I'm an Ornithologist and I do a great deal of night work in the study of Owls and Bats. I also do some work in other wildlife research that includes night work. And I run a number of Nesting Box Research Projects and rely heavily on my Headlamps and Flashlights. My research team and myself have decided to switch to 2700 nAh NiMH AA's in our PT Apex Headlamps and 1000 mAh NiMH AAA's in our PT EOS Headlamps.
With older rechargeable batteries it was always necessary discharge the batteries before recharging them. I was told that the new NiMH Batteries don't have a memory effect and don't require discharging before charging. My 8 bay LED Battery Charger from Amondotech.com has a refresh feature, to discharge the batteries before recharging them and that what I've be doing. However, I've been told be some this in not needed, yet other say it's better to discharge before charging.
I don't think what I'm doing will harm the batteries, but is what I'm doing just a waste of time?