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Batteries anyone?
I got really interested in the subject after I realized that it's fairly difficult to find a decent online place for rechargeable batteries. There are several .coms here and there, but nobody seems to carry a wide range of rechargeable batteries. Majority of the stuff that comes with digital cameras "out of the box" has inferior capacity just to allow basic operation. Not to mention memory... Anyways, we know there are several kinds of ways to store energy. The latest and greatest technologies include Alkaline, NiCd, NiMH and Li.

Digital cameras, for example, can benefit from a steadier discharge, larger mAh, lesser weight, smaller size and heat dissipation, etc...

Comments (5)

Mark, Have you tried Thomas Distributing? They have a good selection of batteries. Adrienne..

Comment #1

Thanks, I checked your link. It seems that best we have is 1800 mAh NiMH cells. I wonder are there any Lithium cells, other than from Olympus? Regards,.

Max..

Comment #2

The problem with lithium cells is that the rechargeable ones have generally been in fairly custom form factors, so tough to get enough of a mass market to attract third-party mfrs. For AA-equipped cameras, the issue is that there isn't enough standardization in how the four batteries load into the camera to permit development of a lithium-based solution. - The problem is Li-Ion technology has a cell voltage of 3.6v, so you can only think about replacing pairs of AAs, not one at a time. If the AAs were always directly side by side with no obstructing plastic (as in the Oly cameras), you could work something out, but the various mfrs have all sorts of odd configurations for stacking batteries into their cameras. - And you're right, 1800 mAh is about the max for NiMH cells thus far. (The GP 1800s and Maha 1700s are both quite good, based on my tests. Beware some brands claiming high capacity, as not all deliver.)..

Comment #3

Thanks, Dave, for your info. It appears that the digital photo industry is way too slow adopting standards. For example, just recently the industry has decided to advertise the effective pixel count vs. the total CCD count. I mean, everybody would benefit from longer-lasting power solutions. Laptop makers figured it out and, although proprietary battery form-factors are common, Lithium technology has been virtually in every laptop for years.

Max..

Comment #4

Hopefully you can find what you need here:.

Http://www.houseofbatteries.com/.

Good luck,.

Bill..

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