EBL AA & AAA rechargeable batteries review

EBL AA 2800mAh & AAA 1100mAh rechargeable batteries promise high capacity and a long-lasting 1200 charge/discharge cycle rating

EBL AA & AAA rechargeable batteries
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

These AA and AAA batteries from EBL tick all the right boxes on our wish list for rechargeable NiMH cells. They’re at the top end of what’s available in terms of capacity, rated at 2800mAh for the larger AA size and 1100mAh for the smaller AAA ones. Like most competitors nowadays, they have a low self-discharge rate, so they stay charged for long periods, as well as boasting a long lifespan in terms of the maximum number of charge/discharge cycles. That makes them great value at the low budget price.


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    Top-end capacity for AA & AAA

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    Low self-discharge rate

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    Can be recharged 1200 times


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    Only 20% charged when shipped

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    Charging required before use

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The latest generation of NiMH (Nickel-Metal Hydride) rechargeable batteries tend to have a low self-discharge rate. Why does it matter? Well, in the past, you’d often fully charge NiMH batteries only to find they’d gone flat all by themselves when you came to use them, a few weeks down the line. That’s certainly not the case with these EBL AA and AAA batteries, which are claimed to hold 80 per cent of their charge even after standing idle for three years.

Low-discharge NiMH batteries are often advertised as ‘ready to use’. That’s because the manufacturer can fully charge them at the production stage and be confident they’ll still have plenty of charge left in them after sitting around on a retailer’s shelf for ages. However, that’s not so with these EBL batteries. Claiming safety as a factor, EBL only charges them to 20% of their capacity before shipping. You can’t use them for long straight out of the box. Instead you’re better off fully charging them before first use.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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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.