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AA Battery question

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I was wondering if any of guys had any suggestions on what type of batteries to use in headlamps (2 AA), GPS (2 AA) and two way radios (3 AA) out on the ice. I am tired of only being able to use these things for 1/4 of the time because the regular alkaline batteries die out so fast in the cold.
Thanks for your help!

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Doesn't matter, the cold is going to zap your batteries regardless of what you use. I'd get a set of rechargables.

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For the GPS that I use it has 4 batteries and we use rechargeable AA's. They don't last as long as normal batteries but in the end they pay their self off.
In my head light I use 2 duracell batt's. The 2 way radios are a series of 3AA so I just use the ones that came with it. Cant help ya on that one.
Also my mom uses batteries at work a lot and she has found that duracell batteries performs better than any other brand, so guess what I buy all the time. grin.gif

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You can do better with the new Photo batteries that are lithiun batteries. Available where cameras are sold. A bit pricey but last 4-5X longer than others. Also, keeping the batties warm will help a lot. I keep camera and GPS in a warm pocket when outside.

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For the GPS I would go with good lithium batteries, not cheap though. For the piece of mind and the longevity I think they are worth it.

For headlamps and the like I use rechargeable batteries. I keep extra with and place them where they stay warm, like an inside pocket.

Environmentally friendly rechargeable batteries save you a bunch of cash in the long run.

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Thanks for all your suggestions. I bought 2 Lithium AA batteries yesterday at menards ($5.50 for two). I haven't tried them yet but the package said that they are lighter than regular alkaline and should work in extreme weather conditions. Something like -40 to 100 degrees F. We'll see.

Hey Ed - good to see you are back in business with the keyboard. grin.gif

See you all on the ice!!!


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Good to be able to type like the rest of civilization again, or darn close to it anyway.
wink.gifLOL!

Something I would recommend you look into is a product called a Water Safe or an AquaPack. They are waterproof float-able GPS and/or Cell Phone cases.
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The one I use is made by Nature Vision and is bright yellow so I can locate it in snow or at night. I have retrieved my GPS and my cell phone at least each now after loosing them. They paid for themselves real fast in my eye.

You can even talk and hear through them with the cell phone in it. They have saved my electronics more then once from a sure death by water. Plus they help to keep the system warmer so the charge life is extended. Handy for many things, not just for fishing. Average price is around $25 +\-.

Pretty darn Kewl Eh!

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