Batteries & Chargers

Hybrid rechargeable batteries

Written by Gail Bjork

Pre-charged hybrid rechargeable batteries are ready to use right out of the pack and hold their power for months.


Hybrid rechargeable batteries are different than standard NiMH rechargeables in that they ship fully charged. Unlike other rechargeable batteries, there is no need to charge before the first use.

A special chemical process allows hybrids to hold their power longer than standard NiMH batteries. Rayovac’s Hybrids hold power for approximately nine months when not used. According to Sanyo, their eneloop batteries hold about 85% of their power up to 12 months when not used.

Hybrid batteries last four times longer than alkalines and have excellent stability when used in low temperatures.

No special charger required

If you already have a charger for NiMH batteries, you don’t have to buy a new one. Hybrids can be powered up in the same charger. They can be charged between 500 – 1000 times before needing replacement.

No memory effect

Hybrid batteries have no “memory effect.” They can be recharged before completerly drained of power with no negative effects on overall battery life or performance.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.