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    Rechargeable AA Batteries

    I want to add some rechargeable AA batteries but am looking at something more powerful than the original Eneloop AA batteries. Panasonic Eneloop makes the Eneloop Pro, and there is another company that is rated well called Powerex Pro. No doubt I'll need a new charger for them, too. Between these two, does one of them last longer for flash units?

    I realize the choices below aren't comparable in prices since one comes with 4 batteries and the other with 8. Posting the links so people can see which ones I'm asking about. Any comments good/bad between them?

    Eneloop Pro: https://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-K-K...70_&dpSrc=srch

    Powerex Pro: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...8_powerex.html


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    Re: Rechargeable AA Batteries

    I can only imagine the Pro versions for both are more reliable. I've dealt with the PowerEx and Eneloops (but not the pro versions). My experience with both in comparison is the PowerEx batteries did not hold a charge nearly as well sitting on the shelf. The PowerEx rated higher in MaH but didn't seem to have a longer lasting run than the lower Eneloops (I think those were 2100 or 2200 vs 2700 of the PowerEx). And overall on my PowerEx charger I seemed to get more errors from the charger when charging the PowerEx batteries.

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    Re: Rechargeable AA Batteries

    Quote Originally Posted by PapaST View Post
    I can only imagine the Pro versions for both are more reliable. I've dealt with the PowerEx and Eneloops (but not the pro versions). My experience with both in comparison is the PowerEx batteries did not hold a charge nearly as well sitting on the shelf. The PowerEx rated higher in MaH but didn't seem to have a longer lasting run than the lower Eneloops (I think those were 2100 or 2200 vs 2700 of the PowerEx). And overall on my PowerEx charger I seemed to get more errors from the charger when charging the PowerEx batteries.
    Thank you! That is good to know.

    Here's another question for anyone...just how much better are the pro rechargeable batteries vs. the regular Eneloops? Since I need additional batteries, is it even worth upgrading to the pro versions? Or is it okay to just keep more regular rechargeable ones on hand? At the moment I don't have a big need for pro ones, but since I have to buy additional batteries, just trying to weigh my options. Most use is for flash. And I anticipate doing more with off-camera flash in the next year.
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    Re: Rechargeable AA Batteries

    I have a set of the Black Eneloops you listed, and many many regular Eneloops... I've not noticed a significant difference in longevity using them in my SB-600 and SB-910... or any other devices... I won't waste money or time on buying more... The regular Eneloops are fine... I almost never run batteries down, nor plan any kind of shoot that pushes the batteries to the limit... 2 or 3 chargers sit on my desk at all times, so I just swap out batteries every time I get done using a device, regardless of how much I may or may not have used it...
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    Re: Rechargeable AA Batteries

    The 'pro' batteries usually have higher mAh ratings. Hence they last longer per charge.
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    Re: Rechargeable AA Batteries

    I have Eneloop Pro batteries and have no complaints what so ever.
    They can use the Eneloop charger. Power my flashes and hold their charge for ages

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    Re: Rechargeable AA Batteries

    Cindy, If you have a quality charger you should not have to replace it with the new batteries. I have a LaCrosse that I use and it works great. I use both the standard Eneloop and the pro version... I got the pro's on sale on Amazon. I am sure that there is a difference in life but it has not been significant. They both charge to capacity in the LaCrosse charger. I always use the slow charge.

    I will say the quality of the charger is important. I had some used Eneloops that I received when I bought a speed light and they had no life left in them. I ran them through the recondition cycle on the charger over a 3 or 4 day period and they are like new now.
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    Re: Rechargeable AA Batteries

    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    Cindy, If you have a quality charger you should not have to replace it with the new batteries. I have a LaCrosse that I use and it works great. I use both the standard Eneloop and the pro version... I got the pro's on sale on Amazon. I am sure that there is a difference in life but it has not been significant. They both charge to capacity in the LaCrosse charger. I always use the slow charge.

    I will say the quality of the charger is important. I had some used Eneloops that I received when I bought a speed light and they had no life left in them. I ran them through the recondition cycle on the charger over a 3 or 4 day period and they are like new now.
    Thanks, Dan. I will look into the LaCrosse charger. I know they are a good company from other items we use of theirs. I didn't know they made a charger though.

    That's right. Throw a wrench into the discussion. Eneloop vs. IKEA. Lol. More choices.

    Something I read elsewhere said the Amazon rechargeable batteries are Eneloop, but there isn't anything definitive. I'm contemplating just sticking with the regular Eneloops. One thing I don't want to do is to overheat my flash units by firing too quickly so recycle time may not be such a huge factor for me. Thanks for all the info.
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    Re: Rechargeable AA Batteries

    I use this charger, it is super:
    http://www.mahaenergy.com/analyzer/
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