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I recently jumped on a deal and bought a Canon SX130is(got it for $165). Yes it's a point and shoot, but it's got full manual control, so I figured it was still a step up from my two and a half year old compact Olympus.

Anyhow, I'm really excited for it to get here, but want to make sure I have all my accessories ready. I've seen a lot of comments elsewhere about Sanyo Eneloop rechargeables being A+ material. I'm only wanting to make this purchase once, and am willing to buy the best (within reason)......so.....is there better for my money? Also I'm grabbing an Adata 16gb class 10 off of newegg, for $21 why not, it can only help the 720p recording.

Is this even a topic people know much about?
     
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/offtopic: rechargeable batteries are usually NiMh, not LiIon (I say usually, but I've never seen other but Nimh). NiMh batteries degrade quite rapidly, so no matter what brand you'd get, after around 2 years they will discharge very fast. My advice is to go with some cheap 2300mAh and when they fail just change them. I doubt those that cost triple really are 3 times better, the technology behind them simply isn't that good.
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i agree dragos honestly batteries are batteries when they are AA i would say rechargeable ones but they wont be any better than normal ones. you will save money for a while with them but they will die faster i think. i had a camera running off rechargeable AAs and it never lasted long but i had 2 sets of batteries and they lasted quite a while.
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Ok, thanks guys. Maybe it's not as good as they are reporting then, that was one of the selling points of the eneloop's, they were supposed to be rechargable up to 1000x (full charge or partial charge) before any memory effects began to happen.
     
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Eneloops are good and don't lose their charge for the stated 1000x.
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The Eneloop are great batteries. The reason they are so popular is for their low discharge rates when not in use.

Also without a quality charger your batteries won't fully charge as intended. Also with a good charger you can revive "bad" batteries.

Check out this forum for more info.

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...isplay.php?f=9
    
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I don't doubt those expensive AAs can hold their charge for 1000 cycles, but under what conditions? Will they last 5 years if that's what it takes to make 1000 cycles, or if the cycle is incomplete?

Here's a scenario: More often than not the weekend comes, the batteries aren't empty, but nor are they full. You know you may need the full charge, but if they already are at x% do you charge them (which creates memory) or you risk having the batteries die on you before the end of the day?
In this case the obvious solution is to use the ones @x% and get a spare which is full. This way you make the full cycle with the first pair and you can charge them when you get back home. Cheap AAs can do the job very well, as their main caveat is they have to be fully cycled to last long.

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I don't doubt those expensive AAs can hold their charge for 1000 cycles, but under what conditions? Will they last 5 years if that's what it takes to make 1000 cycles, or if the cycle is incomplete?

Here's a scenario: More often than not the weekend comes, the batteries aren't empty, but nor are they full. You know you may need the full charge, but if they already are at x% do you charge them (which creates memory) or you risk having the batteries die on you before the end of the day?
In this case the obvious solution is to use the ones @x% and get a spare which is full. This way you make the full cycle with the first pair and you can charge them when you get back home. Cheap AAs can do the job very well, as their main caveat is they have to be fully cycled to last long.

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Well I'm not worried about that too much as I also purchased a 'smart' charger. I could simply discharge them and recharge them that way. Also all the LSD NiMH batteries do state that whether or not they are fully charged or partially charged they are good till the 1000x of putting them on the charger. I know my Energizer batts I use at work last maybe MAYBE 50x before I'm throwing them in the trash can.

But I compromised, I got the eneloop performance for less by buying a different brand. I grabbed the , which after reading review after review tested the same, and many times a little better then the eneloop, plus have a tiny bit higher stated capacity, which of course they usually tested out a bit more then that. I already needed some AAA's for our 3 knock off Wii motes, so this will work out great I think.

Thanks for all the posts, more rep coming.

Edit: @ aksthem - I grabbed the La Crosse BC-700 charger, not the creme de la creme, but for $30 I'm definitely liking its feature set.
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It's a good charger. I have the same one. I was going to get the BC-900 when it was on sale, but I lucked out and it was out of stock.

Edit: These are great batteries as well. I used to use them in my old camera and my R/C control. Lasts longer than your average Alkaline.

http://www.batteryjunction.com/sanyo2700.html
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Anybody used NiZn batteries? They sound very intriguing...
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