What is a good brand of rechargable batteries and charger?

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  1. Ernest Aguayo

    Ernest Aguayo Stunt Coordinator

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    Hey all...

    Anyone have a recommendation for a good brand of rechargable batteries and charger?

    I used to use a Panasonic charger, but it was really hard to find batteries for it.

    I want a charger that accepts all kinds of sizes of batteries like AA, AAA, C, D. Ideally, the batteries would last a while between charges and are well supported: so I can find additional batteries easily when I need them.

    Any recommendations? Thanks.

    Ernest
     
  2. KyleS

    KyleS Screenwriter

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    Great thread Ernest as I was just starting to wonder about this after spending a load on batteries to run things around the house. What is a good brand to buy and what should one expect to pay?

    KyleS
     
  3. Ernest Aguayo

    Ernest Aguayo Stunt Coordinator

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    yeah, that's why I want to get a charger: COST! it's a total waste of money to keep buying batteries for all the gadgets around the house!! [​IMG]
     
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    Great thread, I can actually offer some good advice on the subject. I had 4 pairs of them purple Rat-Shack double AA's

    and they lasted me for 3 years of hundreds of uses. I believe there are a number of different colors like gold and green and I have never tried any of the others. Just the purples. The discman I was using back then in 1993(Sony D515, first model with ESP) only lasted, at best, 1.5 hours with new 2 batteries in it. Needless to say, rechargebles were a must and I lucked out because for $20.00 worth of batteries they lasted me over 3 years!!

    I had a charger that charged four of them at a time and didn't drain the power of them before the next charge. I always made sure they were fully drained before charging and kept them when not in use with a full charge.

    I replaced these Rat-Shack rechargebles in about 1997 with the same kind and have been using them since. They don't get quite as many uses like that first set and now have a charger that drains them before recharging. But they still hold their power and have done me well. I have only used AAs and my charger only supports AAs. It is a Go Quick Charge 3 hour NiCa Conditioner/Charger and has also has been excellent.

    Its nice to know that Radio Shack has something else good to offer than just SPL meters. Highly reccomended.
     
  5. Peter Apruzzese

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    I use a Ray-o-Vac charger (bought at Home Depot, the latest version is in a black casing) - a model which will charge *all* brands of NiMh, NiCad and Rechargable Alkaline (Ray-o-Vac makes these) in sizes AAA thru D. I've had very good results: I haven't bought a new set of batteries for my son's GameBoy or his My First Sony cassette player in over a year. A set of batteries costs a little more than double what an alkaline set would cost, but, obviously, lasts much longer. I have two sets of the rechargables which I regularly rotate into the devices. For the Game Boy, I use the NiMh; for the cassette, it's the alkalines.

    A BIG money-saver!
     
  6. Jamie E

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    I just bought an Energizer NiMH pack from Sam's Club. It contains eight AA batteries and a 4-battery charger (AA size only) for $20. The charger is slow (17 hours for the NiMH batteries), but the batteries hold 1700 mAH, which is the best you can find currently (longest lasting power).

    I figure I'll get a universal charger later if I ever find devices powered by other than AAs.
     
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    Anyone know of any great bargains online for one of these rechargers? [​IMG]
     
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  10. Ernest Aguayo

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    thanks for all the info!
     

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