AA for Nitecore

kimjune01

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I've ran a search and learned quite a few things about AAs but I haven't found the answer to my question:
What would be an optimal battery for my Nitecore D20? I don't use the light regularly(on an occasional/weekly basis) and I have access to a local battery shop: Vancouver Battery. There seems to be big differences between different chemistries and a nimh from any reputable company seems like it will do the job fine. I'm wanting to get a dozen or so AAs. help. And thanks.:eek:
 

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Energizer Lithiums ("Ultimate") will give you the longest runtime by a sound margin, longest shelf life, best regulation, and best extreme temperature performance. However they usually retail for nearly $2.50 a piece.

A better bang-for-the-buck solution is Low Self Discharge NiMHs, such as Eneloops. These can last for many months with very consistent results, plus they have no problem being shelved for months at a time.
 

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Eneloops or white top/Made In Japan Duracell Pre-Charged (rebranded Eneloops).

Mountain Equipment Co-op sells a 4 pack of Duracell Pre-Charged for $14.50. That's the lowest non-sale retail price you're likely to find in Canada for them.

You can also find Eneloops at Costco.
 

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+1

this is my EDC and travel combo for each of my AA/AAA lights and gadgets - lithiums for their light weight (and live in my EDC light for sporadic/immediate use) and they get switched out for eneloops when I know I will be using the lights for longer term.

if you have access to a Sam's Club - is cheapest place for energizer lithiums @ approx $20 for a 12 pack


Energizer Lithiums ("Ultimate") will give you the longest runtime by a sound margin, longest shelf life, best regulation, and best extreme temperature performance. However they usually retail for nearly $2.50 a piece.

A better bang-for-the-buck solution is Low Self Discharge NiMHs, such as Eneloops. These can last for many months with very consistent results, plus they have no problem being shelved for months at a time.
 

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Except for the Energizer Lithium, the others are rechargeable and have low self discharge rate, so you'll be fine with them after a while.

Buy an Eneloop original charger, it's actually cheap. It doesn't overcharge, it turns off when it's charged. But I recommend taking the batteries off the charger when the light turns off.
 

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... and I have access to a local battery shop: Vancouver Battery.

Lithum primaries (Energizer Ultimate, aka e2 Lithium, aka L91) is the best. Costs me about $1.50 each here in Texas.

But batteries in Canadia costs a lot, $18 for 4pk L91 (at around $4.25 each) are expensive.

In your case, you are better off using Eneloops, saves $$$ in the long run.
 
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kimjune01

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How about Maha Imedions? Vancouver Battery recommends them at $18/4pack.
On the subject of price, it'd be ridiculous to spend the extra for shipping/handling/customs-hassling batteries over from the States.
 

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wow you guys are amazing. Thanks for the suggestions.
Apparently, Costco has eneloops for $33/8pack. MEC has duracells for $22/8pack. Vancouver Battery has Energizer lithiums for $18/4pack. What would be the best deal?
Also, are these rechargeable? How much would I spend on a charger? Is overcharging bad(do I have to remind myself to take them out)?
so much to learn.
The Duracell's you noted at MEC are not low discharge batteries. You should look for Duracell Pre-Charged.

A good deal for Eneloops that also includes a 4AA, 4AAA, a good quality charger, and a car cord is available at Costco for $39.95 (it was on sale for $29.95, but that sale ended today I believe)

That's expensive for Energizer Lithiums. If you have a Loblaws/Superstore out in Vancouver, you should be able to get them for just under $13/4 pack.

You can also get a 12 pack of Energizer Lithiums at Costco for $35.79.

How about Maha Imedions? Vancouver Battery recommends them at $18/4pack.
Paul's Finest in Montreal sells the Maha Imedions for $14.95 plus shipping.
Is Vancouver battery a store you can walk in and buy things or is it web only?
 

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I would also recommend the Eneloop kimjune01, and more specifically, this previously mentioned Costco Canada pack for just under 40 dollars:

http://www.candlepowerforums.com ... post2535704

It's now excludes the adapters mentioned in the abovenoted post, but includes the 12 volt car adapter.

You'll end up with 4 AA and 4 AAA cells and what I consider to be one of the best chargers available to charge the Eneloop.

While you're at Costco, you might want to have a look at their other Eneloop pack which doesn't include the charger. Once you're tried them, you'll very likely be going back for more.
 

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what about using Kodak rechargeable Ni-Mh batteries?

they say "up to 2500mAh".. i have a bunch and a brand new charger..

These will work.

But these are not slow discharge types. If you leave the battery in the light for more than a month (without actually using it). You will be surprised when you need to use it and no light comes out.
 
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my flowchart:
go to costco for eneloops, if not;
go to vancouver battery for imedions, if not;
go to Superstore for Energizer Lithiums

and yes, Vancouver Battery is a brick-n-mortar store.

methinks that concludes the purpose of this thread. Thanks all.
 
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Amazon.com free shipping doesn't work for Canadians.

We also have to add 22% to 25% for the exchange rate difference....that usually kills an otherwise good deal.
 

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These will work.

But these are not slow discharge types. If you leave the battery in the light for more than a month (without actually using it). You will be surprised when you need to use it and no light comes out.


cool, i use mine about 20-30x a day for short periods and have extras on the charger.

thanks
 

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my flowchart:
go to costco for eneloops, if not;
go to vancouver battery for imedions, if not;
go to Superstore for Energizer Lithiums

and yes, Vancouver Battery is a brick-n-mortar store.

methinks that concludes the purpose of this thread. Thanks all.

If you can get to Costco by the 28th, you should find the Eneloop package on sale 29.49.

It might be prudent to go sooner rather than later though. I understand that the package is becoming increasingly popular.
 
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