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So what is there to say about AA batteries - one's much the same as another isn't it? Well no is the simple answer. Most AA's are alkaline based which are fine for the vast majority of products such as clocks and remote controls (essentially low energy items) but there are other products that rely on AA's and have a much greater power consumption. I am of course talking about items like cameras and flash guns.
Working in a camera shop, almost every day I see people who come in saying their camera must be broken as they've only just put new batteries in and it's only taken a couple of photos before saying batteries flat. Hmm let me guess you're using Kodak or Duracell AA's? 'Yes how did you know?' is the usual reply and what's my answer 'Because there's nothing wrong with your camera, you're using low power alkaline batteries that can't cope with the equipment you're using. Try a pack of these *hands over Energizer Lithiums*
Personally all my camera's run on rechargeable lithium batteries so I'm used to long lasting use, as I'm also a professional photographer I do use a flashgun on numerous occasions such as weddings. All flash guns rely on AA batteries to power them as standard and in the past when I've use your generic alkaline batteries I've found myself needing an almost constant supply - literally every 5 minutes I needed to put in a new set as the recycle time would get so long I'd be missing shots waiting for the batteries to charge the flash. Discovering these Energizer lithiums revolutionized my work flow - they are quite possibly one of the best things I've ever bought an I can't recommend them highly enough.
Packaging wise these come in a standard cardboard and vacuum formed packing which is blue, black and silver in colour and claims to be made from 95% recycled material. I've seen these available in sets of 2 and 4. They also have an excellent use by date on them - my current packaging says 2026 so in theory I could leave them in the pack until I'm 38 and they'd be just fine (now that's a scary thought). They claim to be the worlds longest lasting and suitable for intensive use - a claim I'd certainly agree with.
I first stared using these batteries at the beginning of 2011 - come the end of 2012 and I am on just my 3rd pack of 4 (my flash gun takes 4 at a time). While I do always carry a spare set around with me as back up, these batteries give me the confidence that my flash will be ready to fire when I need it, the recycle time is constantly fast and I don't miss any crucial shots.
I suppose there is a slight downside - it does cost up to £10 for 4 of these which seems like a huge amount for some AA's considering you can buy a pack of 12 from the pound shop - but as I said earlier, not all AA batteries were created equal and for the length of time these last they actually work out better value for money, not only that but you don't waste time faffing about changing batteries constantly.
That said I probably wouldn't recommend these for use in low power devices like the aforementioned remote control and clocks - this would be overkill really. If on the other hand you have a high power device like a camera or a flashgun, you need these batteries and once you try them you'll wonder how you coped/didn't go insane using anything else.
Energizer have certainly been the leaders of the battery in my opinion for years. They have a range of different batteries but recently their AA lithium have been my battery of choice. The batteries are aimed at the gadget user end of the market with most people who have written about these batteries stating that they are perfect for use with digital cameras, which I would have to agree with. A digital camera tends to destroy batteries in no time at all. Whilst I now use and recommend rechargeable batteries they can be annoying as I always forget to charge and at least with energizer lithium I know they will work as soon as I use them. I tend to keep two of these batteries in the case/around the home for use if the rechargeable ones die/I forget to charge them.
The batteries will last in my camera for a good week of heavy use which I was surprised about as other batteries only would do around 5 days. However I also use the batteries in my Nitro RC car transmitter and they work great (and this is something you definitely do not want running out or else the car will crash causing hideously expensive repairs).
The batteries are packaged the same was as all tradition AA batteries but Energizer have redesigned the packaging to have a cool blue look which I like.
The batteries are fairly expensive at around £3/4 for 2 however the reliability make them worth their money I suppose.
As a media and photography graduate, I like to take my Digital camera pretty much wherever I go. But I was frustrated at just how often I found myself having to replace my cameras batteries, even if the batteries themselves were brand new! A bit of Googling showed me that Digital Camera's are notorious for sucking the life out of any battery, especially the cheap ones. Therefore I decided to look for a battery that was specifically designed for Digital Cameras. What attracted me to these particular batteries was the large sticker on the front which claimed 'lasts up to 650 photographs'. In my experience, this is somewhat of a modest claim! I've been able to take up to about 700/750 photographs without needing to change the batteries.
