Rechargeable Batteries Question

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MightyMax New Member • Posts: 11
Rechargeable Batteries Question

I just purchased a Canon Powershot A95, only had it for a couple days, and the batteries it came with are already dead.
I was curious if the canon CBK-200 is really worth the $40+

Is there a better deal out there for a rechargeable battery system?

College student on a tight budget I have one from CompUSA that I got for free but as most free things... I don't really trust them enough, so i haven't put them in the camera.

I am also a bit sketchy as to the differences between certain types of AA batteris. The A95 requires 4AA's, So if there is a well priced, decent quality 8 place battery recharger system that you may suggest, please do.
Thank you for your help
MM

hitrack Contributing Member • Posts: 662
Re: Rechargeable Batteries Question

You did better than me, the batts that came with my A95 lasted about an hour.

My only advice on what ever batts you buy get the quick charging nimh ones. 15-30min recharge. I've never seen a single charger that holds 8 batts. I bought a Energizer 30min charger with 4 AA's and grabbed 4 more AA's as backup. Works awesome.

I can't be much help with the cbk-200 thing as I've never even heard of it.

Bob Blount Veteran Member • Posts: 7,454
Re: Rechargeable Batteries Question

NiMH rechargables with a 2200 mAH rating are very good for digicam use but do not charge them fast as it reduces the life of the batteries. They should be recharges from full dead in about 90 minutes to preserve the 1000 time recharging for which most are rated.

http://shop.mahaenergy.com/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=208

Maha Energy are the batteries I have used on radio contolled sailboats for two years. Very reliable, durable and powerful.

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OP MightyMax New Member • Posts: 11
Re: Rechargeable Batteries Question

If you check your A95 manual, you'll find the CBK4-200 mentioned on page 132. I thought it was odd too, I've never heard of it either and was a pain to find online just to research it.

Learning in Progress Regular Member • Posts: 361
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I also trust Maha products. The AA alkaline batteries that came with the camera gave me a little more than 40 shots(tho less than 50).

Along with my A95, I use the C204W charger with 2 sets of 2300mAh Powerex(same company as Maha) batteries. I've always gotten good results with that.

Also, I don't think you need to charge 8 batteries at once, since 1 set lasts for about 400 shots, normally you won't shoot more than 400 shots in a single day and if you do, you'd need to shoot 800 in order for 2 sets of batteries to be totally dead.

I hope you'll enjoy your A95, its a great little camera.

OP MightyMax New Member • Posts: 11
Re: Rechargeable Batteries Question

I'll check them out. And I agree, now that I think about it, I don't need an 8 place charger.

Where did you purchase your charger? I'm finding these online sites, but the idea of purchasing batteris online seems like a hassle?

Yea, I'm really happy with this camera except the LCD screen has issues in low-med light situations.

Will the battery type (eg 2300mAH vs 2100mAH) have much impact on the rate at which you take pics? (flash recharge time, etc)

thanks for your replys guys. this is much help

OP MightyMax New Member • Posts: 11
Re: Rechargeable Batteries Question

Ok so I think I've found the right group of batteries to purchase, seems to be the best price so far that I've come across

http://thomas-distributing.com/maha_2500_rechargeable_batteries.php
http://thomas-distributing.com/maha-mh-c204f.htm

If you have a better source, please let me know

scooby61 New Member • Posts: 3
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Here's a link to the rayovac charger if you want to take a look: http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=90137527&loc=111&sp=1

scooby61 New Member • Posts: 3
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I have a rayovac 15-minute charger I picked up at buy.com for around $30. It charges up to 4 AA or AAA batteries in only 15 minutes. It comes with 2 AA and 2 AAA, and you can pick up packs of 4 of either size for around $10.

Learning in Progress Regular Member • Posts: 361
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Just in case... I live in Canada, so I bought my charger and batteries at the ONLY dealer of my province which happened to be a great guy:
http://www.paulsfinest.com/

OP MightyMax New Member • Posts: 11
Re: Rechargeable Batteries Question

Thanks for the feedback everyone. Thanks to the advice about the PowerEx/Maha brands, I'm thinking of going with the MH-C204F charger and get 2 four packs of the POWEREX 2500 batteries. The total for this right now is $40 plus S&H. (Getting them from http://thomas-distributing.com/maha-mh-c204f.htm just because Newegg doesn't have the powerex 2500 batteris.. they have the 2300 though... You think there is a big difference?... they say the 2500 are getting rated at 2600)

MM

OP MightyMax New Member • Posts: 11
Good Deal???

http://www.batteryspace.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1388

what do you think.... If I get the other, its going to be about $50... (MH-C204F charger and Maha 2500mAh Batteries 8Pk)

What do you think?.... is it worth that extra ~$25??

vin_ann New Member • Posts: 8
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really can last for that long?

how about for A70? as i'm going to buy energizer rechargeable batteries 2500. is it will also last for that long? 400shot?

vanyagor Senior Member • Posts: 1,135
Re: Good Deal???

