I really hate using AA Alkaline batteries, for one thing they take much longer to put them in to the LED lights and secondly what they do to the environment. So for the price of one 6 pack of AA alkalines I can buy one NP-F550 Sony Style rechargeable battery. It appears that these batteries are used in many different DSLR video accessories like LED lights and portable monitors and so on, so I thought I would make an investment in them, well they were so cheap it really was not much of an investment.
This is not a test of the lights but more a test of the two different battery types:
- Konova is using the rechargeable NP-F550
- Amaran AL-198A using alkaline
- Amaran AL-198C using rechargeable NP-F550
- CN-160 rechargeable NP-F550
- CN-160 using alkaline
The Results of the Test
So it looks like you can get a good solid hour and a half to two hours using the rechargables. Pretty much the alkalines are useless after two hours as well unless you are using if for something like camping.
It appears that when the rechargeables are fully charged they are at 8.3v. when I tested the voltage after the test was over they were totally dead 0 volts.
The alkalines lasted over 3 days before completely dying.
Thanks to Emm over at Cheesycam for turning me on to these batteries. For the price they pay for themselves on the very first use.
The Only Problem
Now the only problem with these batteries is charging them, while you can use them for 1.5 hours, it takes 3 hours to charge them! Is it the cheap charger I purchased or the batteries?
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Li-Ion Battery for Sony NP-F550 $4.71 each when I purchased them, the price almost changes daily!