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p.1 #1 · Anyone using nickel zinc [NiZn] batteries in flash?


Any experiences?


Dec 17, 2012 at 12:38 AM
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p.1 #2 · Anyone using nickel zinc [NiZn] batteries in flash?


I believe this has been discussed before.... not a good idea.


Dec 17, 2012 at 01:48 AM
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p.1 #3 · Anyone using nickel zinc [NiZn] batteries in flash?


RichardLavigne wrote:
I believe this has been discussed before.... not a good idea.


Yep.

The higher voltage has the potential to damage the electronics in certain flashes under certain conditions.

To recap: They are probably ok, but the *might* kill your flash. Feel like taking a chance?



Dec 17, 2012 at 01:54 AM
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p.1 #4 · Anyone using nickel zinc [NiZn] batteries in flash?


RichardLavigne wrote:
I believe this has been discussed before


Nothing came up in the search I did before posting.



Dec 17, 2012 at 01:54 AM
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p.1 #5 · Anyone using nickel zinc [NiZn] batteries in flash?


I never risked it, I still use Powerex 2700mah nimh pretty much 100% for the past several years.


Dec 17, 2012 at 02:21 AM
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p.1 #6 · Anyone using nickel zinc [NiZn] batteries in flash?


They recycle the flash fast!!
But when they are near the end of life the die suddenly!
No warning or slower recycling to let you know.

I also had issues with the chargers dying on me.

Total waste of $ imo.
Stay away from Nizn.

I use the Powerex Imedion 2400mh batteries and have been very satisfied with them.



Dec 17, 2012 at 02:59 AM
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p.1 #7 · Anyone using nickel zinc [NiZn] batteries in flash?


Tried them, had good recycle rate, but they died after like 3 months, didn't hold a charge anymore. Eneloop's have so far been the best price AND best performing battery I've used so far.


Dec 17, 2012 at 03:57 AM
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p.1 #8 · Anyone using nickel zinc [NiZn] batteries in flash?


sboerup wrote:
Eneloop's have so far been the best price AND best performing battery I've used so far.


+1



Dec 17, 2012 at 04:05 AM
 

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p.1 #9 · Anyone using nickel zinc [NiZn] batteries in flash?


DavidM5 wrote:
They recycle the flash fast!


They sure do! I just got them and, upon first testing, they were giving me a re-cycle time 1/2 of what the eneloops do. That's as fast as having a battery pack (such as Quantum) connected to the flash! The problem was that when I went to shoot the wedding yesterday, they died in like 10 minutes. I think two of the four batteries may be bad; need to look into that further.



Dec 17, 2012 at 04:37 AM
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p.1 #10 · Anyone using nickel zinc [NiZn] batteries in flash?


I had them and used them at weddings. Super fast recycle, as fast as with a battery pack. However. You get about 200 pops out of them shooting slowly and I killed a fresh set with under 80 shots shooting fast and when they came out they literally burnt my hand. Chucked them after that...


Dec 17, 2012 at 05:54 AM
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p.1 #11 · Anyone using nickel zinc [NiZn] batteries in flash?


I use duracell procells and they work awesome. Last a long time and recycle quick. The best part is that I get them at cost through my mom's work so a box of 144 aa's runs me about five bucks.


Dec 17, 2012 at 06:06 AM
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p.1 #12 · Anyone using nickel zinc [NiZn] batteries in flash?


Beni wrote:
I killed a fresh set with under 80 shots shooting fast


That was about my experience: in the area of 80 shots and DEAD. Like I said, I will be looking into the possibility that a couple of the batteries were defective from the get-go.



Dec 17, 2012 at 06:24 AM
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p.1 #13 · Anyone using nickel zinc [NiZn] batteries in flash?


Fast recycle but low capacity, nimh is still the best choice


Dec 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM
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p.1 #14 · Anyone using nickel zinc [NiZn] batteries in flash?


D. Diggler wrote:
That was about my experience: in the area of 80 shots and DEAD. Like I said, I will be looking into the possibility that a couple of the batteries were defective from the get-go.


Nah, same batteries would last much longer when shooting slowly, it was the fast shooting which killed them and made them way too hot to touch.



Dec 17, 2012 at 02:23 PM
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p.1 #15 · Anyone using nickel zinc [NiZn] batteries in flash?


Mark_L wrote:
Fast recycle but low capacity, nimh is still the best choice


It's the very fast recycle that intrigues me. One of our shooters is having a situation where he's getting a lot of black frames (during the reception introductions) where the flash doesn't go off because it can't recycle fast enough to keep up with the people being introduced in. His flash, 430exII, doesn't take a battery pack. The nickel zinc batteries recycle the 430 as fast as NiMH batteries in a battery pack!



Dec 19, 2012 at 02:21 AM
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p.1 #16 · Anyone using nickel zinc [NiZn] batteries in flash?


Just an update here ...

After testing the batteries one-by-one in non-photo devices, I have found that one of the four batteries I received was defective. So this may explain my getting only a limited number of flashes out of the set of batteries.



Dec 28, 2012 at 05:33 AM





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