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1. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member, 430 posts) 22 Jan '08 12:47

What are the best long-life non-rechargable batteries I can use in my digital camera? I've carried a charger in my backpack before and would prefer not to again, so any suggestions much appreciated :)

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 22 Jan '08 13:21

I presume your camera uses AA or AAA size batteries. Energizer batteries is known to have long-lasting life. Their top line batteries, e2 Lithium, has the longest life and is suitable for most digital cameras. It's quite pricey though.

3. Posted by Q' (Moderator, 1987 posts) 22 Jan '08 13:45

Energizer or Duracell are basically the same quality. A buddy of mine at Honeywell Aerospace assures me of this.

The problem is that you might not find the same brands around the world (eventhough those two are almost universal these days). So here's what you do:

Check the packaging and look for the "Amp-Hour" value. It's usually abbreviated "Ah" or "mAh" (the "m" stands for "milli" or 1/1000 of an "Amp" which is abbreviated upper case "A"). Without going further into the engineering definitions, it's the amount of electricity that you can take from the battery in one hour. You can take a lower amount of energy in more hours, or more energy in less than one hour. But the total amount is the total amount (at least in this universe). You can use this value to compare different batteries (of the same size, ex. AA, or AAA, or C, etc.) in any store around the world. The higher the value the longer the batteries will last.

One other "trick", you can check the Ah rating for your rechargable batteries as a basis for comparison for the non-rechargable types you'll buy in the store. The units are comparable. If I remember right, the non-rechargable ones have about 10% higher ratings. Which means they'll last 10% longer in your camera.

4. Posted by jl98584 (Travel Guru, 114 posts) 24 Jan '08 17:59

Brand probably doesn't matter, and Q is right if you want to look at the fine print. If not - just follow a simple rule as to the type of battery, not who makes it:

Lithium - best, by far (and most expensive)

Alkaline - next best

All Other - probably not worth the bother

(Of course, this excludes rechargables but you indicated you don't want to bother with recharging.

I put some Lithium batteries in my mom's camera and they lasted her several weeks, but of course she doesn't take nearly as many pictures as I do.

Also if you're trying to maximize battery life, try not to zoom in and out too much and if you can, use the small view finder instead of a big LCD screen (not all camera's have both but the bigger screen will use more juice).