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Rechargeable batteries for audio recorders save you money big time

Left to right: Zoom H5 and Zoom H1 digital recorders. Jaan Pill photo

Left to right: Zoom H5 and Zoom H1 digital recorders. Jaan Pill photo

For many years, I’ve been using Zoom H1 and Zoom H5 audio recorders as part of my work in preparing material for the Preserved Stories website and other projects.

Initially, I was spending plenty of money, which adds up over the years, buying AA batteries to keep the Zoom recorders going.

Finally, I decided to buy an MH-C801D battery charger. I bought it at the same place where I buy other sound recording equipment namely Trew Audio in Toronto.

Powerex MH-C801D eight cell battery charger. Jaan Pill photo

Powerex MH-C801D eight cell battery charger. Jaan Pill photo

Every 10 charges, I do what’s called a Conditioning Mode Charge, which the staff at Trew Audio emphasized is important if you want your batteries to last as long as possible. The little bit of work, in keeping track of charges, is well worth the time and effort that is required. It’s so much better to be using rechargeable batteries!

 

 

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