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joburger Registered since 06th Nov 2012Wed 07-Nov-12 05:35 AM
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"Rechargable Batteries in SB800?"


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Hi Guys, I've put myself up for a number of weddings this season and I was wondering if I should use rechargable batteries over standards for reasons of economy. I'm carrying two SB 800's and will be shooting for 6 hours. Any thoughts?

  

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elec164 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jan 2009Wed 07-Nov-12 12:44 PM
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#1. "RE: Rechargable Batteries in SB800?"
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Welcome to Nikonians Chris.

I have tried numerous rechargeable systems over the years with varied success.

After reading the praise and recommendations here in this forum, I took the plunge and ordered Sanyo Eneloop batteries and 2 MAHA chargers.

The only regret I have is that I didn't buy them sooner.

Pete

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barrywesthead Silver Member Awareded for his continued support of the Nikonians community, freely sharing his expertise, particularly in the areas of digital post processing and printing. Nikonian since 07th Nov 2006Wed 07-Nov-12 01:09 PM
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#2. "RE: Rechargable Batteries in SB800?"
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Another major benefit of using rechargeables is their lower internal resistance. They run cooler and recycle the flash faster.

Barry
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OnTERRYo Silver Member Nikonian since 25th Nov 2011Wed 07-Nov-12 02:50 PM
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Hamilton, CA
          

Hi Chris.
I believe the rechargables are better.
I have a set of four ANS-MANN for my SB910 and no issues.
But, I have had them less than a year and they are not used much.
There seems to be a lot of information on the web about this.
Among others, this link looks good.

http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=rechargeable%20batteries%20review&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&sqi=2&ved=0CEEQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.metaefficient.com%2Frechargeable-batteries%2Fbest-rechargeable-batteries-battery-chargers.html&ei=-X-aUPTXM-n42QX6qIDoCw&usg=AFQjCNHDGI0Nv53BrQNw3e8mRohK9lSp9Q

Hope this helps.

Terry.

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photoravi Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Sep 2012Wed 07-Nov-12 03:08 PM
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I am using long time Sanyo eneloop AA HR6 (white ones, there are black one out, more power, less re-chrarging times, more expensive, wont use & wont recommend) for my SB800. They last long, very long. Even if I dont use my flash (I use it rarely) for a long time (weeks, even months) it looks like they are all time full. Nothing else. I believe they are the best.

  

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Powder Springs, US
          

Welcome to Nikonians Avi!

You are right about using the lower, 2000 mAhr, batteries. They last long enough, can be recharged three times as many times, and cost less to boot.

Scott Chapin
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gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005Wed 07-Nov-12 04:00 PM
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#5. "RE: Rechargable Batteries in SB800?"
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Chicago, US
          

Lion rechargeable batteries will produce a higher output voltage for a longer time than Alkaline batteries, energy density, but initially their output voltage could be lower than Alkaline batteries. Lion batteries keep a charge longer during storage, low internal resistance. When the Lion batteries run down the voltage drop is faster than Alkaline. The Lion batteries do not last as long a the Alkaline batteries and they require a special charger.

If you can afford it, I would look at the external power pack for the SB-800. With this pack you keep 4 batteries in the Speedlight to power the control circuits and the power pack will recharge the strobe light circuitry and provide a larger cache of power.

George
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rjo Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Apr 2008Sun 11-Nov-12 02:43 PM
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#7. "RE: Rechargable Batteries in SB800?"
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Atlanta, US
          

I've been using some Power2000 NiMh batteries from Adorama for about three years in my SB800. I have about four sets, and they give pretty good performance and life. At a six hour wedding last night, I only had to change out once, though I do have the extra battery add-on so it recycles a bit faster.

I saw the suggestion on the battery pack and am going to look into that.

RJO

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dclarhorn Moderator In depth knowledge and high level skills in a variety of areas including landscape Nikonian since 31st Mar 2002Mon 12-Nov-12 03:27 PM
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#8. "RE: Rechargable Batteries in SB800?"
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Berwyn Heights, US
          

I still use my trusty SB-800s for events and weddings. I switched to Sanyo Eneloops this year and they work great.

Dan L.
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joburger Registered since 06th Nov 2012Mon 12-Nov-12 07:27 PM
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#9. "RE: Rechargable Batteries in SB800?"
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Thanks guys, looks like I'll be ordering the re-chargables. BTW I have just got my kit together for shooting weddings. One D3X with a 24-70 f2.8 and a D700 with a 70-200 f2.8 both with SB 800 speedlights.
Both held by a Black Rapid double harness.

Cheers and thanks again for the information.

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Tue 13-Nov-12 01:30 AM
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#11. "RE: Rechargable Batteries in SB800?"
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Hi Chris,

Welcome to Nikonians!
Get a MAHA CH-9000 Smart Charger to keep your new Sanyo Eneloop batteries working at peak performance long into the future.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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DavidN4 Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Nov 2011Mon 12-Nov-12 09:00 PM
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#10. "RE: Rechargable Batteries in SB800?"
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Johns Creek, US
          

Use an SB-8A with Eneloops with your SB800s. I have that setup and it works extremely well. I can shoot all day without worrying about power at all.

  

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#12. "RE: Rechargable Batteries in SB800?"
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San Pedro Garza García, MX
          

Another vote for Eneloops.
Thanks to my partner Bo, who gifted me with a couple of 4-packs, I switched to them for all my speedlights now.
(I have three SB-800 with 5th battery and one SB-900).
No more worries.
As it has been mentioned, a MAHA charger is a must to keep them fresh and up to max charge, ready for long action.

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#13. "RE: Rechargable Batteries in SB800?"
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Richmond, US
          

I have Maha Immedions, low discharge NiMH - I think they are the same as the Eneloops. I get them from the same folks that have the C-9000 charger. I've been using them for at least 5 years now. The lower internal resistance is useful and they hold charge for what seems like forever. By now I have lost track of just how many I have, but certainly there are four in each of my six flash units, some AAAs are in my remotes, head lamp, and some other stuff, and they've now crept into all of my wireless keyboards, track pads, mice and the like. I probably have close to 50 of them now.

The new ones are 2400mah and should yield around 240 frames per set if you shoot at full power, maybe a bit more on an SB-800.

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