Ready-to-use NiMH Rechargeable Batteries, Eneloop type, at Lidl - all sizes £2.99 per pack - HotUKDeals
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Available Thursday 28th

Cheapest yet for Eneloop style batteries and in all sizes:

4 x AAA 850mAh
4 x AA 2100mAh
2 x C 4000mAh
2 x D 4500mAh
9V 200mAh
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1 Like #1
first time i have seen this type at lidl - if decent thats a cracking price
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#2
So tempted, but so scared if they're Tronic.
#3
Duelling Duck
So tempted, but so scared if they're Tronic.


I'm after some rechargeable batteries, so just wondering what Tronic is?
#4
#5
Could be wrong but have never seen anyone advertising Eneloop/Hybrio type batteries in the C and D sizes and certainly never with that capacity.

Tronic is a brand name Lidl use.

Had one of the Tronic fast battery chargers from Lidl. Has worked perfectly. Can't comment on Tronic batteries though.
#6
The normal Lidl tronics rechargable batterys are spot on so i would think these would be fine.
#7
had the Tronic ones from Lidle not found them that good cheap though will try these one,s though .Found 7day brand batts best at moment
#8
I have bought lidl Tronic brand rechargeables before and they have all been useless, failing to hold a charge after no more than a dozen charges or just failing to charge. So I'd be reluctant to trust Tronic branded batteries. The trouble is that Tronic is just a brand name used by Lidl it isn't a manufacturer so with any luck Lidl may be using a different manufacturer for these. BUT I highly suspect that they just go for the cheapest Chinese manufacturer they can find and don't give a damn about quality, so these will probably be like the previous ones, really low quality that won't last.
#9
I've got the Tronic charger and it's superb, but I've bought 4 packs of Tronic AAs and the capacity of them says 2500mAh and it's frankly ****. Compared to 2300mAh Uniross ones they don't last anywhere near as long and a few times I've had to force charge them in a 'dumb' timed charger because the Tronic charger says they're bad cells. Lots of people on here have posted similar stories. These could be great, but I was bitten quite badly by the other ones.
#10
if these tronic batteries are like the blue ones then dont waste your money, as the blue ones do not last 5 mins , not voting on this deal
#11
Going_Digital
I have bought lidl Tronic brand rechargeables before and they have all been useless, failing to hold a charge after no more than a dozen charges or just failing to charge. So I'd be reluctant to trust Tronic branded batteries. The trouble is that Tronic is just a brand name used by Lidl it isn't a manufacturer so with any luck Lidl may be using a different manufacturer for these. BUT I highly suspect that they just go for the cheapest Chinese manufacturer they can find and don't give a damn about quality, so these will probably be like the previous ones, really low quality that won't last.

You should try discharging your batteries completely before charging. You will find they hold charge better and last longer. The normal batteries are not good when trickle-charged.
#12
pet2000

You should try discharging your batteries completely before charging. You will find they hold charge better and last longer. The normal batteries are not good when trickle-charged.


Thanks for the suggestion but that only applies to NiCd batteries not NiMh, I have dozens of AA NiMh batteries from all sorts of brands, Duracell, Uniros, GP, even some unbranded ones, all have lasted a much longer than lidl ones, some are even several years old where as the lidl Tronic branded ones all stopped working in after just a handful of uses, Many people have reported similar problems.
#13
I'm another that bought the Lidl charger plus a few of the batteries. The Charger is excellent very pleased. The batteries are the worst I've ever had. All the problems that others have mentioned. Maybe these will be better but I'm not the one that's going to take the risk.
1 Like #14
I think probably the best advice would be to buy a sample packet or two to see how they go, don't rush out and stock up on them only to find they are as bad as the other Tronic batteries. Lidl always rotate their offers so if they turn out to be ok then you can always pick up some more next time round.
#15
May get some 9v batteries for the smoke alarms. AAAs bit underpowered. But the AAs will be fine.
#16
LIDL generally sell poor quality Ni-mh Batteries, I have NEVER known them to be any good for any period of time!
#17
I have 2 of the Tronic chargers ( for several years ), they started at £9.99 for the first 2 or 3 years on sale but are now £12.00 when they have them in. They are identical in process and nearly design to the £45 branded model, the puppies privates. Independent 6 channel, diagnostic, refreshing, delta V with a reasonably fast charge that switches to trickle charge.

I have also about 100 rechargeable Tronic batteries ( NiMh ) that they usually sell, again fairly high spec/capacity at a dream price of £2 a packet - all sizes.

Absolutely Marvelous, no problems at all, thoroughly recommend, Lidl also have excellent warranty terms.

What's to be worried about?

Try them, but my advice as with any batteries is don't use the nasty battery cooking ones , get a decent one that looks after the battery.

