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Old Oct 21, 2006, 1:04 PM   #1
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My brand new NiMh batteries were charged over night.
One leaked and melted the plastic bag it was in.
Thank god it wasnt inside the camera.
They did feel hot after charging.
I have a $10 charger which came with 4 2700 AA.
It doesnt shut off when done.

I am fed up with NiMh, I get same amount of shots as with
Alkaline. When I replace them, the camera shuts off several times.
I carry lots of them, which takes up space, and
I always mix them up.
charge/temp sensors, chips, trickle charge, etc. and other bs.

options: A)get another charger B)get CR-V3
C)use Alkaline D)use Lithium
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Old Oct 21, 2006, 1:20 PM   #2
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here is the type of charger(not the same brand).
http://www.cybergiftcenter.com/appli...u=C392-DPS1800



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Old Oct 21, 2006, 1:43 PM   #3
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I know practically nothing about chargers but I do know something about "cost"!
$8.54 is one notch up from give away chargers when you buy batteries some company is trying to get rid of.
Ever heard of "You get what you pay for".
Try a decent charger and quality batteries and you might change your mind or you can keep doing what you're doing and eventually you will have to take your camera to the emergency room for intensive burn victims.
Good luck.
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Old Oct 21, 2006, 2:25 PM   #4
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And don't mix them up.....spend a few bucks & get a pack of different colored Sharpies & color code the batteries in sets of 4.
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Old Oct 21, 2006, 2:45 PM   #5
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Cheap chargers are a problem. They can ruin your batteries as well.

Try one of these, with some new Maha/Powerex 2700mAh batteries:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/maha_c204f.html

Some good deals here:
http://www.nimhbattery.com/mh-c204f-...harger-buy.php

Or, if you want to go with Li-ion CR-V3:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/nimh_batteries.html#crv3
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Old Oct 21, 2006, 2:47 PM   #6
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Pay more and get quality chargers and batteries. I use SANYO batteries and I am very happy with them. I also use a quality charger and have NEVER had any problems. I can assure you that standard alkalines will not outdo properly charged NiMH's. Most digital cameras will not last long on a good set of alkalines, but will last much longer on NiMH's.

Do yourself a favor and stay away from non brand 'deals'.
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Old Oct 21, 2006, 3:45 PM   #7
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As the others have said you get what you pay for. Just get some good quality cells (I'd also recommend Sanyo) together with a quick charger that doesn't fry your cells and you'll be happy again.
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Old Oct 22, 2006, 5:42 PM   #8
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romphotog wrote:
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My brand new NiMh batteries were charged over night.
One leaked and melted the plastic bag it was in.
They did feel hot after charging.
I have a $10 charger...It doesnt shut off when done.
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You need a better charger, like everyone said. I'm using a LaCrosse BC900 which replaced a homemade trickle charger that never fully charged the batteries. Even so, at the end of life of the cells, the trickle charger would overcharge, overheat, and melt the wrappers on them due to higher internal resistance.
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I am fed up with NiMh, I get same amount of shots as with
Alkaline...the camera shuts off several times.
I carry lots of them...and I always mix them up.
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Alkaline batteries have high internal resistance, and your assorted NiMh batteries probably do too. One of those analyzer/chargers mentioned will tell you if they're good, salvageable, or bad. And don't mix 'em up - the lower capacity battery, like the weak one in the herd, will get eaten up first...and then, bad things happen.
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Alkaline batteries have high internal resistance, and your assorted NiMh batteries probably do too. One of those analyzer/chargers mentioned will tell you if they're good, salvageable, or bad. And don't mix 'em up - the lower capacity battery, like the weak one in the herd, will get eaten up first...and then, bad things happen.
internal resistance to what? I dont get it.
I heard that NiMh slow down cycle time; the time between shots, which
is faster with Lithium and Alkaline.
"mix 'em up" you say.
It's hard to do with 10 batteries, imagine 20 or more.
No, I am going with Lithium or CR-V3.
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Old Oct 23, 2006, 12:47 AM   #10
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If you already had your mind made up then why ask for opinions on your options? I use NiMh in a Nikon D200 with a Maha Charging system. They work wonderfully.

If your not open to ideas then just do what you want and don't bother asking for opinions.

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