|Summary: NiCad and NiMH Rechargeable batteries are better for the environment and can save you a lot of money in the long run.|
My friend, Doug Boehmer asked: “have you ever researched rechargeable batteries? I kinda like Radio Shack Nimh, but I wonder what your opinion is …”
Using rechargable batteries can save you a lot of money and I’m sure you know that rechargeable batteries are better for the environment than disposable batteries.
Current rechargeable NiMH (nickel metal hydride) batteries perform the same or better than to the one-time batteries you pay $1 each for at the store, but rechargeables can be reused a couple hundred times or more. So, each rechargeable NIMH battery can literally save you a hundred dollars or more over its lifetime.
We’ve been using rechargeable AA and AAA batteries for several years in our digital cameras, flashlights, MP3 players, and toys with great results. I’ve not really researched rechargeable batteries, but we use a lot of them around here. Our Gigaset expandable phone system uses them (AA), our MP3 players use them (AAA), We intentionally buy digital cameras and flashlights that use standard size rechargeable batteries.
Like you, we use NiMH. You probably know that the greater the battery capacity, the longer the last and the better they seem to perform. The most recent batteries we’ve been buying have been 2500mAh NiMH, and they’ve been working great in our flashlights and digital cameras, which seem to be the most demanding portable devices we use around here. Nowadays, I wouldn’t buy anything lower than 2200 mAh, no matter what the price.
Sometimes, when I remember to, I use a Sharpee to write the date I start using the batteries, and after more than two years of service I generally send them to the recycling center (or use them in our phones, which aren’t so demanding.)
I tend to shop for the best capacity at the most reasonable price and we buy them a dozen at a time or more to get quantity discounts. I tend not to buy the name brand rechargables, like Energizer or Ray-o-Vac because they tend to have smaller capacities (look for the mAh in the small print) and they tend to be much more expensive to more powerful rechargeable batteries available on the Internet. I’ve found it easier to find high capacity rechargeable batteries on the Internet than in my local department store. It’s not that local brick-and-mortar stores don’t stock them, it’s just more difficult to compare products, features and prices in a retail store than it is on the Internet.
Rechargeable batteries that you buy directly from Amazon (not Amazon Store Sellers) are usually eligible for free Super Saver shipping if your order is $25 or more. One Amazon Store seller is currently selling 2500mAh NimH batteries for about $1.75 each, plus shipping.
The link below shows an Amazon seller with 2700 mAh NiMH Batteries in packages of 10 for about $1.55 each plus shipping: