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    I tried lithium batteries in my AT Gold. lasted two months then went dead in two minutes. Has anyone had experience with these? The machine sounds very differently with them, at least to my ears.Had to relearn the sounds. Don't think I will use them again. Any discussion here? Best to All. Pete
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    Quote Originally Posted by pistol-pete View Post
    I tried lithium batteries in my AT Gold. lasted two months then went dead in two minutes. Has anyone had experience with these? The machine sounds very differently with them, at least to my ears.Had to relearn the sounds. Don't think I will use them again. Any discussion here? Best to All. Pete
    I used to use those in my ACE 250...But hell 2 months is pretty good right?...Im not sure how much you go out. I use the plain jane Duracells and dont have any issues....I change them about once every 3 weeks thou

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    I use 4 Sanyo Eneloop XX Rechargeable 2500 mAh and 4 Energizer AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries from WallysWorld, don't recall the mAH on those and a La Crosse smart charger, works for me.
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    I tried those batteries and expected them to do as they promised of lasting 6 times longer than normal but they were done in no time. I bought some crappy dollar general batteries since these went dead on me and hadn't planned on it and they've been working for weeks now, way longer than those 4 batteries for $9 and yes it made it act weird too. I won't be buying them again.

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    I buy large paks of Duracell Copper Tops. I hunt 2-3 times a week, with my ATP. Never really kept tract of hours od use, but they last pretty good. Last week hunted with one bar of battery, back to the Jeep, and still found targets at 6+ inches. I think I've been changing to soon, outa fear!
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    May 2009
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    Question for you AT Pro/Gold guys.
    I'm getting an AT Gold this winter and was wondering how long the batteries last on average? I've read the manual and it says,
    Expect 20 to 40 hours of operation depending on
    battery type and quality.

    I know my Outlaw doesn't have a display so it saves on juice and I just hit the 70 hour mark on my first single 9 volt. The manual says 10-20 hours lol.
    My GTI 2500 would go around 30 hours average on 8 AA's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronzie View Post
    Question for you AT Pro/Gold guys.
    I'm getting an AT Gold this winter and was wondering how long the batteries last on average? I've read the manual and it says,
    Expect 20 to 40 hours of operation depending on
    battery type and quality.

    I know my Outlaw doesn't have a display so it saves on juice and I just hit the 70 hour mark on my first single 9 volt. The manual says 10-20 hours lol.
    My GTI 2500 would go around 30 hours average on 8 AA's.
    20-40 hours seems right to me. I usually change them before they get to one bar, usually at 2 bars. I use the "2 bar" batteries in my daughters toys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pistol-pete View Post
    I tried lithium batteries in my AT Gold. lasted two months then went dead in two minutes. Has anyone had experience with these? The machine sounds very differently with them, at least to my ears.Had to relearn the sounds. Don't think I will use them again. Any discussion here? Best to All. Pete
    I noticed with cheap off brand batteries things were a little different also. I've tried rechargeables, Sunbeam, Diehard, Energizer and Duracell. Duracell seemed to last the longest and not do anything weird, haven't used anything else since for over a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooper1841 View Post
    I buy large paks of Duracell Copper Tops. I hunt 2-3 times a week, with my ATP. Never really kept tract of hours od use, but they last pretty good. Last week hunted with one bar of battery, back to the Jeep, and still found targets at 6+ inches. I think I've been changing to soon, outa fear!
    Its funny you say that...because the first few gold rings i found were with 1 bar and 1 bar blinking...But you are dead right..i was still hitting signals 6+ easy..

    Sometimes i forgot that I only have 2 bars left on my machine...and when i go back out the next time, its full for about 15 minutes..but can still last for another few hours..

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    Oct 2010
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    I like eneloop 2500mAh rechargeables the best, using a smart charger. I hate buying battery's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potts View Post
    I like eneloop 2500mAh rechargeables the best, using a smart charger. I hate buying battery's.

    eneloop are great batteries.
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    I got energizer rechargeable batteries and have had good luck with them. We use them in the remotes for our rc cars and also in some controllers for my sons video games. Saves a bunch of money on batteries.
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    Alkaline batteries have 1.5 volts and rechargeables are 1.2. Alkaline drops to 1.2 volt when at 50% of its charge. Rechargeables hold 1.2 volts almost the entire discharge cycle.

    My question is does the extra voltage give a better signal like it does a radio?

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    I didnt notice a difference on my detector.

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    I would never use the lithium because they are higher voltage and I don't want to experiment to see if they burn out the detector or shorten it's life span. One guy was using them and his detector crapped out. And like the one poster said, they do not last 6 times as long, only about twice as long and they cost several times more than alkaline type. I don't even like the rechargables because you always have to tend them and they don't last as long, lose their charge even when not being used and will be off four bars in no time. That's a pain. I get alkalines at Costco four for a dollar. And they last about thirty hours in a city park. If you go prospecting, there are usually a lot less targets and the battery life is much longer. Someone said if you run in Iron Audio all the time it will reduce the battery life.
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