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I hear what you're saying about rechargeables.

September 01, 2019 07:30AM avatar
Especially the better ones like Eneloops. The better quality rechargeable batteries today work better and last longer than those older NiCad batteries we once had. Their run-time wasn't as good as quality Alkaline batteries and that's one reason I didn't like the earlier offerings we had. Add to that the fact that I I use a LOT of AA battery powered devices. I once listed not only the metal detectors I have in my den or loaded ion my vehicle, but also the number of flashlights I have, most of which are also powered these days by AA alkaline batteries.

I can't afford to supply all my devices with Eneloops, and the time I'd spend charging and changing batteries in them all would be exhausting, too. So I buy Alkaline batteries that have proven to last long enough and work well for their cost. I started evaluating 9V and AA batteries back in the late '70s and early '80s, buying heavy Duty and Alkaline of just about any brand I came across, then run them in one to a few different models, with a long 'On-Time' just to let the sit and run until exhaustion with repeated target signals just to see how well some detectors worked as well as which brand batteries provided the best performance and value.

I have an ample supply of batteries or everything I use, and that makes me comfortable using AA alkaline batteries. I think it might be different if I had only 1 to 3 metal detectors as it would make it more reasonable to have a small supply of rechargeable batteries just for them ... but I don't. Currently, as I have been thinning out a lot of my Regular-Use and Specialty-Use Detector team, I am down to only six ... 6 ... different models. One of each travels in my vehicle almost all the time during general detecting season. I do have duplicates of the Nokta CoRe, Fisher F-44, and Tesoro Bandido II µMAX and Silver Sabre µMAX on the wall in my den, so all ten of those models are 'at-the-ready' with Alkaline batteries.

I will be adding one more model soon, but it has a built-in Lithium battery so no need to figure it.

It's interesting that you mentioned leaking batteries. With many decades of using all the different devices that I keep AA Alkaline batteries in use, the ones that gave the worst performance and shortest operational times of a well known brand were the Ray-O-Vac. They also had more leakage issues over a prolonged time in the device, and the second noted brand was Energizer. Those, however, in all this time have only leaked on two occasions, and one was when they were already in a detector I bought from someone and I have no clue how long they had been used.

I got the 8 or 16 Eneloops and two 4-cell chargers late last year and only used them one in a detector I got at the same time to evaluate for someone. I know they are some of the best, but I have several hundred AA Alkalines in my emergency battery & Flashlight Tote and doubt I will ever use them. I'll probably just sell the batteries and charges when I list several detectors to also sell. I'm sure someone who is devoted to using them and not as super-supplied with AA battery devices as I am will find them of value.


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Do you have a favorite 'foreigner' when it comes to detector selection?

Monte 408 August 18, 2019 05:02PM

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Sodbuster 196 August 31, 2019 12:52PM

I hear what you're saying about rechargeables.

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Favorite 'foreigner? Maybe "Cold As Ice"

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