8x AA Vapextech Ready to Go rechargeble LSD batteries for £10.50
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8x AA Vapextech Ready to Go rechargeble LSD batteries for £10.50

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Found 31st Dec 2011
These are currently the best rechargeable Low Self Discharge (retains power for years) batteries that money can buy. You can buy 4 for £5.40 or 8 for £10.50.

Better than Sanyo Eneloop, GP Recyko, Uniross Hybrio and the extremely poor 7DayShop rebrands.

Please see my test results within post below before voting hot or cold, and please comment if you know of a better deal.

Happy New Year!

Above is my opinion based upon thorough research a testing. If there are bette batteries out there for price or performance I have yet to see them.
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Original Poster
Using my Maha C9000 battery tester I have checked the capacities of many AA and AAA batteries. My kids are into RC cars and we get through dozens of AA's in a single weekend. Getting good batteries is a must.

Please see the comparison I have made below of decent LSD AA batteries. Of them all, Vapetech are by far the best performers, offering upto 20% more capacity than Sanyo Eneloops.

The Vapextech AA batteries are labelled as 2500mAh, but in reality provide a consisten 2300mAh of usuable capacity. This is a good 300 to 400 mAh more than the competition. The graphs below list the out of packet capacity (how much charge is in the batteries straight out of the pack), and the capacity after first full charge.

Added Independent Battery Group Test incl Vapextech Instant

http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/9734/batts.jpg

and my charger below
http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/9726/img8350v.jpg

edit: For additional info, 7dayshop "ready 2 go" batteries are crap. I tested a pack several months ago and they only provided 1500-1600mAh capacity. I also have some Uniross Hybrios which are pretty much eqal to the GP Recyko's listed above.

In order of preference.
1). Vapextech AA 2500mAh (true 2300mAh)
2). GP Recyko and Uniross Hybrio AA 2100mAh (true 1950mAh)
3). Sanyo Eneloop AA 2000mAh (true 1865mAh)
this page does not go low enough to add 7dayflops.

If you need decent batteries, you cannot better than these Vapextech's.

edit2: Vapextech AA's are much better than their AAA's which are pretty average. If you want AAA's, I have found GP Recyko to be the best, followed by Eneloops.

ADDITIONAL INFO

*For a decent charger that includes battery capacity test, discharge, and charges individual cells I recommend the LaCrosse BL-700 (also know as TechnoLine BL-700). LaCrosse Charger £29.95
**For a very cheap basic charger that includes 4x AA batteries checkout the Uniross plugin charger. It takes 4 hours to charge AA's, which is nice, slow and safe. Uniross plugin charger + batts £7.75UPDATE! One person has commented that the charge light fails to turn off on the £7.75 charger so try the one below instead.
This charger is probably better value @ £9.64 because it comes with 4x Hybrio LSD batteries.I have used this charger and know it works fine.
***Avoid Fast Chargers like the plague. Fast 1-hour or sub 1-hour charging will damage the cells quickly.
****For AAA LSD batteries, go to Amazon and search for "GP Recyko AAA". These offer best performance at cheapest price (from £3.75 for 4 delivered).

edit: Discharge results added after 4 weeks of testing.
http://img851.imageshack.us/img851/2391/92615550.jpg

Remaining capacity comparison between Vapex and Eneloop AA's after 4 weeks. Both hold thier capacities really well, but Vapex offer better value and performance.
http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/6382/21826699.jpg

Edited by: "Orville" 7th Feb 2012
Top batteries.
Low Self Discharge....not what my first thought was
Ive got some recyklo AAA and Uniross Hybrio AA, both are LSD and perform well, but I would give them 2 or 3 cycles to get them lively after being stored in the packet. I wouldn't judge them on how they come out of the packet or 1 charge cycle..
Always been a fan or GP or SANYO cells.
Edited by: "shell99" 31st Dec 2011
Not exactly a fair comparison though is it. Comparing a 2500 mah battery against a 2000 mah?

Still, nice price for 8 batteries but then again i have These
the op should be in sales!
John Locke

Not exactly a fair comparison though is it. Comparing a 2500 mah battery … Not exactly a fair comparison though is it. Comparing a 2500 mah battery against a 2000 mah?Still, nice price for 8 batteries but then again i have [url=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.amazon.co.uk%252FEncore-EN0002-2700mAh-Rechargeable-Batteries%252Fdp%252FB0008EI9TW%252Fref%253Dpd_sxp_f_pt]These[/url]




they are not LSD ??? LSD is the future for most users
Original Poster
shell99

Ive got some recyklo AAA and Uniross Hybrio AA, both are LSD and perform … Ive got some recyklo AAA and Uniross Hybrio AA, both are LSD and perform well, but I would give them 2 or 3 cycles to get them lively after being stored in the packet. I wouldn't judge them on how they come out of the packet or 1 charge cycle..Always been a fan or GP or SANYO cells.