Edited By: bollybobinson on Oct 21, 2010 23:19: spelling
#18
Seems to be mixed reviews about Lidls batteries, worth a try though since they are good with returns.
#19
I've got 8 of the blue Tronic 2500mAh ones. They're absolutely fine. Far better than the junk I got from 7day...
2 Likes #20
matedodgy
May get some 9v batteries for the smoke alarms. AAAs bit underpowered. But the AAs will be fine.


Don't use rechargeable batteries in a smoke alarm.
The discharge knee if very step - the smoke alarm will quit working with very little ( or no) notice.

A decent alkaline battery will power a smoke alarm so long, that any savings offered by using a rechargeable battery will be negligible or negative
#21
Interesting.. will pick some of these up cheers :)
#22
Going_Digital
I think probably the best advice would be to buy a sample packet or two to see how they go, don't rush out and stock up on them only to find they are as bad as the other Tronic batteries. Lidl always rotate their offers so if they turn out to be ok then you can always pick up some more next time round.

Good advice.

I bought several packets of Tronic-branded s NiMH D cell batteries from Lidl and found them to be very unreliable. If others had a different experience, then maybe different batches came from different sources.
banned#23
The human being is a partial human, being part animal too. As such, being inconsistent is his callsign. This variability ensures that all he does is temporary/transient and being seldom permanent, he needs repetition such that one fine day, he might realised that his duty is to be truly/fully human. Like it, agree with it, or not, a real animal has no such inconsistency. Real animals are very dependable in their nature. Should a human be dependable by nature, he then has loyalty [as in a dog], regality [as in a lion] and a whole hosts of other “animal” behaviours. Makes you ‘fink, ain’t it, to be permanent by nature. That which won’t kill you will/should make you better. When one is seldom permanent, addiction then is the alternative. Being addicted to anything going. Most “Western types” have a damaged immune system whilst remembering that immunity, like anything human, has 5 dimensions, the lowest 3 being emotionality, physiologically and intellectual. Animals, oka non-thinkers, are predictable because they do not have to answer to their Fame/Intellect, Fortune/Materialism, and Immortality/Emotion, oka vested interests.

Of all the big boys, IBM, much like Tojo Inc., uses this variable human nature to its advantage. Their mode of business for lower order items [those not worth their while/profitability to manufacture] is to first identify a source which could be made dependent on their order, determine that source’s profit margin and then “owning through proxy” this source by giving them orders that they could not refused. All they need then is to have their man setting up nest in their enemy’s camp. Contemporary big businesses operate their imports in a similar fashion. They buy in bulk with an extra, say, 5% inclusive for defects/warranty. This might encourages the throw away society but they are different in one important aspect, their due diligence only extends to the extra 5% “thrown-in”. Like the gambling industries of insurance and credit[card] banking, they only use their bottomline profits to gauge the reality, bottomline as in when the ship is listing to one side and then, the boss begrudgingly will have to leave his mistress’ nest, the next rankings, their golfing sessions, the middlings their special toilets and so forth.

Nobody really bothers because, “They want it cheap, I’ll give them cheap but don’t expect much..” Of course, they don’t say so other than to fallback onto that thingy which most understand but seldom realise, being inconsistent, oka hypocrisy. Especially when you have those under-developed inscrutable, grabbing all the Earth’s resources doing-eet-for the oxygen living-but-dead over thar. Isn’t that a nice rosy picture when you have viewpoints between the saviours and their worshippers, oka the pros battling the cons, while the bookies get to count another wad of profits. As they say, the more the partying, the more the lubricants will flow and the machinery will get to spin another merry-go-round. In reality/Reality, there is no such thing as others, there is only one self, which when done progressively, realises The Self, that thingy which is permanent, dependable and affords the truly living within.

When it comes to rechageables, the way to ensure confusion, oka pros vs cons, is to source from every TD&H. Without permanence, you’ll only realised arguments. Without viewpoints, bookies/commissioners/”retailers” cannot exist. In such situations, become permanent yourself first and thereafter, no slime will get past your filter. That is how “Nature” ensures/grooms those who have purity within their desire to liberate/remove their desire for purity, especially others’ purity/level-of-permanence. No one can cheat those who lacks greed which then means that greed’s duty is to identify and mark-out those who are greedy whilst not forgetting that greed is merely fear at some other moment/point in time. As Conficius was reported to have said, “Cheap ‘fings no good and good things only cheap when honourable greed-kum-fear is absent”. At least that was what He was reported to have said when He was last heard muttering.
#24
tl;dr and the bit I did read sounded like google had translated it. Badly.

Only came in to post that if you think a battery is even slightly dodgy, I wouldn't use it in a smoke alarm - it could save your life.
#25
Tried these, they have a decent charge out of the package. Of course the actual performance will be evident after 5-6 charge cycles but initial impressions are OK.

I've been buying my rechargeables from Lidl for years, the first were the orange/black Tronics that came with a charger up to the green ones released last year and the gray ones of this year. The only ones that had sub-standard performance were the gray/black ones released a few years back, while the rest are still holding a decent charge; this leads me to assume that they change the supplier each time, really comparing these to the expensive brands is unfair as the price premium you pay can be in the region of 200-300% up.

