Unique rechargeable battery kit makes sense for RVersIn years past, conventional alkaline batteries were considered superior to rechargeables when used in so-called “low-draw” devices such as portable clocks, radios and remote controls. Rechargeables used to discharge more quickly than alkalines back then. And some still do.
By: Eric Brotman, RVtravel.com
In years past, conventional alkaline batteries were considered superior to rechargeables when used in so-called “low-draw” devices such as portable clocks, radios and remote controls. Rechargeables used to discharge more quickly than alkalines back then. And some still do.
But advances in NiMH (nickel-metal hydride) battery technology have resulted in slow-discharge batteries, such as the eneloop, that work fine in low-draw devices — and in high-power devices, too.
RVers and photographers in particular will benefit from investing in batteries like the eneloops, given the high-power demand of digital cameras (and other electronic devices). Digital cameras are notorious for easily exhausting alkaline batteries, even when such batteries have a high-rated capacity, because their capacity is drained when power is used quickly. Eneloop rechargeable NiMH batteries will not only power digital cameras longer than alkaline batteries, but will do so for less cost.
When your eneloop NiMH batteries are charged and then stored for long periods, they will, according to the manufacturer, retain approximately 80 percent of their charge during two years of inactivity. After three years of non-use, the claim is 75 percent of retained charge.
Eneloop says its batteries can be recharged 1,500 times each. Some, not all, battery users have written online comments claiming eneloop may be over-estimating the recharge life by 10 to 20 percent. At the price you’d pay for the eneloops, even a lower percentage figure is a good buy.
The eneloop pack contains a charger, 8 AAs, 2 AAAs, and a pair each of C and D spacers (which allow you to put an AA battery into a plastic housing so it can function for a limited time as a larger battery). The pack has a suggested retail price of about $60. With very little effort, the same pack can be found online for $25 to $40.
You can find the battery pack, item #704479, at the eneloop website.
Visit the Green Batteries website to learn more about eneloops and other rechargeable batteries.