Simply put – Eneloop batteries are awesome. If you’re a user of handheld GPS units, I highly recommend that you check out these rechargeable NiMH batteries which feature a low self-discharge rate. That means you can charge them and put them in a drawer, and they’ll retain 85% of their power for a year and 75% for three years. Apple thinks highly enough of them to rebrand Eneloops as their own, and come on – how many batteries have their own Wikipedia page?
I keep an extra set in my pack for when I need to swap out batteries on the trail – I don’t have to worry about whether or not they are charged and I don’t have the waste, expense and environmental guilt of disposable AAs.
Do you use rechargeable batteries? Eneloops or some other type? What has your experience been like?