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What brand and model battery's are you guys storing ?

I tried a few alkaline battery's and seems for my testing duracell's lasted the longest and in lithium the Panasonic's lasted the longest but I cant really test for long term storage.
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We lean mainly on Eneloop rechargeable battreys, though keep a few alkalines around also. I'm pretty sure the rechargeable aspect has saved us alot of money, and if you get a solar recharger and reasonable supply of them (so you're already recharging something), you're good to go.
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Eneloop rechargeable batteries (with solar chargers) vastly the 2,000 mAh versions with a handful of the XX 2500mAh versions
also some Duracell alkaline as a back up (and for the "D" sizes)
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Lithium rechargeable batteries for me. it gets too cold here in winter to rely on any of the other types (NiCd, alkaline, NiMH, etc.). they tend to stop working at about 0 to -5F at best. my lithium have been good to the -30'sF.
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I'm a fan of Duracell’s --- During / after - Sandy -- the only ones left in the stores were AA's / AAA's and 9V's --- always on the look out for anything powered with them --- D's and C's are so 1960's --

20 years ago during the photography days -- I used a lot of radio "snack" brand rechargeable’s --- not very reliable --
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I'd like to stay away from rechargeable battery's I've tried a bunch over the years and they just don't seem to last.
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eneloops are the only AA/AAA size rechargeable batteries worth buying.

Energizer lithium for AA/AAA primary batteries.

Sadly, here in the U.S. we're stuck with alkaline batteries for C/D applications.

Everything I have can be powered with AA w/ battery size adapters for C/D applications.
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I buy energizer, duracell, and I have a bunch with the sony brand on them, got a really good deal on those.
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I keep lithium cr123 and lithium AA last a long time . I hate the new alkyline batteries they claim they last longer but I have not found it to be so . Nothing worse than having to replace all you batteries every year.
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I'd like to stay away from rechargeable battery's I've tried a bunch over the years and they just don't seem to last.
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I used to have problems even with expensive Nimh rechargeable batteries; then I threw away the cheap "dumb" charger and got a smart charger (Lacrosse); the smart charge does not overcharge and ruin the batteries ... just plug it in insert batteries then comeback the next day to a set of freshly charged Nimh AAs.

The cheap chargers kill the batteries when you forget.
You can also test Nimh batteries over multiple charge/discharge cycles to find out their condition.

If doing it again I would opt for a 12 volt compatible smart charger though.. this Lacrosse uses around 3-4 volts from a wall wart, so it would not function in a car or from a 12 volt battery..

I typically use Imedion 2400 ma hr AA Nimh batteries but fount the cheaper Harbor Freight 2200 ma hr AA Nimh batteries to work nearly as well though they are not "low self discharge" and so need to be used up (won't store the charge long).
For storing charged batteries, get low self discharge Eneloops or Imedions.

In terms of alkaline D batteries not lasting; I'm still trying to use up old stock (expired in 2011 or 2012) and they still work fine after approximately 7 years in storage..

Enjoy!
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I have cr123 stored in my freezer. I have a laser sight that uses them
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Eneloops & a charger. The only thing I'm missing is a solar powered charger for if the power is out.
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One sort of battrey that might be probematic is your N size. Not many rechargers take them, and I'm unsure if Eneloop offers it. There are a few other oddball sizes.
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I have had great luck with the Tenergy brand of low discharge rechargeables. I purchased a big group of these and some rayovac low discharge rechargs and the rayovac brand sucked. They felt extremely light weight compared to other battery's and they didn't last long. I used them in a led table top lamp and they went dead in less than an 1 hr.

The tenergy brand on the other hand feel heavy and well built, they lasted for an entire weekend of using the same table lamp. Just my .02 worth.
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Another vote for Enelope for AA/AAA needs. I don't have anything that takes D and C batteries so I don't stock them.
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+1 for the AA Enerloops here too, with mains and solar chargers

I've pretty much gone over to Enerloop AA's now for general use, apart from a couple of AAA headlights that just won't die and my old school sony recievers that take D's & C's, but they have DC input sockets, so I made AA battery boxes for them. The garden is full of the AA cell solar LED lights, so there are always plenty of charged batteries about the place.

On the whole I have found that the pros of standardization, have out weighed the con's.
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Looks like its standard duracells for me.
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I agree with eneloop batteries. I prefer a "smart" charger like the lacrosse BC-900 over the dumb chargers. I have revived a bunch of old energizer rechargeable AAs & AAAs with this charger. NB: I have had to jumpstart a completely discharged battery with a dumb-charger before the BC-900 could refresh the cell.

I'm not sure the voltage input for the BC-900, but the BC-500 is a cheaper simpler version that runs on 12v DC thus making it a decent choice for auto and solar power sources. Or so I've read...

I agree with having quality non-rechargeable batteries on the shelf. Just in case.

I also use the D and C-cell "adapters" for the few items that require these sizes. While the AAs do not last nearly as long as the C or D I'm replacing, the cost savings is notable if you recharge.

I am yet to try rechargeable CR123 batteries. I would be interested to learn more about their lifespan.
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Looks like its standard duracells for me.
well, if you don't like rechargeable batteries, then you're probably correct.
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NiMH: Sanyo Eneloop. They are cheap and the best, no reason to buy anything else.

For special purposes (15+ years storage time, useable at -25C, low weight): Energizer LiFeS2 ("Lithium") batteries

Alkalines are wasted money imho. No matter the brand. They seem to be cheap, but Eneloops are way cheaper (if recharged a few times) and superior and Energizer LiFeS2 are more expensive but far superior in every aspect.
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