Rechargeable AA Batteries and Charger for SB700
I've read through most of the older threads about this but thought I'd get the most up to date answer. I need to buy both the charger and batteries for my flash and would love some recommendations. Is the discharge rate really that important?
Is the discharge rate really that important?
Only you can answer that. Is it really that important for you, or do you prefer to recharge your batteries the night before you need them anyway?
I tend to use my flashguns occasionally, and even then a couple of dozen times at a time. Being able to pick up my flashgun without worrying so much about whether the batteries are charged means a great deal to me.
Rechargeable batteries are expensive and the fastest way to ruin them is by using a cheap charger. Slow controlled charging of each battery will give you the longest life and the highest charges.
I strongly recommend the Maha Powerex MH-C9000 WizardOne Charger-Analyzer.
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Sanyo Eneloop 2000mAh is the best AA rechargable for the money. Powerrex MH-C801D changer is what I am using. Charge 8 AA or AAA at once and each cell is charge and monitor indepently.
I live in Sweden and nobody carries that charger for some reason. Nothing from that brand at all.
Sanyo Eneloop batteries are the highest quality made. This is because the purity of the chemical components.
If you want to read about them, and see some tests, go to the website for Thomas Distributing.
I believe they are in Pennsylvania. But you can buy the batteries anywhere. I got them at both Amazon.com and from BH Photo in New York.
The Maha charger is rated the highest, according to the tests on the Thomas Industry website. But I'm not a pro, and wanted to save money. So I bought the Pearstone charger sold at BHPhoto. Amazon also sells them. They are about half the price of the Maha. They hold 8 AA cells at one time and have full digital controls. Just like the Maha.
The Eneloops and other good batteries require a charger that will fully discharge the batteries before re-charging them. This conditions the batteries and so you can expect them to last for 1,000 charging cycles. The Thomas website has good technical and background info on rechargeable batteries. Very useful to photographers.
Maha Powerex. They make the batteries and charger. You can buy directly from them. Make sure you get a charger that works with your outlets. I used Powerex 2700mAh batteries intensely for two years before they required replacement. Four batteries cost $14.50 on Amazon; $14.50 for two years worth of batteries is a good deal. I shot a lot of sports and indoor activities. The higher power means the flash recycles quicker and you can get more flashes out of a set of batteries. It's worth it if you use flash more than a couple times a year.
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The charger costs a lot....is there a cheaper alternative, please?