March 2, 2005, 12:51 PM
As far as stuff that gets used a lot like my GPS, the Energizer 2500mAH NiMH batteries seem to be the way to go.

There are things I use that gets stored for weeks/months without use. I think I rather go with lithium batteries for these. Examples are my hearing protection, and in the future, a red dot scope like an Eotech.

Anyone whether the Energizer E2 or the Duracel Ultra batteries are better as far as lithiums? I also plan to pack these as backups when the NiMHs go down in the GPS.

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March 2, 2005, 01:19 PM
I've used both the Energizer and Duracell lithiums in our electronic dog collars and beepers. Both have lasted very well, so I'm not much help on recommending one or the other.

March 2, 2005, 02:48 PM
I just bought the 4 pack Energizer 2500 mAh and requisite charger kit for a new Canon digital camera I bought. Guess I'll see how they hold up.

What in the world are you using your GPS so much for? Trouble finding your way around or what? Only time I use mine is when out on the water and then only if I am out of sight of land or navigating a shallow passage.


March 2, 2005, 03:17 PM
For street maps. It's not that i use it a lot I just don't want to burn through batteries every time I use it.

March 2, 2005, 11:04 PM
One lesson I learned the hard way regarding batteries was not to leave alkaline batteries in a Mini MagLite that you put into storage for years only to unpack later.

The batteries leaked and I had a mess... :o

NiMH is so much better than NiCd, less worry about "memory", more tolerant of fast charging.

I wonder if the only difference between the different brands of lithium batteries is the label?

March 3, 2005, 03:21 AM
When it comes to lithium batteries it doesn't matter the brand, just save money where you can. 12 lithium 123a batteries for $15 at or 20 for $20 at Botach tactical. Compare that too 2 batteries at Walgreens for $15. For alkaline batteries in low drain to med drain environments, I just use bulk batteries from Bass Pro. 20 batteries for $4 and they generally work just as well as the expensive name brands. In the end, test several different brands, generic & name brand, to find whats best for you.

March 3, 2005, 07:32 AM
I was under the impression that NiMH batteries drain faster when not in use than alkaline.

Sorry if I hijack this thread but this I'm wondering about this for some time:
I have alkaline batteries in my Maglite, which almost never sees any use. I'm worried that leaving batteries in there will leak, and mess up my light. But whenever I need my light, I'd like to have it working as fast as possible. How would I go about this?

Use different batteries?

Replace the alkaline batteries (and how often)?

Store the batteries next to the light, and not inside?

Place the batteries in the light and upsidedown?

March 3, 2005, 08:44 AM

I have an on-board active preamp on my electric bass so I also have need for batteries that sit in it for a long time getting used weekly or so but it's a very slow drain. I've had the best luck with the Energizer E2's. They seem to last longer and stay strong compared to the Duracell Ultra's in that particular application.

brad cook

March 3, 2005, 10:09 AM
I have had alkaline batteries actually leak in a mag-lite and "weld" themselves to the flashlight body to the point you can not get them out no matter what.

March 3, 2005, 12:01 PM
What do you call a container for dead batteries?

A flashlight.

Tee hee!

Thanks guys.

I have some missionary friends over in Thailand. Bought them $40 of batteries. AAs and AAAs. A sweetheart of a lady over there just found out the hard way what the 110v and 220v on the wall means :o

March 3, 2005, 05:42 PM
At work we use nasty digital cameras that require 4 AA batteries. We have two cameras each with two sets and each set has its own charger.
Each set lasts about 60 photos (about a day's worth).
The batteries (regardless of brand and charger type) seem to die so fast.
So I've ordered a charger for £80 that claims to be able to do all sorts of clever and funky things to prolong the life of the batteries.

NiMH AA batteries suck in my eperience.

I'm all for getting new cameras with dedicated LiIon batteries but the Powers that Be have different ideas (the ideas involving not buying new cameras).


Dave Markowitz
March 3, 2005, 08:16 PM
I have had alkaline batteries actually leak in a mag-lite and "weld" themselves to the flashlight body to the point you can not get them out no matter what.

That happenned with my C-cell Maglite, except that I could even get the :cuss: tailcap off. Into the trash it went. :(

March 3, 2005, 10:28 PM
I had the same thing happen with a 4 D cell mag lite....BUT....I decided I had nothing to lose, and maybe something to gain...SO....I took everything off, to have access to both ends of the tube......and beat and cut the batteries out..... messy, a long job... finally got the old batteres clear, swabbed it out.... put new batteries in....and it is still working to this day.... those maglite take a big beating !!!

March 3, 2005, 11:14 PM
shootingdutchman, try placing a piece of paper or thin cardboard between the batteries to break the circuit.

Don't forget to remove it before you use the flashlight... ;)

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