Maha Energy Powerex Imedion Low Discharge AA and AAA Rechargeable Batteries

If you are looking for a gift for someone, here is a very innovative idea: send a rechargeable battery kit.

8 – PowerEx Imedion AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries

1 – Maha MH-C204W Intelligent NiMH Charger and Battery Reconditioner

1 – Case Logic Utility Bag for packing the charger and batteries with other accessories

You could also throw in some other accessories to round out the package, but those are more easily determined by you. We offer a Lenmar DC/AC Automobile Inverter so charging can be done while driving.

You could also throw in an extension cord and perhaps an AC cube-splitter so charging can happen even if all the plugs are being used.

This is the kind of gift that will keep giving throughout the year. It will give savings, convenience, quality, peace of mind, and a sense of having plenty of power to stay working.


Rechargeable Proprietary Batteries – What Are They? What Do They Do?

Will you swallow anything?  Of course not!  What kind of question is that, anyway?

We do, as consumers, swallow anything at times.  If we are flattered or overcome by someone whom we believe has something we need, some of us step into those shoes of unrequited promise.

Look at how we spend money on electronic devices.  Many of us will max out our credit cards and miss meals if it means we can go buy the latest version of some video game.  We do not recommend buying the first of anything.  There is a great value in standing back and watching the feeding frenzie.  The first of anything electronic is a pioneer venture and will need improvement.  As we covered in the previous article, (AA and AAA Classic-Sized Batteries vs. “Proprietary Batteries”, March 13, 2008) it is not difficult to find ourselves caught up in some electronic rapture, which is a false sense of well-being.  We need to come back to earth.

Definition: Proprietary – belonging or controlled as property by the proprietor or the manufacturer. It is something owned and operated for profit. Nothing wrong with profit, but anything called proprietary can be ended at any time.

So here is the thing.  Manufacturers may say their proprietary batteries are special made for the gadget or device. They may promise more capacity in these special batteries. The problem here is that we, as consumers, become dependent upon the manufacturer to keep us on the road.  The next version of this device may come out in six months and then another one in 18 months.  In all this prolific development, proprietary accessories change and older ones are often cast to the side.  This means batteries that are not standard, but instead “special” could and often become unavailable.  Your device will become a doorstop. 

Buying electronic devices that take standard-sized batteries such as AA, AAA, C-size, D-size, and 9 Volt batteries are going to last longer because you will always have the batteries.  When the proprietary batteries are extinct, you will still be using the device you purchased five years ago.  Buy for the long-haul!


AA and AAA Classic-Sized Batteries vs. “Proprietary Batteries”

It’s fickle. Electronic technology is fickle.  Any electronic device that is long-standing and time-tested becomes a bore, and technology must come out with a new model, even if it does nothing new.

We are the ones who feed on new devices. We, in turn, produce this green stuff called money, which the sellers and manufacturers need to exist. We see and hear ads that tell us no matter what we’ve already purchased, when it comes to the latest version, we’ve “got to have it!” Got to have what?

Like lemmings we can jump turnstiles or force our way through crowds of others who, like ourselves, are blinded by the light of the latest version. Do we stop and ask ourselves what we are buying? Will it overheat? Do we stop and think about how functional the device will be? Will the software still work on what we already have? When it becomes last year’s news, will there still be ways to service and repair it? We are captured inside the black-hole of the manufacturers’ research and development; a planned part of market funding. They know we will buy their latest experimented version.  We become part of the experiment.

Obsolete. Our purchase becomes obsolete so quickly. When the manufacturer stops making a certain device, it stops making its batteries as well. We end up out in the cyberspace third party manufacturer world. If a device is well made, chances are it will outlast its batteries. No power means our purchase becomes worthless.

Boring word: standardization. Who cares about this word? No splash of color. No promise of anything exciting. Yet, this word, standardization, is an underrated quality of any device which has a lifespan of five years or more.  Something about it allows it to continue and pass the test of time.

