AA to C type Battery Convertors (great for use with AA rechargeables) 5 for £1.40 @ DX - HotUKDeals
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Just £1.40 for 5 C cases including free delivery

Christmas is coming and the kids need more batteries. AA rechargeable batteries are cheap, but C's are much more expensive, and many chargers will not support them. The solution is to use AA to C convertors. As both battery types run at the same voltages there is absolutely no harm in using AA's to power C appliances. Modern AA's can also come very close the capacity level of C batteries.

Benifits.
*AA's are much cheaper (£7 for 4x decent Low Self Discharge Eneloop rechargeables vs £30 for similar C's)
*AA's are more common. They can be used in many appliances and it is easy to store a few spares.
*Smaller chargers, (travel and USB) can be used.
*Low Self Discharge AA's are much easier to find. Sanyo Eneloop, GP Recyko, Duracell Active Charge and many more are available to choose from.

I have used similar items along with Eneloop and Recyko Low Self Discharge AA's to power radios, kids toys and even my torch.

The only downside I can see are that they come in packs of 5. If you have an appliance that requires 6 cells you need to order two packs.

edit: mikezs pointed out that DealExtreme also sell D converters that take 2xAA cells for around £1.50. Link below.
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.22082
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#1
For the kids toys eh? Sure sure...:thumbsup::whistling:
#2
as far as i know hong kong post is being delayed at the hong kong end for about 2 weeks. just a heads up.
#3
Hmmmmm interesting, been looking for this with Christmas! What's the quality like? The Duracell Energizer ones are in poundland and are solid. These 'look' a little flimsy. Anyone had these ones before and can comment?
#4
Great shout. Just what I'm looking for.
Also ordered some AA-DCell for my torch.

Cheers
#5
For £1.40 (for 5) I doubt they will be as good as the Duracel or Energizer items that sell for £6 (for 2). They will provide exactly the same performance and you will not see them once they are installed within the appliance:). At less than 30p per plastic case vs £3 per plastic case you surely cannot go wrong.
#6
Got a feeling that these weren't £6 at the forementioned place

The Duracell Energizer ones are in poundland and are solid.
#7
Still got 'C' size batteries coming out of my ears after the Boffer 480x 'C' batteries for £3 deal. :-)
#8
Uridium
Still got 'C' size batteries coming out of my ears after the Boffer 480x 'C' batteries for £3 deal. :-)
I assume they are low capacity, non rechargeable, take up a lot of space, and will help poison the planet for the next 10,000 years. So long as you are happy....

I am a firm advocate of rechargeables. You cannot possibly use 480 batteries and they will all end up in landfill.
#9
Uridium
Still got 'C' size batteries coming out of my ears after the Boffer 480x 'C' batteries for £3 deal. :-)


Where?!?!
#10
Uridium
Still got 'C' size batteries coming out of my ears after the Boffer 480x 'C' batteries for £3 deal. :-)


Naughty :x
#11
Orville
I assume they are low capacity, non rechargeable, take up a lot of space, and will help poison the planet for the next 10,000 years. So long as you are happy....

I am a firm advocate of rechargeables. You cannot possibly use 480 batteries and they will all end up in landfill.


Yes very thanks....

They were on offer due to short expiry date so would have ended up in landfill even if i hadn't bought them.....

Have handed over half of them out to friends and family so at least they are going to get used rather than be stuck on a shelf until they expire then dumped. Now that would be a waste.
#12
Considering that the cheaper C and D rechargeable batteries are really just AA batteries in larger cases (with capacities around 2500mAh), this is a good idea.

If you buy "proper" C and D rechargeable batteries you can get much larger capacities (up to around 12000mAh) but they're much more expensive.
#13
Uridium
Yes very thanks....

They were on offer due to short expiry date so would have ended up in landfill even if i hadn't bought them.....

