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Not so fast on the 'holds a charge' claim
on March 8, 2015
I got curious about these batteries and how well they held a charge while waiting to be used, so I bought a battery load tester. It's a nice one, even has a little battery in it to put a load on the batteries being tested. The Enelopes, both AA and AAA, drop one bar after charging. They do so rather quickly, and then don't budge for a couple weeks. Then, about a couple weeks later they drop another bar. I've got a AA and AAA sitting to see just how far they drop. I've also got a AA and AAA that went through a complete discharge/recharge cycle on my battery charger. They're a few days behind the other two I'm testing, and read 1 volt higher. I'll report back in a couple weeks. I gave them three stars, and I will reduce further if they continue to discharge. I started getting curious because I'd charge up a pile of batteries, then a couple months later have a week where I'm constantly using my head band flashlight. I noticed the light not starting out as bright with fresh batteries that had been sitting, but on fresh batteries straight out of the charger the light would have that bright powerful 'new battery' oomph to it. I've got alkaline batteries that have been on the shelf for over a year and they test pegged at 1.5 volts. So..... after sitting these might be good for remotes, thermostats, etc, etc.....but, unless you're going to top them off they might not be so good for exactly what rechargeable batteries are good for--- items that blast through the batteries and require juice to get the best results from the item they're used in. There is always the option to top them off if you're not constantly using them. I guess that's fine, but then Panasonic shouldn't make the claims they're making.