Rechargeable Batteries to Save Energy and Money

Expect several years of power and less waste.

A bunch of varied sized of batteries
Get more bang for your buck with rechargeable batteries.Mohamed Abdelgaffar, Pexels

With all of the remote controls, digital clocks, computer keyboards, flashlights, electronic toys and other battery-operated gadgets in your house, how many batteries do you go through in a year? If you want to save money in the long run—and create a lot less waste—consider rechargeables, which are both cheaper and more convenient than you might think.

EBL Charger with Batteries

Charger and Batteries

Charge up to 8 AA and AAA batteries at once with this charger-and-battery pairing that’s great for beginners switching over from alkalines.EBL

Rechargeable batteries use a similar technology as the one that’s in your smartphone, laptop, or tablet—they just happen to be shaped like your regular old alkaline AA and AAAs and can be used in your usual devices. They’re not particularly slow to charge, but you still might want to have a couple sets on hand so you can quickly replace drained batteries in your remote control and other gadgets with ones that are freshly charged.

AmazonBasics AA Rechargeable Batteries

Bulk Batteries

This pack of 16 AA batteries come all charged up and can be reused up to 1,000 times apiece.Amazon

Rechargeable batteries are more expensive per battery than traditional alkalines, but not once you take into consideration that you can reuse many of them up to a thousand times. That means that a pack of 8, 12, or 16 rechargeables is actually more like a pack of 800, 1200 and 1600. That’s a lot of batteries.

Panasonic K-KJ17MCA4BA Advanced Individual Cell Battery Charger Pack

Extended Use

These Eneloop batteries can be recharged up to a whopping 2,000 times and have a shelf life of up to 10 years.Panasonic

Most rechargeable batteries can be recharged between 500 to 1,000 times. But some higher-end brands, such as Panasonic’s Eneloop ones, may last twice as long. Folks whose main goal for switching to rechargeables is to cut down on waste may want to consider extended life batteries.