Nikon SB800 question

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Bob, Nov 28, 2007.

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    Bob Guest

    Quick question; I have an SB800 and wanted to see what other owners
    have experienced in terms of battery life.

    So, how many flashes will you get with standard alkaline batteries?
    What about rechargables? I seem to get considerably less with the
    rechargables (and they're relatively new).

    Thanks in advance.

    Bob
     
    Bob, Nov 28, 2007
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    Will Ritson Guest

    Can't speak for the SB800 (mine are 28s and 400s) but in everything I
    own that uses AAs--radios, cameras, flashes, everything--my
    rechargeables give fewer cycles than any other type (although they're
    cost-effective).
     
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    C J Campbell Guest

    Never counted 'em, but I agree that it seems you don't get as many
    flashes with rechargeable batteries. I prefer lithium batteries; they
    seem to last a the longest, although they are prone to overheating.
     
    C J Campbell, Nov 28, 2007
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    ben brugman Guest

    Using the SB800 on a party, recharging rates started going up by around
    150-200 flashes.
    These were all types off flashes, from full to close range.
    So I would think bring a set of batteries for every 150 flashes you intend
    to take.
    (Allthough a set could last up to 300 flashes, depending on several
    factors).

    Ben
     
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    Frank Arthur Guest

    It would only make sense of which kind of rechargable batteries and
    how they are charged.
    Ie: I use NiMh 2200mAh Powerex batteries with the charger set on slow
    charge. I get about 10%
    more flashes per charge then on a set of AA Duracells.
     
    Frank Arthur, Nov 28, 2007
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    Bob Guest


    Thanks again all - very helpful.
     
    Bob, Nov 29, 2007
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    Douglas Guest

    Nickel Metal Hydrid batteries. Duracel make some 2650 mAh versions I swear
    by. I get between 200 and 350 shots per charge, depending on the output.
    They deliver consistantly right up to the point they die. Alkaline taper off
    in output after about 80 shots and Lithiums are so expensive as to be no
    value at all.

    In Australia, Eveready Lithiums are $20 for 4. A set of NmH (2700 mAh) cost
    about $35 and can be recharged enough times to out value any battery. I use
    a 1 hour "fast charger" without problems (so far). I'm on the 15th recharge
    of one set so the cost thing is well and truly in favour of Nmh.

    Douglas
     
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    Alan Guest

    Doug,

    I have the Duracells and one think I have noted, they take a long time
    to recharge, probably close to 8 hours. So you need a bunch of
    chargers, well I do, because the F5 takes 8 batteries and they deplete
    quickly from none use....meaning lots of days or weeks, not hours.

    I bought them for the Kodak Easyshare C875 that used two regular
    Duracells for maybe every 2 pictures..yes 2 pictures.

    Alan
     
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