I have recharged Eneloops, Recyko's, Hybrios and Vapextextech Instants (the older 2300mAh rated ones) dozens of times and they have all been great. Believe me, Vapextech AA's are better than the rest. There are a few reviews online which confirm this.
Tbh i'm more interested in that beast of a charger
Original Poster
leitchyleck

the op should be in sales!

Fortunately I am not, but I do know my batteries. Decent batteries save lots of money when you have kids that get through 20-30 most weeks.
Original Poster
John Locke

Tbh i'm more interested in that beast of a charger


It's one of the best "affordable" chargers money can buy. You can charge, discharge and test batteries at whichever rate you like, and all four slots are individually fed, meaning individual cells do not get over or undercharged. I picked mine up 3 years ago from Maplins (I have two). You can also just plug the batteries in and let the charge automatically without pushing any buttons or going through the menues:).
Edited by: "Orville" 31st Dec 2011
its looks a good price for the mah, recykos are £10 for 8 but slightly less capacity
the beauty of LSD is for use in stuff that you leave in a draw for months and they are ready to go still.
Original Poster
Here is a link to someone else's test results. They have been much more thorough than I, but they are testing the older 2300mAh version. The batteries I have receieved recently have all been labelled 2500mAh but they really only give an extra 50-100mAh according to my tests.
Battery Group Test incl Vapextech Instant

Edited by: "Orville" 31st Dec 2011
At last... some long lasting batteries for the wife...........Now she will have a Happy New year.
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Orville

Using my Maha C9000 battery tester I have checked the capacities of many … Using my Maha C9000 battery tester I have checked the capacities of many AA and AAA batteries. My kids are into RC cars and we get through dozens of AA's in a single weekend. Getting good batteries is a must.Please see the comparison I have made below of decent LSD AA batteries. Of them all, Vapetech are by far the best performers, offering upto 20% more capacity than Sanyo Eneloops.The Vapextech AA batteries are labelled as 2500mAh, but in reality provide a consisten 2300mAh of usuable capacity. This is a good 300 to 400 mAh more than the competition. The graphs below list the out of packet capacity (how much charge is in the batteries straight out of the pack), and the capacity after first full charge.and my charger belowedit: For additional info, 7dayshop "ready 2 go" batteries are crap. I tested a pack several months ago and they only provided 1500-1600mAh capacity. I also have some Uniross Hybrios which are pretty much eqal to the GP Recyko's listed above.In order of preference.1). Vapextech AA 2500mAh (true 2300mAh)2). GP Recyko and Uniross Hybrio AA 2100mAh (true 1950mAh)3). Sanyo Eneloop AA 2000mAh (true 1865mAh)this page does not go low enough to add 7dayflops.If you need decent batteries, you cannot better than these Vapextech's.edit2: Vapextech AA's are much better than their AAA's which are pretty average. If you want AAA's, I have found GP Recyko to be the best, followed by Eneloops.



Sir I think you have too much time on your hands!
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SHOWMAN36

Sir I think you have too much time on your hands!

My life is devoted to work during weekdays and my kids at the weekend. Inbetween I play with gadgets.
Im going to keep an eye on this as i need to get some new rechargables as my uniross are crap....
Heat for the effort alone!

Nice charger too, I want one.
Orville

Using my Maha C9000 battery tester I have checked the capacities of many … Using my Maha C9000 battery tester I have checked the capacities of many AA and AAA batteries. My kids are into RC cars and we get through dozens of AA's in a single weekend. Getting good batteries is a must.Please see the comparison I have made below of decent LSD AA batteries. Of them all, Vapetech are by far the best performers, offering upto 20% more capacity than Sanyo Eneloops.The Vapextech AA batteries are labelled as 2500mAh, but in reality provide a consisten 2300mAh of usuable capacity. This is a good 300 to 400 mAh more than the competition. The graphs below list the out of packet capacity (how much charge is in the batteries straight out of the pack), and the capacity after first full charge.and my charger belowedit: For additional info, 7dayshop "ready 2 go" batteries are crap. I tested a pack several months ago and they only provided 1500-1600mAh capacity. I also have some Uniross Hybrios which are pretty much eqal to the GP Recyko's listed above.In order of preference.1). Vapextech AA 2500mAh (true 2300mAh)2). GP Recyko and Uniross Hybrio AA 2100mAh (true 1950mAh)3). Sanyo Eneloop AA 2000mAh (true 1865mAh)this page does not go low enough to add 7dayflops.If you need decent batteries, you cannot better than these Vapextech's.edit2: Vapextech AA's are much better than their AAA's which are pretty average. If you want AAA's, I have found GP Recyko to be the best, followed by Eneloops.



