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AT Pro what batteries?
« on: August 15, 2014, 19:47 »
Picking up my new AT Pro tomorrow, just wondering what batteries other people are using, and if you think they are good value for money.

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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2014, 20:07 »
Picking up my new AT Pro tomorrow, just wondering what batteries other people are using, and if you think they are good value for money.

 Thanks heaps Neal.

Eneloop..........for me the value is the best.

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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2014, 22:00 »
We use the Aldi brand ones. Long life in them and cheap. Can now buy rechargeable ones from there as well, not sure what they are like though.
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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2014, 08:37 »
I use decent rechargeables and get 8-10 hrs out of them.Good luck with your new detector.
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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2014, 13:27 »
Eneloop..........for me the value is the best.

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by 2. Varta are also good
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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2014, 02:48 »
I agree that Eneloop are pretty well as good as it gets. Jaycar as currently selling Eneloop 2500Mah AA NiMh cells for $26.95 a four pack and you will not do much better unless you get a DickSmith online special which are only 2000Mah units anyway.

That all said, If you are going to lay out for top quality rechargables then I can not over emphasise the requirement of a top quality charger of the DeltaV variety. I use a Powerex Maha MA-H9000 which does AA and AAA cells and I always use the break in function before putting cells into service, yes it takes 40 hours before the cells are ready to go the first time (normal recharge time there after) but at around the 500th recharge you'll be glad you did. The return in extra life and recharge cycles on a quality charger is large.

The particular charger I use is more than middlingly good at rejuvenating aging cells past their best also ... but like all good things it carries a price tag to match of around $100 or so.

As an aside, I am retired but my first trade was as a telecommunications technician and I still hold an Advance Class Amateur Operators certificate of proficiancy so batteries and battery powered devices are something I've had time and need to look into in times of yore.

Hope this helps

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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2014, 21:13 »
Thanks everyone for your advice, very much appreciated.

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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2014, 20:49 »
   Most  makers recommend  alkaline batteries, dearer but full rated power. rechargables can be be below  this. do  some checking here, cheap ain;t always the best way to go.
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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2014, 21:05 »
Both my BHs recommend alkaline only and not heavy duty. I was puzzled by this and think that maybe it is to do with (obviously) battery voltage. The Heavy Duty Energizers we use at work show as around 9.7 - 9.9v ( dont know about accuracy of the reading but it will probably be within .1 v ). Maybe this over voltage could burn out the circuitry? There was a link to a bloke that really knew his batteries in the forum somewhere I will see if I can find it. While researching re chargeables I noticed 3 different voltages ( 8.4v, 9v and 9.6v )were available and ended up getting the 9v. These last well though like all rechargeables are all or nothing when they go flat. In my PRO I used the eneloops and loved them.
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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2014, 21:23 »
Both my BHs recommend alkaline only and not heavy duty. I was puzzled by this and think that maybe it is to do with (obviously) battery voltage. The Heavy Duty Energizers we use at work show as around 9.7 - 9.9v ( dont know about accuracy of the reading but it will probably be within .1 v ). Maybe this over voltage could burn out the circuitry? There was a link to a bloke that really knew his batteries in the forum somewhere I will see if I can find it. While researching re chargeables I noticed 3 different voltages ( 8.4v, 9v and 9.6v )were available and ended up getting the 9v. These last well though like all rechargeables are all or nothing when they go flat. In my PRO I used the eneloops and loved them.
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                                   Yeh  Rog.  saw that review somewhere. think it was a USA  forum. it was very comprehensive.
                      also,  what is the power drop value of rechargeables over a period ?  varta  alkaline brand are good ex bunnings.$4.95 for 2- 9v.  voltage is  ok  in all brands. they have  an upper level of safety, so I have read.  I have  used rechargables and I don't think there is a cost saving there.
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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2014, 22:55 »
I gave up looking in here and did a google search for the battery article and think I found it.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?17,1486290,page=1
If that isn't it then it isn't a bad start :)
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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2014, 23:01 »
I gave up looking in here and did a google search for the battery article and think I found it.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?17,1486290,page=1
If that isn't it then it isn't a bad start :)
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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2014, 07:00 »
I use powermax  2700 mAh rechargeables in all my detectors. I use the 2700 and Imedion 2400 mAh in my cameras, i have 2 Powerex Maha C800S chargers, these are fantastic with soft and rapid charging and deep battery conditioning. Sanyo Eneloops are also a very good rechargable battery, these come in sizes of 1900 mAh the eneloop pro is 2450 mAh and the Eneloop lite capacity of 950 mAh

As for voltage? your initial charge is lower but maintains its charge much longer then Alkaline, you need to look at amp hours thats all that matters. In high drain devises a good rechargable will last alot longer then an Alkaline.

I was buying Alkaline Duracells at 40 for $15 and some times Dick Shytes for $8 for 25

Heres a graph to compare a rechargeable nimh with an alkaline.


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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2014, 11:24 »
Where did you get the power max . I've been looking for 2700mHa here in Perth best I can find is the varta 2600mHa AA . 
I was thinking when my warranty runs out on the atx . Using the 3.5 lithium AA . and a voltage reducer to 1.5v . 
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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2014, 12:03 »
Where did you get the power max . I've been looking for 2700mHa here in Perth best I can find is the varta 2600mHa AA .
I was thinking when my warranty runs out on the atx . Using the 3.5 lithium AA . and a voltage reducer to 1.5v .

I deal with this guy, fantastic service, even when a power supply failed he sent me a postage paid sticker to return it, and i had a new one within a few days, pity i cant say the same about detector companies charging for you to return your dead detector.

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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2014, 14:05 »
Good prices.. thanks tony
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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2014, 17:21 »
I hate to be boring but I use energizer max straight from coles. I buy them 12 at a time and get about 40 hours from them. Plenty of time to find some goldies to pay for them. Cheers CS.
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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2014, 09:58 »
I am another user of Eneloop batteries and can recommend them. This link is where I got mine from, http://www.batterydoctor.com.au/store/index.php?_a=product&product_id=587  it was a few years ago but at the time there were 8 batteries and the charger for $80. The charger can take any mix of AA's and AAA's at one time.
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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #18 on: September 20, 2014, 18:58 »
I have a AT -gold and also use Eneloop  very hard to go past them for great quality.  Commonly use in RC gliders all around the world because of there quality.   ( my business glider building)
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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #19 on: September 27, 2014, 11:48 »
No Aldi here. I use Varta from Bunnings. Big packs of AA`s.
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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #20 on: September 27, 2014, 16:54 »
No Aldi here. I use Varta from Bunnings. Big packs of AA`s.

Just got some varta 2600mHa rechargeables for the atx at burnings 3 weeks ago.  Looking good so far 
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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #21 on: September 27, 2014, 17:48 »
This is my 9v rechargeable setup. I actually have 6 batteries but believe it or not the other 3 are in the MD and PP :D. My X Trail has a cigarette lighter outlet near the back hatch and this stays permanently plugged in. It also came with a 240v charger so all bases are covered.
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Re: AT Pro what batteries?
« Reply #22 on: September 27, 2014, 18:37 »
This is my 9v rechargeable setup. I actually have 6 batteries but believe it or not the other 3 are in the MD and PP :D. My X Trail has a cigarette lighter outlet near the back hatch and this stays permanently plugged in. It also came with a 240v charger so all bases are covered.

The good old Powerex charger, they work well..

 

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