8 x Ready to use Tronic NiMH Rechargeable Batteries - £4.99 @ Lidl
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8 x Ready to use Tronic NiMH Rechargeable Batteries - £4.99 @ Lidl

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Found 3rd Dec 2015
This came up as an offer for my local store, so not sure if a nationwide deal.

Choose from: 8 x AA, capacity (mAh): 2300 or 8 x AAA, capacity (mAh): 950
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Anyone tried these?
950mAh is amazing for AAA at this price. Best go check my local. heat
Yes - they are terrible and need charging quite often - sometimes daily. Not the best. Possibly ok for remote controls but wouldnt recommend for xbox controller and the like.
Bought these few days ago and trust me, they r not ready to use
I want these for the pretty colours alone!
I don't know about these ones but the standard Lidl Tronic NiMH batteries I've bought in the past have been quite poor. Most fail quite quickly and the rest don't hold much charge.
wutang81

Bought these few days ago and trust me, they r not ready to use


you bought these batteries that are available from the 10th?
do you rent out your tardis?
Babbler

Yes - they are terrible and need charging quite often - sometimes daily. … Yes - they are terrible and need charging quite often - sometimes daily. Not the best. Possibly ok for remote controls but wouldnt recommend for xbox controller and the like.



​ive found them to be fine, same as any other similar battery with the same mah. perhaps if you having to charge daily your playing Xbox a little too much each day?
djames108

​ive found them to be fine, same as any other similar battery with the s … ​ive found them to be fine, same as any other similar battery with the same mah. perhaps if you having to charge daily your playing Xbox a little too much each day?



yep, maybe u don't realize that you arr sitting 6hours in front of the tv…
Jay20VT

950mAh is amazing for AAA at this price. Best go check my local. heat



Take your time - they are not available until next Thursday, 10 Dec (Tech Corner)
I have a Lidl battery charger and quite a few of their Ready to use battery's in remote controls, clocks, torches and they are just as good as the Duracell stay charged ones that I also have, the only difference I know of is the PRICE the Lidl ones are about a third of the cost of the Duracell ones.
Have used Lidl's Tronic batteries for at least 5 years for remotes, torches and other things. They seem fine, hold their charge, recharge ok and have reasonable capacity. Really, they're fine for remotes unless you use your remote all the time!
They aren't premium batteries like Hama, but they aren't Hama-priced either. After a few years they need replacement of course, but that's still better than filling the planet with used alkaline cells.
NiMh batteries need charging at the proper rate - if you're using a poorly designed charger, the cells won't hold much charge, so get a 'smart' charger such as Lidl's that will charge them at the proper rate. Fast charging isn't good for NiMh battery chemistry. I suspect the 950mAh capacity is marketing. They feel more like 800-850mAh to me.
This is a useful deal, cheaper than normal prices. Voted Hot.
Edited by: "Hootwo" 3rd Dec 2015
wutang81

Bought these few days ago and trust me, they r not ready to use



Really??? They are not available until next Thursday. You must have either got old stock, or most probably not the pre-charged type.
Hootwo

...They feel more like 800-850mAh to me....



How do you tell the capacity by feel alone?
What would a 950mAh battery feel like compared to an 850mAh one???

You need a good charger with discharge/ability to measure capacity to know what the capacity really is.
You may even need to cycle the battery first to obtain maximum capacity. (refresh)

Edited by: "EveshamLad" 3rd Dec 2015

How do you tell the capacity by feel alone?What would a 950mAh battery … How do you tell the capacity by feel alone?What would a 950mAh battery feel like compared to an 850mAh one???


950mAh feels smoother than 850mAh:p No, we have loads of remotes and wireless keyboards (media centres etc.) and have ended up with rechargeables from Lidl, Hama and a couple of others. My impression is the Lidl ones need recharging a little sooner than the premium brands - perhaps 8-10 weeks rather than 12 weeks.
I also run some remote sensors on these that have a fixed, low battery draw and see the same behaviour.
The older Lidl Tronic AAA batteries were 850mAh IIRC and these ones don't seem to last any longer than those.
HTH ...
edit: just seen these are pre-charged, and none of mine are, so my comments might not apply ...
Edited by: "Hootwo" 3rd Dec 2015
my local had none on Monday
Stradders

my local had none on Monday



LOL. You mean Monday 30th November ?

They go on sale Thursday 10th December.

EveshamLad

Really??? They are not available until next Thursday. You must have … Really??? They are not available until next Thursday. You must have either got old stock, or most probably not the pre-charged type.


this is the first time they have done the coloured ones i think so its all newish - other types could be from previous 6month-yearly deals
have a selection of brands of these and the lidl ones are fine - they are a little fatter than eneloops so can sometimes be tight but thats true of some other 'big brands' as well
edit: fact its 8 per pack makes them better value per cell as well as they are usually 2.99 per 4 with 2 sets for a fiver sometimes
Edited by: "brilly" 3rd Dec 2015
Duracell they ain't!
The Lidl fast charger is really awful. Apparently it's a rebranded Ansmann Energy 8 plus, just look that up to see how many people have problems with it.

It does charge quite fast but gets incredibly hot since most of the electronics are sitting right under the cells, so the cells get hot too even though it's only 1000ma Max.

