August 27, 2013
Battery Life Care Tips
Those of you who use NiMH rechargeable batteries (especially photographers who use them in their flash)...
Ever wonder why your batteries start to lose its capacity over time even after a full charge? You need to keep them conditioned every so often. What this means is a slow charge and a slow discharge to break up any large crystals forming in the cells that could affect performance. It also breaks up any high resistance compounds that might have formed on the electrodes. I do this every two to three months.
It is also recommended to cycle your new batteries before using them. This consists of fully discharging the cells first, then a slow charge, followed by another discharge. Repeat this 2-3 times.
It would be a total pain in the behind to do this if you don't have the proper equipment. Luckily, there are a few really good/high-end chargers in the market that can do this for you. My personal favourite is the Powerex MH-C9000. If you have $60 to spend on a charger see availability for purchase at Canada Computers. If you can find them elsewhere, let us know!
Also, don't use cheap batteries. Not all brand name cells are good. Two of the best are Sanyo Eneloop XXX are my choice (regular Eneloop are good as well) and Powerex Imedion. Just my thoughts!
Posted by avalko at August 27, 2013 8:39 AM
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