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Advantages of Low Discharge Rechargeable Batteries

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

The Advantage Of Low Discharge Batteries

Low Discharge Batteries are rapidly becoming the battery of choice for many users of rechargeable batteries for several reasons:

1.  Ease of Operation.  You can use these batteries just like an alkaline. Not need to worry about getting them back on the charger after use. They remain charged in stand-by mode for up to one yr.

2.  Higher Capacity.  The newer versions now tout higher capacities that rival the standard high-capacity rechargeables. For example, our new Ansmann 9V 300 mah is a low self discharge battery that has a higher capacity of its predecessor, the standard 9V 250 mah.

3.  Higher recycles. We’ve found that the low self-discharge feature also boosts recycles. Some of this may be due to the type of device in which the battery is used. However, if the battery is not allowed to completely discharge, this reserves useable chemistry in the battery and provides maximum recycles.

Of course, if you need maximum “juice” with AA’s or AAA’s, than the Ansmann high capacity cells still make the most sense.  Certain applications such as wireless mics with a high-drain may still require a higher capacity.

Low Discharge Batteries By Ansmann

Great News For Ansmann AA and 9V Rechargeable Users

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Great News For AA and 9V Users

As you may know, Ansmann recently upgraded their rechargeable battery line. The AA’s, 9V’s, and AAAs all have higher minimum capacity which translates into longer run-times and higher recycles.

The Bad News Was . . .
Some of our clients with dimension-sensitive devices could not tolerate the slightly wider diameter of the AA cells.

The Good News Is . . .
Through special arrangement with Ansmann, Horizon Battery will continue to provide the original “slimline” version of both the 2850 mah cell  You will now see both versions available on our website.

Ansmann 2850 Rechargeable Batteries
The Skinny on 9V’s . . .

Ansmann is in the process of consolidating their 9V selections. The new 9V 300 mah is now available and is replacing both the standard 9V 250 mah and the Max E low discharge 250 mah

New Ansmann 9V 300 mah

The standard 9V 250 mah is no longer available.  We will continue to carry offer the Max E 250 mah as long as there is stock. The new 300 mah Ansmann is also low self discharge and can be used for both high and low drain devices. It is the same dimensions as the previous batteries, so no worries about the fit.

We’ve had great reports from our clients that are using this powerful new battery.  Check them out!

Tenergy 9V Battery Charger TN346 Review

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

They say that necessity is the mother of all invention.  All I can say is that for the last few years I have been talking with battery charger manufacturers about the need for a higher capacity 9V Battery charger that could handle multiple chemistries – both NiMH and Li-Ion rechargeable batteries.

Finally somebody listened. The Tenergy Corp has just introduced an inexpensive, 6-bay 9V battery charger that will handle both NiMH and Li-Ion cells.  We had the opportunity to perform a “hands-on” product review of the Tenergy TN346 battery charger and see how it stood up to  the charging of Ansmann NiMH 9V cells as well as  HiTech and Tenergy Li-Ion Cells.  Take a few minutes to watch the product review.

We found the charger to perform well with both chemistries. The Ansmann NiMh’s charged up to capacity on the first charge.  Both the HiTech and Tenergy Li-Ion’s required 2 or 3 intital charge cycles to bring them up to full capacity. (This is typical of new batteries, particularly Li-Ion chemistry)

As to the batteries, the “new kid on the block” the Tenergy li-Ion 9V, (rated at 500 mah,)  we found the true capacity to be closer to 350 mah  (it’s stated minimum capacity.)

The best feature of the this new charger is when you have different devices that require a variety of run-times. You can opt for the higher capacity 9V’s in Li-Ion and still use it to charge the NiMH cells of lower capacity.

An example of this would be wireless mics or in-ear monitors. Suppose you have a few units that are real power hungry and require runtimes in excess of 4 hours. You could use a Li-Ion battery and get up to 15 hours and still use the NiMH cells for your shorter run time devices.  NiMH have higher recycles value than Li-Ions so you can still get the most mileage from them and use the high capacity Li-ions for your longer run-times – without the need for separate chargers — and the possibility of charging the wrong cells in the wrong charger.

 

Horizon Battery Introduces New 12-bay AA AAA Battery Charger

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

We’re pleased to announce the addition of our 12-bay battery charger to our arsenal of quality AA and AAA chargers. This inexpensive automated charger works well with both Max E  low discharge batteries as well as Ansmann high capacity cells.

Horizon’s New 12-Bay AA-AAAA Battery Charger

This LCD Microprocessor controlled, 12 position battery charger boasts the follow features:

  • Suitable for 1-12 pieces of AA or AAA N-iMH Ni-Cad rechargeable batteries
  • Built-in IC and Advanced Delta-V charging control function
  • Individual monitoring/charging of cells
  • Overheat, over-current, and short-circuit protection
  • Detection of non-rechargeable and defective battery
  • LCD indicator for individual charging status
  • Manual discharge function
  • Auto-switch to trickle charge after charge cycle.

Introductory pricing is good through April 25th.  The charger can be bought separately or with a selection of Ansmann and Max E AA or AAA rechargeable batteries.  For those that prefer automated refreshing of cell, instead of manual discharge, we still recommend either the Energy 8+ or Energy 16 chargers.  Many clients use a combination of the reconditioning battery chargers and the new 12-bay “manual discharge” charger.

With a charge current of 500 mA per channel, the new 12-bay charger delivers freshly charged cells in a 2-6 hours range, depending on the cell’s capacity. The charger also carries a UL approved 100-240V US power supply which can be used worldwide.