Have handed over half of them out to friends and family so at least they are going to get used rather than be stuck on a shelf until they expire then dumped. Now that would be a waste.
The simple fact that people still buy non-rechargeables feeds non-rechargeable production. Any respectable company which sells batteries is forced by law to dispose of them (at cost) in a safe way. You have saved them disposal costs. 99% of the public simply throw them in the bin, which leads to contamination of otherwise reusable waste. So, unless you and your friends & family dispose of them all correctly you have helped add another (admittedly small) nail into this planets coffin.
#14
Seems a bit pointless!

Surely they will run out really quick?

Can you be bothered having to change the batteries all the time?
#15
TheOvenglove
Seems a bit pointless!

Surely they will run out really quick?

Can you be bothered having to change the batteries all the time?
Read above posts. Many C & D batteries contain AA cells in the first place. Some AA's hold more capacity than C's or D's do, and AA LSD batteries will last much longer than most C & D rechargeables within certain appliances, and you can recharge these 1000 times.
#16
Orville
The simple fact that people still buy non-rechargeables feeds non-rechargeable production. Any respectable company which sells batteries is forced by law to dispose of them (at cost) in a safe way. You have saved them disposal costs. 99% of the public simply throw them in the bin, which leads to contamination of otherwise reusable waste. So, unless you and your friends & family dispose of them all correctly you have helped add another (admittedly small) nail into this planets coffin.


I regularly buy non-rechargeable batteries purely for the purpose of throwing in the rubbish. It's a hobby.

Bloody tree-hugger. :roll:
#17
Late
I regularly buy non-rechargeable batteries purely for the purpose of throwing in the rubbish. It's a hobby.

Bloody tree-hugger. :roll:


:lol: have you tried burning them?...great fun.....
#18
lmaolmao
as far as i know hong kong post is being delayed at the hong kong end for about 2 weeks. just a heads up.


any info why? cheers
1 Like #19
For D batteries, these are great: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.22082

Can get over 5000mAh at 1.5v from them :) Regular D cells are about 4000mAh!

I bought 4 at a cost of ~£3 to power a pump for an inflatable bed that tears through batteries.
#20
mikezs
For D batteries, these are great: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.22082

Can get over 5000mAh at 1.5v from them :) Regular D cells are about 4000mAh!

I bought 4 at a cost of ~£3 to power a pump for an inflatable bed that tears through batteries.
Good find. Stick 2x Eneloop AA's in these and they will provide 4000mAH of long-lasting D goodnes.
#21
Late
I regularly buy non-rechargeable batteries purely for the purpose of throwing in the rubbish. It's a hobby.

Bloody tree-hugger. :roll:




People don't seem to (want to) understand that this is the only home/planet we have - it's rather sad really.
#22
Hot deal, but the thread has been spoiled by some tree-hugging, "save the planet" lecturing. :roll:

Save it for the Tofu-eating sandal-wearers, guys! :whistling:
#23
It is annoying to be lectured at for buying batteries.
#24
K1LLER HORNET


People don't seem to (want to) understand that this is the only home/planet we have - it's rather sad really.


For now. We'll be all over the galaxy soon enough. We just need to cut down a few million more trees to power the ships.
We'd use batteries, but apparently that's not eco friendly.
#25
MrTimmington;7069897
It is annoying to be lectured at for buying batteries.
It's annoying to see how stupid people are that still think that disposable batteries are cheaper than the equivalent in rechargeables. Forget the lame protestations about "tree-huggers" - these people don't even seem to be able to do basic arithmetic.
#26
if you are looking for eneloop type batteries, the cheapest I can find are
AA or AAA at 7dayshop, £3.99 for 4, £3.79 each when buying 2 packs.
these are 7dayshop "Good TO GO" own brand, but last time I checked there were only 3 factories producing these type of batteries worldwide. They all come with similar rating...
#27
Looks like a really useful idea - hadnt even thought of it before!
#28
I cannot believe folk are arguing over batteries, if you seriously need to be eco friendly cut your carbon footprint and get off your pc switch out all your lights and live by candle light. These are normally the same folk who drive the gas guzzlers and dress like they are farmers!!!!

