lithium cells don't have the high self-discharge rate of NiCd and MiMH
cells.The rechargeable lithium cells used in portable power tools retain a
useable charge for up to 6 months.
trouble is,the cell voltage is ~3.7v per cell,so not a direct replacement
for NiCd or MiMH..
I had that with a few cameras in the past and hated it (two were Fuji and I
forget the other one). I swore off using digital cameras. Then I saw my
niece and nephew shooting pictures all day long, day in and day out, with
various Kodak Easy Share cameras that come with a single rectangular
battery. I bought an HD camera by Kodak and never have a problem. The
camers (I have two now) are in my brief case. I can use them for pictures,
videos whenever I want -- no problem. I plug the cord into my computer
every once in a while when I upload the pictures/videos and can let it
charge from there -- in like 30 minutes or less. But I rarely do the
charging and the camera is always good to go whenever I use it.
It's the camera, not the batteries.
Stormin Mormon wrote:
Your NiMH battery is rated at 1.2V [althought it may overcharge a bit].
Your AA battery is rated at 1.5V.
If the camera is using 2 batteries in series, it is expecting 3V and getting
only 2.8V. A marginal operating environment.
Many cameras [my Canons] are engineered with a high cutoff voltage and
really need alkalines to work for the maximum period.
The NiMH don't match the job.
My camera came with two NiMH rechargeable batteries and that is the
recommended type per the manual. Recognizing that they are rated for 1.2V,
one has to assume that the manufacturer (Sony, in this case) expects it to
work and provide the specified number of pictures per charge. What I have
learned is that is there is a big loss in performance if the camera sits
unused for quite a while. When that is the case I always recharge the
installed and spare batteries before using.
I'm a huge fan of the Eneloops. As far as I'm concerned
the Eneloops have ended decades of personal battery
hassles. A few tips:
* Buy a few to try out. But if/when you want to stock
up, look out for special deals on-line or in store.
I target a price point of around $2 per AA cell.
* Get a really good charger like a Maha MH-C9000. See:
This store is blue-chip and highly recommended.
* A good tester is useful but not essential. If you
use a lot of batteries, this one is not cheap but
it is excellent:
I'm using Eneloops in a whole load of devices from
photography equipment, to mice, to kids games, and
more. No more battery frustration.
The overwhelming majority of Eneloop users seem to
very, very happy, like me.
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