 

 

 

Battery Chargers

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Well folks, here’s the third part of the series on making the most of rechargeable batteries. In this segment we discuss the “heart” of your rechargeable system:  battery chargers.

You will learn the differences between refresh or reconditioning chargers, and what type of charger to use for the various types of batteries.

Pay attention to the recharging tips at the end of the video.  These simple tricks will help you get the most value for the rechargeable batteries you purchase and use.

We appreciate the feedback from our readers. Feel free to share this series with your friends, family and co-workers.  Happy recharging!

Rechargeable Batteries

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

We’ve just posted Part II of  “Learning the How and Why – Before You Buy” video series – choosing the best rechargeable batteries for your applications.  In this section we deal with the differences between high-capacity rechargeable batteries, low discharge batteries, nimh and lithium batteries and discuss the strengths and weakness of each.

We encourage you to first view Part I before tackling this section. There are also some introductory savings coupons at the end of this video for first-time users of rechargeable batteries and high quality Ansmann battery chargers.

Fee free to share it with your friends, family and co-workers

 

Rechargeable Battery – Finding The Best Rechargeable Battery

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

We’re continuing to expand consumer education of the effective use of the rechargeable battery in a new 3 part video series just released yesterday.  In Part I, we explore the differences between high drain and low drain devices as well as understanding run-time, pattern of use, and cost comparisons to alkaline batteries. We’ve also included a helpful link for a “Rechargeable Battery Checklist” which makes it very easy to categorize electronic devices for those who are looking to make the switch to rechargeables.

Although we’ve found that most people  make the switch to rechargeables do so by first using them for one device, this informative video explains how easy it is to convert your entire household, business or organization over to rechargeable batteries.  In Part II and III we explore the different types of rechargeable batteries and how to choose the best charger.  Feel free to pass it on to your family and friends.

 

Coin Cells, Button Cells and Hearing Aid Batteries At Horizon Battery

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Our inventory of specialty cells has grown to include the most common size coin cells, button cells and hearing aid batteries.  The Ansmann Brand guarantees freshness and high performance.  If you have a car remote, digital scale or other electronics then you know how important it is to stay stocked in the proper sizes of these specialty batteries.

Alkaline and Lithium Button Cells

Alkaline and Lithium Button Cells

We offer both alkaline and high-power lithium coin cells as well as zinc-air hearing aid  batteries in all standard sizes.  You’ll find our prices to be less than what you would pay in the hardware or DIY store down the street.

Next time you place an order for rechargeable batteries or battery chargers, be sure to include a few of these specialty batteries – this way you’ll get them shipped inexpensively.

Lithium Batteries Now Available at Horizon Battery

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

We’ve added several types of primary batteries to our arsenal of products. The Ansmann Extreme Lithium Batteries are sure to be a winner for those who are looking for high quality lithium batteries. These batteries last 7X longer than standard alkaline batteries and are much lighter.  Another benefit is that our lithium batteries have a shelf life of over 10 years.

Lest you forget, we still advocate the use of rechargeable batteries whenever possible.  Over time, a rechargeable battery will still be the best money saving (and planet-saving) investment you can make.

So, when should you use a high-capacity lithium battery? We recommend using them for outdoors devices  – particularly those exposed to low temperatures. The new Ansmann lithium batteries have a use range of -40°C and +60°C.   Therefore, the Lithium Battery is excellent adapted for outdoor use such as weather stations, thermometers, etc.

For those of you that are not able to remember to change your smoke detector batteries every six months, then consider a lithium battery.  Remember, we still recommend you check your batteries every six months and use a low-self discharge rechargeable battery like the Max-E batteries.

Whether to use a primary lithium battery versus a rechargeable battery will always come back to price, convenience, and conscience.  To buy a battery charger will always cost a little more up front, but in the long haul, you’ll save big time.

The new AnAnsmann Lithium Batteriessmann Extreme lithium batteries are available in AAA, AA and 9V. The AA lithium batteries are available in either a 2 pk or 4 pk blister.  9V’s are available in a 1-pkblister and the AAA’s are available in a 2-pk blister.

Finally, you’ll love the pricing.  For years, Energizer and Duracell have been charging outrageous amounts for lithium batteries.  For example, you’ll find Energizer AA’s going for around $6.25 for a two-pack.

We offer Ansmann lithium AA’s 2-pk  for only $4.99  Our 9V’s and AAA’s are also comparable in price – so be sure to check them out.

 

Church Batteries – A Rechargeable Solution

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

With over 25,000 churches using our rechargeable systems, church batteries should be a no-brainer. The days of stockpiling huge amounts of disposable are over. With Ansmann and Horizon award wimming rechargeable systems, each church we convert saves money, time and the planet – each and every year.

Although we are encouraged to see mega-churches make the switch to rechargeable batteries, it is our goal to convert every church, large or small to Ansmann rechargeable batteries for church. An average size church can easily save their battery budget times five years. Depending upon how active your music ministry is and the amount of wireless mics, many churches easily spend over $500 in year in throw-away batteries.

It really doesn’t require much math to figure out how much you can save –when you consider that each rechargeable battery for church can be used up to 1000 times with the proper battery charger. Realistically, for most churches this means you don;t buy batteries for about 5 or 6 years.

If you’ve ever considered making the switch, why not talk to us? We have the technology and know-how to provide you with a customized rechargeable system to replace all those throw-away church batteries that are piling up in your sound room.

For more information, click here.


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