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HP Photosmart Digital Cameras - Choose the Right AA Battery for Your Camera

Introduction
AA batteries are available in the following varieties:
Alkaline
Not rechargeable
Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd)
Rechargeable
Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
Rechargeable
Oxy Nickel Hydroxide (Oxyride)
Not rechargeable
Photo Lithium (Li-FeS2)
Not rechargeable
  note:
HP discourages using NiCd batteries in HP digital cameras because they do not last as long, they are environmentally unfriendly, and they must be fully discharged before recharging for best performance.
  note:
Using rechargeable batteries in the HP Photosmart 210 and 215 cameras will damage the camera. Never use rechargeable batteries with the HP Photosmart 210 and 215 cameras.
Comparing AA Batteries
What AA battery should I use for best performance? The following table summarizes how AA batteries perform in different types of use. Additional details on each type of battery are provided below the table.
Type of Use
Alkaline
NiCd
Ni-MH
Oxyride
Photo Lithium
Most economical (more than 30 pictures per month)
Poor
Fair
Good
Poor
Fair
Most economical (less than 30 pictures per month)
Fair
Fair
Fair
Fair
Good
Heavy use of flash, frequent pictures
Poor
Fair
Good
Fair
Good
Heavy use of video
Poor
Fair
Good
Fair
Good
Heavy use of Live View
Poor
Fair
Good
Fair
Good
Overall battery life
Poor
Fair
Fair
Fair
Good
Low temperature/winter use
Poor
Fair
Fair
Poor
Good
Infrequent use (without dock)
Fair
Fair
Fair
Fair
Good
Infrequent use (with dock)
No
Good
Good
No
Good
Want to recharge batteries
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
Comparing non-rechargeable batteries with rechargeable batteries
  • Environmental
    Rechargeable batteries are reusable.
  • Self Discharge
    Self-discharge means that batteries lose energy when unused and even when not installed in a camera or other device.
    • Rechargeable batteries: high self-discharge rates, approximately 1% - 2% per day for Ni-MH and NiCd batteries.
    • Non-rechargeable batteries: low self-discharge rates that result in very long shelf lives.
  • Usage
    • Non-rechargeable batteries are a better choice for infrequent usage.
    • Rechargeable batteries are a better choice for heavy users who recharge frequently.
  • Convenience
    Non-rechargeable batteries are available fully charged in stores all over the world, and convenient for travelers or photographers who have dead rechargeable batteries and no time to recharge.
Frequently asked questions on types of AA batteries
The sections below give more information on AA batteries.
Photo Lithium batteries: Non-rechargeable
Performance
Non-rechargeable Photo Lithium batteries will yield the longest battery life of any AA battery, surpassing Ni-MH by 50-100% and surpassing Alkaline by 100-500%, depending on the power consumption and usage of the camera.
Cost
While they are more expensive than Alkaline batteries, their additional energy capacity makes the cost the same or less per shot than Alkaline batteries.
Low Temperature Use
Photo Lithium batteries are the best choice for low temperature use.
Ni-MH batteries: Rechargeable
Cost
Ni-MH batteries provide the lowest cost overall solution for users who take a lot of pictures (more than the equivalent of a roll of film per month) or use a lot of high-power features.
Self Discharge
The largest disadvantage to Ni-MH batteries is their fast self-discharge rate of 1-2% per day whether the batteries are in a camera or not.
Conditioning
New Ni-MH batteries should be completely charged and discharged 2-4 times to achieve their full capacity.
For optimum performance, the battery should be discharged to a level below 1V and should be cycled between fully charged and fully discharged regularly.
Cycle Life
Rechargeable batteries will eventually wear out. While Ni-MH batteries can be charged up to a thousand times, many users begin to see a decline in performance after one to two years of use or less if the use is particularly strenuous.
If you have been getting acceptable battery life and then see a decrease in life, either quickly or slowly over time, a worn-out battery may be the cause.
Storing or charging the batteries in high temperature conditions will accelerate this type of aging.
Memory Effect
Ni-MH batteries do not generally suffer from "memory effect." For top performance, however, discharging completely and recharging is recommended when batteries are new, recently out of long term storage, or if they have not been discharged completely in ten or more charge cycles.
Dock and charger
Ni-MH batteries may be left in the camera on an HP Photosmart camera dock or in an HP external battery charger until needed .
For maximum life, always store batteries in a cool location.
Excessive Heat
Do not expose the battery to excessive heat. Permanent damage or accelerated aging can result if the battery is exposed to temperatures above 110 F (43 C). Do not leave batteries in a hot car in the summer.
Long-Term Storage
Always store batteries in a dry, cool location. When storing batteries for more than one year, charge them at least once a year to prevent deterioration.
NiCd batteries: Rechargeable
  note:
HP discourages using NiCd batteries in HP digital cameras because they do not last as long, they are environmentally unfriendly, and they must be fully discharged before recharging for best performance.
Self Discharge
NiCd batteries lose their charge at approximately 1% per day whether the batteries are in a camera or not.
NiCd batteries offer the advantage of retaining their charge while unused, unlike Ni-MH batteries, but have shorter lives and must be discharged completely before recharging.
Memory Effect
If a NiCd battery is charged repeatedly and has been only partially discharged, it will develop a lower voltage along with a lower capacity for holding a charge. Make sure to completely discharge the battery prior to recharging to avoid memory effect.
Conditioning
Reverse the lowered capacity by conditioning the batteries. Completely discharge and recharge the batteries three to four times to restore normal voltage to the battery.
Oxyride batteries: Non-rechargeable
Performance
Oxyride batteries perform similarly to high quality Alkaline batteries at low loads, but may perform significantly better than Alkaline batteries at higher loads such as those found in digital cameras.
Comparison to Photo Lithium and Ni-MH
Oxyride batteries will still provide substantially lower performance than Ni-MH or non-rechargeable Photo Lithium batteries in most digital cameras.
Alkaline batteries: Non-rechargeable
Performance
Although cheapest and easiest to find, Alkaline batteries yield the lowest performance in digital cameras. They lose capacity at high power drains, such as flash and zoom, and at low temperatures. Skiers and other winter outdoor enthusiasts may find them unsatisfactory.
Availability
Alkaline batteries are frequently available in three types:
  • High drain (ultra, titanium, maximum etc.)
  • Regular
  • Industrial, Heavy-Duty, etc.
Quality
The high drain batteries are a premium product designed to operate better under heavy loads than the standard product and usually last far longer in digital cameras as a result.
Low Quality Batteries
"Industrial" or "Heavy Duty" batteries should never be used in digital cameras. They will provide unacceptable performance.
Purchasing
Use a reputable name-brand battery. Bargain batteries tend to perform very poorly in digital cameras.
Emergency Use
The best use of Alkaline batteries is in an emergency situation where no other battery type is available.

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