Rechargeable Batteries £2.99 at Lidl. Pre-charged and ready to use, plus Low Self-discharge (75% after 1 year)
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Rechargeable Batteries £2.99 at Lidl. Pre-charged and ready to use, plus Low Self-discharge (75% after 1 year)

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Found 15th Dec 2012
Pre-charged and ready to use

Choose from:

- 4 x AA
- 4 x AAA
- 2 x C
- 2 x D
- 1 x 9V block

Low self-discharge, 75% after 1 year

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Pretty good prices dependent on the capacity.

From the brochure it looks like they might be:
AAA - 850mAh
AA - 2100mAh
C - 4500mAh
D - ?????
PP3 - 200mAh
Just been looking at the flyer, also doing a fast charger for 15 quid
good find if they are high ones
anyone tried this brand before?
That's a great price for 2100mah low discharge...

I always use 7dayshop "good to go", which are similar, but are about a fiver for four AA...
May try some of these........ been using Vapextech in the past, but the AAA haven't been that good lately since they upped the capacity to 950mAh.
Heat.
pre-charged and ready to use, thats a bad idea for rechargable batteries, leaving them charged for x ammount of time unused

cold from me for that alone
A good price, but I wonder if they are better quality than the batteries Lidl has sold in the past? Had a few sets before they brought out the low self discharge ones, all of which died in a very short time.
ando

pre-charged and ready to use


You've still got time to do some research and edit before you become the classic HUKD downvoter without a clue
ando

pre-charged and ready to use, thats a bad idea for rechargable batteries, … pre-charged and ready to use, thats a bad idea for rechargable batteries, leaving them charged for x ammount of time unused cold from me for that alone



This is the 21st. Century, battery design has progressed.
I thought all LSD batteries came pre charged.
1616french

anyone tried this brand before?



I have about 3 years ago and they still work fine
I think the "Low self-discharge, 75% after 1 year" should mean, Low self-discharge, 75% remaining charge after 1 year.
ando

pre-charged and ready to use, thats a bad idea for rechargable batteries, … pre-charged and ready to use, thats a bad idea for rechargable batteries, leaving them charged for x ammount of time unusedcold from me for that alone

Must be an expert on batteries.
Used these in the past they was ok for just over a year but then awful but still at this price its bargain non rechargables cost around this.
nice
I wont buy LIDL batteries again, they have performed badly compared to my others. Eneloop and vapextech are my favoured ones...
I have been using these batteries and the charger for about a year now with no problems for either, (AA `s and AAA`s ) , in my Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse . When I get the on screen warning that they are getting low , I swop the charged ones that are on standby with the "failing" ones , recharge these and then swop back again. The ones that are in storage usually show 75% charge remaining after storage of some weeks.. I think the charger is especially good , with a visual (lcd) bar meter showing each battery`s progess towards full charge , (or its present state if just checking after a period of storage). You can charge up 6 AA/AAA`s or 4 C/D`s at a time in well-defined and positive grip slots, I have only used the Tronic(Lidl) rechargeables in the Tronic charger to date.
I have used the earlier Lidl rechargeables a few years back and would agree that they were nothing special in the performance stakes, but so far I have yet to fault their latest offering of LSD batteries either on price or performance.
stapsell

I wont buy LIDL batteries again, they have performed badly compared to my … I wont buy LIDL batteries again, they have performed badly compared to my others. Eneloop and vapextech are my favoured ones...


Agree,nothing beats Sanyo Eneloop.they are pre-charged using solar energy in Japan.and keep ALL their charge forever.
libretto

A good price, but I wonder if they are better quality than the batteries … A good price, but I wonder if they are better quality than the batteries Lidl has sold in the past? Had a few sets before they brought out the low self discharge ones, all of which died in a very short time.



This is true.
I bought sit loads of rechargeable batteries from Lidl - they were high capacity and cheap!
But despite being labelled 2500mah etc, they discharged much quicker than other brands marked at lower mah.

Am still tempted at this price, nonetheless...
I've had a set of these for use in my DSLR camera which doesn't get regular use. They do the job.

At this price, I'll probably get another two sets of AA's.

The capacity was the same, and they also had this "eneloop" hybrid technology.

Hot.
Had a few of these good batteries,Show me the sanyo ones at £2-99.
morpho

I have been using these batteries and the charger for about a year now … I have been using these batteries and the charger for about a year now with no problems for either



Does your model have the USB port charger? or are they selling a new updated 2012 model.

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Have had about 4 or 5 different types of these Tronic batters because they have been cheap but they don't seem to last very long before their charger says they are cream crackered. Also gone through 2 of their chargers. Will try then again but keep the receipt this time and make use of the 3 year warranty
Are these better than the older rechargeable they sold, I binned them all, not sure if they were tronic or slight chance they were silvercrest, I am sure someone wil know ! Can't beat there hdmi cables though or strawberry yogurt to boot. Think I will stick with my GP recyko batteries.
Are these better than the older rechargeable they sold, I binned them all, not sure if they were tronic or slight chance they were silvercrest, I am sure someone wil know ! Can't beat there hdmi cables though or strawberry yogurt to boot. Think I will stick with my GP recyko batteries.
Used to be guy on here who really knew his stuff when it came to rechargeable batteries. Where is he when we need him?
I notice ando didn't come back - clearly not interested in educating themselves - these batteries are fine for about 2 years, with standard use - its the ability to retain a charge over long periods of time that gets me to buy them - that way I always have a camera or fm transmitter etc... ready to use - even if they have not been touched in a while

Will try then again but keep the receipt this time and make use of the 3 … Will try then again but keep the receipt this time and make use of the 3 year warranty



That's what makes them good value.

3 year warranty, cheap batteries, buy them, use them, have them replaced if needed, what more do you want?

