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AAA batteries for a digital video camera?

Hi folks.
We were recently given a digital video camera that takes three AAA batteries.
It's not the worlds greatest camera as you can imagine but it would be fun for our grandchildren to use in the summertime in the garden or possibly for the odd project.
The problem is that as I'm not yet a millionaire I prefer to use rechargeable batteries, the ones we have are quite adequate for the jobs we have needed them for up to now but this camera eats them for breakfast taking them from a full charge to flat as a pancake in a matter of ten minutes or so.
I'm the first to admit that when it comes to all things electronic I'm a complete dunce so without getting into the technical ins & outs of power drainage & how many amps live in an ohm or however it goes can anyone suggest a supplier in the UK where I can get batteries that are up to the job? I don't expect them to last all day long but rather longer than ten minutes would be good.
Alternatively if anyone could suggest a suitable battery pack and charger to replace three AAA's that would be great.
If it's any help the camera in question is a Mustek DV5300SE, as I said not exactly super hi-tech but could be fun for the kids.
Thanks in advance for your help.
NG.

Vyger1 year ago
My first digital camera used to go through batteries like crazy. That was a problem for a while until they got more efficient components. It probably gets pretty hot also. If it can use a AC adapter for a plug in that would be the best way even though it limits your movement. Other than that there is not much you can do. I bought a newer video camera and it can run all day on one little battery. The difference is really amazing.
Nostalgic Guy (author)  Vyger1 year ago
I did think about the AC adaptor but unfortunately it isn't equipped for one. thanks for the suggestion though :-)
I did have a similar camera a while back I that had a mobile phone battery in it, that would run for a couple of hours which would be great, I may have a word with a more electronically minded friend of mine when I next see him & see if he can suggest a way to use something like that.
We have a reasonably decent camera I use for most things I only really want to get this going for the grandchildren to use but it wouldn't be much fun for them if it only runs for a a few minutes before the batteries give up.
AndyGadget1 year ago
I've been looking at this sort of thing recently too after I was disappointed by some rechargeables I bought.  A bit more info HERE. He's recommending the well-known brands as being the most truthful in their capacity rating. There's also other test reviews on the web, but some rather out of date.  I'd go for 2 sets of 950mAh Duracells if I were you - One set in use and one on charge.

Remember though that standard rechargeables will self-discharge if left for a time.  The Eneloops don't, but have a lower maximum capacity to start with - swings and roundabouts.

For non-rechargeables you can't do better than the Energizer ultimate lithiums at 1200mAh, although they are pretty pricey for the AAA.  I use the 3000mAh AA in robotics projects
 
I've just seen THESE in Argos - Varta 900mAh ready to use (i.e. low self-discharge) AAA.  Varta are a pretty reputable make and their website backs it up so they may be worth a punt.

(Funny - I've always asssumed you were in the U.S.  I see now it's . . .  Stevenage #;¬)
 
. . . Although looking at the Amazon reviews for that video recorder, you may not do too much better than ten minutes.
Nostalgic Guy (author)  AndyGadget1 year ago
Thanks for the suggestions, I'll have to do a bit of shopping around locally & see what's available, we used to have a REALLY good independent camera shop in town who were a wealth of good advice & would even let you test things out for a weekend before you buy (at least they did if you spent as much as I did in there every month) but sadly that was thirty years ago & they are long gone.
Now I'm afraid it's all big stores & staff who for the most part don't know their a** from their elbow.