/rant
#26
I find the Activ Energy batteries from Aldi last a long time & are used in my house for lots of stuff including gamepads which take a hammering & they work out 20p cheaper.
#27
Seems an exellent deal for 'hybrio type', ive been using the tronic branded AAs from lidil for around 3 years and they have not messed up yet, however i use a unirosss 1-2 hour sprint type charger and a normal uniross plug in type charger most of the time( which takes around 5/6 hours), 4500mah! for the d size if its genuine would be for top for the large led maglites.
#28
Eneloop? I thought that was a town in Holland
#29
I bought and still use my AAA's AA's and D's from 2 years ago, still fine!
1 or 2 bad ones but they get drained properly and charged in either my sony quick charger (15 mins( or uniross slow cooker/charger.
usage - headlamps, wiimotes, air pump.

mine are the grey with red stripe, bargain.
il be getting a few more on the 28th definately

Edited By: streethawk on Oct 22, 2010 10:58: .
#30
gizmouk2 people like this
matedodgy
May get some 9v batteries for the smoke alarms. AAAs bit underpowered. But the AAs will be fine.


Don't use rechargeable batteries in a smoke alarm.
The discharge knee if very step - the smoke alarm will quit working with very little ( or no) notice.

A decent alkaline battery will power a smoke alarm so long, that any savings offered by using a rechargeable battery will be negligible or negative


Low Self Discharge NiMH batteries perform differently, they lose charge MUCH more slowly so are fine, and you get plenty of bleeping as a warning when they do eventually run low... these APPEAR to be that type, but check first!
#31
self discharge still lot higher than alkaline though they will selfdischarge a lot faster than the smoke alarm will discharge them. Also they start at 1.2 v rather than 1.5 alkaline
1 Like #32
gizmouk2 people like this
Don't use rechargeable batteries in a smoke alarm. The discharge knee if very step -

You are missing the point of what these batteries actually are. They are not standard rechargables

They will retain a high proportion of their charge even after 12 months, and so are suitable for smoke alarms
#33
I hammer my rechargeables in a camera.
I agree that the Tronic charger is top-notch but the Tronic AA 2500 (of which i`ve bought about 15 packs) batteries are not up to the likes of Uniross AA 2300 that will run for ages in my camera.
1 Like #34
I'll just add my two-penneth for what it's worth...

I've got lots of the Lidl AA + AAA's and they've all performed superbly. All manufacturers of rechargeable batteries use similar technologies and ALL suffer a failure percentage. whether Lidl batteries are a higher percentage than others is subjective but at around £2.50-£2.99 represent very good value. In contrast, I purchased some Uniross AA's from 7-Day and they lasted seven recharges before the cells died. I've never bought Uniross again but as I said, this is just luck of the draw. I have recharged my Tronics dozens of times and they are as good as when I bought them. I use them in my digi-camera and my X-box controller and get 14-18hrs before dying. Not bad when some of those 'charger' packs advertise 12-14hrs!

I believe wholeheartedly in the saying: "Ya pays ya money - ya takes ya chance!" I shall continue to purchase Lidl batteries and if I get some duds then so be it. They're still a bargain.

Peace all.
#35
gizmouk2 people like this
matedodgy
May get some 9v batteries for the smoke alarms. AAAs bit underpowered. But the AAs will be fine.


Don't use rechargeable batteries in a smoke alarm.
The discharge knee if very step - the smoke alarm will quit working with very little ( or no) notice.

A decent alkaline battery will power a smoke alarm so long, that any savings offered by using a rechargeable battery will be negligible or negative


Cheers for the advice!
#36
eye4abargain
I hammer my rechargeables in a camera.
I agree that the Tronic charger is top-notch but the Tronic AA 2500 (of which i`ve bought about 15 packs) batteries are not up to the likes of Uniross AA 2300 that will run for ages in my camera.


I think Uniross are generally very poor, whether low self discharge or the standard type! Odds on any number of brands are better!
This site seems to agree!
http://www.batteryreview.co.uk/battery_reviews/uniross_2300_aa.htm

Even if you are a fan, and need to use higher capacity standard types (and few people do need this type), why would you use the 2300mah ones when they do a 2700mah version!?
banned#37
I don't get it, are these tronic branded batteries or eneloop branded batteries as advertised? CAre to explain someone?
#38
Will give these Tronic ones a try.If they hold their charge well, they are a bargain.
Major test for me will be in a digital camera.
If they are no good then easy to take back for a refund.
#39
As someone has already said
it's not a hotdeal as Aldi sell similar packs 20p cheaper i.e. £2.79 and the charge capacity is a little higher.
I bought some 3 days ago
#40
stewgreen
As someone has already said
it's not a hotdeal as Aldi sell similar packs 20p cheaper i.e. £2.79 and the charge capacity is a little higher.
I bought some 3 days ago


No, the point is these APPEAR to be the Low Self Discharge type.

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