The 1st Annual OzBargain "Post Your Eneloop Collection Pictures" E-Festival ($100 DSE Voucher up for Grabs)

Its that time of the year when Ozbargainer's show off their Eneloop collection.

So be creative ozbargainers and show us what you own.

Hopefully scotty will step in an offer a prize for the best creative collection


Update: Post your pictures guys as Dick is giving away a $100 DSE Voucher to the most creative collection

Wow! Some of these collections are amazing!

Keep the posts coming guys - We're going to keep an eye on this over the next couple of days and give the most creative collection a $100 Dick Smith Gift Voucher.

Cheers,
DS - Australia's biggest seller of Eneloop Batteries ;)

Comments

  • +38 votes

    Here is my collection 10 packs of unopened Eneloops, one more on its way from COTD - 92 in total and a charger

    EC's Eneloop Collection 2014

    • +21 votes

      LOL I think you have Compulsive Hoarding Disorder.

    • +10 votes

      Building an electric car I see…

    • +2 votes

      Top right doesn't look quite mint and what's with the tape on the bottom middle, some people don't get it. Apart from that, good work on all the original packaging. Just have to resist the voices to take them out and play with them.

    • +18 votes

      I see you've even bought the lovely carpet to match the Chocolate Eneloops

      • +4 votes

        Had to get the walls painted and carpets changed to match the eneloop theme

    • +1 vote

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      ooh, some Eneloop Glitter! That's missing from my collection

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      thats over $1000 worth of batteries…

      • +2 votes

        Under $200 if buying 8 packs @ $15 each.

        • +1 vote

          Oh yeah sorry, I read that as 92 packs initially.

    • +22 votes

      Scored most of these batteries from OzBargain (dicksmith, etc) deals.

      https://db.tt/v6xZiTEI
      https://db.tt/RnzeJSww - ops just realized spelling mistake :/

      • +1 vote

        OK! Broden I know its you, can we help by buying some of these? you look over stocked.

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        When I saw the photo, I said to myself 'holy crap', but then counted the number of eneloops, and I have more than that. I have 6 DAB radios in the house, and use them for camera flash.

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        Settlers of Catan. Good game.

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        More like OzBragging amirite?

    • +4 votes

      EC what do you do with the Eneloops? Do they just sit there unopened, to be admired? :P

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    edit: dont worry. wrong interpretation.
    wow that crazy collection. that many, what for?

    • +54 votes

      This is the future trading currency of ozbargain

      • +26 votes

        Is that why they are still in their packaging rather than, you know, being used as batteries?

      • +26 votes

        I'd like to buy this laptop.

        Hmm… best I can do is three Eneloops. You do take eneloops, right?

        • +1 vote

          You know what ill beat his offer and raise you half. 3 and a half enloops is my offering, deal?

        • +1 vote

          @striker5950:

          are different colour enloops worth different values of currency?

      • +6 votes

        Bitloops coming up.

  • +58 votes
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      Nice collection ;)

  • +23 votes

    I've been on ozbargain for years, but I've never been tempted one bit to buy these for the following reasons:

    1. What do I use batteries for? Nothing, what do u guys uses them for? My tv remote NEVER Needs replacing.
    2. Disposable batteries are so cheap, why would I bother with rechargeable ones I barely use.
    3. I don't have a battery charger (do these eneloops need a specific charger?)

    I'll be happy if someone can convince me why I might need to start a collection of these myself.

    I might also apologize in advance for taking this inaugural competition off rails a bit, but hey, I don't think most people would be too concerned.

    • +23 votes

      It's ozbargain, people buy cheap stuff they don't even need because it's cheap and then regret it later.

      • +10 votes

        The only thing I regret, was not buying more. 4 packs was not enough.

        I think my wife regrets our marriage after that purchase though.

        • +14 votes

          the only thing i regret, is, having, boneitus

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          Hey puffdragon,

          I've loved to hear what you use them for.

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          I'm proud to be shepherd of this herd of sharks.

        • +2 votes

          @cloudy: Xbox and wii controllers.A heap of remotes,clocks,torches. There is no end to it.

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          hahaha that second sentence could so go the other way….

          perhaps, you could wait for COTD after dark events….haha

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          @pufffdragon:

          Yea, I think that's where I don't share thesame use . I don't play xbox, ps, or wii anymore. Saved tonnes of time and eneloops it appears.

          I can't imagine remotes or clocks using much though.

          So does one need a special battery charger for these? Or any battery charger will do?