It does a short precharge then decides if it wants to do a discharge/charge cycle or just a regular charge. You can't tell it which to perform and once it's started discharging it seems to want to discharge all channels until it finishes, even if you remove the cells or restart it.

So you could put your cells on expecting them to charge, then come back in 2 hours and they will be dead because it wanted to cycle them.

The Tronic ready to go ones I've had are all really good unlike their old normal rechargeables which were pants. I use them in xbox controllers and they aren't that much different my Vapextech ones. Go for it. If they're duff then take them back as Lidl usually don't give a damn about returns.
blazons

Duracell they ain't!


No - they're far better.
Babbler

Yes - they are terrible and need charging quite often - sometimes daily. … Yes - they are terrible and need charging quite often - sometimes daily. Not the best. Possibly ok for remote controls but wouldnt recommend for xbox controller and the like.


Wrong batteries - you are talking about a different product. The clue is "ready to use".
Jay20VT

950mAh is amazing for AAA at this price. Best go check my local. heat


Don't get hung up on capacity - it's a figure plucked out of the air. These (or at least the version in normal colours) are a good reliable cell and that's what matters.
pibpob

Wrong batteries - you are talking about a different product. The clue is … Wrong batteries - you are talking about a different product. The clue is "ready to use".


Eh? Yes they are ready to use but once depleted they still need to be charged so whats your point?
Babbler

Eh? Yes they are ready to use but once depleted they still need to be … Eh? Yes they are ready to use but once depleted they still need to be charged so whats your point?


My point is a very basic one about NiMH cells. There are two basic types. Learn about them here.
SCOUSEKEVIN

I have a Lidl battery charger and quite a few of their Ready to use … I have a Lidl battery charger and quite a few of their Ready to use battery's in remote controls, clocks, torches and they are just as good as the Duracell stay charged ones that I also have, the only difference I know of is the PRICE the Lidl ones are about a third of the cost of the Duracell ones.


Battery's what?
Duelling Duck

The Tronic ready to go ones I've had are all really good unlike their old … The Tronic ready to go ones I've had are all really good unlike their old normal rechargeables which were pants. ...


My experience too. The really old grey and black ordinary rechargeables were below par for a Lidl product.
However, it is still a pretty wild generalisation.
In front of me now are two almost cosmetically identical (black& silver) "Tronic Energy Eco" AAAs --- but one is marked 850, the other 950.
I expect these multi-coloured 8-packs to be different batteries again!
But I'd still expect them to be perfectly OK low-self-discharge rechargeables, and well worth the asking price.
Hot deal.

Edited by: "wdh" 3rd Dec 2015
Good batteries , i have the Tronic black/silver 2300mah AA in my Nikon and they last well , easily as long as my Enerloop 2500mah ( the Enerloop are 1 year old with 30 ish cycles )

Very good batteries for the price.

Voted hot.
Babbler

Eh? Yes they are ready to use but once depleted they still need to be … Eh? Yes they are ready to use but once depleted they still need to be charged so whats your point?



Did you take a trip in wutang81's Tardis to get a set of these?
blazons

Duracell they ain't!



Thank god for that, at least they shouldn't leak all over your equipment.
mikerj

Thank god for that, at least they shouldn't leak all over your equipment.


I know where my money would be but good luck with that ;-)
pibpob

No - they're far better.


Hmmmmm.
blazons

Hmmmmm.


You really ought to understand the phrase "legalised lying".
generationz

LOL. You mean Monday 30th November ?They go on sale Thursday 10th … LOL. You mean Monday 30th November ?They go on sale Thursday 10th December.



​didnt see that, cheers. I went in hoping some would be left over from the last time
if you weigh them 950mah should be slightly heavier.

the older (black) tronics are not the low self discharge type and don't come prepared charged which is what I'm guessing is being commented on, I imagine these will be charged and lsd, either way who cares if they come charged or not.......just charge them.....
Shame no D cell
Babbler

Yes - they are terrible and need charging quite often - sometimes daily. … Yes - they are terrible and need charging quite often - sometimes daily. Not the best. Possibly ok for remote controls but wouldnt recommend for xbox controller and the like.


REally? I've not had any problems with the 2 packs I've opened out of the 12 I bought on the last deal. They seem to last comparatively well compared to my duracells, and my charger reported those as 967mah and 954 mah from empty.

Perhaps it's your charger that detecting the delta-v incorrectly, assuming you've a good delta v charger?
Besford

Battery's what?


I assume you are referring to the spelling of the word Battery`s I had a quick look on the web there are various forms of spelling, hukd`s own spell checker did not highlight any of the text and I am sure most people grasped the meaning of what I meant.
djames108

... the older (black) tronics are not the low self discharge type and … ... the older (black) tronics are not the low self discharge type and don't come prepared charged which is what I'm guessing is being commented on, I imagine these will be charged and lsd, either way who cares if they come charged or not.......just charge them.....


Actually Lidl have done black (& silver) in BOTH standard and low-self-discharge types. The lsd versions have "eco" as part of the writing on the battery (and the standards don't) - and as I noted above, there are at least two (previous) different lsd AAs.
I've also got some of Lidl's first lsd rechargeables, which are red ...
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