Batteries for brownings.

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  1. Bearcoons

    Bearcoons New Member

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    What batteries are you guys running in your browning cams?
     
  2. bearcat

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    Are you having issues?
    I usually run either regular Duracell or Energizer and get great battery life out of either


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    I use either energizer or energizer lithium.


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    This is all I run - seem to last all year
     
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    I use Sanyo Eneloop Pro rechargeable batteries in my Browning cams all year long. They’ve saved me a metric sheet ton of money through the years.
     
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    Energizer in both Browning and Bushnell.
     
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    side note. i would not run anything but lithium anymore...i use energizer....i used alkaline (aka cheap AAs) for few years as a lot of these brownings were so good on batteries i would put them out in late july and then would die around december and i would bring them in for year, so why waste money on lithium.

    fast forward alkaline causes lots of issues i wasn't aware of....alkaline will actually leave a film on your battery terminals i thought i had broken cameras as the batteries wouldn't last or my battery would say like 20% remaining on fresh batteries and would miss weeks of pictures if i wasn't checking often. that film can be cleaned with denatured alcohol, but if i am not checking every week or so have possibility to miss lot of pictures. It was not just a one camera issue either i had about 1/2 dozen w/ similar issues.
     
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    Energizer. As long as the pink rabbit keeps running trouble free in our cameras we haven't been thinking about more expensive batteries. But you guys talking about lithium has me wondering if we shouldn't try some for comparison?[​IMG]
     
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    Most of my lithiums i get 2 seasons out of them, so from a cost standpoint i'm not out much. lithiums tend to run 2x-3x the price of alkaline. What i really like about lithium is picture #1 is same as picture #5025 in terms of quality vs alkaline every picture is actually a slightly inferior from the previous one. Also, up in north here, my November pictures with our cold weather my alkaline would take subpar pictures and battery life goes down hill fast, since switching to lithium my august/early December photos look the same and every morning whether it is zero degrees or 40 battery life stays same and camera doesn't miss a beat.

    i guess it probably takes a guy enough issues before you switch...i also thought it was a bunch of non-sense i can run alkaline until i started having serious issues became a switching point for me. I think until you experience that hard to get on board w/ buying battery 3x cost.

    also i can't prove this, but i honestly think i'm getting better night photos since switching i feel like my IR flash range is much improved and the crispness is much better.
     
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    I have a spypoint cell cam that would go through a set of alkaline duracell or energizers in 45 days. I replaced with lithiums in Feb and it is still showing 100% on the batteries as of right now. But cell cams take a lot more power to run
     
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    Alkaline will fall off in power as time rolls on. Lithium will run the same until they die. I get more time out of lithium’s also. Worth the extra money.


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    I get 20,000 pics on a set of cheap AC Delco AA's from Amazon. They don't do that much better on the Lithiums.
     
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    Energizer Ultimate Lithiums in all of my Browning and Stealthcams with an important caveat for those using them,
    DO NOT TRUST THE CAMERA ICON CHARGE SYMBOL IF IT INDICATES 70% OR LESS CHARGE WHEN USING ENERGIZER ULTIMATE LITHIUM AA BATTERIES.
    On occasion I have had cams that failed to take pictures and ended up throwing away all of the AA ENERGIZER ULTIMATE LITHIUM batteries and starting over again with fresh ones.
    AN EXPENSIVE PROCEDURE AND USUALLY THE WRONG THING TO DO BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE OF USING THEM OVER THE YEARS.
    I now check each individual battery for a proper voltage reading (at least 1.5 volts) before I replace it. I do this because
    even though all were brand new and put in at the same time I have found one or more batteries reading less than one volt, while the rest read out at 1.5 volts or more.
    A new and fully charged ENERGIZER ULTIMATE LITHIUM AA battery will always read 1.7 volts or higher and if the voltage reads 1.4 volts or less it is useless and needs to be discarded. One such low reading lithium battery renders the trailcamera to be non-functional, even if the rest are doing their job.
    Buying an inexpensive digital readout voltage checker, multimeter, etc and using it is a great alternative to needlessly throwing away still functional and expensive Lithium AA batteries any day in my book.
    This is mine, there are others. Just make sure they have a digital readout..
    https://www.amazon.com/INNOVA-3320-...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=R4N3JBNCDRRRJYCWZZJ5
     
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    I use energizer lithium in all my cams.
     
  15. Bearcoons

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    No I’m not having issues. I just try to educate myself as to what is best in cost, performance and durability. I’ve been told that the lithium is a better option and have read conflicting reports. This topic is very pro in support of lithium.
     
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    Same here. I haven’t really felt the need to switch, but I haven’t tried lithium either


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    Costco is selling 20 packs of the AA energizer lithiums for $10 right now.
     
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    I used lithiums for the first time this year. Batteries still said 100% when I took them down in Feb. Gonna put the same batteries back in this fall and see how far they go. Like others said, 2x-3x the price, but so far i'm at least that much longer on the life.
     
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