Power And Performance
Battery News From PMA
I literally got a charge out of seeing the plethora of chargers and both reusable and primary batteries at PMA this year. (By the way, when you see the word "primary," it's the politically correct term for "throwaway.") Everywhere I turned, batteries, chargers, and more batteries and more chargers. Replacement battery packs for our ravenous digital cameras were in abundance. Surprisingly, some companies were still touting more conventional technologies, and at least one company even came to the fore with batteries to replace the once ubiquitous mercury button cells--salvation for old camera users is at hand!
NiHy's Get Bigger
& Faster Charge
Lenmar directed my attention
to their Mach 1 SpeedCharger line-up, which is based on this company's
NeoTherm technology, employing microprocessor control to deliver a rapid
charge without undue heat buildup, thereby extending battery life. Three
models are available: Mach 1 Alpha lithium ion charger, taking under 30
minutes; Mach 1 Delta for 3.6 and 6v Ni-MH and NiCd camcorder batteries;
Mach 1 Gamma, which comes with four 2000 mAh AA Ni-MH batteries and charges
any combo of AA/AAA Ni-MH in one hour or less. All models feature LEDs,
multi-voltage, and car adapter.
Nothing Is Irreplaceable
Panasonic moved in a different
direction, with long-lasting, high-performance PowerEdge batteries to
meet the demands of ravenous digital cameras. The oxy-alkaline batteries
can last up to 43 percent longer than traditional high-drain alkaline
batteries in digital still cameras.
A few battery packs are designed
to work with more demanding gear, powering not only a camera or flash,
but both at the same time. Case in point, the widely compatible Quantum
Turbo 2x2, which employs Ni-MH technology and features dual outputs and
twice the power as the larger and older Turbo.