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          @cloudy: I have the Eneloop overnight charger that came with 4 batteries. I think Battery World has that for $24.95 at the moment. I got lucky a couple months back on a Dicksmith deal. Picked it up for $15.

          I always hear of people in here talking about compatible chargers for the Eneloops. It has to be a certain type I think, unless you want to burn your house down.

          Sorry I can't help you with that, but I'm sure someone in here will point you in the right direction.

      • +1 vote

        I buy cheap, but NEVER regret

    • +1 vote

      I have eneloops for 2 main things:
      - noise cancelling earphones - takes 1x AAA battery - lasts approx 12 hours so I just swap them over
      - heated snowboard boots (yes, I'm soft…) I board a lot and have Reynaud's so get terribly cold. Each boot takes 4x AAA batteries and lasts a couple of hours. I don't regret this at all. It's amazing.

      I do however have another 4 unopened packs of eneloops at home. I don't know why I bought them but I'll call it OzBargain pressure.

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        tomorrows_angel
        What heated snowboots do you have?

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          They're burton boots. They come prewired with the heater in the tongue. You just buy the battery pack separately and plug it in.

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        Hey tomorrows angel, I can understand a few usages of batteries, but as you said, you have a fair few spare packs, unused. I do sense ozbargain pressure. Just like eastern culture having packs and packs of unopened batteries :s it's turning into a collectible lol.

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        Eneloops last long in my vibrating egg.

        • +3 votes

          Do you need a hand?

    • +2 votes

      It is useful for the various electric gadgets around my place but more importantly kids toys use an insane amount of batteries.

      Having said that I only have two packs of eneloops, found it more convenient to buy the ikea ready to use batteries instead.

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        I've found that batteries in kids toys last forever - usually only need to change the batteries after a year or so, if that. Maybe 6mths if they use the toy a lot. I also can't imagine the cost effectiveness of having to buy enough rechargeable batteries to go in every single toy. Still not convinced of the appeal of eneloops. Only thing we tear through the batteries on in our house is hubby's Xbox controller and he has rechargeables for that, but otherwise they just seem overkill.

    • +1 vote

      Mice, keyboards and game controllers last around 4-6x longer for me. My battery sucking mouse lasts a day and 3/4 on eneloops compared to two hours on the stock battery.

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        Get a new mouse?

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          G700

        • +1 vote

          @This Guy: Same. G700 battery life is terrible but it's my favourite when it comes to ergonomics. Usually end up having to connect it to the USB cable after each day of use.

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      Xbox controllers, lenser led torch (uses 4 aaa)

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      Toys mostly, both mine and the kids.
      Controllers, remotes, mellisa and Doug puzzles that make sounds, fisher price little people playsets, night lights and mobiles that run off batteries, talking toys like buzz and woody, torches, and of course as said by others noise canceling headphones. I just bought two new 8 packs as the recharge drawer generally only has a few spares in it I guess I have about 20 of each (AA and AAA) pre this purchase, and a bunch of unopened charger packs I got being a panasonic product tester. Sure some of those items don't need rechargables but since I have a bunch why not use them?

    • +5 votes

      I have replaced the batteries in a night light for my little one every 2nd day. Used the AAA night light (Ikea magnet LED lights) as the other night lights only last about 5 hours unless plugged in and thus are either married to a plug or just run out of juice. So the Eneloops are a $$$ saver for me. That plus all the AA batteries the little ones toys go through. Eneloops plus a Maha charger are match made in heaven.

    • +2 votes

      Alkaline batteries leak (especially, if you left them in the device for prolong period of time after they are drained).

      Normal, non-LSD rechargeable NiMH discharge too quickly (even if you don't use them) and poor quality ones don't last. The LSD ones have longer shelf life and discharges slowly. They are suitable for photography devices (cameras, flashes). LSD batteries are comparable to Energizer e2 (in terms of number of shots for camera) and they can be recharged.

      For low power usage devices (remote control for example), standard batteries should be fine (unless you are concerned about alkaline batteries leaking chemical).

    • +2 votes

      This is a sample of what I use mine for. The flash eats through them very, very fast (depending on how powerful I've got it set on), so I need to have quite a few spare for that. Otherwise most of the other items are quite power efficient, so I don't need to change them all that often. Eneloops are good for this though as they are LSD.

      Having two dozen Eneloops and a good charger (a Maha MH-C9000 in my case) means that I don't ever have to use disposables. I haven't bought a disposable battery in about 2 years - since I started using rechargeables. Including the charger, my rechargeable lifestyle has cost me about $120. I won't have to spend any more money on batteries for many years to come. Plus less landfill is better for everyone.