Not sure I understood this correctly. Why do you need LSD batteries for RC cars?
simate

Heat for the effort alone!Nice charger too, I want one.



+1 I don't think I could possibly argue with the op when it comes to batteries! Feel i need these babies now :P
SHOWMAN36

Sir I think you have too much time on your hands!



Don't think so as it is useful information.. Actually I think it is you have much time on your hands writing useless comment .
Edited by: "grom10" 31st Dec 2011
Thanks for taking the time to post this. Just ordered 12 and one of their fancy chargers. I didn't know batteries were so complicated until you posted this!
Edited by: "Dojoh" 1st Jan 2011
Didnt the Gadget show say that the Gp 2500 where the batteries that last the most time ?
Hot price = thanks for the time and effort


Not sure I understood this correctly. Why do you need LSD batteries for RC cars

Transmitter batteries or batteries for the RX pack ( mine are AAA but there are many packs)
Saintledger

+1 I don't think I could possibly argue with the op when it comes to … +1 I don't think I could possibly argue with the op when it comes to batteries! Feel i need these babies now :P



Me too I couldn't live without these now - and I haven't received mine yet.
here is a review on the op charger good review for anyone interested in buying
ephotozine.com/art…980
Original Poster
I used to use plain Duracell 2650mAh NiMH rechargeables for my RC stuff untill I discovered that they lost a quarter of their capacity just sitting unused for one day. After one week of non use they would lose half of their capacity.

Now that LSD batteries have decent capacity I do not have to charge 30 of them on the day of use. Charging batteries can take many hours and I do not always have time. With LSD' s I can charge them days, weeks, or months in advance and know thay will give me full power.

A 2300mAh LSD rechargeable is much better than any standard rechargeable, unless you intend to use all of it's capacity immediately. I have about 40 Duracell 2650's that never get used anymore because they are inconvenient to use (even for RC, flashguns etc).

For remote controls buy cheap standard non rechargeable batteries. They will kast years and cost next to nothing. For everything else buy LSD's such as the Vapex, Eneloop or Recyko's I have listed above.

I don't expect this deal to get very hot. Batteries after all are quite boring, but hopefully some will find this deal useful. Try buying a pack and see. I doubt anyone will find anything negative to say about them after using them.
Edited by: "Orville" 31st Dec 2011
I got Duracell rechargable batteries and they are crap. What about this report about gp rechargables fwd.channel5.com/gad…ies
Can you use a regular battery charger with Vapex batteries?
Nice. Thanks for the info.
nice one mate. bought 8 thanks and Happy New Year !
Original Poster
copystuff

I got Duracell rechargable batteries and they are crap. What about this … I got Duracell rechargable batteries and they are crap. What about this report about gp rechargables http://fwd.channel5.com/gadget-show/videos/top-5/christmas-special-rechargeable-batteries

In all honnestly their tests are crap and rather misleading. They do not differentiate between LSD and standard rechargeables, they use a crap charger, and the bunnies used may have karge tolerances for power requirements. One of the batteries they rate in the top 5 is the GP Recyko 2100mAh LSD. That is a very good battery, but the Vapex Instants are significantly better. The Vapex Instants did not appear on their list.

If you are unsure of the difference between standard rechargeables and LSD's, do a quick google. It will save you money and time going the LSD route.
AppStar

Can you use a regular battery charger with Vapex batteries?



From the original ad...

...any nimh charger will work



:-)
Orville

In all honnestly their tests are crap and rather misleading. They do not … In all honnestly their tests are crap and rather misleading. They do not differentiate between LSD and standard rechargeables, they use a crap charger, and the bunnies used may have karge tolerances for power requirements. One of the batteries they rate in the top 5 is the GP Recyko 2100mAh LSD. That is a very good battery, but the Vapex Instants are significantly better. The Vapex Instants did not appear on their list.If you are unsure of the difference between standard rechargeables and LSD's, do a quick google. It will save you money and time going the LSD route.



Thanks for the reply have ordered a pack of 8 Vapex batteries.
These are great batteries, but surely they are always this price? I paid this in August and again in December, so I don't really see it as a hot deal.
How much of charge in % is remaining if you don't use the battery and just store it for 1 month ? Sorry found the answer:
6 months About 80% of charge is held
12 months About 70% of charge is held (normal nimh would be empty)
Edited by: "LookingForGoodDeals" 1st Jan 2011
Whats the usual price of 8 of these? I was going to stock up on 7dayshop LSD batteries, think I will go for these now
One more thing, they are called Vapextech, not Vapaxtech The only links to "Vapaxtech" on google were going to HUKD !
Edited by: "LookingForGoodDeals" 1st Jan 2011
Found this page: singletrackworld.com/for…aas

Looks like these batteries don't work in all chargers
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