They claim to have a capacity of approx. 1500 mAh / 2.24 Wh, but I couldn’t find any information about the discharge curve and high current behaviour at various temperatures anywhere. I’d be interested in a comparison with standard AA NiMh cells in practical experience. Although I could get them discounted at the moment, it’s quite an investment for try and error.
I had a private discussion with someone who tried some of these AA with a built in charger cells and he wasn’t impressed. I just can’t remember who it was right now. I need to check on my shack PC not work PC.
I have a number of these AA Ladda and have found them to be excellent. Mine are the older white ones, they are now blue. I’ve been charging them with IKEA’s own 2 cell USB based charger, takes a while due to limited charge current but it does mean you are less likely to cook the cells.
I am trying some NCR18650GA’s right now, rated at 3400mAh according to the test labels on them, but I am getting less than 2000mAh on the tester, not sure why.
So far I havn’t found lithium rechargeables with better tested capacity than black eneloops.
I got good performance in my old 817nd using Amazon NiMH AAs in the factory tray. I got enough run time to comfortably activate a summit (always carried a spare set). NiMHs, at least the Amazon ones, are slightly “fatter” than regular AAs and would fit tightly in the tray. To mitigate this, I removed the center divider in the AA tray. I also loaded/unloaded the tray with it in the radio to avoid scraping the battery insulation as I inserted or removed the tray (mainly an issue while removing it loaded).
That wouldn’t be the issue. I use internal batteries only for single activations of max. an hour or so. My Eneloop (Ikea Ladda) batteries for this purpose start to show the first signs of age after more than 2 years, so sooner or later I need to replace them anyway. I was wondering if the Paleblue batteries with rated 1.5V would make sense in this context, since I just saw them on a sale. But there are other reasonable arguments against using them.
Fully agree with the Ladda, I also got the white ones. This winter, I realised that they start showing the first signs of age at low temperatures: In the beginning, I had to switch the FT-817’s power from 2.5W to 5W in the beginning, then the output would fall back to 2.5W after an hour or so. Now, the power falls back to 2.5W after 10-15 minutes. It seems like the internal resistance increases with lower temperatures causing the voltage to drop further when transmitting. Maybe this gets better again in spring, but anyway, they are a great value for money.
I have tried various types of rechargeables since 2001 when I bought my FT-817. (Anyone still remember NiCd cells? ) I still can’t make a valid statement concerning operating time vs. rated capacity, not even with cells from different manufacturers and same chemistry. That’s why I was asking if anybody had practical experience with these Paleblue cells. Assuming a constant voltage until they are flat could have some advantages (theoretically). But as you mentioned, there are so many ifs and maybes involved that I’m reluctant to spend 3 times the price of other batteries to go experimental.
Sorry, I would if I had use for 8 AA batteries for something else, but everything I could use them for shouts for triggering some sort of current or overheating protection. So I’ll rather join you in wanting someone else to buy and test them.
If the same real-to-claimed capacity ratio applies to those cells, then the best risk management strategy is to stick with LADDA cells and invest the difference in some other Swedish goodies that end up in the shopping basket when I go there with my wife and my daughter