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Cheap Batteries?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Jfduece, Mar 28, 2012.


  1. Jfduece

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    Hey guys

    I always seem to be running out of batteries around here. I'm talking about the normal alkaline type, AA, C, D. The kids toys especially seem to do a number on my stock.

    I never really have paid much attention to price in the past, not sure why because I am a value shopper on most other things.

    1. What is a good expectation of price for the various kinds of batteries?

    2. Anyone have a line on a good place to buy, online or B&M stores?

    Thanks!
     

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  2. arclight610

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    Rechargeable.
     

  3. Bolster

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  4. arclight610

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    Setup is steep at first, but you'll thank yourself later with all the money savings. They can also double-duty as a prep. Just get yourself a little solar charger with a AA/AAA attachment.
     
  5. quake

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    Agree with bolster & arclight610 both - rechargeables are great, and the sites bolster shows are my most-used sources for both lithiums and alkalines.
     
  6. Babynine

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    Yes, Sanyo Eneloops and the Duracell made in Japan "Stay Charged" rechargables are both where its at, just as other mentoned. Im guessing some of the Chinese made LSD MiNh batteries may not be so bad either.

    The Chinese made Goal Zero rechargables included with my Goal Zero solar charger actually test out 200+mah higher capacity than my Eneloops(and "Duraloops") do in my Maha C9000 charger/analyzer...but Goal Zero sells them for more anyways. And I dont trust 'em yet(likely never will).

    The charger included with the Cosco bundle Bolster mentioned does work very well as tested with my Maha C9000. But the Maha runs on 12V, so it should be very easy to run from a car battery or solar setup if needed.
     
  7. Jfduece

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    i have the duracell rechargeable for AA and they just don't seem to hold a charge very long. in stuff that sits a long time (a week or two) without use, they just drain out.

    I may end up buying some chargers for C and D size but i would like to have some of the regular alkaline to stock up too.

    I will check out the sites posted by Bolster, thanks!
     
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  8. Babynine

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    If your ever buying the Duracell brand rechargables you must look for the words "Stay Charged" or "Pre Charged" on the package, or else they are not LSD(Low Self Discharge) meaning they will not hold a charge for any time if you do NOT see those words on the package.

    Word is the white top Duracells LSDs that say Made in Japan are the same as Sanyo Eneloops. My Maha C9000 Charger/analyzer cannot tell the difference between the two. Supposedly the second gen Sanyo Eneloops funtion at 10 degree or so colder temps vs the first gen Eneloop, and the Duracell version. I have not tested them enough to know.

    I ordered my Eneloops from Thomas Distributing's site... $39 for 16 of the second genereation Eneloop AA's. I heard my local Costco has the Eneloop 10pk AAs in for $20, and thats a great deal, but I'm looking for another Costco bundle with charger too....never can have too many chargers, just in case of roming-type blackouts where charging many batteries at once in a limited period is a good option to have.

    Also look into the Maha c9000. Mine has been running nonstop for over three weeks now discharge testing and charging everything I have.

    If its alkalines your set on, last year I bought a couple 40pk AA Duracell Copper Tops at Costco for about $12ea. Thats about half the price of WalMart. Have not looked for them lately.

    Remember that alkalines suck in the cold, and as Bolster said, alkalines often leak destroying equipment.
     
  9. Bolster

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    Like Babynine says, you want the LSD (Low Self Discharge) batteries. The top choices are (1) the Eneloops themselves and (2) the one type of Duracell that Babynine mentions (called "Duraloops" by many, because they're suspected to be rebranded Eneloops - white top and made in Japan). Beware: There are variants of the Duracell that look similar to the Duraloop but aren't LSD...they've got a black circle around the positive post and is made in China. Don't buy those.

    Read here. And here.
     
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  10. RWBlue

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    +1 on the above

    I went Tenergy. They are fine, but they don't do as well as Sony for sitting on the shelf for a year then trying to use them.
     
  11. humanguerrilla

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    anyone try the 2500mah eneloop xxs?