@tweezak Eneloop, just like all other nickel-metal hydride batteries, have a nominal voltage of 1.2V versus the standard alkaline voltage of 1.5V. Those may work in battery operated fans or flashlights but they don’t work in many electronic devices. The few I need AA batteries for don’t like them. Apple Magic Mouse, Simpleway Automatic Soap Dispenser with Amino Acid Foaming Wash (bought here during meh-rathon), and wall clocks. Even for those items that they do work in, they don’t seem to last as long in the devices as a standard alkaline so I find myself having to change/charge batteries more often.
NiMh batteries have a steep discharge curve at the end so the devices you put them in have a hard time telling you how much battery life you have left (if they have an indicator). The device works and then suddenly doesn’t which is annoying.
The AA-powered cameras I have do not like Eneloops or any other NiMH; they all start reporting low charge within a few shots after installation even when I select “rechargeable” as the battery type in the settings. But I hate using leaky-ass alkalines in a device that expensive, so I end up carrying several sets of spare rechargeable cells for frequent swap-outs. Oddly, I get the longest runtimes from Rayovac, a brand I despise for alkalines.
@werehatrack Energizer Industrial and Fujitsu both performed well in my AA tests at work at high and low temperatures (75C to -30C). No signs of leaking in any of them. Not so with Duracell “not for retail sale” batteries. They leaked badly and had only mediocre performance. digikey.com is a great place to pick up the energizers or fujitsus. They sell the industrials which are not supposed to be sold retail and you can get them pretty cheap there.
@brakeforbeer@werehatrack I don’t generally associate with people who are not code worthy to search Digi-Key effectively but because I’m feeling generous and am a good mehtizen I’ll make an exception - this time.
Bluetooth bathroom scale
XBOX controller for PC
Remotes (Roku, FireTV, Alexa. No cable remote thank God!)
Clock for Alexa
Nose hair trimmer
Digital food scale
Some just to keep in the refrigerator
And a buttload to keep in the refrigerator @shahnm
Ours has an internal rechargeable that gets topped up by the photovoltaic cell during the day. Or at least, that’s the theory. Most of the time, the light has to be on for about 10 minutes before it will work.
It’s always a nice idea to have some batteries on hand Christmas morning. It can be frustrating for someone to receive a gift that requires them and not have them available (especially if that recipient is a child).
Back in the 20th century it was almost impossible to find somewhere open on Christmas day to buy batteries. Earlier this century it became commonplace. Last year, it was almost impossible again.
@kittykat9180 Last year, Walgreen’s official company policy was that they were open on Christmas day, but the three closest stores to my home were closed.
Even though I think things will be closer to “normal” this year, a sign on the door of my “regular” Walgreen’s indicates they will be closed this Christmas (with the exception of the drive-thru pharmacy). Once again this is contrary to corporate policy, but I think staffing issues is making it difficult.
@DrWorm We were always sad to find out we needed something badly on Christmas Day and had to go to the 7-11 store. Just like Thanksgiving I wish everyone could have the day off and felt guilty going to 7-11 to buy camera film, batteries or some missed grocery item.