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Old 01-12-09, 07:38 AM   #1
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What batteries do you use?

When I need AA/AAA or whatever sized batteries, I nearly always buy Duracell. I dont know how the prices compare to other batteries (I never check coz either the shop doesn't sell another brand, or I'm ingrained to only buy Duracell and dont care about any other brand).

But are Duracell better/longer lasting than other batteries, say, from Panasonic or Sony? Are they made by Duracell but re-branded?
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Old 01-12-09, 07:55 AM   #2
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Don't ever buy batteries from a convenance store around here.
The last two times I have they have been Chinese counterfeits that lasted in the remote for less than a day.
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candlepower forums would know better.

sanyo are touted to be the best battery maker in the business.
personally I just buy the massive 28xAA and 20xAAA alkaline duracell bulk packs from costco because it's cheaper.

if you need rechargables, then sanyo eneloop line.
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Consumer Reports did a comparison test a while back IIRC there were a couple of brands of less expensive batteries that did better than the Duracells. The top performer was the Energizer Lithium.

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Old 01-12-09, 08:16 AM   #6
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speaking of eneloops, they're surprisingly hard to get in 2500mAh and 2700mAh capacities in JAPAN of all places.

2000mAh was readily available, but 2500mAh+ required a lot of searching.
when I finally found 2700mAh eneloops, they weren't even offered without a charger.

with a high capacity specific quick charger, it was $50
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duracells are made by duracell. many times, it is the best standard battery you can buy

for rechargeables, duracell blows

sanyo eneloops are tops
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For unimportant things, Panasonic from the dollar store. Things of importance, whichever big brand is on sale.
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Energizer rechargables for the digital camera.

Regular Engergizers for everything else.
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20 of these: http://www.greenbatteries.com/grbrniaa23ba.html , I rarely use AAA's or 9V's
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personally I just buy the massive 28xAA and 20xAAA alkaline duracell bulk packs from costco because it's cheaper.
This, or the Energizer bulk packs when they're on sale at Home Depot.

I usually keep a bunch of double and triple A's around for my mini-MagLites, Superflashes, and helmet lights.
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I've been springing for the disposable Energizer lithiums. Except for my kid's roboraptor, that thing eats batteries like there's no tomorrow, so it gets costco duracells.
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This, or the Energizer bulk packs when they're on sale at Home Depot.

I usually keep a bunch of double and triple A's around for my mini-MagLites, Superflashes, and helmet lights.

costco has long ammo clips of duracells aa and aaa for cheap cheap cheap
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I'll put this thread to bed. We test battery capacity here all the time, so when I get a chance, I will test batteries from Duracell, Energizer, and Sanyo.

I have a "smart" charger that discharges to 0.9V/cell, then charges to capacity using -dV/dt detection. The discharge fixture I have logs V(t) and I(t) into the load, and the test terminates at 0.9V/cell.

Discharge current will be C/20, which is the standard battery rating condition. We'll see if these batteries live up to their claims.

It should be noted that standard NiMH cells are different than the Hybrid Eneloop cells, so I'll have to get some similar Duracell and Energizer models, but I'll also test the regular NiMH cells.
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Consumer Reports did a comparison test a while back IIRC there were a couple of brands of less expensive batteries that did better than the Duracells. The top performer was the Energizer Lithium.

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I think you have to be a CR online subscriber to see it, but thankfully I am.
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Rechargable Energizers.
+1 on those. I'm big into rechargables, and the Energizers seem to have more life to them (both in terms of output before needing a recharge and in numberof recharge cycles).
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I buy ProCells, which are DuraCells that have been rebadged & bulk-packaged for the "professional" end user...whateverthefuque that means.
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I've used Duracell, Energizer and Panasonic batteries in my Nikon SB-28 flash unit and they all performed well. For a while I found that the Panasonic's performed best but that was a few years ago and technology moves on. Energizers annoyed my a little because I know your not supposed to leave batteries in anything for long periods on non-use but if any battery was going to leak on me it was an Energizer.

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Nice linky....thanks.

I think you have to be a CR online subscriber to see it, but thankfully I am.
I got to it without logging in...they put a lot of the testing of smaller stuff on the open web, hoping you will buy the subscription for the big stuff. I have had a subscription with them for over 25 years and it has paid for itself time and time again.

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Don't ever buy batteries from a convenance store around here.
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It's easy to spot the fake Duracells. Duracell doesn't actually have a bunny in a jogging suit for a mascot, nor are they from China.
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