When Maha asked DigitalDingus to take a look at their new IMEDION rechargeable batteries, I was delighted to oblige them. Not only has Maha never let me down with their products, but the announcement of the IMEDION batteries caught my interest. Announced in late October 2007, IMEDION batteries are much different from typical NiMH rechargeables. Having a different chemical composition, IMEDION batteries are able to retain most of their charge over an extremely extended period of time. Maha says up to 85% can be retained a year from the initial charge. This is great news for electronic enthusiasts, and especially photographers.
|IMEDION AA/AAA Batteries|
Features: Much longer charge retention versus typical NiMH rechargeable batteries. Up to 85% of the original charge is retained up to one year from the original charge.
Official Website: www.mahaenergy.com
MSRP (4-AA Pack): $13.95
MSRP (4-AAA Pack): $12.95
Current Price: Check Price / Purchase
IMEDION: A New Age Of Power
IMEDION batteries are a new age of power for the electronic consumer. I remember when NiMH batteries first came on the market. They were celebrated as the replacement for NiCD (Nickel Cadmium) and had a longer charge life. NiMH batteries soon became the staple accessory for any electronic device. As electronics and their circuitry became more demanding, NiMH batteries were still viewed as a viable power source, but it was readily acknowledged there needed to be something capable of retaining a charge over extended periods of time. Lithium batteries became popular, and are still used today via proprietary form, for use in digital cameras. Unfortunately, there wasn't anything between NiMH and Lithium batteries (as well as Li-Ion) consumers could use. The reliable NiMH batteries were used, but the frequent charging of them was certainly an irritation.
Over the last few years, we've seen more research into creating NiMH batteries which have a much longer shelf life, requiring fewer and fewer charging intervals. Maha's IMEDION batteries are a result of this type of research over several years. We finally have a Maha battery which only needs one charge, and this one charge can be retained 85% over a period of a year of being shelved for future use.
Charge Ahead With IMEDION
What I'm really excited about is how I can now plan my charging times way ahead of the actual event I will need them for. In the case of photographey, I can already hear myself rejoicing. Typcially, Lithium batteries would have to be purchased at a premium price, and then stored with the camera bag. Now, paying large sums of money for Lithiums (which aren't necessarily rechargeable by the way), can now be side-stepped. Simply charge the required amount of IMEDION batteries needed for the event, put them in your camera bag, and simply wait for your next shooting adventure.
Photographers are not the only ones embracing these new batteries. For those who own remote controls lying around the house, RC toys (for those which accept AA or AAA), phones, and any device which requires a AA or AAA battery, can now have the benefit of using batteries which can be charged once, then stored for immediate use in the future without the need for trickle charging or a complete charge cycle.
Why Are The AA IMEDION Batteries Only 2100mAh?
2100mAh is the initial offering of IMEDION batteries, but I am sure Maha will announce higher capacities in the future. 2100mAh of power is still significant, and holding out for 2500mAh or 2700mAh IMEDION batteries wouldn't be a wise idea. 2100mAh is more than enough to power demanding electronics. Why wait when you can enjoy the benefits of IMEDION batteries right now?