OMG its a deals site not get stuck into folk wanting cheap deals site :p:p:p

Life is short have fun and but cheap batteries :w00t::w00t:
#29
Useful but no getting away from the fact that one of the reasons for using larger batteries is their larger capacity ("fake" ones mentioned above notwithstanding).
#30
angelxwings1002;7070992
I cannot believe folk are arguing over batteries,
I can't believe you still haven't got the point that it's cheaper to buy rechargeables. :roll:
#31
pibpob
I can't believe you still haven't got the point that it's cheaper to buy rechargeables. :roll:


I do get it but its not fair the way sone folk get all defensive and make issues out of something as silly as batteries.
:whistling::whistling:
#32
pibpob
I can't believe you still haven't got the point that it's cheaper to buy rechargeables. :roll:


What cheaper than 480 C size at £3 :thumbsup:
#33
angelxwings1002;7071246
I do get it but its not fair the way sone folk get all defensive and make issues out of something as silly as batteries.
:whistling::whistling:
Just because you find it silly doesn't mean it is silly. To reduce pollution and waste while also saving money - why is that silly?
#34
Thanks mate
#35
You can normally get away without any batteries for C type devices. The springs are normally heavily loaded just enough stretch for an AA to fit. If your careful you can line it up steady.
#36
pibpob
To reduce pollution and waste while also saving money - why is that silly?


When you get a minute nip over here and sort out the energy waste/pollution there and then come back and lecture us dumb hicks on how much damage our C cells are doing. :thumbsup:

But fear not I've just switched of the teeny tiny 1mw led on my tv, I could feel the planet get cooler after that. ;-)

Now go switch off your PC.....and read a book via candle light.
#37
well I do use these. I use them on eneloop rechargables (AA) for my DAB radio. And all the folk who complain about the 'tree huggers' on this thread should just buy a DAB radio to set them straight - those things EAT batteries - after a couple of weeks I just thought of the cash I'd be saving. Bought enough batteries for double so one set charge and another set are in use.

Anyway, if you can't be bothered with rechargables there's still money to be saved as there are generally plenty more deals on AA batteries.

-HOWEVER-

These are not the best cases as the clasps around the batteries can be a pain to open and close - not the the clasp itself, but the surround at the top and bottom can be fiddly.

Instead you can get sleeve style ones of fleabay for about £2.50 inc deliver. More expensive I know, but honestly, they're a better product.
#38
One thing I can see is that the mAH rating will determine what you get out of it. If your device needs a certain amount of juice you really will need to balance that out. Smaller battery will ultimately give you less time in a device needing a bigger battery.

For rechargeables it's a good idea. If you need something in a hurry and don't have relevant size battery at that time this could be handy too. I'm trying to move more towards using hybrio/rechargeable with limited non-rechargeables for those sudden rush requirements. Personally hybrio has been the best thing - always hated having to buy batteries in past and throwing them away, but big annoyance on top was how rechargeables lost their charge.

Normally people's criticisms can seem silly on this forum, but i think more important than this carbon footprint business is that of waste. Batteries do contain nasty stuff and getting rid of them can be an issue - ultimately as we dump more and more such material the cost of cleanup will go up. In turn we'll see greater increases still on bills for waste and water treatment. Yes - waste (wouldn't be surprised on seeing charging for this). I am starting to see things like battery recycling at places like supermarkets though and this is certainly interesting.

Getting back to this topic, the hotukdeals angle really is the saving from using rechargeables. I've found ebay to be great for good prices on things like hybrios.
#39
I'm just loving the irony of Orville being 'green'.
#40
dcx_badass
I've still got 480 Size C batteries from boffer aswell.


What a waste of money for you it seems. I've only got 478 now :w00t:

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