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#100013 - 07/17/07 03:31 AM Re: Extra Batteries [Re: DeathtoToasters]
nursemike Offline
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Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 788
Loc: wellington, fl
American Science and surplus (http://www.sciplus.com/) lots of ni-cad rechargeables surplus and take-outs. then you need some recharging equipment-check out their solar panels and project kits. Then you can experiment with building a low cost PSK from their multi-tool, space blanket, and flashlight selections-or get the lab glassware to distill industrial quantities of water...great place.
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#100027 - 07/17/07 01:31 PM Re: Extra Batteries [Re: nursemike]
Eugene Offline
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Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2823
NiCad have their use, things like cordless drills where you can stall the motor and cause it to pull a lot of current. But for standard sizes like AA and AAA NiMH have at least twice the capacity in the low self discharge (Eneloop, Hybrid, nybrios, etc) up to alomst three times the capacity with some of the 2700-2800mAH batteries out there and with a quality charger can last a long time. I'm still using some 1650mAh NiMH from 1999 in our baby monitor and after switching to a decent charger they are running it for 2-3 weeks between charges.

#100284 - 07/20/07 06:29 AM Re: Extra Batteries [Re: cedfire]
buckeye Offline
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Registered: 06/03/05
Posts: 153
Loc: Ohio

I agree on the giving up on standardizing. While it is certainly possible to get close, when I look for equipment I try to find the best I can afford. In doing so, I too wind up having to have different sizes. I've found (like you) that I can get it down to the three types you've mentioned (plus coin cell for Photon). I guess by making that type of choice, I'm putting what I (and perhaps you) feel is a priority (just my personal choice) on the benefit of the quality of equipment over the need to strive for single-size on the battery front.

One other thought -- for me redundancy is part of the formula, so while my personal carry items and BOB may need a few different sizes, I do try to keep the items for the kits for my wife and children down to 'AA' and 'AAA' items. That seems to work pretty well, and I stock up when I can find items on sale. Just a few weeks ago, I picked up two, 36 or 48 (can't remember off-hand) packs of Energizer Alkalines for under $10 each at Lowes.

Thanks for the battery case and organization links.


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#100288 - 07/20/07 11:31 AM Re: Extra Batteries [Re: buckeye]
Eugene Offline
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Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2823
There are enough companies and products out there that standardizing isn't difficult at all. Look at my post when I asked about switching my EDC AAA for an AA flashlight, I got pelnty of replies with probably a dozen products to choose from.
Standardization is one of my lessons learned when you have different types then you have to buy twice as many and have to store and/or carry twice as much.

#100294 - 07/20/07 01:34 PM Re: Extra Batteries [Re: Eugene]
Russ Offline

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5074
I have lights in all sizes but "C" cell, but the only batteries I stock are AA & AAA alkaline and lithium and I just bought a solar charger for a shift to NiMH rechargeable batteries. D cells are for my Mag lites, all of which have LED bulbs. I keep fresh batteries in the "D" flashlights but I don't stock spares. Investing in high capacity NiMH D cells is an option, but the good ones are pricey.

#100295 - 07/20/07 01:47 PM Re: Extra Batteries [Re: Russ]
Eugene Offline
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Registered: 12/26/02
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I noticed that too, even the no name NiMH are pricy. My D mag light the batteries in it leaked and ate a hole in the side so its out of commission. Then I have a portable radio which takes D and the little coleman pump for the air mattress for camping it thats my last D power equipment.

#100689 - 07/24/07 10:19 PM Re: Extra Batteries [Re: DeathtoToasters]
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I have bunches of rechargeables...

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