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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 6:44 am 
What is the best brand/type of battery for flashguns?

I ordered an sb600 on saturday and I am expecting it to come within the next couple days.

I was thinking lithiums? Possibly rechargable?


What do you guys think?


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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 8:03 am 
Dom Bower did an interesting test here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c2DVwSc0UY

Cant remember the outcome, but Id use rechargeables to save money.


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From memory, alkaline gives you the fastest recycle time, but I just use rechargeables. Slightly less capacity, and slightly longer recycle time, but, better for the environment, and the wallet :)

I heard Eneloops are quite good (I use home-brand though)

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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 11:42 am 
I have two sets (2x4) of Powerex Imedion 2100mah (Ni-MH) with a Maha C401FS charger. The batteries last quite a long time in my SB600 (i haven't done a full shoot without running them completely flat). I'm guessing 200-300 shots easily on 1/8-1/2 power.
The recycle times are quite good too. At low power (1/32, 1/64) I can shoot pretty much flat out on my D90 for a couple of seconds (its a very satisfying feeling... paparazzi-like). At high power you will have to wait ~a second between shots.

EDIT: I stumbled across this comparison while I was buying my batteries
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 3:40 pm 
Thanks everyone.




Thanks Gnat really helped. :D


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I think I was able to do a 4 second burst on 1/32th +2/3 of a stop power at 8 FPS with my rechargeables, by the way.

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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 4:02 pm 
@citruspers


What camera did you use at the time? Sounds like a D300s or D2h.. :P


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Yeah, that was the D2H. shouldn't matter too much though, since the flash was set to manual and draws no power from the camera.

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for my flashes I always use IKEA 10 pack battery :) cheap and good :p

I also use a battery pack that contains 8 AA batteries, filled with IKEA xD

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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 7:20 am 
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Dom Bower did an interesting test here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c2DVwSc0UY

Cant remember the outcome, but Id use rechargeables to save money.


Videos like this make me lose all faith in the internet as an educational medium. If you're going to make an informational video and post it on the internet, the least you could do is some research into the topic so that you can provide some useful information to your viewers.

Rechargable NiMH or NiCd batteries will always recycle faster than Alkaline (assuming all other factors are equal) because of the chemicals used and a property called the internal resistance of the battery. See this wikipedia article on internal resistance.

This isn't some arcane knowledge but basic electro chemistry. A quick trip to a chemistry/physics/science forum to ask this question would have got him the answer.

edit: Just realized that this turned into a rant :D. Sorry about that, but one of the major beefs I have regarding the internet.


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Well, I guess my memory messed up big time there. Didn't bother with the chemistry part, I never excelled in it.

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What about those large batteries that come with the curly cords that plug into the side? Does anyone use these? The recycle time is supposedly faster, and they're also rechargable. You're looking at just over £200 though for one.

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Like the Nikon SD-9 or whatever it's called? It supposedly works quite well, if you need fast recycle time. You can also go longer on one charge+one set of batteries.

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Maj.Homer wrote:
for my flashes I always use IKEA 10 pack battery cheap and good :p


So do I. I have loads of 10 packs :P

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:21 pm 
More milliamp hours the more power you have to keep up recycle time and they longer they will last, external power packs are the best and you dont need expensive ones 99% of flash guns these days are 4 cells in series (6volt)
A sealed lead acid battery 151mm long 35mm wide from one of the well known high street shops costs £14.99 and puts out 7AH (7000 milliamp hours) so will run a normal off the shelf flash for ages a bit of wire and plug coupler (dont forget to get the polarity the right way around center contact positive) say £6 and a charger around £13.
If you want even more punch you can get larger AH 6v batteries or use two 7AH ones wired in parallel + to + - to - you will then have
14000 milliamp hours at 6v try running that flat on a days shooting :lol:


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