keep all digital cameras functioning properly. Not all the major firms offering
traditional, well-known brand names were exhibiting, but there was a proliferation
of alkaline, lithium, and Ni-MH rechargeable batteries from firms that might
not be as familiar.
DigiPower introduced the Endure Series1 line of Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
that come pre-charged and ready to use. They stay charged up to a year. A 2-3
hour rapid battery charger and four of the new AA-size batteries has an MSRP
Off the show floor, Energizer was talking about the longevity and quality
of their e2 Lithium batteries which are said to weigh 1/3 less than comparable
alkaline batteries but will last about nine times longer than alkaline batteries.
In addition, they have a shelf life of up to 15 years vs. seven years with ordinary
DigiPower Endure Series1 Ni-MH
Gold Peak (GP) introduced their GP ReCyko line of rechargeable batteries said
to satisfy the convenience, environmental, and economic needs of customers.
Not only are these batteries ready for use when purchased, they also can be
recharged up to 1000 times and are 20 percent lighter than regular alkaline
batteries. They are available in both two and four packs of AA/AAA-size batteries
and chargers that range from rapid two-hour to a more conventional six-hour
International Supplies MFUEL
With practically every digital photo product requiring a specialized battery,
there are a myriad of sizes and shapes of rechargeable Ni-MH and lithium ion
batteries today. The MFUEL line from International Supplies offers a brand-new,
small universal charger that readily adapts to accept a broad range of different
batteries. The basic unit has fold-out prongs to fit the normal AC power outlets
found in the US and also has round terminals suitable for worldwide use and
car charging capability. The basic unit accepts standard AA/AAA-size batteries,
but the regular charging module can be pulled off and replaced with the exact
size and shape required by most other camera batteries. The basic AA charger
lists for $30.
Sony offers an entire line of Ni-MH chargers and batteries for all types of
electronic devices. Their new Cycle Energy Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries come
pre-charged and ready for use, maintain 85 percent of their charge for over
a year, and can be recharged up to 1000 times. The Ultra 15 Ni-MH battery charger
is a high-speed unit that can charge up to four high-capacity 2500 mAh Ni-MH
batteries in just 15 minutes. Advanced features include alkaline battery detection
so you cannot accidentally load the wrong batteries, automatic charge cutoff,
and temperature controls. The Super Quick Charger with LCD indicator lets you
view the status of the charging process and a refresh function allows you to
recondition batteries to eliminate memory loss.
Sunpak offers a new line of charger kits and AA/AAA-size Ni-MH rechargeable
batteries to suit most any requirement. Chargers range from 60-minute regular
and 60-minute compact units to a 2-3 hour travel charger that has adapters for
both US and international voltages, and a car charger that will charge two batteries
in 2-3 hours. The Sunpak Travel-Adapt charger is a compact AC adapter and USB
charger for people who travel worldwide as it can be used in 150 countries.
It snaps together so there are no lost plugs.
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