As we work a lot with off camera flashes, we really like to get as much power and battery juice as we can get, and actually there is never enough power. So I decided to put to a test the top 3 batteries set on the market, they are very popular rechargeable batteries brands and I’m pretty sure you guys will be interested in this battle!!!
The battery models that participate:
The Sanyo XX are the new version of the very popular eneloop. This version is also powered by the Eneloop technology. Has declared 2500mAh (Min. 2400 mAh). Maintain 75% of power after 12 months.Those are supposed to be the best on the market .Can be recharged 500 times without capacuty loss.
2. Sanyo eneloop
The Sanyo eneloop they come pre-charged, can be used immediately out of the pack and maintain 75% of their charge for up to 3 years when not in use. Eneloop batteries deliver reliable battery extremely performance. Typical capacity is 2000mAh (Min. 1900mAh). There is a new normal Eneloop who can recharge 1500 times
3. GP Recyko
I must confess that this is my prefered battery model. When looking for better rechargeable batteries 3 years ago, those where the only available in Israel, so I got them and was amazed how much better they were compared to the “normal” GP batteries I had. Typical capacity 2100mAh (Min. 2050mAh), can recharge 1000 times.
How we took the test:
I call it the 40-10-10 battery test, what does that means? Each battery set fired a flash in manual mode a sequence of flashes, 40 times 1/4 full power then 10 times 1/2 full power, the test finished with another 10 pops now at full power.Those will be the rules for each test and in case I add more batteries sets to this post, those will be the ground rules.
Gear used : For this battery abuse, I used my YN460II flash (reviewed here).
Power : See the 40-10-10 battery abuse rules above (40*1/4 then 10*1/2 and then 10*1/1).
Score : The best score will for the set that made it in the shortest time.
Guidelines : I took about 15 minutes break between each set tested, to let the flash cool down .
Battery test results:
|Battery name||40*1/4 time||10*1/2 time||10*1/1 time||Total time|
|GP Recyko||52:08 sec||48:05 sec||69:04 sec||169:17 sec|
|Sanyo eneloop||24:07 sec||43:04 sec||75:14 sec||144:25 sec|
|Sanyo enloop XX||27:03 sec||41:19 sec||87:13 sec||156:00 sec|
We got a winner!!!
I must say that I’m a but surprised, I had the impression that the Eneloop xx will do better and that the GP won’t do so bad, but what can I say, it seems that the “normal” Eneloop scored the best in our test.
In case you want to add a brand to this test, just let me know and I’ll do my best to get a set and abuse it `-)!!!
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