After a few years of juicing the same rechargeable batteries, I figured it was time for new AA’s to power my flashes. The last rechargeables I put in my camera bag were used, coming with another camera a few years ago, and it seems as though they’d been showing their age a bit — longer charge times, and less productive use.
I’m pretty brand agnostic with things like batteries. Duracell, Energizer… about the same to me. Now, I know there are folks out there that swear by Maha cells, and I respect that, but there’s a certain amount of comfort in just being able to run to Home Depot to pick up rechargeable cells!
I picked up four new sets — one eight-pack, and two four-packs. Not rhyme or reason there, just the luck of what was on the endcap display. As it ends up two four-packs were just a few pennies higher than an eight-pack, but I’m not gonna sweat the few cents extra.
I kept each of the four-pack sets together, and divided the eight pack up into two groups of four. Once I had the cells in hand, I labeled them with a medium Sharpie. I used a single letter to identify each group of four. This will allow me to quickly identify if a particular set of cells begins acting funny.
Remember I said it’d been a while since I’d last put new cells in the bag? The problem I had was that I couldn’t pinpoint when I’d put those cells into rotation. I decided to fix that this time around. With a fine Sharpie, I labelled each cell with the month and year I bought the cells. That oughta jog my memory down the road!