Anyone use the Duracell "Ultra" batteries?

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  1. Michael*K

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    Had to pick up some replacements tonight and half the batteries were the "Ultra" variety. There's a 50% retail markup on them over regular Duracell batteries. The high end ones use something called "M3 Technology", whatever the hell that is. Just wonder if anyone uses them and if the yield is worth the price markup.
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    I have notice a difference in with using them in my digital camera, They do last longer compared to the regular batteries.
    Just my experience at least.
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    I use NiMh rechargables now, had a digicam that used 4 AA's REAL fast so I dropped the 7 bucks a pair (at the time) for NiMh and haven't looked back. They seem to last just as long as alkalines from what I've seen
     
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    I bought some ultra's to use in my MD player and they didn't last noticeably longer (if at all) then the regular ones.
    rechargeables are much cheaper in the moderately long run
     
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    I wasted some money on those things once for my discman lasted 1 whole hour longer for 50% more cost. Waste of money now I stick with NiMh rechargeables, 4 cost $20 (Canadian dollars) and bought a quick charger for another $20. 1 hour charge and I get about 25 hours play per 2 batteries and they have lasted for the last 4 months no problems.
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    I just tend to buy whatever is cheapest, as long as they are alkaline.
    Most of it is marketing. I'm sure there has to be some improvement or hey' be sued most likely.
    Kind if like the new Kleenex Expression facial tissue..went from 140 twin ply for $1.29 to 145 twin ply for $1.99 ...WOW 10 total plies more for 70cents ... what a deal
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  9. Todd Hochard

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    I use them in my Pronto. It's been 7 months of daily use, and I'm only 1 bar down from full.
    I only recall paying about $1 more than the "regular" Duracells at Target.
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    I use them in my Pronto too... they have lasted for about 6 months... the battery signal is starting to flash though... gotta replace them today [​IMG]
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    Recently, I was working with the FBI on a case, and had to wear a wire (I'm a state investigator). We used a set of the "ultra" batteries in the wireless recorder/transmitter. They died very quickly, and all the information I got was lost. Want to talk about a bunch of pissed off special agents. I even got good stuff out of the people I was investigating, but none of it got recorded, because of the stupid "ultra" battery.
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    I use Ray-O-Vac NiMh rechargables in all my personal electronics as well as my HT remotes. They last as long as any alkaline or Titanium batteries I've ever used. Lithium batteries are the best but they are expensive.
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