From: John Turco on
On Sep 12, 12:16 pm, ASAAR <cau...(a)> wrote:

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> An specific example where damage occurred was with a large
> portable AM/FM/SW radio made by Sangean (sold under many other
> names, including Roberts, Radio Shack, etc.) It also has a built-in
> cassette player/recorder, and it destroyed a couple of my NiCd D
> cells once when the batteries were depleted. This was one of the
> devices that normally doesn't cause battery damage because the radio
> section shuts down at a reasonably high battery voltage. The
> problem here was that the radio *did* shut down. But I was also
> using the recorder to tape a program off the air at the time. The
> radio shut down, but the analog motor in the recorder didn't, as I
> discovered when later examining the tape.

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Hello, ASAAR:

I've owned three identical Sears "Rotomatic" cordless rotary
shavers (circa 1993). The first unit gave me many years of
trouble-free service, despite the fact that I always ran it down,
completely, before recharging.

After I disassembled this Rotomatic, in order to replace the
batteries (which had eventually died), I discovered it used two
Sanyo NiCd AA cells. I then substituted Ni-MH ones, with no
problems, but I also quit my former practice of full discharging.

John Turco <jtur(a)>

From: Daniel Prince on
"Thomas T. Veldhouse" <veldy71(a)> wrote:

>Ron Hunter <rphunter(a)> wrote:
>> I would too. Getting 4 AA batteries for the same price as 4 AAA
>> batteries is always a good value!
>> Perhaps there should be more package choices...
>Every place that I look for these types of batteries, the AAA and AA batteries
>are sold at the same price.

I have seen AAA batteries that were more expensive than the same
number of AA batteries at a few places.

Recently I bought several six packs of AAA Rayovac alkaline at a 99
cents store. I have never seen AAs at that price.

Since AAA cells usually cost the same as AA cells and only have
about one third the total energy, I think AAA cells should only be
used when small size is very important or the device uses so little
power that AAA cells will last over two years.

One of the things I disliked about the VCR Plus+ device was that it
used AAA cells that only lasted three or four months and it really
did not need to be super small.
I don't understand why they make gourmet cat foods. I have
known many cats in my life and none of them were gourmets.
They were all gourmands!
From: Allen on
Allen wrote:
> Thomas T. Veldhouse wrote:
>> SMS <scharf.steven(a)> wrote:
>>> John Turco wrote:
>>>> Locally, Wal-Mart has 4-packs of Kodak "pre-charged" (i.e., eneloop
>>>> equivalent) Ni-MH AA cells, at $7.88 USD, apiece. Three of those
>>>> only add up to $23.64, which beats Costco's deal, by nearly $3.
>>> Costco includes a charger and the C & D adapters.
>> Not my Costco (in Minnesota). They only sell Sony (4-2700mAh AA and
>> 2-1000mAh
>> AAA) and Duracell batteries and chargers. The Sony Charger claims to
>> do a
>> conditioning charge as well. No Sanyo products at the Costco that I
>> frequent.
> In Austin (TX, not MN) the Costco Eneloops are packaged in a blue
> plastic case, which contains 12 AA, 3 or 4 AAA, a charger, and adapters
> to use AAs in C and D cell devices, all for $26.99. I haven't bought any
> because I bought 8 Rayovacs early on, and don't need any more. I have
> doubts about the worth of the C and D adapters.
> Allen
I went back to Costco over the weekend and looked again at the Eneloops.
To correct what I had posted earlier, the set contains _8_ AAs, _4_
AAAs, _2_ each C and D adapters and a charger. Not as good a deal as I
had previously described, but still not bad.
From: Thomas T. Veldhouse on
John Turco <jtur(a)> wrote:
> SMS wrote:
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>> Actually nothing has changed much from the days of film SLRs. Olympus,
>> Pentax, and Minolta were always considered second tier.
> Hello, Steven:
> Only by Canon, Nikon and their fanatical followers! ;-)

Indeed, there were some very nice Minolta film products through the 1980s. I
didn't follow Minolta that much, but I remember my Dad shooting with the
X-700, which I had the opportunity to play with only a couple of years ago [my
niece got hold of it for a high-school photography class and I think it has
likely been abused, I am sad to say].

Thomas T. Veldhouse

We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from the
machinations of the wicked.

From: Thomas T. Veldhouse on
John Turco <jtur(a)> wrote:
> Hello, Thomas:
> If Pentax and Olympus are "second tier" outfits, I shudder to think
> where Sigma ranks! <G>

I don't think Pentax, Olympus [or the defunct Minolta] were second tier
outfits. I do have the opinion that Sigma is. As far as DSLRs go, I think
they definitely fall into the "niche" category, but I am still hesitant to use
the word second tier. Consider where "automatic" sensor cleaning and sensor
based image stabilization has come from that the so-called first tier outfits
are now adoption, and you have to wonder about flinging around such labels.

Thomas T. Veldhouse

We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from the
machinations of the wicked.