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| p.1 #18 · What Is Your Favorite AA Rechargeable Battery For Flash? |
I use a combination of batteries and all work fine, though the Rayovac rechargeables perform the worst, Engergizer somewhere in the middle and Eneloops the best -- the differences aren't huge so far, though I've got a running log of recharge performance (max mAH performance).
For a charger, I use a LaCrosse BC-700. It's a 4-bay charger that will do AAA or AA, individual charge channels, though the current on the channels is dictated by the first battery entered (so I can charge 1 or 4, but if I charge 4 they all follow the current set by 1). It's great except if I want to run a discharge/refresh cycle (which takes forever), because then I wish I had an 8-bay at least.
If you go with LaCrosse (and maybe Maja) make sure you keep one of those cheap quick chargers that usually come with the batteries. At least with my LaCrosse, if the cell drops below a certain voltage, it will not charge it. Instead, you have to charge it with the cheaper charger for a few seconds to "jump start" it, then change it back over to the LaCrosse.