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Small rechargeable batteries (AAA, AA, C,D)

I have some devices aboard that use AAAA, AA, C or D batteries and I'd like to start using rechargeables.

What's the new tech? Is NiMH still tops because it's like NiCAD without the "memory effect"? (It's been a while since I've looked into this)

What about rechargeable alkaline? Is lithium rechargeable a thing in standard sizes?

So many brands and vendors to choose from. Battery quality, in both disposable and rechargeable has always varied vastly in quality. How do I find the good ones that will last?

Finally what about chargers? Bonus points to any that will charge from 12v, can be ignored without overcharging and accept multiple sizes.

Finally, I have to say that I like that usb/micro-usb lithium ion rechargeable devices are becoming a standard. Headlamps, flashlights, fans, and many other small devices. Very cool I think to have so many devices that can be charged or recharged from a single type of charger or portable power pack.

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Re: Small rechargeable batteries (AAA, AA, C,D)

The lithium rechargable operate at about three times the voltage and will fry anything that asks for standard batteries. they also require different charging profiles.

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Re: Small rechargeable batteries (AAA, AA, C,D)

Standard D cells are available free at most (just ask) life raft repack places .They are replaced annually at inspection time. Still goodenough for the girls I know.
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Re: Small rechargeable batteries (AAA, AA, C,D)

We started out with rechargeables and it kinda worked for a while. But they just did not hold the charge long and eventually we went back to buying batteries -- I have a ton of old rechargables that will not recharge any more.

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We started out with rechargeables and it kinda worked for a while. But they just did not hold the charge long and eventually we went back to buying batteries -- I have a ton of old rechargables that will not recharge any more.
This has also been our experience. Wish it wasn't so.

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We started out with rechargeables and it kinda worked for a while. But they just did not hold the charge long and eventually we went back to buying batteries -- I have a ton of old rechargables that will not recharge any more.
I was going to comment thus. But Chuck beat me to it.
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We started out with rechargeables and it kinda worked for a while. But they just did not hold the charge long and eventually we went back to buying batteries -- I have a ton of old rechargables that will not recharge any more.
Chuck--

Do you happen to recall the number of discharge/charge cycles your rechargeable batteries went through before they gave up the ghost? The rechargables might still prove economical compared with the relatively (I presume) greater cost of simply replacing batteries, No?

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Re: Small rechargeable batteries (AAA, AA, C,D)

sony rechargeables seem to work a while--have had some 3 years without loss so far.
i went from duracell many many from costco to sony rechargeables and i donot keep so many batteries around the boat-- clock, thermometer, and outside lights and spot are only things i have with battery needs.


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Re: Small rechargeable batteries (AAA, AA, C,D)

I am a long time RC modeler and would recommend NIMH cells. Buy from EBAY at about 50 cents per cell at AA size for standard cells.

There is a variant called Eneloop which do not self discharge as fast as regular NIMH cells. Cost about $1 a cell at AA size. I have some on the boat that are still going at 7 years and numerous cycles.

I am cautious about recommending any Lithium cells because they need to be charged with care but I have cameras phones and laptops all running on lithium cells. The internal charge regulators and cell balancing tech works well. If you go down the lithium route be sure you understand how to charge them and use something fire proof when charging.
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Re: Small rechargeable batteries (AAA, AA, C,D)

My AA and AAA rechargeable have done me very well. I get at least two seasons out of them so I'm very happy with them. Almost everything I have is LED. My LED spotlight is amazing, and it's not top shelf.

I plan on buying a new LED spotlight and/or maybe one of those super flash lights this spring.

Before inexpensive rechargeable batteries, I was stopping at the store almost every darn weekend to buy $10 worth of batteries. I do spend a lot of nights on my mooring so headlamps and hand held lights get used a lot.

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