Definition: Standard – An approved model, regarded as the usual or most common size or form of its kind. A standard is a classic model. The Hush-Puppy shoe, the sneaker, the loafer – all shoes that have passed the test of time. They are standards. What standards give is the assurance they will provide certain proven characteristics that we can rely on to function. Standard or classic shoe styles carry with them an earned “promise” of what they are.

Technically it is wise to look for standards. Standard batteries are a big plus in any electronic device you purchase. Some of their model sizes are AA, AAA, C-size, D-size, 9 Volt. These classic battery sizes are suitable for many kinds of equipment. The thing to know here is the simplicity. It does require, however, just a few minutes outside and away from the “fast food” mentality. We can begin to know what we are actually consuming. We will save money.

Standard battery types are becoming more numerous, but they are still standard because the model sizes mentioned above are classic and the most common. Standard battery types (their chemical make-up) such as Alkaline, Ni-Cadimum (NiCD), and Nickel Metal-Hydride (NiMH) are fairly well known among consumers.  More battery types will begin to show up in the classic battery sizes as time goes by and manufacturers begin to realize standard battery sizes are in demand.

This is why investing in devices using standard batteries, such as AA, AAA, C-size, D-size, and 9 Volt, will in many cases outlast the electronic devices using “proprietary batteries”.  A proprietary battery is made only for one device.  When it is gone or expired we must go to the manufacturer for a new one if they are still available.  We become dependent on the manufacturer.

Independence in portable power is a major key to longer-lasting devices.  Rechargeable batteries are going to take the consumer of electronic devices a long way down the road if they are standard sizes (AA, AAA, C-cell, D-cell, 9 Volt).  There will always be the classics and standards to fall back on if we allow it.


NiMH Battery Management – Know Thy Battery Charger

Runtimes and Life-Long Service:  Batteries are intricate chemical/electronic devices.  Avoid overcharging.  It will destroy your batteries out the gate. 

How to Charge: Take a set of four batteries and color-code or label the bottoms of them with a sharpie or permanent marker.  These four batteries with the same mark or number are a fixed set.  Charge them together all the time.  Use them together all the time.  If you are using them in a device needing only two batteries at a time, put the two discharged to the side until all four are spent, and charge them all together as though they were in one battery pack.

Use a Smart Charger: The chargers that will take care of your batteries are going to be smart enough to know when they are full.  This is critical for battery care.

Battery Maintenance a Small Effort:  If you really want to have those hundreds and hundreds of uses out of each battery, there is an added important step.  To maximize how long your batteries last per use, condition your batteries.  When the batteries appear to be getting weaker, just throw them on the charger and condition them.  It will happen over night.  Even as the batteries move into their second and third year of use, conditioning will keep them running.  As batteries come to the end of their life-cycles, conditioning will still keep them working.  It is recommended by experienced photographers to not condition too much.  Probably every 10 to 15 uses of each battery set will do it.

Shallow Discharging is Best for Long Life:  When using NiMH batteries and you come to the end of your shooting day, check to see how long the batteries have been in your camera.  If they’ve been in there for what seems to be a brief time, it is recommended you put them on charge anyway.  Just switch them out.  Manufacturers encourage shallow discharge/charge cycles to give the NiMH batteries good long lives.

There is no need to be concerned.  If you do not follow these suggestions to the letter, no sweat.  They are guidelines.  After a while, you will become acquainted with your own rhythm in battery usage.  If in all your efforts you received only 500 charges out of each battery, you are way ahead of the curve down Battery Boulevard.


Rechargeable NiMH AA Batteries – What $$ Do You Save?

A quick view of how this works goes like this:

You buy a 24 pack of AA alkaline batteries at the major discount superstore. They cost you about $.32 cents each plus tax. In order for you to receive the same amount of power and use out of these batteries that you would from 24 NiMH AA batteries, each of those alkalines would cost you about $320.00 dollars plus tax.

The NiMH AA batteries, if they are high quality and not junk, will charge up to 1000 times. The charger will cost you about $35.00 dollars plus or minus, depending on the model you choose. Please do not buy a charger that does not recondition your batteries. A good charger will cost you less than a dinner for two at your favorite restaurant, depending on where you dine.

