EBL 1.5V 3000mWh Li-ion Rechargeable AA Batteries review: a better bet than NiMH?

These EBL 1.5V 3000mWh Li-ion Rechargeable AA Batteries deliver higher voltage than NiMH rechargeable batteries, along with decent stamina, but it’s not all good news.

EBL 1.5V 3000mWh Li-ion Rechargeable AA Batteries
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

These EBL 1.5V 3000mWh Li-ion Rechargeable AA Batteries score pretty highly for capacity. That’s good, as I like actually using my gadgets, in preference to endlessly changing and recharging the batteries that they run on. However, if your devices don’t need the full 1.5V output of Li-ion cells, you’re better off with cheaper 1.2V NiMH rechargeable batteries.

Pros

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    Full 1.5V output per battery

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    Long-lasting 3000mWh capacity

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    Low self-discharge rate

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    Claimed 1200+ recharge cycles

Cons

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    Requires a specialist charger

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    Sudden drop-off at end of discharge

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    Up to 8-hour charging before first use

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    Pricier than most NiMH batteries

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I’ve tested and reviewed EBL AA 2800mAh & AAA 1100mAh NiMH batteries and was very impressed. I often use them in my camera flashguns, flashlights, gaming console controllers and other gadgets around the home. They’re certainly among the best AA rechargeable batteries and best AAA rechargeable batteries on the market. Compared with NiMH batteries, these EBL 1.5V 3000mWh Li-ion Rechargeable AA Batteries are pricier to buy and require a specialist charger (generally sold with the batteries themselves as a complete package) but have a voltage advantage.

EBL 1.5V 3000mWh Li-ion Rechargeable: What's changed?

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TypeLi-ion rechargeable
SizeAA
Voltage1.5V
Capacity3000mWh
Charge held85% after 3 years
Recharge up to1200 times
EBL AA 2800mAh & AAA 1100mAh NiMH batteries

Typical of latest-generation NiMH cells, <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/ebl-rechargeable-batteries-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">EBL AA 2800mAh & AAA 1100mAh NiMH batteries have a low self-discharge rate, generous capacity and long life, with a claimed 1200 charge/discharge cycle rating. They cost around a third of the price of the EBL Li-ion batteries.

Powerowl Pro Goldtop AA 2800mAh &amp; AAA 1100mAh batteries

Going toe to toe with the EBL Ni-MH cells, the <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/powerowl-pro-goldtop-batteries-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">Powerowl Pro Goldtop AA 2800mAh & AAA 1100mAh batteries is a another cost-effective option that with the same headline attractions of high capacity, slow self-discharge and 1200 charge/discharge cycle rating.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 


His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 


In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.