Rechargeable batteries aren't anything new. We've all heard of them and have probably used them in the past — which is the main problem. The first generation of rechargeable batteries were what Charles Barkley might call "turrible!" They didn't offer much in terms of capacity, had to be charged before use, and required different battery chargers for each individual size.
Luckily, improvements in battery technology have changed all that. Products like Sanyo's Eneloop batteries have rave reviews and turn those who swore off rechargeables long ago into believers. The batteries arrive pre-charged (ready to use) and hold up to 75% of their capacity after 3 years due to the low-discharge Ni-MH materials.
They even come in new high-capacity (2500mAh) styles (like the XX series) that'll cut down on time between recharges for high power consumption devices like our digital cameras, wireless Bluetooth keyboards, and mice. One of the best features of the Eneloops, though, is that they only require one charger. The charger adapter is designed to fit AA and AAA batteries, and can be cleverly transformed to fit C or D batteries with a shell adapter.
The startup cost can be a little high if you have a lot of battery needs, but you can start with a small pack and then add to your supply a little bit at a time. Isn't it about time we invested in these to cut down the waste of single-use batteries?
MORE RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES ON APARTMENT THERAPY:
• Eneloop vs. PowerGenix Batteries
• Rechargeable Batteries That are Ready When You Are
• Rechargeable Batteries by USBCell
(Images: Chris Perez)