Chances are you do not really need 24 AA batteries all at once. With a couple sets of four, giving you 8 to 12 NiMH rechargeable AA batteries, you will be set for charges beyond your wildest dreams.


NiMH Rechargeable Batteries – Are They A Passing Thing?

Up until the last five years or so most consumers did not pay much attention to one battery from another. The different selections were not available. As technology forges new territory in the land of portable power, it may cause one to stop and do nothing. Why buy when in six months there will be something even better? This is the kind of thinking that takes us out of benefiting what we have now. There are selections that you can make now that will overlap and continue to benefit you greatly as the newer technologies come aboard.

For example, Nickel Metal-Hydride (NiMH) batteries have been around for the last couple of years. They are not going to go “out of style” much as last year’s cell phone model. Battery types and technologies are not that fickle. Especially using formats such as AA, AAA, C-cell, D-cell, 9 Volt, you are going to have use for these batteries for years to come.

The NiMH intelligent chargers are also designed to last for many capacity upgrades to come. True quality chargers are not limited and do not top off on charging only certain battery capacities. As the battery capacities continue to increase, a high quality NiMH charger will continue to serve you well. They will charge future batteries and you will not have to go out and buy a new charger. We sell those chargers here. If you are looking, please email us and we will point out to you how this is so.

As with other kinds of technology, it may appear that all these different battery technological “formats” or chemical makeups may be passing fads. If you decide to notice as different battery chemistries show up on the scene, you will see some more useful than others. There is talk in the halls of higher battery understanding that Lithium-ion batteries are the wave of the future. I believe that is very possible, but they have not arrived in many ways yet. When they do, we will be able to benefit. But we are never going to get to the future until it becomes today.

As far as the conventional AA batteries, AAA batteries, C-size batteries, D-size batteries, and 9 Volts, these formats are here to stay. So you will be able to rest on using these types of NiMH rechargeable batteries for several years to come. They will be replaced some day, but not any time soon. NiMH technology, both with the high capacity batteries and low discharge batteries, have found solid footing in DC Power. Once you’ve taken the leap, you will not go back.


Rechargeable AA and AAA Batteries For Mom

There is a stereotype of “Mom”. She is never very technical except in turning on the oven auto-timer, the dishwasher, and perhaps the washing machine. She doesn’t even know how to run the television remote. She has a computer but doesn’t really use it much because she has no time, and says ‘it’s too complicated!!’. This image is not real at all, but I have heard it perpetuated. It is more of a caricature.

Moms are not idiots by any stretch. That had that rocks the cradle could give some of us a valuable perspective we could learn from because the point of having an electric or electronic device is not to stand and marvel at it as some of us geeks do. Moms of the world have to be able to find real devices to help them get their work done and take care of their families. That is the real reason for having most of these useful electronic devices. I am sure there are a few moms out there who have their iPods and CD Walkman Players as well. Lots of battery power is used daily.

When it comes to Mom, she is often the family record keeper. This usually means she is in charge of taking pictures at family events and making sure they end up in a scrapbook or keepsake file for family records and memories. She uses lots of batteries.

One mom wrote, “My husband and I have been using rechargeable batteries in his digital camera for years and I’m sure they have paid for themselves at least 100 times over. I remember one day my husband had forgot to recharge the batteries for his camera and he had to use disposable batteries. They didn’t take half as many pictures as the rechargeable ones. I was instantly sold on how frugal they are.” (May 2007)

Toys that require batteries run longer on rechargeables. The batteries do not have to be changed as often. There is less preoccupation on how much battery power is left. Just switch them out when needed.

You can go to Wal-Mart and buy the batteries, but more than likely they will not last as long. The mainstream brands of batteries are very successful, but if you check out some of the batteries not sold in regular stores you will find they have raised the bar. Both the batteries and the chargers are of higher quality. You more than likely will pay only the cost of the product plus shipping. We at Battery Boulevard are offering free shipping for purchases over $40.00 dollars inside the Continental USA through March 31st. Hawaii, Alaska and other International purchases will receive a $5.00 dollar discount.

