ceagee wrote:I have been reading all the comments w/ great interest. But I am still lost.
The only experience w/ rechargeables is I got a duracell chargers w/ some of their batteries. They don't hold a charge worth a darn.
I assume you had old NiMH (or NiCd) batteries that self-discharge. These are low self-discharge and hold their charge on the shelf much better than the old type. (It is possible you had a really bad charger that destroyed your cells. Many manufacturers seem to figure they can save money on the charger and the batteries will still last long enough you won't raise a stink.)
What would be the easiest point to start new w/ a rechargeables system ?
I don't need a ton of batteries at once.
Use them for camera and remotes and flashlights mostly.
I need something that someone who doesn't know a volt from an amp can use.
Eneloops are the gold standard of NiMH rechargeable batteries. (Literally the best at all most all tasks. You won't fall into any of the niches.) These are not their latest model, but still very very good and this price is outstanding, even when you throw out the crummy charger. The cheapest "good enough" charger I know of is the Maha C401FS I linked to before. (You may want to search Amazon for a better price. Of do a lot of research to find a cheaper model with similar features.)
So far the Lacrosse that was linked looks nice. Would that be the best ?
Its competition is the Maha C9000. I don't think you can really go wrong with either. Most folks seem to prefer one or the other but it seems to be because of the fancier features. (Based on your self-description, get the 401 and save the money. You don't sound like you'll ever bother with the more advanced features.)
Along w/ these eneloop batteries ?
Will all my devices be ok using these batteries ?
Thank you for your patience and help.
I've never found a device that didn't run perfectly with eneloop batteries. (Despite what the owner's manuals said about using rechargeables. The were reports of some devices not working years ago when these were first introduced, but those seemed to be devices with poorly designed low-battery detection.)
(Edit: damn typos....)
Edit 2: found a lower price on Maha C9000 for $50.