Hybrio batteries

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by OG, May 15, 2008.

  1. OG

    OG Guest

    I notice these seem to have dropped in price over the last few months - even
    on the high street.

    Wilkinson's stores have 4x AA 2100mAh cells for £4.99, which is a couple of
    quid cheaper than they were in February.
    OG, May 15, 2008
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  2. OG

    Trev Guest

    They where that price around June last year
    Trev, May 15, 2008
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  3. OG

    Tim Forcer Guest

    Perhaps this is the effect of competition? Batteries with
    (apparently) identical chemistries and attributes are available with
    several brand names:

    Sanyo Eneloop
    Panasonic Infinium
    Vapex Instant

    Incidentally, it is absolutely _not_ the case that one can _reliably_
    use Hybrio straight from the pack. I got caught out by a brand new
    set a month ago. I'd believed the advertising, so hadn't checked the
    cells. Took them out as spares for my GPS, knowing its batteries
    probably wouldn't last the full length of the walk we were doing. At
    the halfway stop, changed the batteries only to find the GPS wouldn't
    run for more than 10s before shutting down due to inadequate voltage.
    Turned out one cell was virtually at full discharge state. Checking
    five packs to date, four were fine, all cells reading with at least
    "good" voltage, but one other pack also contained a cell clearly near
    end of discharge.

    I can't comment on the shelf-life behaviour (yet), but indications
    from colleagues are that this is good. However, I'd recommend
    occasional checks, particularly as Hybrios share the standard
    rechargeable behaviour of going rapidly from being OK (no noticeable
    loss of output from a bike light, say) to being as good as dead (glow
    worm output from bike light).

    Tim Forcer, May 16, 2008
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