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New Shure Products and Rechargeable Batteries

Posted by David Schliep on

September 19th, 2012   I’ve spent the last couple days conversing with a representative from Shure’s Product Management Team.  Recently, Shure has released a few body packs and one transmitter that are not currently compatible with NiMH rechargeable batteries. The problem lies that unlike conventional alkaline batteries, it seems that on all NiMH rechargeable batteries there is little or no insulation around the negative contact.  With a few affected Shure products, there is a data contact that sits in between the two AA negative battery contacts. (see below) Since rechargeable batteries are slightly wider than alkaline batteries, and/or  provide little...

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Advantages of Low Discharge Rechargeable Batteries

Posted by David Schliep on

August 9th, 2012 The Advantage Of Low Discharge Batteries Low Discharge Batteries are rapidly becoming the battery of choice for many users of rechargeable batteries for several reasons: 1.  Ease of Operation. You can use these batteries just like an alkaline. Not need to worry about getting them back on the charger after use. They remain charged in stand-by mode for up to one yr. 2.  Higher Capacity.  The newer versions now tout higher capacities that rival the standard high-capacity rechargeables. For example, our new Ansmann 9V 300 mah is a low self discharge battery that has a higher capacity...

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Great News For Ansmann AA and 9V Rechargeable Users

Posted by David Schliep on

July 27th, 2012 Great News For AA and 9V Users As you may know, Ansmann recently upgraded their rechargeable battery line. The AA’s, 9V’s, and AAAs all have higher minimum capacity which translates into longer run-times and higher recycles. The Bad News Was . . . Some of our clients with dimension-sensitive devices could not tolerate the slightly wider diameter of the AA cells. The Good News Is . . . Through special arrangement with Ansmann, Horizon Battery will continue to provide the original “slimline” version of both the 2850 mah cell  You will now see both versions available on...

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Tenergy 9V Battery Charger TN346 Review

Posted by David Schliep on

May 15th, 2012 They say that necessity is the mother of all invention. All I can say is that for the last few years I have been talking with battery charger manufacturers about the need for a higher capacity 9V Battery charger that could handle multiple chemistries – both NiMH and Li-Ion rechargeable batteries. Finally somebody listened. The Tenergy Corp has just introduced an inexpensive, 6-bay 9V battery charger that will handle both NiMH and Li-Ion cells.  We had the opportunity to perform a “hands-on” product review of the Tenergy TN346 battery charger and see how it stood up to...

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High Quality Rechargeable Batteries

Posted by David Schliep on

May 2nd, 2012 What constitutes a high quality rechargeable battery? This is not as simple as some may think.  As the public becomes more aware of the “green” value of rechargeable batteries, there is a growing list of new battery brands popping up.  It  reminds me of the “natural foods” phenomenon that occurred when the major food brands were challenged about the nutritional value of their products. Suddenly, every cereal, bread, snack, etc.,  starting touting the label “all natural.” And so it goes with the rechargeable battery industry. Here a few ways to tell if you’re getting  high quality rechargeable...

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