I would say the "alternate method" I suggest is similar to the dual pulse method although I am not really using a stabilization current. Since the measurement is "touch/release" with the multimeter leads, I am effectively applying a 2-3 second 'pulse' with an ##\approx 50mA## load. I have adopted the practice of measuring the battery voltage under load (first) and open circuit voltage thereafter. So as to remove "surface charge" effects. Although I'm not sure how applicable 'surface charge' is with AA batteries - seems more applicable to heavy duty lead acid batteries.