Posted by MikeJFlick (452 posts) 2 years, 2 months ago

Poll: Are rechargeable batteries any good?(AAA, AA etc) (58 votes)

Yes 76%
No 12%
Yes, but not worth the price 7%
Other, Comment below 5%

Just wondering, because I have plenty of alkaline suckers in my house from remotes to flashlights that'll need replacement soon and I was wondering if I should bite into some rechargeable, last time I've used rechargeable batteries was in the 90's so I must assume technology in that field must of increased quite a bit if lithium phone, mp3 players, tablets are any sign of it.

Anyway help a bomber out, let me know if you have any experience with them.

#1 Posted by Dolphin_Butter (1984 posts) -

People say they'll pay for themselves eventually, but I always lose mine well before that inflection point.

#2 Edited by vorpalparasite (343 posts) -

I hear Sanyo Eneloop are the ones to get. I have some other brand that I got as a gift and they do their job nicely.

#3 Posted by Andorski (5470 posts) -

If you just need them for TV remotes and flashlights (e.g. Things that rarely need their batteries to be replaced) you probably should just stick to regular batteries. Rechargeable batteries are best for things that need to have their batteries replaced regularly. I have some Sanyo Eneloops that i use for my wireless mouse/keyboard and 360 controller.

#4 Edited by louiedog (2382 posts) -

Most of the newer ones, like Sanyo Eneloops, that say "pre-charged" or "hybrid" on the label are pretty good. Prior rechargeable technologies tended to go dead quickly in low power devices, like clocks and remotes, and you'd need to replace them frequently. They were sort of useless in a flashlight because you'd go to use it and find the batteries needed to be charged. That's not really an issue with the hybrid batteries. I've had two rechargeable hybrid AAA Rayovacs in my kitchen scale for 18 months and they're still going fine without a charge.

I spent $35 on a very good charger (very similar to this one) and about $1.25 per battery 4 years ago and haven't paid a dime since. It's been worth it to me. That charger will do one at a time, help recondition batteries, and can help extend their lives by charging them better.

Prior to that I had a some rechargeable Energizers. There were lots of reports about their quality being terrible around the time I got mine and sure enough, after 5 charges or so, they stopped holding any juice for more than a couple of days regardless of how much I used them. I'm not buying any more from Energizer, even if their quality has bounced back. The familiar battery brands aren't necessarily better.

#5 Edited by BigJeffrey (5199 posts) -

I've had 4 AA Energizer 2000maH batteries for about 2 years now. I got them for $15 with the charger. They have been great as Xbox batteries. When they start running out of juice i plug em in the way rinse and repeat.

#6 Posted by Oscar__Explosion (2755 posts) -

Sanyo Eneloops are a godsend. Bought 4 AA Battaries and charger 2 years ago and they are all holding strong. They last a lot longer than other rechargeables I've used (I can get like 20 hours between recharges while using an Xbox 360 controller)

#7 Edited by EVO (4029 posts) -

Once you go rechargeable you don't go back. I bought some a couple years ago after getting sick of having to constantly buy new ones/steal from remotes, and they're still going strong.

#8 Posted by Solh0und (1966 posts) -

Had AAs for four years and they just recently died. I have yet to buy new ones. I'm a monster!

#9 Edited by Zekhariah (700 posts) -

Sanyo Eneloops are pretty nice now. They are NIMH, but hold a charge for ~3years without much drop. And the capacity beats most of the other AA cells. Plus you can charge them in 15min or so with a decent charger, and the full useful lifetime is a decent bit beyond the 3 year of no loss.

#10 Posted by Cameron (642 posts) -

Get some Eneloops. I was in a similar situation where the last time I had used rechargeable batteries they were terrible, but the Eneloops are as good or better than regular Energizer or Duracell batteries and you'll save a ton of money if you go through a lot of regular batteries.

#11 Posted by TyCobb (2005 posts) -

Been using Energizer rechargeable batteries for years. AA and AAA. Only take like 15 minutes to charge and last a long time.