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    Contributed by: Eric Hege | Published: September 2005 | Views: 14552 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    Venom AA NiMH and Alkaline Cells

    Do you need a source of rechargeable power for your radio or receiver? Perhaps you just simply need a good pack of AA alkaline batteries. Regardless of what you need, Venom Racing has the answer you're looking for with their AA-sized NiMH and alkaline battery options.

    Both of these batteries are interchangeable in the various items they can be used with. Their uses are many, ranging from radios and receivers, to digital cameras and mp3 players. Regardless of which route you go, they both have their advantages and disadvantages. So you'll want to choose which route is the best for you.

    AA Cells
    NiMH In Camera Charger
    Alkaline Receiver Pack

    To start off with, let's examine the Venom NiMH rechargeable batteries. They are AA-sized cells, and provide 1.2 volts each. Keep this voltage rating in mind, as with some applications this will make a difference. An example would be a receiver pack AA battery holder. It's designed for four AA batteries. Four of the Venom NiMH would total 4.8 volts which would provide the servos enough power to operate, but they would be slower and have less torque than if the servo received 6.0 volts. So in this case, a receiver pack would be preferred.

    When I refer to AA-sized, keep in mind there are certain tolerances that are taken into consideration as well. The Venom AA NiMH cells are slightly longer than a typical alkaline AA battery, but should cause no noticeable problems in anything I can think of. The actual difference is almost a millimeter longer than a standard alkaline, but not quite. However, most applications that call for an AA battery use a spring to hold the battery in place, which easily provides enough room for the slightly increased length of the Venom NiMH.

    On the other hand, a radio transmitter is often a good application for a set of NiMH rechargeable batteries. Even with a power output of 9.6 volts (1.2 x 8) a handheld radio transmitter will still function well, although the range may be affected in some areas. Couple eight of these AA cells with a proper wall charger, and you'd never have to open your radio and swap batteries again.

    To check out how well the Venom NiMH cells would work, I opted to take a slightly different approach and used them in my digital camera. Not only did the batteries perform well in the camera providing me with more picture taking time than the 2000mAh it came with, they charged up just fine in the overnight charger that came with the camera. These batteries have proven very useful already, as they have accompanied me on several reviews to date, and undoubtedly will in the future as well.

    Hits

    Can be Used Wherever an AA Battery Is Needed
    Nice Packaging
    NiMH Cells Are 2400mAh
    Misses

    None

    Shift gears to the Venom alkaline cells, and you'll be greeted with what appears to be an almost identical pack of batteries at first. However the battery itself has a slightly different look to delineate itself from the rechargeable NiMH cells. These alkaline batteries are not rechargeable, but rather are a "use them and throw them away" deal. They also provide 1.5 volts each, instead of the 1.2 volts that the NiMH cells do. Remember when I mentioned that the NiMH cells used in a receiver's battery holder only provided 4.8 volts? If you do the math, 1.5 x 4, you'll see that these alkaline batteries provide a full 6.0 volts if used as a receiver pack.

    Now would it be cost effective to power a receiver with 4 AA alkaline batteries over the long haul? Probably not, but a pack or two of these in your pit box will certainly be a handy thing to keep around should you ever need to fall back to a pack of AA to power your truck at the track or your favorite bashing spot. Because of the fact alkalines have a longer shelf life when compared to rechargeables, you can easily hang on to them as an emergency power source for a few years to come. You'll also find they can be used on digital cameras, and other items, just as the Venom NiMH rechargeable batteries.

    To test the Venom alkaline batteries, I installed them in the battery holder of a nitro-powered vehicle I was reviewing. They provided an excellent source of power for the servos, and they had a much better lifespan than bargain AA batteries that some people may use. I found they lasted, and performed, as well as the better brands of AA batteries such as Duracell and Energizer. So I was very pleased in this regard.

    I've been pleased with the performance of both types of Venom batteries I've encountered with this review. Both the 2400mAh NiMH cells, and the alkaline cells, have performed without a problem at all. Both are easily just as good as any equivalent counterpart you could stack them up against.

    Whatever your need as far as batteries go, Venom seems to have it covered. Whether rechargeable or disposable, you'll likely find a battery that suits your needs. No matter which way you go however, you're sure to receive a battery that provides you with quality once the package is opened, and that is without a doubt the most important factor.

    Contact Information
    Venom Racing USA

    600 W. Buckles Road
    Hayden, ID 83835 USA

    Phone: (800) 705-0620
    Fax: (208) 762-2520
    Website: www.venom-racing.com

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