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PowerGenix NiZn Batteries Keep Rechargeables In The Game

batt1 By Evan Ackerman

As electronics get more powerful, the demands that they place on their power source increases, often entirely out of proportion to the ability of things like batteries to keep up. This is especially problematic with rechargeable batteries, which generally start off at a disadvantage anyway when it comes to voltage. I’ve had pretty good luck with high end NiMH batteries in the past, but the future is being brought to you by PowerGenix and their new NiZn (that’s nickel zinc) rechargeable cells.

This new nickel zinc technology appears to offer the high output voltage of premium alkalines (1.6 volts), the lightness of lithium batteries, plus faster charging, no memory, and relative cheapness and eco-friendliness (thanks to the zinc). The only downside is potentially the capacity, which is 1500 mAh, as opposed to some high end NiMH batteries, which offer in excess of 2500 mAh. By way of comparison, Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries have a capacity of about 3000 mAh, while standard alkalines store about 2700 mAh. You have to remember, though, that capacity and voltage are interrelated, meaning that the NiZn rechargeables that output 1.6 volts will perform far better in high drain devices than NiMH rechargeables, which only output 1.2 volts.

The other downside is the unsurprising fact that NiZn batteries require their own special charger, but a charger plus a set of 4 AA batteries is only $25 (pre-order) with free shipping on Amazon. I wouldn’t go swapping out all of your NiMH batteries for these new ones, but for high drain devices, nickel zinc looks like it should work significantly better, and they’re a damn sight cheaper, and much less wasteful, than buying disposable batteries of any sort.

[ PowerGenix ] VIA [ Engadget ]

  • mcman

    Don't tell anyone but while they were building that guygantic hadron collider I snuck in and ran an extension cord to my house. I have it hooked to my battery charger. I speculate that while the collider is running my batteries will be charged in the past so I'll never run out of juice.

  • Jessicat

    See I've always hated rechargeable. I don't know why, but over time they always loose their charge for me. That or I'd lose a few. I might give these a shot, since I do have a camera that takes AA's and I use my camera a lot. Thanks for the heads up. Does anyone else know of any other good rechargeable batteries?

  • chaosoldier

    i think you mean the LHC or Large Hadron Collider, or Gigantic if you were looking for a stronger word than large.

  • chaosoldier

    I wish that my digital would use batt's like this instead of the one that it has which is specific to it and expensive to replace.

  • mcman

    My word was “guy”-gantic which is biggest of all.

  • chaosoldier

    I know what word you used.. I was just in a good need of correction someone today.

  • Nikkita Croix

    I remember I had a set of NiCd batteries that took 12 hours to recharge, but that was 15 years ago. I glad to see that these NiZn batteries only take 2 hours to charge. Do they also come in other sizes lik D, C, AA, AAA, 9volt?

  • Evan Ackerman

    Powerex are my favorite, I've used the same set for years. Thomas Distributing sells them along with a really nice Maha charger.

  • Zotel

    I have to say the higher voltage would be great, even now some devices aren't designed for rechargables (hello eyeclops nightvision goggles), I'd love to have a set or 3 for devices “picky” devices like that

  • Zotel

    I have to say the higher voltage would be great, even now some devices aren't designed for rechargables (hello eyeclops nightvision goggles), I'd love to have a set or 3 for “picky” devices like that