Hot

Oh and as for ooooh it's not good leaving them charged.... Get a life!
Worth a go at that price, thanks to the OP.
NCIS.......................sorry for delay .............there is no USB charging port on my charger that I can see , (which is not a problem , I can`t count how many alternative USB charger sources are available to me............)

With regard to all the positive and negative comments here concerning batteries both re-chargeable and non re-chargeable this has always been a contentious area and will, (I think), always be so.
morpho

NCIS.......................sorry for delay .............there is no USB … NCIS.......................sorry for delay .............there is no USB charging port on my charger that I can see , (which is not a problem , I can`t count how many alternative USB charger sources are available to me............)With regard to all the positive and negative comments here concerning batteries both re-chargeable and non re-chargeable this has always been a contentious area and will, (I think), always be so.



Thanks morpho.

I will get the charger and some of the batteries on Thursday and see how they go.
morty

Used these in the past they was ok for just over a year but then awful … Used these in the past they was ok for just over a year but then awful but still at this price its bargain non rechargables cost around this.



I think you'll find they haven't done pre charged ones until now. The last AA I got from Lidl were 2500mAh normal type. So you really cannot compare as these new ones seem to be a different design.
mccririck

I think you'll find they haven't done pre charged ones until now. The … I think you'll find they haven't done pre charged ones until now. The last AA I got from Lidl were 2500mAh normal type. So you really cannot compare as these new ones seem to be a different design.



I think you will find they have
Tronic AA 2100mAh, (and other sizes), "Ready for Use", sold by LIdl, I think last year, with a red case. I have some of the red 2100mAh in front of me now, and they still seem to be OK, (even if not as good as Eneloops), I charged some of the Tronic 2100's, and some Sanyo Eneloops, at the same time a few days ago, the Sanyo's are now showing 1.41 volts and the red Tronics are 1.37 volts (at 15 degrees C). These latest Tronic ones have a silver and black case though, so might not be the same as the previous pre charged red ones. The meter used for testing might be a bit out, but the difference was consistent.






Edited by: "giltbrook" 19th Dec 2012
These look to be a newer type of battery than the previous offering and hopefully good.
Would recommend the charger I’ve had the older version for years not only charges but identifies faulty batteries.
I had always been unimpressed with the normal Lidl Tronic rechargeable batteries, however despite the pre-charged variety being available previously I had not tried this variety.

I just bought a set of AA pre-charged from the local Lidl and have just put them on a test cycle in my BC700 charger. Hopefully by tomorrow I'll get some idea of what their capacity actually is and more importantly how this varies from cell to cell. It is this factor that usually gives an indication of how well they are made.
Just got some today, here's the capacities:

AAA - 850
AA - 2100
C - 4000
D - 4500

D is a bit disappointing, you can get over 9000mAh D cells (although they cost a lot more). And these are only 500 more than the C!
Edited by: "mccririck" 20th Dec 2012
OK, just to follow up on my post. I know this might be somewhat irrelevant as probably all these batteries have been sold by now. But it might help someone if the offer comes around again.

My tests indicate that the set of 4 AA batteries do come very close to the quoted 2100 mAh figure according to the BC700 charger. That is surprising for such cheap batteries. How long they last is another matter.

However, initial testing suggests that they are a much better product than the earlier Tronic standard rechargeables which I found very poor.
virgo17

OK, just to follow up on my post. I know this might be somewhat … OK, just to follow up on my post. I know this might be somewhat irrelevant as probably all these batteries have been sold by now. But it might help someone if the offer comes around again.My tests indicate that the set of 4 AA batteries do come very close to the quoted 2100 mAh figure according to the BC700 charger. That is surprising for such cheap batteries. How long they last is another matter.However, initial testing suggests that they are a much better product than the earlier Tronic standard rechargeables which I found very poor.



Got the Lidl charger and a few batteries today. I know naff all about rechargeable batteries re quality and value but you seem to know your stuff. Any chance you can give us some key basic info about getting the best out of them and maybe the the best brands to go for. For example I'm guessing leaving fully charged batteries unused for a while is a bad idea or perhaps they are better stored near empty? Also, how can you tell good batteries from bad ones, is it simply a case of buying and testing them for length of use?
beastman

Any chance you can give us some key basic info about getting the best out … Any chance you can give us some key basic info about getting the best out of them and maybe the the best brands to go for. For example I'm guessing leaving fully charged batteries unused for a while is a bad idea or perhaps they are better stored near empty? Also, how can you tell good batteries from bad ones, is it simply a case of buying and testing them for length of use?



In a nutshell. If you forget NiCad batteries which not many people seem to use these days, other than in professional drills and drivers, then modern Ni-Mh batteries come in two flavours. Normal or low self discharge. The first kind will lose their charge just sitting on a shelf and fairly quickly too. Perhaps 50% loss after a couple of months, so these are not useful for thing that either are used infrequently or very low current devices like TV remote controls. The low self discharge types can retain a good portion of their charge when not used or used infrequently for many months.

The Lidl batteries are quoting 75% retention after one year, some other makes quote 85% or even 90%. Like all claims, sometimes these are hard to verify easily.

As for storage, many sources say that things like mobile phone batteries should be stored after being almost fully discharged, perhaps with 25% remaining. I'm not sure that applies to these Lidl batteries as if the quoted low self discharge is correct most people won't leave them for more than a year anyway.

As for good makes to buy, I can only go from my own experience. I have found Sanyo Eneloop, GeReCyko Low Discharge , Uniross Hybrio all to be good. Of course there will be others.

I can't speak for the Lidl charger but IMHO the main criteria would be to avoid 'fast' chargers that really heat up the battery. A good charger that charges at the recommended rate would be my pick.
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