With quality rechargeable batteries and chargers you moms will find yourselves after a while, saving unnoticed money and time. You will look back in a year and realize how much money you have saved, not to mention the time spent in front of the supermarket battery rack looking for the sales. Each battery will charge 1000 times if charged with the right kind of charger. It is a snap, and we have them here. But more important we have answers to your questions. So get organized and buy some rechargeable batteries. Let us help you set it up. We will be here to answer any question with no strings.


Lithium and Lithium-ion Batteries On Sale Here

we are We at Battery Boulevard are building our inventory, but batteries are coming on rather quickly. If you are in the market for a particular Lithium-ion or Lithium-Polymer battery and want to drop us a quick line at, willing to bet we will give you a better price. Give us the brand, model number, and quantity you need. We will get back to you within 24 hours. If the purchase is over 40.00 dollars, we ship free for US customers.

USB Charged AA Rechargeable Batteries Look Ineffective. Are They?

We see many articles on the internet regarding the USBCell batteries. We are a proponent of safe effective rechargeable batteries, but we fail to see how these batteries work realistically.

If there is anyone who would care to draw out a real case scenario of how these USBCell rechargeable AA batteries work, we will publish it with a link to your website.

Please draw out how they are used, charged and cared for in an example that shows their effectiveness and we will greatly appreciate the insight.


Digital Cameras Using AA Batteries – An Unsuspected Advantage

Smaller is not always better. Sometimes something being too small can affect its effectiveness. In the case of digital cameras it is true. Digital cameras weigh from four ounces up to over two pounds. Some people who have cameras just want to put them in their pockets to carry around without thinking too much about it. This is great. However, if the camera is too small and light, it may not be worth all the money being spent on it.

First of all, many camera bodies are made of metal, and they weigh a few ounces more. The benefit is they resist cracks and dents as opposed to the less-durable plastics not made to last or endure normal use.

Secondly, the tiny cameras have teeny-weeny dials and very few control buttons so setting changes are not going to be easy. Usually pictures are taken on the fly in social situations and if the camera is hard to operate, what is the point?

Thirdly, the tiny cameras have built-in batteries that can be recharged. They are limited in that the batteries often need to charge for an hour or two before the camera can be used. Again, this makes the camera unavailable in downtime.

If the camera is lighter than the photographer’s hand, it will at times be difficult to steady for the shot. This can be affected by wind or gravity, or even a racing pulse. The light cameras must be stabilized as well, but they have no gravity of their own to give them steadiness.

Usually in a brightly lit situation we can pull off pictures because of the exposure factors and the corresponding fast shutter speed. But if the camera is being used in lower light and the shutter speed is needed to compensate for the needed additional exposure, without camera stability the picture can be lost in a blur.

Any camera, from the Brownie Pinhole to today’s highest level of Nikon or Canon digital, has the same physical relationship with the photographer. It has to do with the weight of the camera and the success of taking a good steady picture.

Digital cameras that use AA batteries usually have the added weight to give the camera its own “center of gravity”. If the camera is too light it can be difficult to stabilize when taking a picture. My rule of thumb is I don’t buy a camera that is lighter than my hands. If the camera cannot “sit in my hands” it is too light for me.

If in the hurry of an important moment, when the heart may be pumping a bit, you may try to take the picture. If the camera has not weight of its own, it will be hard to steady against a racing pulse.

Another fact that ought not go unnoticed is the need to have some weight to the camera in order to absorb the movement of pressing the shutter. There is always a correction movement when a button is pressed. That small shift of the camera, in certain situations, will smear the subjects and the photo will be lost.

Having a digital camera that uses AA batteries will guarantee a small amount of needed weight to give the camera its own “footing” so to speak. Make sure the camera has enough weight to “sit in your hand” and you can feel a bit of gravity. This will serve you well. This will give the photographer more spontaneous options, less concern about steady shot, and more focus on the subject.