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Best Rechargeable Batteries for Canon Speedlite 580EX Flash?

I am a struggling, haven't-had-a-paying-gig-yet, almost pro photographer. I can't afford to buy a transistor pack yet for my Canon Speedlite 580EX, but I did buy the Canon Compact Battery Pack (CP-E3)instead. Now I need to put batteries in the compact battery pack!

I need to know which are the best rechargeable batteries for high drain electronics like this flash. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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In reply to: Best Rechargeable Batteries for Canon Speedlite 580EX Flash?

The website says that the 580EX speedlight can use AA alkaline, lithium or rechargeable NiMH batteries.

The website gives no information about the CP-E3 battery pack.

If you assume that it can use the same batteries as the 580EX speedlight, your only choice for rechargeable batteries is the NiMH batteries.

These are available (with charger) at any store that sells cameras.
I would buy a brand that belongs to a nationally known battery company; Duracell, Energizer, Rayovac, etc.

All NiMH batteries have a mAh (milli-amp hours) rating, which is a rating of the capacity of the battery. The higher the number, the longer the batteries will last on one charge. The mAh number you choose, should be 2000 or larger.


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The battery pack and the flash both use AA batteries. In fact, the flash must contain 4 AA batteries even if I am using the battery pack, which houses 8 AA batteries.

There are so many different brands out there! I was looking at Sony, Energizer, etc. on, but need some advice to help me narrow down which is the best.

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The higher mA battery, the better 580EX performs

In reply to: Best Rechargeable Batteries for Canon Speedlite 580EX Flash?

I've been using many kinds of rechargable batteries for my 2 580EX flashes nearly 2 years.

Energizer is not doing so well despite the 2500mA advertising. My 2 packs of Energizer don't even last after 6 months of use.

In fact, rechargable Sony and 2800mA Toriyama battery perform a lot better. But, I doubt over Sony after the news of battery explosion; some technicians claimed that Sony manufactured plants cut cost over battery thermal detector.

Any way, I don't suggest that you use the alkaline battery. The fact is that alkaline battery don't really last long and cause a lot of trouble upon continuous shooting.

2800mA Toriyama seems to be the best among all so far, especially in Asia market. I'm not sure whether it's available in the US market. Just my personal opinion.

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