What Are the Best Rechargeable AA Batteries?

June 21st, 2017

Ray in NC asks:

Is there a consensus of what the best AA rechargeable batteries are? How about rechargeable batteries for a Canon 6D?

First of all, if there’s anything I’ve learned from doing the PFRE blog for 12 years is that there is not a consensus on anything, only opinions.

That said, here is my opinion:

  1. Best rechargeable AA batteries: Eneloop Pro 2500 mAh
  2. Best batteries for Canon 6D: STK LP-E6 battery

Update 6/21: I take back my comment above about consensus! This is the closest thing to a consensus that I’ve seen here on PFRE! The links above show the reader consensus batteries.

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16 Responses to “What Are the Best Rechargeable AA Batteries?”

  • I am a big fan of the Panasonic Eneloop 2500mah or Julio precharged 2500mah. good price quality. Takes days for me to uncharge these while using it with my flashes.

  • I’m using the Sanyo Enloop Pro 2450mAh and the Fujitsu 2450mAh…. both are great… and about the same quality… I buy them on eBay from Japan.

  • I say Panasonic Eneloop Pro 2500mah as well. The only problem I’ve had with them is they sometimes lose their ability to report their charged status to my recharger

  • I carry:

    1. Panasonic Eneloop 1800 mah (16 of them)
    2. Powerex 2700 mah (16 of them)
    3. EBL 2800 mah (16 of them)

    I use them for my speed lights, all AA. I’ve had all three types for about a year and by far, EBL’s have outlasted and lived the other brand of batteries.

    I also carry some Duracells for those extreme cases where my batteries loose charge or I use up my supply. Amazon is my go-to vendor for my EBLs.

  • Eneloop by far. I have sets of AA’s that I have recharged over 100 times.

  • I love Eneloops. I have about 60 of them and haven’t had any fail or really have a appreciable change in charge capacity over 3 years of use in my Speedlites. I have also done Amazon brand ones and those are not nearly as good.

  • Eneloops all day. Got mine from Costco. Bought 2 nice kits for $30 each

  • Panasonic Eneloop – hundreds of charges on mine (dangerously close to a consensus 🙂

  • Eneloops, end of story — exclamation point.

  • Eneloops from Costco are regularly on sale in different package configurations. They are workhorses and I’ve charged them over and over without fail. Having bought several AA and AAA multi-packs from Costco, I now have 4 chargers which makes it quick and easy to recharge them after a day’s work.

  • I’ve tried them all… but my latest are the most powerful and oddly enough the cheapest… although it’s only been a month so time will tell.. but so far very good..

    EBL AA High Capacity Rechargeable Batteries 2800mAh Ni-MH 1.2V 1200 Cycles

    Right now you can get 16 for $26US

  • Eneloop. So far I haven’t had a reason to purchase anything else. The hold their charge for a long time, my Opus analyzer reports that all of my 24 cells are still very near 2Ah and the price is competitive with other NiMh rechargeable cells.

    I am considering going to the Godox flash system with LiIon battery packs.

  • Eneloops in the past but the guy in my local battery store was telling me a few months ago that they will be moving their manufacturing and they may not be as good in the future. Sorry I can’t remember what he was recommending now because I’ve got a whole heap of Godox flashes with Li-Ion so I should have enough Eneloops to last me a while now. I might even be able to reclaim some back from old kid’s toys that are no longer used…

  • I used Eneloops and other rechargeable batteries. While they did the job decently it was a pain keeping track of 40+ batteries and their state of charge, age etc.
    I switched to Godox 850 and 860 flashed with their Li-ion batteries and have never been happier with my flashes.
    600+ flashes from a charge, quick change, and only a few to keep track of. I never have to change batteries even on the longest shoots.
    Sorry, but AA batteries are dead to me. 😉

  • I’ve had eneloops burn out 2 yongnuo flashes, so I just use them in my canon flash.

  • Great stuff. Yep, eneloops are one of the best batteries in the world.
    Sys, member at POTN did a thorough test.
    For other eneloop tests, check this out:

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