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        That's a great photo of your collection, I like the way you show how you use them.

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      Disposable batteries are cheap for you, but where do they end up once used? Rechargeable are meant to be more "environmentally friendly" so you don't keep adding to landfill.

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        That's a good point.

    • +1 vote

      no children? Mine seem to have numerous items that require batteries. Also have sets of headlamps we use camping - all use triple As.

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      Does a peacock really need all those feathers? Probably not, but aren't they colourful and pretty!?!?

    • +1 vote

      TV remote, wireless mouse, wireless controller(s), etc for the average consumer.

      If you have children with a lot of AA powered RC toys, that's when they really shine. Those RC cars use 6-8 AA for the car then 2-4 for the controller it's self; 8-12 batteries total.

  • +60 votes

    You guys really like Eneloops, huh.

    Maybe we'll do something again soon…

    • +6 votes

      Love, I think some have an eneloop fetish.

      • +3 votes

        AAs are a great size!

        • +9 votes

          AAs are a great size for eneloops!

          Here fixed that for you. Some might prefer double-ds for other things.

      • +3 votes

        Eneloops are compatible with a multitude of fetishes, they don't even need to stand alone.

    • +6 votes

      Maybe we'll do something again soon…

      $8 eneloops perhaps ($1 each)

      • +4 votes

        With free shipping!

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      Yes please:)

    • +3 votes

      Maybe for some chargers this time?

    • +3 votes

      I once cried when I threw away a broken electronic item and realised too late that I'd left two of my Eneloops in its battery bay!

  • +9 votes

    People have kinda gone EneLoopy here.

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    I love rechargeble batteries. I use them for my camping gear only. Saves me a lot of money.

    • +2 votes

      Interesting comment "Saves me a lot of money". Would be good if you can help us to quantify the savings once you have taken into consideration the cost of the charger and electricity cost extrapolated over a period of time?

      • +31 votes

        electricity cost extrapolated over a period of time

        A true ozbargainer would charge their eneloops at work

        • +3 votes

          A true ozbargainer would charge their eneloops at work

          Tried to do it once at work, a colleague gave me a hard time (I was quite embarrassed). Not worth the saving to be honest.

        • +1 vote

          @netsurfer:

          If you crunched the numbers of how much the electricity costs, it would probably be offset by the hypothetical extra running cost of having an extra 500gm in your car for the return trip

      • +4 votes

        Haha! Good point there.

        I would have to go home to check the amperage of my charger. I have used my batteries a lot and each trip I take completely depletes 8X AA and 4X AAA at least. (one lantern and one headlamp).

        Oh my toilet light went out once and I was too busy to replace the bulb for a couple of days. The latern saved me from having to take a blind shit.

        Over the years (3 now), I would have at least covered the cost of the batteries and charger.

        It has also saved me the effort and time of buying disposable batteries.

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        If you take just one of my many gadgets that use batteries, my digital camera, goes through lots of batteries. I take thousands of photos and I think it went through 4 AA roughly every 200 photos. It cost me a fortune. The little amount of electricity to charge a rechargeable battery if definitely worth it. It is something like
        500mAh = 0.5A.
        0.5A x 240V = 120W.
        120W x 4hrs / 1000 = 0.48kWh.
        0.48 x 0.23cents = 0.11cents.
        If the maths is correct.

        • +1 vote

          There! saved me the trouble. I think if you use portable devices regularly rechargebles are worth it.

          If just for remotes or door chimes. Maybe not.

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          Eneloops are 240V batteries!?!
          Eneloops are rated for 1.2V, but sit around 1.5V when fully charged.


          I have the Eneloop fast charger. It's rated at 7W and takes two hours tops to charge two batteries from dead flat.

          7W * 2h / 2 Batteries = 7Wh/battery

          0.007kWh * $0.23 = $0.00161 per battery per charge

          The way I use mine the batteries normally need 40 minutes, costing me around $0.000322 per charge.


          If you want to do it your way:

          Charging voltage = 1.5V

          Charging current = 1.12A (on my charger)

          Time = 2h

          VIt = 3.36Wh, which shows my charger wastes around 50% of the energy it draws.

        • +1 vote

          I wasn't sure about the math. I was going on how much power the charger used not the batteries, thus 240V. I like your math better.

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          @GJNelson:

          Cheers :)

          For your maths to work you just needed to know the current drawn at 240V!

          For your example, 0.5A is drawn at 1.5V, so at 240V you draw:

          0.5A * 1.5V / 240V = 3.125mA

          Plugging it back into your maths

          0.003125A * 240V = 0.75W

          0.75W * 4h = 0.003kWh ~= 0.00336kWh

          We got the same answer!!!

