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Old Apr 11, 2006, 7:30 PM   #1
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A'm newrcomer to this forum. Perhaps I do not have all the knowledge other members have.
I have bought recently H1 and not quite sutisfied with NiMH batteries perfomance.
I think whether it is possible to switch to AA lithium batteries. They promiss a lot but instead of 1.2 x 2 = 2.4V they will produce 1.5 x 2 = 3V.
Has anybody tried such a substitution?
I'll be glad somebody give me advise

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Old Apr 13, 2006, 12:37 PM   #2
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Lithium batteries (non rechargeable) work fine with the H1

However you stated you had problems with NiMH batteries perfomance.

NiMH batteries only reach full capacity after 4 or 5 full charge/discharge cycles, in other words a fresh set of NiMHs will work relatively poorly until charged / discharged four or five times.

Someadvanced chargers can run those cycles for you automatically , otherwise just run them down yourself and charge when neccessary.

A decent set of 2600 (or greater) NiMH batteries once fully conditioned should enable around 200-250 shots with the H1, using the lcd full time and using a lot of zoom..
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 6:08 PM   #3
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Thank you very much for advise, Sintares
I'll definitely try AA lithiums (I did not dare before because of difference in voltage and secondly SONY CD tutorial does not permit any other batteries but NiMh)
I'm not happy with HiMh - when flash involved, it drains batteris in 20 shots.
By the way, you can find inexpensive AA lithium batteries at

http://www.batteryspace.com/
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Old Apr 14, 2006, 7:00 PM   #4
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20 shots ?

Umm, either the camera circuitry is damaged or more likely your charger or the batteries must be damaged.

As a test in a darkened room (only a computer monitor behind me for light) I took 75 shots with the flash set at +, the AF beam on, the cameras lcd monitor on and on each shot zooming from Wide to full Tele back to Wide.

After 75 shots the battery indicator was still on full and I got bored so I stopped !

That test was with a set of 2300 mAh NiMH batteries that were charged a few days ago and had already been used for 10 or so shots.

Another thing to remember, your NiMH batteries lose charge at a rate of roughly 2 percent per day , even when stored away so I recharge all my batteries every week or so just in case I need them in a hurry.
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Old Apr 14, 2006, 8:21 PM   #5
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Perhaps, you are right Sintares.
Currently I'm using 4 years old AA 1700 mah batteries from my old Oly C-3040.
On Monday I expect to receive new NiMh 2500 together with AA Lithiums.
So I have a chance to compare.
Next step - new charger. Probably I'll order CH-V3150 from the same guys. I select it because it is has compact form factor (no AC adapter and all these boring wires)

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Old Apr 15, 2006, 5:03 AM   #6
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simon.i am curious what your lithium battery number is.i might try them myself.
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Old Apr 15, 2006, 9:57 PM   #7
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Hi Alberta. Beneath please find out link to these AA Lithium batteries and check by yourself number you need.

http://www.batteryspace.com/index.as...OD&ProdID=1397

Well, I just P&C link. It suppose to be one line only. Most importent now you know homepage of this store.

Time and again - it is going AGAINST what SONY permits on SD tutorial.
Good luck.
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PS after posting it looks right - one line only
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Old Apr 16, 2006, 2:35 AM   #8
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many thank"s simon.it's good to talk.i am 79 and still learning.
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Old Apr 16, 2006, 7:10 PM   #9
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IMO, the best rechargeable AA battery out there is the Maha POWEREX 2500 mAh. Each charge lasts forever. I get over 300 shots on my H1. You can buy it at http://www.thomas-distributing.com/a...-batteries.php.

I'd buy the MAHA charger as well since how long your battery charge lasts has a lot to do with how they get charged in the first place.
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 4:52 PM   #10
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yep I too purchased 2 extra sets of rechargables for my H1 from batteryspace.com ..they are rated at 2600 MAH and work excellent.

I always cary 3 sets of batteries w/ me (this includes the set that came w/ the H1). -I've never had a problem being out of power w/ this setup.
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