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When it comes to power, the ability to use a variety of battery types can be more important than any single type a camera may use. Lithium ion rechargeable batteries generally last the longest, but if you’re far from home and an electrical outlet, you have no way to recharge them, and you’d probably be better off with a backpack full of disposables. Your best bet may be to find a camera that interchangeably supports rechargeables and long life disposables.
In today’s market, there are many different types of digital cameras to suit our needs. Due to the different purposes of using a digital camera, it is important to find the camera and battery types that best work for you. Most digital cameras run on three different types of digital camera batteries, alkaline battery, NiMH battery and lithium ion battery. In this article, we will answer some common FAQs on why certain batteries work better than others in digital cameras and help you determine which battery will best suit your needs.
Which are better for my digital camera, NiCd batteries or NiMH batteries?
For most electronic devices, it is better to use NiMH batteries than NiCd batteries. NiCd batteries use cadmium that can damage the environment if not disposed of properly and NiMH batteries usually have a higher capacity than NiCd batteries of the same size.
Is it normal for my digital camera to use so many alkaline batteries?
Unfortunately, yes. Digital cameras use alkaline batteries at a rapid rate. If you are using a lot of alkaline batteries for your digital camera, your best bet is to switch to rechargeable NiMH batteries as quickly as possible. Not only will NiMH batteries power a digital camera much longer than an alkaline battery, they are a lot less expensive.
Why do my alkaline batteries run down so quickly when used in my digital camera?
Alkaline batteries are not designed to meet the high power demands of most electronic devices. Alkaline batteries have a high rated capacity, but they can only deliver their full capacity if the power is used slowly. Digital cameras place a high power drain on batteries, so it is much better to use rechargeable NiMH or NiCd batteries for this type of device. Lithium ion rechargeable camera batteries also work well in high drain applications like digital cameras but are often much more expensive.
Can I use rechargeable alkaline batteries as an alternative to rechargeable NiMH or NiCd batteries?
Rechargeable alkaline batteries work well for certain applications, but they are not a good alternative for use in digital cameras. They typically have an even lower capacity than standard alkaline batteries. This means that if a standard alkaline battery only lasts for a few picture exposures, a rechargeable alkaline will last for even less.
Can NiMH batteries be substituted for alkaline batteries?
Yes. For most high drain applications, NiMH batteries are the perfect substitute to an alkaline battery. Even though alkaline batteries are rated at a nominal 1.5 volts, they only deliver 1.5 volts when they are fully charged. As they begin to discharge, the voltage of the alkaline battery will continue to decrease. Over the course of their discharge, alkaline batteries average 1.2 volts, which is very close to the 1.2 volts of a NiMH battery. The main difference is that an alkaline battery starts at 1.5 volts and gradually drops to less than 1.0 volts. NiMH batteries stay at 1.2 volts for most of their discharge cycle.
By following the FAQs provided here, you now know why a NiMH battery is generally a better alternative to a standard alkaline battery when used in a digital camera. To get the longest use out of your digital camera, make sure to choose a high quality NiMH battery that best meets your specific needs.
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