2 pack AA - £3
4 pack AA - £6
The main disadvantage of these is the price, at about £6 for a 4 pack. This is undoubtedly expensive for a battery, especially when displayed against all of the cheaper batteries. But dont be put off by the price because in my opinion, you're getting really good value for money here. What is the point in buying cheap batteries if they just run out straight away?
The way I see it is, by buying these Energizer batteries you're paying £5 for batteries that will last for months (yes really!) rather than paying £1/£2 for batteries which may last a few weeks. So overall, you're actually saving money in the long run because you're not having to buy replacements as often.
If you're still put off by the price, Make sure you have a look online before buying as you just might be able to find them a bit cheaper in places such as Ebay.
Who I'd recommend it to?
These are perfect for anyone who likes taking photographs. These are the most powerful batteries I've ever used for my camera. No longer am I haunted by that flashing 'low battery' symbol when taking photographs. And in fact, these are so powerful that even when my camera does say low battery, I can still get a good few more hours battery-life out of it.
I'd also recommend it to those with children who find themselves constantly needing to replace the batteries in their children's toys.
These are often advertised with the claim of being 'Longest Lasting AA Battery in High-Tech Digital Devices'. Sounds like typical advertisement hyperbole I know but this is actually a claim I believe! Their power more than justifies the price tag.
No matter where you are in your house, you can be pretty sure that you will be near something that requires batteries, and it always seems to be AA batteries for that matter! It's no secret that decent, long lasting batteries are never cheap, but you want to make sure that you get a proper good battery for your money.
In steps the Energizer AA Lithium Batteries. I first discovered these by accident, I was going out for a night with friends and on my way there realised the batteries in my digital camera had died. I stopped at a Tesco express, and just grabbed the first pack I could get. It wasn't till I put them in my camera that I noticed they were Lithium ones.
I am very pleased that I bought these, as they have been the best batteries I have ever used. I have had these batteries in my camera for a fair few months now, and they do not even seem to be showing signs of slowing down. I use my camera quite a lot, and usually a normal pair of AA batteries will last me a month or two. I am sure it is coming onto 5/6 months now since I first started on this pair of batteries, and they are going strong.
I have since bought more of these batteries for other items around the home, including my clock, console controllers, Wii Fit Board and many other things. All these batteries are still going strong, and I am sure they will continue for much longer. The battery life indicator on my games console is not even showing a slight deteriation in life or strength of the battery, and the consoles in my house are almost always in use!
Now, these batteries are no where near cheap, and it is around £5 for a 4 pack. In terms of life of the batteries, I personally think that this is a great price for them, and you really do not have to replace them very often. If you do seem to go through a lot of batteries, these are the best replacements in my opinion.
With christmas just 60 days away (sorry to scare you!!) everyone is in a bustle for batteries. I recommend the Energizer Lithium batteries as I have yet to find any battery that can beat them. I have used many other battery brands in the past, cheap and expensive ones, and nothing comes close to the longevity and power of these! You can buy them pretty much anywhere batteries are sold, just be prepared to pay extra for them, but remember - they are totally worth the extra price!
*This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
Having had an older style digital camera that didn't have its own built in power source and so needed new batteries every time we came to use it, we found that many of the cheaper alkaline batteries you can buy failed miserably at powering the camera for more than a mere handful of shots.
Rather than keep resorting to having a spare set of batteries (which also failed quickly) when using this particular little camera, we decided to try out the Energizer AA Lithium Batteries with it and see how they faired. Although these batteries can be bought for prices as high as £6.99 (ouch!) for a pack of 2 of these beauties, they can also be bought for less .We found that with a bit of shopping around you can pick up a 4 pack for similar money which isn't quite so heartbreaking.
As any user of these types of battery powered cameras will know its very frustrating to be out and about and in the process of taking a super shot that will never come again, only to have the zoom on the camera stick and then mournfully close down in super slow motion. Nooooo the batteries have died again! With these batteries we truly hoped to be able to avoid that happening and so decided that the price for a 4 pack of these was more bearable than the camera cutting out after just a few piccys being snapped.
Once in use we actually were pleasantly surprised with these batteries. Not only did we easily manage to use the camera for more than 40 photos on the first usage without any problems what so ever, we also were able to scan through them later in the day to check them, with them showing up nice and bright on the small LCD camera screen with no apparent heavy loss of battery power. That was certainly great to see.
Not only that though! We actually went on to use the camera on a number of other occasions during that trip and must have taken close on 250 photos over the course of a few days, plus been able to scan through them on the LCD screen, to choose which ones we wanted to keep every evening with some battery life to spare. Now that was impressive to say the least.
