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11th November 2007, 12:29 PM
I read eleswhere about the Sanyo Eneloop AA/R6 batteries being the one to use in flashguns. The reason being (apart from being ready charged when purchased) that the power drain was minimal when not in use ie charge can last almost nine months. With that in mind I bought some from Jessops - cheaper on the web but the time p+p is added price is fairly similar.
Straight from the packet the re-cycle time is approximately 9 seconds. I have now used my FL36 about a dozen times and the time taken to re-cycle has remained constant from the first test. It must be remembered the batteries when new are only about 90% charged.
Please remember to do your own research . AIMHO.


Regards. Barr1e

Steve Roughley
11th November 2007, 03:00 PM
I have heard that the Eneloop batteries are working well with the FL36.
I would have got some to try but I already have a good stock of NiMh batteries.
One thing I noticed about the Sanyos they seem realy hard to find in the shops.

I wonder how they compare with the single use CR-V3 Lithium batteries.
You can also buy AA Lithium batteries now. I use a pair in my gps they seem to last for ages.

Scapula Memory
28th November 2007, 08:51 AM
Saw this info on one of the other forums. Might give the eneloops a go when my current stock of batteries run out




28th November 2007, 09:30 AM
An interesting read. I have been hearing more adn more about these and they certainly seem worth a spin. Hopefully they hold up as people are saying, as I find the worst thing with NiMh is the rapid degradation in recycle time, and thus having to change batteries more often to keep it short - leaving the batteries not fully drained to boot :confused:
Lets hope they make some more progress with these types of battery.

28th November 2007, 11:03 AM
Hi I treated myself to some of these Sanyo Eneloop AA/R6 about a month ago and put them in my Metz flash and I have taken in excess of 50 pics using flash. So far the recharge rate of the flash remains constant and quick and also I can take around 4-5 consecutive shots without the flash dropping light I think these batteries are well worth the extra cost and certainly worth hunting for if you find them difficult to obtain.

Glyn R
28th November 2007, 05:16 PM
I use eneloop in my FL-36. All seems fine to me, they do store much better than standard Nimh batteries. I discovered a while ago that High power Nimh have a tendency to rapid voltage drop in when used for a while. They only lose a small amount, not enough to affect flash but the Fuji S9600 I had at the time just decided they were flat and wouldn't work at all. I think if the gadget checks the voltage it can register flat even at 90% charge.

29th November 2007, 12:19 PM

Can anyone confirm if the 4 packs of the Sanyo Eneloop AA 2000mAh batteries come in a protective carrying case?

Also I have read about the damage overcharging these hybrid batteries does, so do I need to get the Sanyo charger that comes with 4 x Eneloop batteries or something better like the Ansmann ones with fans and cut-offs?

Finally the the two sanyo eneloop charger the cable type or plug straight into the socket?

Thanks in advance.

Glyn R
29th November 2007, 02:00 PM
I bought the Sanyo mains charger with 4 batteries. It plugs directly into the mains socket with no wires. It will charge 2 or 4 batteries, convenient for FL-36 which uses 2 batteries. You don't need any thing extra I gave my Ansmann charger away. The batteries don't come in a case as far as I know, they used to sell these at 7dayshop. http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/default.php?cat=3&type=3080&man=96&filterwords=&go=SEARCH&comp=

29th November 2007, 02:15 PM
I have spent the morning reading up on hybrid batteries and it seems that the stats listed put the performance / life expectance of them into this order:

Ansmann maxE
Sanyo eneloop
Uniross Hybrio

Not sure if in reality they are all much of a muchness.

Scapula Memory
1st December 2007, 09:06 AM
Hi Jim,
I have four eneloops on their way to me from here

Looks like a half decent case in the packaging, will post some more info when they arrive.

1st December 2007, 03:53 PM
Hi Jim,
I have four eneloops on their way to me from here

Looks like a half decent case in the packaging, will post some more info when they arrive.

SM -

Sorry to disappoint - soft packacking to protect the batteries in transit. 7dayshop.com have many in various colours at a very good price.

Regards. Barr1e

Scapula Memory
1st December 2007, 04:55 PM
Thanks Barr1e, may take a look there if I have nothing lying around the house I can use.


1st December 2007, 05:08 PM
So are there any users of the Ansmann MaxE ones?

I don't know about any others but Ansmann have always been pretty good in the rechargable battery market. And don't know if this is a plus or negative but its a German company...... German Engineering?

4th December 2007, 08:48 AM
Well I have bitten the bullet and purchased some Ansmann MaxE AA's, once I have them I will post my thoughts, though they may not amount to much;)