A while back we did a piece about how to manage your batteries on location. It turned out we left an important bit out of the equation.
We left the actual batteries So this is what this poll is about. What batteries go into your strobe? We wanna hear in the comments.
While this question may seem trivial, there is a huge difference in some aspects of the batteries you use:
- Capacity? How many full pops can you get from a single charge?
- Cycle Time? Is the battery built for high drainage over short periods of time
- Self Discharge: Will the battery stay “ready” after charged, or slowly drain itself to death?
- Heat? How hot does it get when used?
If you are wondering what batteries you want next, there are two great resources for this information: SLR Lounge just did a comprehensive comparison between a few brands of batteries (see the highlights in the vid below).
The other great resource (which is also a great resource for strobing in general) is chapter 16 in Syl Arena’s Speedliter’s Handbook.
Don’t be shy, tell us everything about your strobe batteries in the comments.
I’ll go first: I just switched from “regular” Eneloops to their XX brand and could not be happier. Their recycle faster, got a higher capacity (2500 vs. 2000), and they still keep charge.
[Batteries photograph by Matthias Rhomberg]