

Also, I've been a very satisfied MH-C9000 user for more than a few years now. Having a charger that tells you how much a given cell has charged or drained can be nice (more specifically, you can set the charger to drain the battery and tell you how much charge it had. Not necessarily a point of convenience, but it can confirm your suspicions if you think a cell is underperforming).
Edited by ILoveHighDPI - 1/26/16 at 9:10pm
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I've been using Eneloop AAs and AAAs for almost seven years now and I have yet to have one die or even leak. I love how they hold a decent charge for a year or more without needing recharging. They do discharge somewhat sooner than alkalines but, in the long run, they are one heckuvalot cheaper to use than alkalines so the inconvenience of having to replace them a bit more often is not even worth worrying about; I just carry a few extra, then recharge them later at my convenience. I have two 4-slot smart chargers (La Crosse BC-900 and BC-700) I use to charge them. I charge the batteries at the lowest current possible (200mA) to avoid barbequing them (internal heat generated during recharging will quickly kill these batteries if charged to fast).

I eschew buying anything that uses anything other than AA and AAA batteries (yes, I know that, technically, they are cells but everyone calls them batteries), such as flashlights, cameras and camera flash units, computer mice, remote controls, etc. to minimize the number of batteries and chargers I have to keep track of and lug around. I keep a bunch in my purse, a few in my truck for the flashlight, and the rest in the bag I keep the chargers in. The charger bag is kept in my camera bag.
     
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This seems to leave out a pretty important concern with rechargables: the self discharge rate. Plenty of devices I have (mostly toys for my kids), sit unused for long period of time or use little power when they run. The eneloops have always done great at holding their charge, I would not want to run out and buy some new brand just because they have a higher capacity when that capacity will probably drain quicker.

If this issue was discussed in the article, my bad. I don't have time to read it right now, I'll have to check it out later
    
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