AA batteries no longer the trend?

Started Oct 31, 2011 | Discussions thread
Joseph S Wisniewski Forum Pro • Posts: 34,136
4 reasons...

Most of these were already covered, so I'll start with some that weren't, and work my way down...

  1. flashes are not "mission critical", so the considerably poorer reliability of AA batteries isn't as much of a concern. I carry twice as many flashes as cameras, at least. One dies, I swap in another. I swap just so one can cool down. A flash dies, it's "grab another, keep going". There's another in my pocket or belt pouch, as opposed to the backup camera, which is usually a little farther away.All the flashes die? I'm a wizard at available light.

  2. flashes go maybe 150 full power flashes on a set of batteries, vs. 1000 for a camera. So, while the camera can contain enough battery power to do an entire event (wedding, corporate function), you have to swap flash batteries multiple times.

  3. flash use is often hard enough on batteries to get them burning hot. The lifetime of primaries or rechargeables is shortened considerably by this, so more "disposable" batteries make more sense.

  4. not all flashes use AA. Serious flashes have high voltage connectors, and event photographers frequently plug in proprietary packs, like a Quantum, where all the cells are spot-welded together. No AA. And then there's the Vagabond Mini-Lithium, selling like hotcakes.

Well, you asked...

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