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Cheap AA batteries?

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by longers, 29 Oct 2007.

  1. longers

    longers Veteran

    Where can I buy cheap and long lasting AA batteries to run my lights on?
     
  2. ash68

    ash68 New Member

    Location:
    northumberland
    Don't know if the words cheap and long lasting go together too often. Tend to buy mine from asda in multipacks, but go for duracell. Think you get what you pay for really. I've never tried rechargable batteries, suppose that could be an option. Anyone any experience of them?
     
  3. andrew_s

    andrew_s Veteran

    Location:
    Gloucester
    2800 mAh NiMh rechargeables £3.99 for 4

    charger £13.99
    Charger £5.99

    Note that NiMH rechargeables lose charge in storage relatively quickly, so are best suited to regular use. There are more expensive versions (Eneloop, Hybrio) that don't have this problem, but they cost more and don't have as much capacity when freshly charged.

    The cheaper charger will only charge batteries in 2s or 4s, so isn't too good if you have anything that uses an odd number.

    The 2800 mAh rechargeables will give good light for longer than duracells in a bright light, but don't have the very long tail-off period of alkalines
     
  4. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Jessops usually do some fair priced, powerful rechargeable + charger sets.
     
  5. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Re-chargeable every time, initial outlay for all the gubbins, relatively high.
    In the long run, cheap as chips as they say. If you need say 4 batts for 2 lights, get 8 then you have back up.
    Normal batts slowly lose power 'til they die.

    Re-chargeable maintain a constant output until they die, and they do die "just like that" ! Some decent batteries / chargers HERE (Uniross one of the better re-charge batts manufacturers.
     
  6. ash68

    ash68 New Member

    Location:
    northumberland
    thanks for that Andrew and Mister Paul, I would need the AAA batteries for my rear cat eye lights. Might try the local Maplins at the weekend.Get some batteries and a charger and see how they go.Got to be better then forking out for batteries every month or so.My front lights a Lumicycle and just gets recharged every couple of days.
    Cheers.xx(

    Thanks ELMER, suppose like all things you get what you pay for, so I'll look to get a good quality set, with some spares as backup.
     
  7. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    I will add that my bike is just over 12mths. old, the batts in my rear led (on flash mode) are still the original alkaline type, I've re-charged the 2 AA batts for my smart 3 led front light twice, trust me when the batts are re-charged, don't look at it to see if it's brighter, I couldn't see feck all for 1/2 an hour !!

    P.S. Ash68, Get that Guinness in the fridge ready for next year m8 !!
     
  8. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    32 AA batteries in 1 6V battery,
    I liked the second comment by a dumb shite yank
    Don't think the power of numbers is his strong point !
     
  9. don't know about cycle lights, but i got some Hybrio ones (from Asda) and they lasted for ages in my dslr

    L
     
  10. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Hubby was given a solar battery charger for his birthday, which takes 'AAA' 'AA' 'C' or 'D' batteries, although you have to charge 4 at the same time. I've yet to try the batteries, but does anyone have any experience of whether they will get to the same power level?
     
  11. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Try 7dayshop.com - loads of rechargeable batteries - I just got some Panasonic 2100mah which apparently hold the charge for long periods (although not the highest storage) - these were for my camera. The Uniross express chargers are cheap and very quick to charge from them. £5 should by a quality set of batteries 4 x AA / AAA
     
  12. OP
    OP
    longers

    longers Veteran

    Thanks for the advice people. I found some cheap Duracell today, our local Focus is closing down and has 20% off. Then I'll look at re-chargeables.

    I guess I was hoping someone knew where somebody was selling 48 super longlasting batteries for a quid, perhaps on e-bay or something.:blush:
     
  13. ash68

    ash68 New Member

    Location:
    northumberland
     
  14. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Loved this one:

    :blush::biggrin: