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01-12-2011, 04:51 PM   #1
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Recommended Batteries

I have a K100D that I have been using for 3 years now. I have been using Energizer rechargeable batteries but they just won't hold a charge any longer. Do you recommend buying new rechargeables or something else? What would be more economical in the long run?

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The consensus here is Sanyo eneloops.
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
The consensus here is Sanyo eneloops.
+1. Had some energizers, they are used in TV remotes now.

Use Eneloops in my K200D and AF360FGZ flash. They don't lose a charge while on the shelf, and seem to last much better in cold temperatures.
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In Ontario the Presidents Choice rechargeable batteries are readily available and worked great in my K200D. They are precharged NiMH, probably re-branded eneloops, made in Japan - about $12.99 for 4 at Loblaws etc.

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Eneloops .

I've been using them for my flashes, they lasted long and don't lose charge over time .
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I started using Vantec CR3 rechargables after a pentax rep told be about them. A store in town had them on cheap a few months ago. If i had not spoke to the rep i was about to order Eneloops.
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Another plug for eneloops.
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Wow! Thanks for all the replies! I had never heard of eneloops before this. I will definitely buy some tomorrow!

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The downside to AA batteries is if one cell is at a lower voltage than the others the camera shows low battery too soon. Weakest link in the chain. To remedy this a good charger is needed. Get a charger that will charge each battery individually. The charger should be able to charge one single AA. I use a Duracell CEF 23. I think it's out of production now, but shows up on ebay. Sony sells similar. There are much better chargers, but for much more money.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Leana Quote
Wow! Thanks for all the replies! I had never heard of eneloops before this. I will definitely buy some tomorrow!
If you have Costco in your area then check them out . They have package of 8 AA + 4 AAA + 1 charger for around $25 , last time I walked by and saw they have like $5 off instant rebate on the package .
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Duracell branded eneloops are available at Shoppers Drug Mart. They regularly have them on 2 day sales for $7.77 a 4 pack (AA or AAA), they are $9.99 until Jan14th (see the current flyer). They should say "pre-charged" on the package. Check the view of the batteries from the positive terminal, it should be white as in the photo below, if it's black they are not rebranded eneloops and reportedly don't perform as well.

I second the suggestion of a good smart charger that can charge one cell at a time. I use a Maha Powerex MH-C9000 charger/analyzer and it made a huge difference in battery life. The cheaper MH-C401FS would do well. PaulsFinest in Quebec and NewEgg.ca are the cheapest I've found for mail order to Canada (they do go on sale occasionally at newegg). You can get them packaged with a set of AA Imedions (Maha version of Eneloops) or Maha 2700mAh regular rechargeable. I'm trying out a set of the 2700mAh in my k100d and so far I'm impressed even compared to eneloops.
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Eneloops with MaHa MH-C9000 charger is a good combination.
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Ok so no Costco here where I live, called Superstore (Loblaw's) and they don't have them, Shopper's said no too so I just bought 4 on ebay for 13.99. Free shipping!
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Great choice, Leana. I swear by Eneloops. Unbelievable longevity. You will love them. Freddy
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