I'm new to the MH-C9000 charger and Eneloop batteries. I've been doing extensive reading here in the forums and gather that a discharge/break-in is highly recommended for new (unused) batteries? I'm using the Eneloop 1500s that retain 75% capacity up to 3 yrs. I need advice from the very beginning as far as what modes will give me best battery life/usage. The main appliances used are a digital camera (4 AA), remote control (4 AAA) and miscellaneous devices that use up to 1-2 AA/AAA.
To begin, how long does a cycle (break-in, R&A, charge etc.) last for batteries that are unused; is there a time period of non-use when the batteries should receive another cycle before use in a device?
I read where a Charge was only required; did this on 4 AAA eneloops after they showed signs of degradation. These batteries were used straight out of the package (no break-in, R&A etc.). The C9000 results were:
Battery 1 582 mah 1.45v
" 2 628 mah 1.45v
" 3 628 mah 1.44v
" 4 615 mah 1.44v MIN were 97 - 104
Will the mah capacity be higher if I did a Break-in, discharge/Break-in? What is the advantage/benefit of doing the discharge first?
Say, when the devices no longer functions properly (weak batteries) is a Charge only required. If so, should the batteries be discharged before applying the Charge or is a straight Charge sufficient?
On a brand new 4pk AAA the voltage is 1.338v for all 4. Would applying a cycle increase the voltage/mah? Can you get a direct maH reading on the C9000 for batteries without running them through a cycle?
As a newbie I hope I'm understandable......... in advance thanks!