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Old 09-10-2014   #21
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I don't know what marriage has to do with batteries, but I will share an opinion. I am NOT judging anyone's actions, I am sharing an opinion.

Fact #1 - Good quality rechargeable batteries will consistently outlast those cheap disposable Costco batteries per single charge.

Fact #2 - Good quality rechargeable batteries last years, paying for themselves hundreds of times over.

Fact#3 - Using rechargeable batteries saves you money if you plan to use more than a few photo sessions over a 3 year period.

Fact #4 - Rechargeable batteries are better for the environment. Can you imagine if I did this? I would have to dump 48-60 batteries out per week to the local environmental disposal area (and then there are the people who stupidly just dump the batteries in their trash, leaving it to degrade the environment without a single care)! Yes, I shoot enough to need to recharge4 48-60 AA batteries per week approximately 40-45 weeks per year.

Fact #5 - It takes me 15 seconds to place 16 batteries into two chargers, 8 seconds to pull them out. That is less time and gas than it would take to drive to the Costco (which is less than 1 km from my home). That is a lot of saved effort, saved time, saved money and saved gas.

My point? What some people think is a good idea (often in the name of laziness or cheapness), often times is not.

Now, if you only shoot a couple times of year, and dispose of the batteries properly, sure, I can see not using rechargeable batteries... but short of that, not only is it not responsible... it's tossing out good money for nothing... all because it is too much effort to charge up the batteries.
Yeap thats just the thing. I use my flash guns maybe once or twice a year. I have been using the same 48 count pack of AAA and AA costco batteries for three years. The best if used by date is still two full years away. I have lots of rechargeable batteries that were never charged when I needed them, or were partially charged. Since not using them, keeping them on chargers are both considered bad practices and did in fact ruin batteries for me... I just said screw it...

I shoot studio lights and natural light almost exclusively anyway.
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if I may add to the throw away cost, for us that live in a taxable state, taxable county, taxable city, to add up in my area 8.75% on top of battery cost.
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if I may add to the throw away cost, for us that live in a taxable state, taxable county, taxable city, to add up in my area 8.75% on top of battery cost.
I wish it was 8-9 % here. In Quebec it is GST (%5) and on top of that QST (9.975%), so we get taxed ON TOP of taxes on everything we purchase.


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