The New Power Generation
New batteries promise extra power for digital cameras and other mobile electronic devices. But do they deliver? Real world tests offer some answers. (PCMag.com)Sure, shopping for electronics is no picnic. You drive to a store so large its visible from space and wander the maze-like aisles until you find what you need. But at least theres a clerk or two there to help youoften poorly informed and commission-motivated, but its help nonetheless. Shop for batteries, though, and youre on your own. People usually buy batteries from grocery or drugstore racks. Asking a clerk which battery is best for your digital camera will probably earn you only a glazed look and a shrug.
This lack of information is really too bad, because given the way battery lines have been expanding in recent months consumers could use some direction. Suddenly, each of the big three battery makersDuracell, Energizer, and Panasonicis touting long-life batteries tailor-made for electronics.