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Old May 7, 2003, 4:12 PM   #1
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Default What should I look for in batteries and a charger?

any tips and reccomendations would be appreciated. I am going to get the canon a70. I read 1800mAh is fine, would 2100mAh or higher be overkill for this camera?
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Old May 7, 2003, 4:30 PM   #2
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Is my simplistic thinking of the higher the rating the longer they last accurate ?

Are there other factors to consider ?

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Old May 7, 2003, 6:14 PM   #3
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People seem to like the Maha charger here, specifically:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/maha_c204f.html
also:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_...ha_c401fs.html

Honestly, I don't remember the differences between the two. But I'm sure a quick read of the reviews would tell you, and they are both fairly short.

I agree with stefank. The larger the mAh rating, the longer they should last. I had a review of batteries that showed that they are not all created equal. Let me see....
http://www.imaging-resource.com/ACCS/BATTS/BATTS.HTM

Probably more there than you care to read, in your "researched-out" state. But you can learn a lot from reading it (both about chargers and batteries.) The one they like the best is the one which (I believe) Steve also likes, the Maha PowerEx 2000mAh ones.

Personally, I'd get a charger that can deal with each battery being charged to a different level. That means, I'd get the c401fs (the second one listed above.)

Many people also like the Rayovac 1-hour fast charger:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/rayovac_nimh.html

I believe that this one can also charge 4 batteries independently, but I'd confirm this before getting it.
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Old May 7, 2003, 6:19 PM   #4
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Thank you so much Eric, that is the one I was looking at. Now help me out w/ CF cards . I told you my mind was gone.
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Old May 7, 2003, 11:54 PM   #5
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Get the highest capacity that provides good value. I use 1800 mAh batteries in both of my cameras (Olympus C700 & D520). I get hundreds of shots per set. In fact I've never drained them completely. Of course different cameras will have different results.

As far as a charger goes, get one that is FAST and will charge each battery independently. I use a Rayovac one hour ($29 at walmart). It will charge up to four AA or AAA in well under an hour. I've had mine for close to two years and have had no problems with charger or batteries. The Rayovac also includes a car charger which is very handy. You can charge a set of batteries on route if you happen to forget or just grab your camera last minute. I actually have charged my batteries between the wedding ceremony and the reception! The Rayovac will top off a set of batteries in minutes.
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Old May 8, 2003, 3:32 PM   #6
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Default maha chargers

For anyone in the UK here's a link to a UK source for this brand of chargers

http://www.mahaenergy.co.uk/acatalog/index.html
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