This has to be commended as when compared to some of the cheaper alkaline batteries we have used the performance was far superior with this lithium battery type. These batteries are also suitable for use in other high drain products and should work equally well when used in that way, as they certainly managed to work well with our stubborn power hungry camera.
The blurb on the pack you get with these states that they can last well for up to 630 piccys, although we didn't find that to be the case, we certainly felt pleased with the results we had. I would say that over all during the period of usage, we managed to use one set of 2 batteries for around 400 pics, plus the time spent viewing and deleting the ones we didn't want to keep.
The time we spent viewing via the LCD screen is something that does need to be factored in to the life of such batteries, as it most certainly is a power drain for them. However we felt these batteries coped admirably with what we threw at them and would certainly recommend them for use in similar situations, if they are bought on an offer or deal.
The only real issue we found with these was the price you pay for them and as with anything you can buy, the recommendation would be to shop around for bargains as they are out there. After all in many cases we found that you can buy a pack of 4 for the same price as a pack of 2.
As we found these to be a cut above many other batteries for use with digital cameras they do have to score highly. The initial cost to buy issue is a factor and so does reduce the rating they get a little. However as a reliable all round product for use with high drain items, these batteries have to warrant a 4 star rating.
I had a simple point and shoot digital camera and for years I was trying the false economy approach of buying cheap batteries for it, and was finding that they never lasted that long. I was always frustrated when I took the camera anywhere that I also needed to carry a couple of spare sets of batteries with me just in case the ones in the camera ran out. Then someone told me about these Energizer Lithium batteries. So I bought a set from Amazon for £3.95 and haven't looked back.
These are basically a high energy 1.5 volt size AA lithium battery which are designed for use in items that require a high energy power source, such as digital cameras with a photo flash. A lot of people seem to reckon that these are the best batteries that you can get, and to that extent, I have to agree with them that for a pence for power rate, these are the best.
In use what I have found is that they last for maybe 3 or 4 times longer than the original cheapie batteries that I previously used. Where I use to get between 150 and 200 photos on the cheapies, I now get well over 600 photos using these Energizer batteries on a 7 MP camera.
A further point that I have found is that they don't seem to power fade out over a long period. With the cheapies, I used to find that the batteries seemed to start fading early on in use and gradually some of the camera functions stopped working, although there would still be some energy left in the battery to run clocks etc at home. With these Energizers, it seemed to take quite a while to get any indication of a power fade since they operate with a stable voltage output, and when the power fade started to show, it was fairly quick leaving the battery totally exhausted.
In summary, for a pence to power ratio, you can't fault these batteries.
After buying a new digital camera considering my old one died when it went flying out my pocket off a ride, I searched for a pair of batteries to go with my camera. Ironically enough, these ones caught my eye due to the fact they specifically advertised that they would last up to 630 digital photos. Out of everything you could use AA batteries, I would have never of thought of a digital camera before I got my latest one as the previous one was charged. I prefer the way you can use batteries as these are independent to the camera and the battery on my old camera died anyway and would have been hard to replace.
However if I am ever on family fortunes and get asked the top devices used for AA batteries, digital cameras will certainly be my number one! I bought a 4 pack of these for an enormous £7.99 - yes I splashed out on these babies! I excitedly put my new silver and shiny batteries in the camera and they suited it very well.
I have used it ever since and currently taken over 500 photos and the battery is still lasting! I don't want to take an extra 130 right now just to see if the claim was correct as the batteries might die. They seem to be very good and powerful. Not only did I use them with my new camera, but also my Xbox 360 controller considering the charger with that died too... These chargers aren't very good nowadays, they are all dying around me!
I feel a lot better having a good stock of batteries (despite the fact I currently have them all in use) compared to having to charge stuff as batteries wear down over time too. If I do run out, like others, I'll go ravaging around every single remote and electric device for some AA batteries, although you're not supposed to use old batteries.
Anyway, back to the batteries. They are lithium batteries as opposed to older alkaline ones, but most seem to be lithium today anyway. This means they product a lot more power over the time you use them (apparently lasting up to 7 times as long). They also weigh less, which is a less obvious benefit when carrying around a digital camera or having to hold a controller. Apparently these are the world's 'longest lasting AA batteries' but I think the Duracell Plus ones compete very well with these. I think they work especially well with my camera however and will continue to purchase them for this. They do seem quite highly priced though, which is a drawback.