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          I don't really know why your doing math the way you are.
          Testing my enloops I find there 1.393 volts taking in some resistance lets make that 1.4v, at 2aH (2000mAH) now losing voltage over time, we should probably round it down to an average of 1.3v.Now the math

          1.3*2= 26wh
          1000/26= 38.46
          23c/38.46= 0.59c per batter per charage.

          Things to consider:

          1. How well your charger converts AC to DC
          2. Copper losses
          3. Is your battery really 1900mah, 2000 mah?
          4. what is the excact averge Voltage.
          5. The Leakage while it charges
            (most of these should not affect the total cost more then 15%)
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          @ty2050:

          I used the ratings on my charger with an anecdotal charging time (the charger packaging said two hour charge time, but that is a claim not a rating). So my calculation of 0.161c/battery is a little high, but includes losses.

          I spread my math out so it's easier to follow as my post was in response to GJ multiplying primary voltage with secondary current. Faults in my math are easy to see, like using V/t instead of P (I have no idea what I was thinking).


          1.3V * 2A = 2.6Wh /= 26Wh

          23c / 384.6 = 0.059c

          my results:

          23c * 0.00336Wh = 0.077c per battery ignoring losses (hence not calculated)


          1. ~50% of power drawn is wasted
          2. Why? We have an approximation of total losses.
          3. A guy on the internet tested capacity ~6 months before I bought mine. He got ~1850mAh
          4. Of what? The GPO (230V +10 -6)? The output of the charger (rated 1.2V, closer to 1.5V)? Or my batteries charged (1.389V to 1.449V)? All of these factors introduce massive amounts of variance.
          5. Again, why? This is a quick cal'c to find cost, not your thesis.
            (This is a cheap switch mode power supply with safety features. 15% losses is a little optimistic)

          Sorry if I come off snarky. I am just trying to address all of your points concisely.

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        I think the cost of electricity to charge the batteries is minimal…Never really tried to calculate the cost (but we do have to take into account the batteries and charger…)

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        Here's an analysis. The cost of electricity used is a lot lower at $0.10/kWh so expect to spend about a dollar a year instead of $0.25.

        http://www.thesimpledollar.com/are-rechargeable-batteries-re...

        Also I don't agree you need to buy an expensive charger. I've always gotten by with the Jaycar and Dick Smith fast chargers - but I buy more than one at a time.

        I still tend to use disposable batteries in very low voltage low use stuff like TV remotes.

  • +11 votes
    • +2 votes

      I counted 21 batteries. That's odd!!

      • +9 votes

        Yeah, this guy actually use his batteries!

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        1 came with my Logitech mouse. If I checked some of my other devices I would probably find a few more. :)

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    Whoops

  • +3 votes

    https://xhtxja.bn1302.livefilestore.com/y2mA7zidYuP6di_BgNms...

    I converted the NERF blaster's battery bay to hold 8 eneloops and 8 high capacity NiMH AA batteries (the 8 NiMH batteries did not provide enough current by themselves).

    It finished toy was kind of useless. With the added weight it would not turn (it used skid steering and had weak motors).

    This is before I started mods. I was too busy playing with it once it was built to take photos, so it's pre eneloops. The finished toy had the blaster upside down with a sawn off barrel and two thick black cables (one to pass power to the car, the other to send a fire signal to the blaster). And a ton of tape to hold it together.

    In the same shopping trip I got a bean bag. Sorry about the mess.

  • +105 votes

    [First post, be nice]

    Damn. Turned today into hunt and recharge day ;)

    I'd have maybe another 10 in misplaced devices (some may have been lost), random spots (yes one is living under the fridge) or devices that just haven't been been cleared of batteries (shouldn't happen, but it can when you're packing up fast). My main use for them is filming work (Audio and battery operated pepper lights) and obviously for devices around the home. By my count, there are 207 Eneloops in the photo, including the newly acquired 6 packs of chocolate.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/vl54ipy1bbeedyd/Eneloop%20Collecti...

    • +2 votes

      wow that must be the record

      • +2 votes

        Good grief!! I think we have the Grand Poo-Bah of Eneloops.. TheBird !!
        Like the 16x chargers if that is what they are?

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          The details of the charger are in a comment further down.

    • +12 votes

      and here i though there was something wrong with me

    • +22 votes

      I signed up just to upvote this post.

    • +5 votes

      After seeing yours, I felt there is no point to post mine