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BR330T battery hog

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delta_p

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Why's my BR330T eating batteries so much faster than my BCD396T? Both are on at same time. Battery save..no backlight...and all, I get about a full hour or longer out the 396T. Go figure?

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The GP2300's that come with the 330T are terrible. I only had them a few weeks now and 2 out of 3 of them are already completely shot. Good NiMh batteries will go at least 10 hours of continuous use with the backlight off.
 

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I use Energizer® Rechargeable AA 2500 mAh batteries in both my 330 and 396. I would say I get better mileage out of the 330 than the 396. I have the backlight on all the time as well as the battery save feature off on both.
 

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yeah... I chunked the GP's with both scanners and using a set of 12 between energizer and Duracell to rotate between them. Could be the differences in batteries but it doesn't seem to matter in the overall picture...the 396t always outlast.

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How old are your Energizer 2500s? All (48) of my Energizer 2500s failed between 9 and 12 months. (I'm not impressed, especially since I have 40 Energizer 2300s that are still working OK). Some of your Energizers could be going bad before the others.

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MarkWestin said:
How old are your Energizer 2500s? All (48) of my Energizer 2500s failed between 9 and 12 months. (I'm not impressed, especially since I have 40 Energizer 2300s that are still working OK). Some of your Energizers could be going bad before the others.

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Not that old, probably about a month or so.

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My 330 seems to be rough on batteries as well. I originally had a 246, but upgraded to the 330 after the 246's LCD went out within 2 weeks of purchase. The 246 seemed to sip on its juice, even though it used 2 AAs.

I think part of the problem is that the 330 uses 3 AAs, and my charger only charges in groups of two. (I don't use the scanner to charge the batteries because of the heat.) I bought (12) 2500s, labeled them and rotated them out (4 sets of 3). After they were all used up, I would recharge them in 3 groups of 4. The battery performance seemed to steadily degrade until they would only work ~1/2 hour on a full charge. I assume that the differences in the remaining charge affected the recharged voltage. Not sure though.

I usually just use the AC adapter at home and a car adapter for the road.
 

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I had one charger for both, so I wasn't sure if that was the problem but it could be.

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