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After treating myself to a new digital camera to take piccies at my younger brothers wedding out of my review earnings (it's rare I get to spend them on myself!), I was advised to invest in some decent batteries to power it, I am one of those cheap people that buys their batteries from Poundland!
The batteries I will now review are - "Energiser - ultimate lithium".
From what I can gather the reason behind buying these particular type of batteries is due to just how much juice is needed to power certain items, my camera being one with other well used items being in the list (Wii remotes, ire alarms etc...).
My reason for buying these batteries is because I used the cheaper batteries that I normally have no problems with in the camera.
After putting new batteries in using it once, then turning the camera off to conserve battery power, I found I couldn't switch the camera on or open the shutter, as the batteries no longer held enough power to do this simply task, luckily these batteries do exactly what they are supposed to.
Unlike the normal type of batteries I buy, these one's are claimed to be good for around 680 pictures taken, though there is a disclaimer stating that it depends on use and camera type!
For my camera I only needed 2 x AA to work, luckily the packs come in two's and cost £3.99 a pack, which I have to say I was not too happy about paying, but due to how long they have lasted so far (with some considerable use too) I now agree they were worth the extra money paid.
There are the usual restrictions these being not to place different branded batteries within an item, this is due to the batteries reacting to each other and potentially causing damage to the item they are powering, not to get wet or burn either.
These so far have lasted me a couple of weeks, though I have not yet managed to take the photographs stated these batteries would last for, but am still impressed with the longevity of the product.
Once these have been spent I do think I will be investing in the rechargeable batteries in this range with the charger, this only works out about £5.00 dearer.
For more information visit - www.energiser.eu
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Digital cameras are so popular these days and you can take hundreds of photos depending on the size of your card, but and there is always a BUT isn't there! You must have good batteries, nothing is more annoying and I have seen it happen often, that people get to a wedding or a party and the message flashes up "Low Battery" and so no photos can be taken unless there is a shop nearby selling suitable batteries.
I used ordinary batteries to begin with but seemed to have to replace quite often so I decided to buy rechargeable and they are really quite good but and as I said before there always is a BUT, you never knew when they would run out so needed another pair of batteries charged up with you when you go out. When we were going on holiday abroad to special places where I'm unlikely to go again I wanted to make sure I had no problems with batteries and my eldest daughter who takes some lovely photos suggested that we try Energizer Lithium batteries.
I have been very happy with these and have bought them for holidays in Canada, Alaska and Norway and each time they have lasted through my holiday and on the one I took over 250 photos! Plus I kept looking at what I had taken! Digital cameras need powerful batteries or problems arise with the lens not closing or opening and other functions not working, these batteries are more powerful than longlife batteries and as before there is always a BUT, I know that they are expensive!
Available at most supermarkets, photographic shops and Argos they come in packs of 2 or 4 usually. Silver in colour with the name in black and a touch of blue stripes they do stand out from a lot of other batteries. There is a warning on the side of a risk of fire and should be disposed of sensibly. There is also a photo showing not to throw into a waste bin, we do have a special collection point at our local waste disposal centre for batteries. This type of Lithium battery is not rechargeable.
I still use rechargeable batteries occasionally, like at present when my Lithium batteries ran out this week and I don't want to put in new ones until my next holiday in a few weeks time. But if you have a digital camera that eats batteries I suggest you do try these or for any other item that needs powerful batteries. They advertise that they last 7 times longer in digital cameras than ordinary alkaline batteries. Also they will take up to 630 photos versus 90 with ordinary batteries. And for those who play the Nintendo Wii you can get up to 60 hours play versus 35 with alkaline batteries. AA is a very popular size for many battery operated products.
Currently on sale at Argos at £6.99 with a buy one get one free offer, it really isn't so expensive when you think how many photos you can take.
I used these batteries for taking photos on a winter holiday in Norway. It was always minus temperatures and occassionally my camera wouldn't work as it was too cold for the batteries. I took the batteries out and warmed them in my hand or in my pocket with a Hottie hand warmer nad it was alright again. I needed to keep my camera tucked up warm rather than out ready for action. Worse on board ship as we were sailing as the wind chill did make it COLD!
