Batteries & Chargers

Batteries – non-rechargeable

Written by Gail Bjork

Non-rechargeable batteries are convenient but can be more expensive than using batteries that can be charged over and over again.

AA batteriesNot all digital cameras take standard batteries. For those that do, non-rechargeable batteries are convenient to use and most are available for purchase where ever you go.

However, if you take a lot of photographs, using non-rechargeable batteries can be expensive.

Types of non-rechargeable batteries

Alkaline batteries

Alkalines are the most widely available non-rechargeable battery type. They are inexpensive to purchase but not necessarily to use in a digital camera. They are great in a pinch but after about an hour or even less of shooting, they become drained of power.

Lithium batteries

Lithium batteries provide outstanding performance in digital cameras that take them (not all do, so check the camera manual). Though they can not be recharged, lithium batteries have about seven times more power, weigh less than standard alkalines, have a very long shelf life and work well in extreme temperatures.

Nickel oxy hydroxide

Nickel oxy hydroxide batteries provide up to twice the performance of high-end alkaline batteries for close to the same price. These batteries will let you take about two times as many photos as ordinary alkalines.

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.