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# 250533 15-May-2019 10:41
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Hi

 

 

 

Just wanted to get some recommendations for AAA batteries for LED headlight.

 

Brought some Phillips ones of 1 -day but they don't seem that great.

 

Can anyone recommend any other brands than what is currently in the supermarket.

 

Thanks


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  # 2238287 15-May-2019 11:47
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FWIW I usually buy the Varta alkaline AA or AAA batteries from Bunnings.

 

Have usually found them very good value and the quality seems pretty good as well.

 

 

 

EDIT: Dont know how many ofthese you will find in NZ - but a comparison chart can be found here:

 

https://rightbattery.com/category/battery-comparison/

 

Duracell seems to be the top of the list if you can find them...

 

 





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  # 2238334 15-May-2019 13:07
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I actually went shopping for AA batteries today, got sick of buying and throwing out batteries so opted for something rechargeable.

 

https://www.consumer.org.nz/products/rechargeable-batteries/overview rate the Panasonic Eneloops, picked them up from Noel Leeming who price matched PBTech. Save $ in the long run and reduce your rubbish.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2238383 15-May-2019 14:18
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I also recommend the Eneloops, but as an eBike commuter I've found USB rechargeable lights the way to go, much easier. 


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  # 2238392 15-May-2019 14:34
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Yeah, I buy nothing but Eneloop rechargeables now. They are very good at retaining their charge over long periods of no use (much better than almost all other rechargables). You can buy them at all the supermarkets near me and the prices are often the same if not cheaper that the tech shops.


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  # 2238414 15-May-2019 15:25
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Amazon Basics NiMH are probably rebranded Eneloops. They work fine. NiMH are cheaper from Amazon usually.

 

You should use a good charger with these batteries if you want them to last. Every 10th recharge cycle or so a refresh, and every year do a break-in. Maha C9000 is great but there are others that are good too.


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  # 2238678 15-May-2019 22:31
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To get the best use of a battery for LED lighting look at building/Using a Joule Thief.



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  # 2238760 16-May-2019 08:10
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The philips that keep coming up on 1day etc are carbon zinc heavy duty trash batteries. The sort that you give to a kid with a noisy toy so its flat in no time and you can get quiet again.

 

They are useless for anything more demanding than grandpa's old transistor radio because they cant supply the current that most things need.

 

Mitre10 do a giant pack of number8 alkaline batteries for cheap as. It's not on their website because who knows why, but its in store and from memory about $20 or $25 for a tray of 80 or something.





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  # 2238763 16-May-2019 08:28
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so varta is good?

 

the 1-day philips put me off cheap batteries and I haven't shopped on 1-day since the philips batteries disaster.





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  # 2238825 16-May-2019 10:02
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Batman:

 

so varta is good?

 

the 1-day philips put me off cheap batteries and I haven't shopped on 1-day since the philips batteries disaster.

 

 

Anything alkaline will be better than carbon zinc no matter how much BS the packaging says about premium high drain devices etc.

 

Im still wondering who the person is that has 40 wall clocks to need those philips packs of bulk junk cells.

 

The difference between alkalines is how badly they will leak when theyre empty. I have not had a varta signifigangly leak even when 6 months in something totally flat.

 

If you're the kind of person to put something away with cells in it all the time, then spend a little more on the good ones, otherwise I havent seen a signifigant difference in runtime on either the varta or the number8's





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  # 2238845 16-May-2019 10:10
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thanks I'll give it a go.

 

Google says ABC from INdonesia is good, but I've never seen ABC in NZ





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  # 2242430 21-May-2019 15:50
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Batman: so varta is good?

 

I bought a stack of Varta at Bunnings - they were made in Germany. That's got to be better than China.


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  # 2242452 21-May-2019 16:20
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tripper1000:

 

Batman: so varta is good?

 

I bought a stack of Varta at Bunnings - they were made in Germany. That's got to be better than China.

 

 

You can tell that to the Apple users!

 

But I admit after hearing they are made in Germany it's changed my impression.





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  # 2242459 21-May-2019 16:39
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I bought 24 x AAA Panasonic alkalines from PBtech for <$15 last week.

 

Says they have a 10 year shelf life....

 

As mentioned - never has an issue with Varta batteries though.





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