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    Speed light batteries

    A most boring question - but what type of batteries do people use in their canon speed lights. Rechargeable or buy as you go? And if rechargeable what type, as buying the charger and enough for 2 lights & off cam triggers is a wee investment on its own. Thanks team

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    Re: Speed light batteries

    Kay - Rechargeable - Ansmann NiMH 2700 mAH (don't know what any of that means, by the way).

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    Re: Speed light batteries

    I use eneloops. They last very wll.

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    Re: Speed light batteries

    I also use Eneloop batteries. They last a long time and they recharge my speedlights quicker. I am sure of this but, I have not made a head to head comparison with alkaline disposable batteries or with any othe brand rechargeable.

    They may cost more at the outset but, after a period of use, they will certainly save money over throwaway batteries.

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    Re: Speed light batteries

    Eneloops, they hold their charge really good and takes awhile to drain them.

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    Re: Speed light batteries

    It really depends on how often you use flash.

    Rechargeable are usually cheapest in the long run but you can get some good deals in throwaways if you only flash occasionally.

    Like Donald, I've found rechargeable Ansmann to work well; but the answer may vary depending on what is available where you live.

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    Re: Speed light batteries

    Nothing beats eneloops. They hold a charge for months and take heck of a long time to use up.

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    Re: Speed light batteries

    Another vote for Eneloops from me too.

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    Re: Speed light batteries

    Sanyo Eneloop is a particular brand of low self discharge (LSD) NiMH batteries but it's not the only one. I got Energizer non-LSD NiMH ones in a package with charger for my bridge camera together with 2 AAA ones. It was around 6 times as expensive as 4 sets of non rechargeable alkalines and last at least twice per charge in my case. I don't consider rechargeable batteries for high drain devices to be an inversion but a need. Bear in mind the environmental impact of non rechargeable alkaline batteries and please dispose of them in a specific collection center if you opt to use these anyway.

    You may find this link useful: http://www.greenbatteries.com/batteries.html.

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    Re: Speed light batteries

    The eneloops technology were a first in the LSD NiMH line of batteries that did not self discharge rapidly. They advertise 75% to 85% after a year of storage and the originals are rated at 2000 MaH. Duracell batteries of the same LSD strain are actually repackaged eneloops in some cases but you have to know what you are looking for. The ones I have for my speedlights are eneloops but they are the new eneloop XX rated at 2500 MaH. A little harder to find but worth the search for the cycles. I recall seeing an article about not going too high on the power. I can't find it so I'm not sure if there is an issue with the rating itself. It could be just that they will recycle faster. If you fire your flash too many times in succession you will heat it up. Too often and you will break it. I believe the SB910 specifically addresses that problem with a shutoff.
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    Re: Speed light batteries

    Thankyou all for the prompt & helpful responses

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    Re: Speed light batteries

    Just did a bit of checking and, as far as I can see, Ansmann batteries have a higher spec. 2700 milliamp hour against 2000 and there is also an extra rated Ansmann with 2900 rating.

    Not sure if this is a UK thing or if the max number of recharges is different between the two types.

    Prices appear roughly the same although there is considerable variation between suppliers.

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    Re: Speed light batteries

    Cheers Geoff
    I'll look up & see what's available locally from these suggestions.
    Thanks

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    Re: Speed light batteries

    I used to use some energizers with ~2500 mAh.
    I bought some Sanyo Eneloops with ~2000 mAh and have totally given up on my energizers. Yes the energizers have more total power, BUT, the Eneloops hold their charge wonderfully, recharge my flashes FASTER than anything I have ever used, and they keep doing that until they are completely dead. This last thing is also a detriment, as there is NO indication that they are about to die One click they work fine, the next they are dead.
    I'm sure there are other similar batteries to the Eneloops, but these are the ones I know and will buy them again next time I need some.

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