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Rechargable batteries for speedlite
The Tick 
27/7/08 9:49:15 PM
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After using some NMmIH 2200mAh rechargeables from DSE and comparing them to a recent purchase of Duracell, I noticed that my speedlite is so much slower with the rechargables.

Does anyone here use rechargeables for something like a speedlite and if so what do you use?

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27/7/08 10:33:35 PM
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Mademan 
28/7/08 8:40:15 AM
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I used Varta rechargeables in my Sunpak flash, and mine always recharged way faster than the other person in my course who had the same flash running on normal batteries.

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Athiril 
28/7/08 10:04:38 AM
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I've got no problems with flash recycle on rechargeable batteries.

I'm using a Nikon SB-15 speedlite though on my Canon.. which was neither made to use with 1.2v batteries or digital cameras..

In any case I use Duracell 2800 mAh, and Energizer nimh, on a third party charger that does pulse charging and trickles when battery is full and all that other fancy stuff.

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smenkhare 
28/7/08 3:58:37 PM
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Quote by The Tick
from DSE



there's your problem.

DSE batteries have always been crap in my experience

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The Tick 
28/7/08 4:46:09 PM
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Quote by smenkhare
Quote by The Tick
from DSE



there's your problem.

DSE batteries have always been crap in my experience



I guess this is what I have been looking for - confirmation that the brand is the issue more so than simply being a rechargeable.

Thanks to all for your input.

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stadl 
28/7/08 6:10:25 PM
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I originally was using Duracel 2500 NiMHs in my flash. I gave up on them after a while because their shelf life is low due to the internal discharge of that technology.

A couple of times, I'd pull the flash out of the bag after a month or so and find they had enough juice for 10 flashes with 10-15s recycle time.

So I went back to Alkaline deracels and they were fine, just needed to buy a new set from time to time, and after a while alkaline batteries start taking up more space than rechargeables and the charger.

About 4 months ago I got some Sanyo Eneloops (2100 low discharge NiMH) These supposedly retain 85% charge for up to 1 year, and from what I've seen so far they deliver. Pulled the flash out after 2 months of no use, and fired off a few dozen shots, still only about a 3 second cycle time.

There are also a bunch of other brands, sony, enerkeep and other variations of the Low discharge NiMH technology now on the market. You can charge them in the same chargers.

I got onto them when I needed a workable solution for the 8 AA batteries required by my battery grip.

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Athiril 
28/7/08 6:35:51 PM
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There's a rechargeable battery shoot off article/benchmark somewhere...

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Friml 
29/7/08 2:27:51 AM
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I use fujifilm 2100iMH batts. I've recharged them at least 150 times, and they would have done thousands and thousands of 1/1 power bursts in a SB-800, and I'm just now noticing that their slowing down.. I bought a new fancy set, but their downstairs and I'm naked so ill post them tomorrow.

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ne()phyte 
29/7/08 7:39:17 AM
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Quote by stadl
I originally was using Duracel 2500 NiMHs in my flash. I gave up on them after a while because their shelf life is low due to the internal discharge of that technology...



Same here. I can't be stuff waiting 8hrs for standard NiMH rechargeables to recharge, and I'm not a fan of fast recharge batteries.

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gummybear 
29/7/08 8:57:22 PM
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i'm not a HEAVY flash user but i have to say that i LOVE the energizer lithium batteries.

i find they last me a very long time for my speedlite and have fast cycle times.

oh and speedlite is the 430ex if that makes any difference.

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Oomph 
26/8/08 3:50:24 PM
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Quote by Mademan
I used Varta rechargeables in my Sunpak flash, and mine always recharged way faster than the other person in my course who had the same flash running on normal batteries.


Also using the Varta rechargables in my SB-800. No problems here with the Varta, although the recycle time naturally wouldn't be as fast as other non-rechargables.

Got tired of buying the Duracell and Energizer alkaline ones cos I change the batteries after shooting 1-2GB so I've got a pile of 50.

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orinjuse 
26/8/08 6:07:36 PM
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I just use Energizer 2500mAh NiMH. They seem to work OK in my SB-800, but I don't use my flash all that often anyway. I probably should.

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Swordsaint 
4/9/08 12:34:25 AM
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I use some energizer lithiums as well in a 430ex but looking to get a
Maha charger with some Sanyo Eneloops, popular choice from what I've read.

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