NiZn (Nickel-Zinc) batteries are a type of rechargeable AA battery that operates with a nominal voltage 1.6 volts, which is very close to the 1.5 volts of alkaline batteries. This makes NiZn battery perform well in high-drain devices like handheld games.
In a Nutshell Our choice for the best 18650 battery is the Panasonic 18650 battery. This battery has a high capacity (3100 mAh) and performs better than comparable 18650 batteries. The Panasonic 18650 battery is available at Amazon for around $21. You can also find a pack that includes a charger and four batteries on Amazon here. If you are… [Continue Reading]
Low-self discharge 9v NiMH batteries have recently become available from Tenergy and Maha. Low-self discharge means these batteries will hold their charge for a year, unlike previous NiMH batteries. Update November 2012: Accupower has released a 300 mAh 9 Volt Rechargeable NiMH Battery — this currently the highest capacity rechargeable 9V. Ansmann has released a low-discharge 250… [Continue Reading]
In A Nutshell When recharging a camera flash, you need a battery capable of delivering a high amount of current in a short time. Ideally, you want the batteries with the highest rated capacity. The highest capacity rechargeable AA batteries are: Ansmann’s 2850 mAh batteries and Powerex’s 2700 mAh batteries. Of these two batteries, Powerex’s 2700 mAh gets the most… [Continue Reading]
Do rechargeable lithium-ion batteries exist in standard sizes like AA, AAA, C or D? They do, but they don’t operate at 1.2-1.5 Volts. According to Isidor Buchmann, author of Batteries in a Portable World: A Handbook on Rechargeable Batteries for Non-Engineers, this is due to safety concerns — people might try to charge them in chargers made… [Continue Reading]
A company called G7 has released a 900 lumen LED light bulb, which is selling for around $19. This warm white ( 3,000K) bulb runs on just 9W, and it is equivalent to a 65 watt incandescent bulb. It has a 75+ Color Rendering Index (CRI) — quality household lights tend to have the CRI between 80 and… [Continue Reading]
Sanyo’s Eneloop batteries have had an edge over other rechargeable AAs since they were released in 2005. Basically, Eneloops could retain their charge longer than other rechargeables, including other low self-discharge AAs. Eneloops can hold 85% of their charge for one year, and 75% after three years.
LED desk lamps have a lot going for them. Besides being energy efficient, LED lamps run much cooler than conventional desk lamps, and you can expect the LEDs to last for 10-15 years. Watch out for poorly made LED lamps though — I have an Adesso Lamp that lost 7 of its 20 LEDs in… [Continue Reading]