For past few years, I have been using Sony’s Cycle Energy Multi-Use Premium AA Batteries (2100mAh) for my cameras, flash and even wireless mouse.Reason why I chose to pay premium and buy Sony’s Cycle Energy batteries is due to the fact that these batteries are advertised as Pre-Charged ready to use batteries, that can hold their charge for as long as 1 year i.e. similar to Sanyo Eneloop. While in case of a wireless mouse, this really isn’t a feature that is needed, when it comes to powering external flash (which I do not use that often) or being used as backup in the battery grip of my Canon DSLR, such long shelf life is a blessing.
And thankfully, Sony’s Cycle Energy Batteries perform as advertised and manage to hold their charge for several months (never really left them for a year without usage). In fact I had initially bought 2 of these in 2009, along with Sony Battery Charger, after I had a rather disappointing experience with Uniross Hybrio and in December 2011, I bought another 6 for my DSLR’s Battery Grip and surprisingly enough, all 8 are still working and in regular use.
Since these are 2100mAh batteries, they usually have enough life in them to allow you to shoot several hundred photographs with your digital camera, before losing their steam. In case of a flash, they are pretty good as well, though I guess professionals would prefer to use something with a little more power eg. 2700mAh normal NIMH batteries, which do not hold their charge for several months, but they can help you get several extra shots at an event.
Of course for my use, these are just perfect and the fact that these can be bought from Sony World (which is where I bought the initial pair) just reinforces your belief that you are getting genuine stuff (even if you end up paying MRP), rather than counterfeit batteries being sold at some of the stores.
Overall I am quiet satisfied with Sony’s Cycle Energy Batteries and would likely be buying more of these, if and when I need them.
hello, thanks for information I would like to know something my batteries has his own charger and I would like to know how to know if it’s charged ? and mine is 2700 MAh even I don’t know what is that LOL and it means It dying early?
Each charger has a different way of telling you when the battery is charged, some stop blinking and some display different color in LED. Please check your charger’s manual to know for sure.
mAh = milliampere-hour i.e. your battery’s capacity, generally higher it is, more photos you can take (in case of cameras.) Maximum is usually 2700 or 2800mAh in case of AA batteries.
thanks for reply, so my charger don’t have manual just on something from which I took off there something says how is charged but anyway I wanted to check if it is right!!!
Then just watch its indicator. If it is blinking when it starts charging, then wait for it to stop blinking. If it shows a constant light, then wait for the light to change color or switch off.
yea it shows a constant orange light and I am waiting if it changes the color or as you said it switch off I hope it changes something on it if it’s charged. Thanks!!!