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Fuji EnviroMAX Batteries: Eco-Friendly & High Performance
By Jason Heller, January 8, 2009 @ 02:00 AM (EST)
If you're like me, you care about the environment, particularly when it comes to how your batteries are disposed of while on a dive trip.  I tend to lug bags of used batteries all the way back home to ensure that they don't end up  contaminating the environments that I travel so far to dive and shoot. I've come to accept the fact that  rechargable batteries and I just don't get along. It's so frustrating when rechargable batteries don't hold their charges properly, even after testing at or around full charge on my battery tester. Unfortunately once underwater, there's not much you can do about underperforming batteries (other than screamm and curse through your regulator).
Fuji EnvioMax
So I was really happy to hear about the new Fuji EnviroMAX batteries, and I certainly hope that these batteries are true to the claims of "bringing long-awaited peace-of-mind to consumers who “live green” when choosing consumable products for use in their homes strobes and focus lights".

The Fuji EnviroMAX batteries, apparently:

    * do not contain poisonous cadmium or mercury
    * are packaged with recycled paper and fully recyclable PET plastic
    * can be disposed of through normal waste systems
    * do not contain ingredients harmful to the environment as they degrade
    * are landfill safe
    * equal or exceed performance/longevity of major equivalent brands
    * offer outstanding performance at affordable cost

According to Fuji:
"These extraordinary batteries are manufactured under some of the world’s strictest standards of environmental responsibility, and no ozone-depleting compounds are emitted during manufacture.   Fuji EnviroMAX batteries are made with recycled materials, and are also packaged in recycled or recyclable materials -- including recycled paper and PET plastic. Even the battery cylinders are made from recyclable PET plastic, not steel.  In fact, most of the resources used in the Fuji EnviroMAX manufacturing process are reused and recycled!"
Kudos to Fuji for taking this step, I hope to see more battery manufacturers doing the same. I intend to try these out, but imagine that there are no lithium versions, although they do have a "digital" alkaline version, for what that's worth. Will definitely report back after I load up my first set in my Sea&Sea YS-250's. 
Considering how energy dependent underwater photography & video equipment is, this is an interesting topic to me. I'm curious, what batteries do you use?



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