AA batteries no longer the trend?

Started Oct 31, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Re: Don't let your Lithium ion freeze

Sammy Yousef wrote:

Now lets say I buy 1 camera a year (modest if you're a hobbyist with a family and include all their cameras in the list). Let's say each battery costs $35 and you like to have 2 spares on hand. Over 10 years, there's $1050 right there.

Those are some pretty wild calculations... perhaps you are figuring a one year life for lith ions, purchased at far more than they really cost?

I bought a new Panny FZ50 in late 2006, and shortly afterward I bought a 3rd party spare battery. I sold the camera four years later and both the original and aftermarket battery were still working quite well enough to continue using. My battery cost in 4 years? About $10. Okay, I could have bought a second spare, which I never needed anyhow, and the cost would have been $20 for four years. That's either $2.50 or $5 per year (for me was $2.50) - not $105.

Last fall I bought a 'new' (in box) Canon 450D. I paid another $9.95 including shipping for a spare lith ion battery AND plug-on-the-wall charger much like the OEM. My son was born a couple months ago and I spent three days and nights at the hospital with my wife, took hundreds of shots, never changed or charged the batter - I barely gave a look at the battery meter. One spare is all I have any need of. Ten dollars for a spare battery and a spare charger to boot, and I expect to be good for three years at least. $3.33 a year, not $105/yr or $310 for four years.

Right now I can buy a 3rd party replacement battery for my Canon on Amazon. The buyer rating for the 3rd party battery is only slightly less than for the genuine Canon battery. Price, about $4.75 including shipping. Nowhere near $35. Given the number of Canons sold that use this battery I am sure they'll be available far longer than I will keep using my 450D.

Yes, Panny has started using chipped batteries. In genuine Panny brand they are $30 on Amazon. Okay, $30 over 4 years instead of $10. Hardly outrageous, even if annoying.

And a new camera every year? Why on Earth? (Unless one is caught up in the 'latest greatest superzoom' race, at least.) You've really skewed the whole scenario to the ridiculous, and if it were really as you picture it I would agree with you - but it's just not that way. I've heard the urban legends about batteries shorting out, catching fire, exploding, etc. etc. but I've seen no evidence that this is a serious likelihood at all.

I've lived on both sides of the AA vs. lith ion debate, I used to be firmly on the AA side, but it is such a relief to not have to d* around with those little lead sausages, their clunky corded chargers, and messing with keeping batteries in sets etc. IMO batteries make a LOUSY hobby! I've left AA behind and I would not buy another camera that uses them. Ever. Period.

Now let's do the same with AA. It's more like $20 per pack, and you can share them between cameras. Over 10 years that's $600 if you don't want to move sets between cameras. If you do, it's considerably less (but your battery will die in 3-5 years not 10, so let's leave it there).

So $450 buys you one or two new point and shoots, or a good tripod and camera bag, or a nice lens or a nice flash. It's not a small amount of money. Why wouldn't you consider it?

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