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    Rechargeable batteries draining without use

    I have a few eneloop pro rechargeable batteries in both AA and AAA.

    While using them in the devices I do, they are great and I seem to get expected use from them.
    I always have spare ones charged using a quad nitecore charger.

    If I have not used the spares for a couple weeks I put them on the charger to top them up before use. When I put them on they seem to be drained a fair bit going by the indicator on the charger.
    They can take around 2 hours to top back up.

    Is that normal or do I have some duds?
    It happens with both AA and AAA

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    1% per week drain is normal for rechargeables. anything more then its a dud

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonetropo View Post
    1% per week drain is normal for rechargeables. anything more then its a dud
    Thanks. Definitely having more than 1% drain.
    If it was just one set I wouldn't have worried.

    Strange however that I get the same runtime in my devices that others seem to with the same device.


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    eneloops are generally ok.
    i suggest batterycell in wellington for good rechargeable or battermasta in christchuch

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    Can get lsd (not that type) limited self discharge ones, they reckon they will drop to 80% but no lower

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    are you leaving them in the charger with it turned off once charged? years ago there used to be available plastic battery cases for storing batteries so they couldn't discharge through contact with any metal.wondering if you putting them somewhere with a bit off moisture or enough metal contact for them to start leaking charge as you say you get the run time from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by berg243 View Post
    are you leaving them in the charger with it turned off once charged? years ago there used to be available plastic battery cases for storing batteries so they couldn't discharge through contact with any metal.wondering if you putting them somewhere with a bit off moisture or enough metal contact for them to start leaking charge as you say you get the run time from them.
    No. Charger is constantly in use with other batteries.

    I have little plastic tub I store the batteries in when charged.
    Doubt moisture is an issue as well.
    I will try some things to see if I can improve on the discharge.


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    Quote Originally Posted by R93 View Post
    I have a few eneloop pro rechargeable batteries in both AA and AAA.

    While using them in the devices I do, they are great and I seem to get expected use from them.
    I always have spare ones charged using a quad nitecore charger.

    If I have not used the spares for a couple weeks I put them on the charger to top them up before use. When I put them on they seem to be drained a fair bit going by the indicator on the charger.
    They can take around 2 hours to top back up.

    Is that normal or do I have some duds?
    It happens with both AA and AAA

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    Quote Originally Posted by stretch View Post
    http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/a...self_discharge

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    I think heat might have to do with my issue.
    Been like an oven for weeks in our garage.

    I will do some testing and see what happens.

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    My Eneloop Pro rechargeable batteries (the Black ones) I not very happy with them
    In my Trail Cams - even though I now use 6v Gels - I still have 8 AA in also.
    The Trail Cams show 75% immediately they installed and I also see they appear to be self draining when stored in proper 8 pack plastic holder
    When charging now - I swap them around in the charger after the charger shows Full - they then keep charging more and leave on till charger is cold.

    I was buying Lithium AA out of Germany at approx 40% of cost here - but last lot every 2nd pack of 4 was a dud - so thats when I went to the 6V Gels in Cams - got to expensive.
    There are a lot of clone/fake product floating around these online sites like TM and EBay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarvo View Post
    My Eneloop Pro rechargeable batteries (the Black ones) I not very happy with them
    In my Trail Cams - even though I now use 6v Gels - I still have 8 AA in also.
    The Trail Cams show 75% immediately they installed and I also see they appear to be self draining when stored in proper 8 pack plastic holder
    When charging now - I swap them around in the charger after the charger shows Full - they then keep charging more and leave on till charger is cold.

    I was buying Lithium AA out of Germany at approx 40% of cost here - but last lot every 2nd pack of 4 was a dud - so thats when I went to the 6V Gels in Cams - got to expensive.
    There are a lot of clone/fake product floating around these online sites like TM and EBay
    Interesting. I have the black eneloop and they are the same. I will try swapping them around in the charger and see what happens.

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    Keep in mind the eneloop pros are 1.2 v and read 1.4 on the meter when fully charged and the likes of the energizer liths are 1.5v and show well over 1.6 when new. I just checked some pros that have been sitting for a few weeks they show 1.37v average over 6 batts so a small drop but not bad for rechargeables.

    Add: the pros are rated at 2450mah and IIRC the lith ultimate are 3000?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sneeze View Post
    Keep in mind the eneloop pros are 1.2 v and read 1.4 on the meter when fully charged and the likes of the energizer liths are 1.5v and show well over 1.6 when new. I just checked some pros that have been sitting for a few weeks they show 1.37v average over 6 batts so a small drop but not bad for rechargeables.

    Add: the pros are rated at 2450mah and IIRC the lith ultimate are 3000?
    Yes - you a 100% correct
    The Lithium batts show 1.6 - 1.7 and the Eneloop Pros show 1.2 - 1.3
    I still put it down to 50/50 on what you buy these days online - I do know the Eneloop Pro are the best - but source of supply determines the product quality and genuine origin etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by R93 View Post
    Interesting. I have the black eneloop and they are the same. I will try swapping them around in the charger and see what happens.

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    Ok so I just put some fully charged units back in the nightcorefor a trial top up , resulted in no voltage gain at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sneeze View Post
    Ok so I just put some fully charged units back in the nightcorefor a trial top up , resulted in no voltage gain at all.
    I charged some today. Left them out for the day and put them back in. They started to charge but were at 1.44 volts.

    Have stored some away and will put them in the charger next week for a bit of a test.

    I use the AAA in my muffs. They went flat in a few weeks with intermittent usage.

    Plenty good enough if I remember to charge them every now and then.

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