What can I say, these batteries are AMAZING!! Bought them for a recent holiday and was cautious about spending £7 on 4 batteries as my camera drains batteries really fast. (A full battery would die after about 1 hour of video)
These Lithium batteries however just keep on going and going. With heavy usage over 11 days (about 700 photos and 1 hour video) some how these batteries still have full charge! I've never had batteries last so long, and for a camera that has such a high power consumption these have been brilliant.
The adverts do not lie, these really do extend camera usage and provide ongoing power.
One thing I would mention is that when I use these batteries my camera takes slightly longer to switch modes than with normal batteries, but it could just be an isolated incident.
I would highly recommend these batteries over normal alkaline batteries and rechargeables. They are definitely worth the extra money and are more environmentally friendly as you'll end up using less batteries in the long run.
Battery technology is advancing at a rate of knots, and at the forefront of this technology is Energizer, who have produced the worlds first AA Lithium batteries.
I generally use rechargeables in my battery-powered devices, as they are better for the environment than the bog-standard alkaline batteries which we as a nation go through millions and millions of each year. However, I thought I would test out Energizer's newest AA's to see if they really would last "seven times longer" - a claim made in their recent series of commercials.
Lithium batteries are commonplace in devices which use rechargeable cells, for example cameras and mobile phones, but until now, they haven't been made as a disposable product. Lithium works differently to alkaline, as the power doesn't gradually wear off as you use it - instead, the battery will output the same level of power until it reaches a certain point, when it will suddenly stop completely. Because of this, a product using lithium will just stop working without warning after an (admittedly long) period of time.
My research shows that these batteries do indeed last a lot longer than standard AA's. In the camera that I tried them in, I estimate that they lasted at least three to four times longer than the standard Duracell's - but I can't give an exact estimation. However, this increase in longevity does come at a price - a four pack costs over £7 from Amazon.
Energizer's Lithium batteries are quite simply excellent. Yes, they are expensive for a disposable item - but they really will power your camera or whatever else you choose to use them in longer than any other disposable battery. Because of the price, I will continue to use Ni-mH rechargeables, which are equally as good, and are much more eco-friendly. That said, if you need high quality batteries you know where to look.
fed up with your camera eating batteries for a pass time?
my digital camera eats batteries so quickly i was forever replacing them, even when i bought 'expensive' brands such as duracell, then a friend told me about energizer lithium batteries, quite expensive at around £5 for a twin pack of AA size, but they lasted so much longer than the standard duracell ones. they claim to last 7 times longer than standard alkaline batteries in hi tech devices, i cant testify that it was 7 times longer as with all of these tests they do it depends on the type of photograph, how often you use the flash etc but just 2 batteries lasted me for an entire week away taking over 300 photographs! normally i would have gone through at least 4 lots of batteries in that time. the lithium batteries are becoming much more widely available now and can be bought from any decent ' electricals' shop, camera shops most supermarkets, argos and of course online.
It is always frustrating running low of power when you want to take more pictures with your camera. It happened to us many times. My husband would always charge up his rechargeable batteries the night before to make sure it is fully charges to use. However, it must the memory effect of the rechargeable batteries that always go low just when you are in the middle of taking pictures.
He read about the Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries in a magazine and decide to get a packet as an insurance. Now he swears by it.
The Energizer Ultimate Lithium battery is the newest product by energizer. It works on the technology of lithium energy same as the batteries we used on most of our mobile phone. The batteries come in AA and AAA size. On the cover of the packet, it indicates that the batteries could take 630 digital photos. It has a nominal voltage of 1.5 volts and a typical weight of 14.5 gram with a maximum discharge of 2.5 amps continuous. It also have a very long shelf life, the one we bought have a shelf life till 2023.
This is a disposable battery and is one of energizer's most powerful and long lasting batteries. We didn't count the number of shots we took with the batteries but we did use it on 4 occasions spanning over a period of 6 months.
We are hooked on the energizer batteries now. Though we still believe that it is more economical and green to use rechargeable batteries, the energizer ultimate lithium batteries is handy for emergencies and we will always have some as a standby.
The energizer lithium batteries are a little expensive. It costs about £7.43 for a pack of 4 (AA size ) at amazon.co.uk. So you can imagine our delight when Asda was running a special offer a few months ago selling the batteries (pack of 4) at £5.99. We definitely grab a few to keep.
Try these batteries, it is so handy and fuss free, you might just rely on it totally.