Do Rechargeable Batteries Save Money?
You would think that the simple answer to this is YES rechargeable batteries do save you money. However, the actual answer is sometimes rechargeable batteries do save you money and sometimes it is not a great money saver.
When Rechargeable Batteries Do Not Save You Money
Rechargeable batteries do not really save you money if they are being used on low power draw devices. Remote controls, wall clocks and other low rate electricity usage gadgets would be considered as gadgets that would not really save you money by using rechargeable batteries. These sort of devices use power at such a low rate (they can run sometimes for years with one battery) that the higher cost of buying a rechargeable battery would mean that it would take a long time to recoup the cost of purchasing a rechargeable battery. A pack of 4 aa rechargeable batteries are about £6 (Duracell), a pack of 12 aa disposable batteries are £5 (Duracell). So as you can see that it could take years to recoup the cost of buying rechargeable batteries.
When Rechargeable Batteries Do Save You Money
There are many cases when rechargeable batteries are worth it! When you have a device that uses power at a medium to high rate, then a rechargeable battery will pay for itself and generate a saving. So if you have an electronic item that you often need to change the batteries, then a rechargeable battery will save you money. Obviously rechargeable batteries are becoming better and cheaper, so maybe using rechargeable batteries could be saving your money if used on low usage item??
Which Rechargeable Batteries are Best?
There is a lot of information out there on the net. I personally spent a long time looking up as to what the best batteries are. I ended up buying Panasonic Eneloop rechargeable batteries. I had never heard of the term Eneloop before, but having purchased them, I am very pleased with their performance! Since I started writing this post, I did see a YouTube video that suggested that some Amazon batteries may be made by Panasonic.
Rechargeable Battery Tips
One thing that is good for your rechargeable batteries is to invest in a good charger. Having a good smart battery charger will prolong the life of your rechargeable batteries. I good charger should automatically stop charging when the battery is full!
How to Save Even More with Rechargeable Batteries
Here is a little extra tip for you, if you want to save even more on recharging batteries. OK, not exactly ethical, how about taking your battery charger to work and recharging your batteries there? To recharge a mobile at work is seen as being OK, so why not other batteries? You can always say that the batteries need recharging as part of your daily work life. There are many work items that do need batteries to run on.
Rechargeable Batteries are Better for the Environment
I would have thought the rechargeable batteries are better for the environment, as normal batteries end up as land fill as soon as they are depleted. At least with rechargeable batteries it will be quite sometime before they end up in a bin.
|Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries - Ready-to-use for every day use, these Eneloop Lite batteries come pre-charged for your convenience. Designed for high drain devices.|
|EBL Battery Charger - I like this one as it also charges 9v batteries!|