OK I realize that batteries are not much of a pizza eqiupment topic but as these were an epifany for me I wanted to share with my friends here.
If any of you all, like me, have used (or tried to use) rechargable batteries then you know they are OK at best (sorta like a dept store stone). Well, about 5 years ago Sanyo released their new technology which corrects every defect and complaint previously inherent in rechargables. And in short, these batteries ROCK!
They are called "eneloop" batteries, only made in AA and AAA size, and come precharged ready to pop into whatever. Once charged, they can sit on the shelf or whatever and after 3 years still hold 85% of their original charge! Their life span is rated at 15,000 recharges per Sanyo. Not only that, but these batts have a much lower internal resistance than alkalines and so actually perform better in many if not every application. Even though we all have devices all over the house using these for someone my age these may be the last batteries of this size I will every buy.
You can read all about these on the internet inc independent testing and testimonials. I was turned onto these by an individual that bought these when they first came out and they are still going strong almost 6 years later.
Although every other battery manufacturer has now come out with their version of these LSD NiMH types, none yet compare to the original eneloops.
Finding these locally is difficult. The only brick and mortar store in the US that seems to carry them is Costco. They sell a kit which includes 8 AA's, 4 AAA's and a charger for $25.99, which is currently on sale until 12-10 or so for $21.99. Otherwise its off to the internet where prices are higher plus shipping. So as these are good for the pocketbook and great for the planet, again just wanted to share.