MightyMax wrote:

http://www.batteryspace.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1388

It seems to be a good deal. But according to this data:
http://www.imaging-resource.com/ACCS/BATTS/BATTS.HTM
Powerizer 1800 batteries were the worst among the 1800mAh batteries.

what do you think.... If I get the other, its going to be about
$50... (MH-C204F charger and Maha 2500mAh Batteries 8Pk)

Personally I use Maha charger (C204W) and their batteries (2300mAh). I also have Energizer (2500mAh and 2300mAh) batteries. They work great too. And cost 10$ for 4 at Target. They are crazy there, they sell 1600mAh and 2500 mAh for the same price. So you have to be carefull and pick up the right one.
They also sell an Energizer charger for 10$.

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vin_ann New Member • Posts: 8
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thanks...

do you have brought the batteries holder case to store your rechargeable batteries?
i'm here Malaysia quite hard to find the batteries holder case.

vanyagor Senior Member • Posts: 1,135
Re: Good Deal???

vin_ann wrote:

thanks...
do you have brought the batteries holder case to store your
rechargeable batteries?
i'm here Malaysia quite hard to find the batteries holder case.

If you buy from Maha Energy (same as Powerex) they include the battery holder for free.

By the way that deal that you showed us. The shipping is 6.5 (for me at least) which makes it not 23$ but around 30$. Which is not that great.

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vin_ann New Member • Posts: 8
Rechargeable batt

i already brought my energizer rechargeable batteries 2500mAh which come with 1hour fast charger..in Malaysia cost about $168(Malaysian dolar) which is equal to USD 44...which i thinks is very expensive if compared those sold on US. but soon i'm going to get another 4 energizer rechargeable batt in UK ebay when i go to UK this friday.

i opened it and charge it.amazingly it only tooks about 1 hours for fully charged. but got 1 batt was taken about 1hour 30min to fullly cahrged.

oh yeah...my old GP rechargeable batteries 1300mAh which is only lasted for 15 minutes on my digital camera last night. what's happen? do your know? are my GP rechargeable batteries is somethings wrong? have to replace it?

cokry New Member • Posts: 9
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I bought from http://www.batteriesamerica.com/ - $2.50 each for 2300s, v-1000 charger for $18.00. I don't know that I could wear out one set of batteries in the time it takes to charge a set.

I bought the batteries for may 3030 from them about 4 years ago and they're still going.

vanyagor Senior Member • Posts: 1,135
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vin_ann wrote:

i already brought my energizer rechargeable batteries 2500mAh which
come with 1hour fast charger..in Malaysia cost about $168(Malaysian
dolar) which is equal to USD 44...which i thinks is very expensive
if compared those sold on US. but soon i'm going to get another 4
energizer rechargeable batt in UK ebay when i go to UK this friday.

I do not think ebay is a good place to buy batteries. Here in US 4 Energizer rechargeables cost 10$ at Target. Probably in UK stores it is not much more expensive.

i opened it and charge it.amazingly it only tooks about 1 hours for
fully charged. but got 1 batt was taken about 1hour 30min to fullly
cahrged.

oh yeah...my old GP rechargeable batteries 1300mAh which is only
lasted for 15 minutes on my digital camera last night. what's
happen? do your know? are my GP rechargeable batteries is
somethings wrong? have to replace it?

How long do you have them. Usually AA rechargebles last for 500-1000 charging cycles.

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Forbes Veteran Member • Posts: 4,232
I own the Maha but if you're on a budget,

Maha is about the most expensive solution there is. Some stores (depending on where you are) promote a set of NiMH rechargeables along with a semi-smart charger for as low as $20. If you can get to a Costco or Sam's Club and you have a membership or know someone who would help you, they usually have a good brand name set for low money. Costco has had a Panasonic kit with lots of batteries and a good charger for $20 to $25 there, in the past. Try to get batteries that are at least 2000 mAh or higher, for a long runtime. 2200s or 2300s are fine, higher is not needed and can complicate your search.
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