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Great alternative to the super-expensive Eneloop XX
on May 26, 2012
I bought these because I need more low discharge batteries for certain situations. Normally I use the regular high-capacity Powerex batteries in things like my camera and flashes, and they work great because I use up their charge quickly and recharge them immediately. But some flash units I have sit around a while between use and I need those to be ready to go when required.
If it weren't for these I'd probably just buy the lower capacity Eneloop batteries because I'm not willing to shell out cash for the super-expensive Eneloop XX ones, but the Imedion seem to be just the same except with slightly lower capacity. 200 more mAh in the XX aren't worth double the cost to me.
First thng I did with these is put four of them in my LaCrosse battery charger and put it in test mode with the slowest charge current. On their first discharge/charge it says they hold about 2200mAh. That's pretty good for the first cycle. (They shoud demonstrate full capacity after 2-3 more cycles.) I didn't have a way to measure the charge they came with, but I'd probably discharge and recharge them first anyway because these "already charged" batteries never come with a full charge. (After all, they may be low discharge, but they still discharge and so will be a bit lower than full capacity after sitting around in a warehouse for a few months.)
So I can't say how well they compare in terms of discharge rate yet, but so far they're proving to be quite good.