Rechargables or AA batteries?

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1. Posted by idle65 (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


My parents are buying me a new digital camera for my 21st birthday next weekend. Im heading off on a rtw trip in september for 12 months taking in china, indochina, thailand, new zealand and south america.

My main concern is whether ill be fine with a camera requiring recharable lithium batteries or to go for an aa based camera. Any suggestions or experinces?

Im looking at the Pansonic dmc-lz5 if aa's are what i choose, and the dmc-fx-01 or pentax optio a20 if i go for lithium rechargables. Any other recommendations are much appreciated.

Thanks for any help

2. Posted by jwhitten (Inactive 8 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


Rechargeable batteries are much better on the budget and last longer, but be careful of the voltage differences in other countries. Many use 240 instead of the 110 we use here so be sure you have a charger that can handle 240. Buy a couple of extra rechargeable batteries also.


3. Posted by idle65 (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your reply. I was looking at getting at least one spare battery, im now thinking of a second spare.

Would a travel adaptor with voltage convertor be ok such as be ok instead to make sure im ok with charging?


4. Posted by carosterns (Full Member 159 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Rechargable are also much better for the environment.
I travel with one spare and a travel adaptor and haven't had a problem ... YET

5. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I have a Nikon with a rechargable battery. I have tralleved to different countries and all I bring is a converter. Just remember to charge it! I love having it and the battery does last a long time.

6. Posted by pixcee (Full Member 28 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

RECHARGEABLES!! no question!

i work at a camera shop and i cant even tell you how many times people come in and complain because they 'missed the shot' because their batteries died!

Get three sets of rechargeables..especially if youre going to be taking a LOT of pics..keep one set in your camera...and two in your bag or pocket that are fully charged...that way if u run out you still have spares left...

trust me, you will run out of juice right at that moment when you need the photo! lol

7. Posted by Makini (Full Member 80 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I'll just go postal on this topic, and suggest rechargable AA batteries. That would be the perfect combination!

8. Posted by kirk1978 (Budding Member 12 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

rechargeable! for sure!
but few things to remember
1) make sure the charger can handle range from 100 to 240 (most of them do, since they are using switching power supply inside for the light weight)
2) get few extra battery (one extra at least! and if you going to China, most likely you can find OEM battery for cheaper price, meaning they are made by the same manufacturer, just didn't brand it as "canon" or "nikon" or whatever. oH oh! make sure you bargain with them too!)
3) check what kind of power plug they use in the country you visit! i did found a few good site from google before, with pictures. Get the approperiate "plug adapter" something like this would be perfect!

rechargable AA is good, except the charger are tends to be bigger. and more piece to carry. plus most camera nowadays are using Li-ion anyway!

also on the side note, Li-ion battery don't like extreme heat, read this

9. Posted by Stockczech (Full Member 30 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I would go for rechargeable AA. There is the advantage that in an emergency, if you do have any problems with rechargeable batteries or charger, disposable AAs are available just about anywhere in the world.