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Finally, Rechargeable Batteries That Has Shelf Life Close to Alkalines

  • Feb 27, 2009
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The biggest drawback for Nickel Metal Hydride batteries is the shelf life. I got gadgets and toys all around the house, so I constantly charging batteries to have them ready when I need them. There will be very little juice left if you put them in the shelf unused for a couple of months. A waste of time and energy. Hence, one of the biggest advancement in battery technology is the arrival of the new low discharge Nickel Metal Hydride batteries. This is another great step in helping the environment. I have very few left of the old batteries since I started to replace all of them with low discharge batteries. Eneloops and Duracell are 2 of the best of its kind.

-Low discharge.
-Fine quality product. Well constructed
-Conventional size and dimension. I had other batteries that I have to use a screwdriver to remove from my camera because it is fatter than other "AA's".
-Included "D" & "C" spacers are really useful.
-Regular charger included (You can also use your existing NiMh charger for these batteries)
-Sleek and sexy design

-More expensive than ordinary NiMh
-Not available at many stores
-Maxes at around 2000-2100 mAh

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March 04, 2009
That would explain a lot. I had always been told that regular batteries would lose their charge sitting in my remote or camera while unused, but I had no idea that they could lose their charge just by sitting on the shelf. No wonder I have to change my batteries so often. Thanks for all the useful information! I would love to read more of your reviews on these gadgets and gizmos!
March 04, 2009
Regular rechargeable batteries lose their charge even if you are not using them. If you have fully charged them today but leave them on the shelf for 3 months, you will be surprised that they have no juice anymore. So, you will need to charge them again before you can use them. That is why you cannot use them for remote controls, clocks, etc., unless it is ok with you to replace the batteries every 3 months. The new low discharge batteries stay charged even in the storage for a long time. There are many on the market, Eneloops, Rayovac Hybrids, Duracell Low Discharge, Kodak, etc.
March 03, 2009
I didn't know that there were low charge NiMh batteries! Rechargeable ones, at that. Where did you find these, and do you know about how much you can recharge them before they lose their charge?
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Sanyo eneloop Power Pack & charger Pre-charged Ni-MH rechargeable battery kit * Charger unit model # NC-MQN06U * Charge 2 or 4 batteries at the same time in pairs. * eneloop Rechargeable Battery Power Pack * Pre-charged Ni-MH rechargeable battery kit * Economical: 1 eneloop = 1,000 alkaline batteries * Worry-Free: eneloop works in any device that uses AA, AAA, C or D batteries * Convenient: eneloop batteries are pre-charged and ready to use when you are Battery Charger Features: * (Worldwide Voltage) * Charges both AA and AAA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries * Foldaway plug; No cords or wall adapters needed * Multi-color LED charge indicator lights Long Storage Life: Batteries have a property to release the stored energy in small amounts over time (self-discharge). Improvement in self-discharge characteristics enable eneloop to be "ready to use out of the package" and to have long shelf life. It keeps 85% of the initial charge after 1 year, so it can be used now or as an emergency battery.
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