The Best Rechargeable Battery I’ve Used / by Algernon Parker

You and Eneloop

I want to talk a little about my favorite rechargeable battery. I’d have to say that Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable are by far the best I’ve used. I’ve try Duracell, Energizer, and Pearstone rechargeable batteries for my hotshoe flash that I use off camera almost every time I shoot.

I was at the local Ritz Camera store and saw the Sanyo Eneloop that I’ve been hearing about. So, I decided to try them before a recent photoshoot. To my surprise they are ready to use out of the package. I didn’t have to worry about charge time at all.

Eneloop is a Low Self-Discharge battery. Meaning it can be stored for a very longtime without use and still have a charge. After 3 years of storage an Eneloop battery still has 75% of a full charge.

The Eneloop is also environmental friendly as well. Sanyo uses solar power for the original charge so that they are ready to use right out of the package. They are recyclable. So, you don’t throw them in the trash after your approximate 1500 charges.

A regular NiMh battery looses voltage really quick. It doesn’t take long for it to be under 1.1Volt which most applications shut off. With Eneloop, it holds about 1.1Volt longer. It keeps the voltage constant until right before it is dead and needs to be recharged. This is why I’m able to get more flashes in when using off camera flash.  This 2000mAh battery is more stable than a regular 2700mAh battery.

I’m impressed with the performance I got out of this amazing battery. This is why I’m replacing all of my rechargeable batteries with Eneloop.

You and Eneloop

You and Eneloop

Have you tried Eneloop? Do you recommend Eneloop? What are your thoughts?