Places to buy NIMH Batteries & Chargers
City -- Many sizes and
voltages available here. Battery City has a lot of good prices, but they seem to
favour large orders than small ones. They also sell lots of Nicads. Check their
page carefully for links as they are not so good at webmastering and some links
are harder to find. Price Example (Jan 14,2001): AA 1300 mAH $1.45 single-lot
CheapBatteries.com -- Has a large variety of low-priced NiMH batteries and different brands. It is worth checking out. Price Example (Jan 14,2001): 9-volt Saft 150 mAH $5.00, AA 1500 mAH $2.00 Shipping: exact shipping cost + $5 if order under $50.
DigiKey Corporation NiMH Catalog PDF Page -- Their catalogue listings changes all the time, so you may also access the online catalogue from their homepage if this link expires. Digikey has solder-tab versions and can make custom battery packs upon request. They also sell Nicad cells on a different catalogue page. DigiKey is absolutely a top notch company; I have bought from them for over 20 years now. Some odd-shaped rechargeables are also available (rectangular?) as well as rechargeable Lithium cells. Price Example (Jan 14,2001): Panasonic AA Solder-Tab 1500 mAH $3.55 single-lot Shipping: Free (if cheque/MO mailed), $5 fee if order under $25.
Smallpower.com -- was formerly known as 4gdo.com (but who could remember that name?). All sizes and voltages available here and resembles Thomas Distributing in stock, shipping, and website software (probably same company under different name). Unlike the Thomas site, this site has sales and coupon codes on its homepage (code "04379" for 3% off). Price Example (Jan 14,2001): MAHA AA 4-pak 1550 mAH $9.96 Shipping: $4.90 USPS for 4-pak example item.
Thomas Distributing -- All sizes and voltages available here based on three major battery brands. They are NOT the lowest-priced online seller, but they cleverly registered a lot of website names that point back to them as well as having the blessing of an easy-to-remember website name. To encourage existence of online competition, you may choose to buy at other sites that have similar prices. Price Example (Jan 14,2001): MAHA AA 4-pak 1550 mAH $9.96 Shipping: $4.90 USPS for 4-pak example item.
Hosfelt Electronics -- Hosfelt also sells Nicads, Lead-acid batteries, and various electronic components including high-intensity LEDs (eg, 23,000 mcd brightness). Price example: 1200 mAH $1.99 each in single-lot quantity. Price Example (Jan 14,2001): AA 1200 mAH $1.99 each in single-lot quantity.
Shipping: Actual rate (ups,usps) + $1.
ASpencer.com -- ASpencer is a seller on eBay and some people may find that reassuring. Their eBay price might be cheaper so check auctions out. Their eBay Seller ID is "aspencer1" and a list of their current eBay auctions is available HERE. Price Example (Jan 14,2001): AA 1200 mAH $1.65 each in single-lot quantity. Shipping: Minimum $4.50, Max $7, Insurance add $1.50. No CreditCards (Paypal instead).
SunnBattery.com -- Sunn Battery is also on eBay so check auctions out; eBay Seller ID: "ptron1" and a list of their current eBay auctions is available HERE. Price Example (Jan 14,2001): AA 4-pak MAHA 1550 mAH $7.99 (compared to Thomas Distributing at $9.96 + $4.90 S/H). Shipping: $5 per order.
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