Friday, April 3, 2015

Possibly the best rechargeables: Eneloop

When my Fuji FinePix HS10 stopped working, I thought the camera might be toast. I found it hard to believe that all eight rechargeable batteries had died at exactly the same time. My granddaughter noticed the low-battery icon flashing before I lost all power. She said, "Change the batteries, Gug."

I had never charged my ni-cads without letting them rundown, but I never let the batteries discharge completely either. I tried to be careful. It wasn't enough. I believe a cheap battery charger did them in.

I have since learned that a cheap battery charger, that charges all batteries at once,  treats all batteries like the weakest battery in the set. Soon all batteries are as poor as the failing one.

I replaced both sets of batteries with Eneloop rechargeables from Panasonic. These batteries have a great reputation on the Internet and so far I have been very pleased. They hold their charge well when not in use and they are not damaged by early charging like my other batteries. The battery charger that came with the set of eight double As and two triple As charges each battery separately. Hallelujah!

I was unable to find these batteries in either the electronic stores or the camera stores located near me in London, Ontario and so I went online. I found the best price at Costco. There was no charge for the delivery and the batteries arrived the day after I placed the order. I am beginning to understand why brick and mortar stores are in some trouble.

In the recent past, I've had some problems with my Fuji FinePix HS10. I'm wondering if the problems were caused by low power. Did I have enough juice to allow the camera to work but only poorly? Don't know.

But, look at the picture of my granddaughter at Karate practice and I think you will agree, the old camera has found its second wind. There is life in the old superzoom and the new Eneloop batteries may well be part of the reason.

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