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Although batteries are up there with printer ink and bottled water as the planets greatest commercial rips offs, at least there is a cheap alternative for two of the three. My ire for printer ink cartridge prices will remain as there is no escaping that hyper inflated cost for refills (unless you do extreme and often messy surgery on those cartridges) but at least I can drink water out of the tap and recharge batteries. Printer ink cost more than caviar per ounce! But when it comes to batteries I don't hesitate to buy rechargeables. You save a bloody fortune! With the massive increase of portable technology like mobile phones, Ipods and tablet computers etc ...we have seen a huge increase in lithium batteries. South America is set to make a trillion dollars from that mineral demand as they have 80% of the world's lithium reserves, lucky Bolivia estimated to have one third of those total reserves. The mark up is huge and replacement bespoke mobile phone batteries sometimes can cost more than the cheaper phones they sit in. I was once quoted thirty quid for a new Samsung battery for my forty pound PAYG. Even generic batteries for most brands are expensive. But it's the old fashioned regular AAs we are here for; reusable cells a real saving if you go this way. I use old style radios, shavers and personal hi-fi's etc and so get through a lot of the bullet size traditional batteries on older power hungry technology. Two Duracell's in old Sony Walkman playing tapes don't last long folks! This particular Energizer brand recharger has the option to recharge various sizes of batteries although you don't really see that many sizes these days so not an essential add on. In my day we had the standard 9 volt for things like metal detectors and power hogging toys and the big chunk half brick 12 volt for industrial torches and all manner of garden implements. But now it's mostly those AA's and the battery chargers set up nice to save you a ton of cash by constantly recharging those batteries. Even the big boy names like Duracell have had to sell their own branded chargers to claw back lost battery sales through those now popular wall plug chargers in austerity times. A pair of branded AAs can cost you well over three pounds, the price of a cheap generic charger. It's well worth the investment. My Energizer charger cost £5.99 off Amazon and that included 4 x AA cells. I purchased two more AA's for £1.99 and so have two fully charged and on standby. I have the option to charge other size batteries on it although will not be buying those. I use the smaller AA for some remotes but they don't drain quickly so no issue there, 12 of those for a quid off the local market doing the trick. It plugs into the wall with a light weight three pin connection and sits tight. It doesn't get hot when charging and so you can feel confident to let the batteries charge when you are out and about. When they are fully charged the red light goes off and it all shuts down. In the old days of wall chargers they would just keep charging and that would rapidly reduce the power the battery could retain over its lifetime. Modern chargers are much quicker and can fully recharge in about two hours. This promises a 15-30 minute charge for the day but don't expect that to come to fruition. Nothing worse when you are out and about and the batteries flatten out. Give it two hours and job done. On the whole a good product that I have had six months and the batteries have charged up ok. I am making big savings and it's not plugged in for too long to achieve that. Its lightweight and so you could take it on holiday for camera and shaver batteries and stuff like that and the hotel would be paying for the recharge, of course. I can't compare it to similar devices as my last one was a generic from Boots and about 15 years old and ancient and chunky. All I know is the newer ones are better than the older ones all around. I would consider the generic ones on Amazon and on the high street as the technology is the same as for the branded ones although you may have to keep the batteries plugged in a little longer from the cheaper kit. If you look at it logically why would Duracell make an amazing charger that you would no longer buy normal Duracell's AAs at four quid a pair? Its all about the balance.
I hate throwing away batteries or even taking them to a recycling place. It feels like such a waste and isnt good for the planet. I bought this for £5 from Wilkinsons online as part of a bigger order. It comes in a plastic packet which comes away easily from the cardboard its held in so no need for scissors to open it. Its a silver recharger base, and its not too big and bulky. It is very light and also comes with four rechargable batteries by Energizer. It has a sythetically pleasing round top and flat bottom, and plugs directly into the plug socket. You can only use Nimh rechargeable batteries with it, but the ones that came with the charger seem to be keeping their charge really well. I tend to use them most in the Wii controllers, and the fact that you can charge four at a time is great. It has a little led light system to tell you when the batteries are charging and then fully charged, it takes around eight hours to recharge and you can recharge either AA or AAA batteries. It says that you can charge the batteries hundreds of times but I am yet to find out if that is true. In other stores this charger costs a lot more and I havent found it cheaper new anywhere else. If you like to help the planet and use a lot of batteries then invest in one of these today!
Nowadays there are very few products that you but that actually use the old-style batteries (e.g. AA, AAA etc...). Many come with their own rechargeable batteries. The biggest issue with using these is that once they run out, you must go out to the shops to buy some more, this can get pretty expensive if you keep the product a long time. The solution to this is rechargeable batteries. The concept involves buying specialised traditional batteries which can be used in conjunction with a charger which plugs into the wall to charge them up. The biggest downside to these is that they do not hold anywhere near as much charge as non-rechargeable batteries and therefore you will be charging them up quite frequently. Also, they can only be charged up a set amount of times, after that they will be as good as useless - I have had these batteries fro a number of years though with frequent charges and am yet to reach this point though. Another issue is that they do not hold their charge either i.e. if you charge them up and leave them a couple of days, the charge will be lost and they must to recharged again - essential wasting your electricity. I have found it best to charge them for short periods of time (not fully charged) and then use them until they almost die before charging them briefly again. I use the batteries for my wireless keyboard and mouse and this technique works great fro these devices. The charger is fairly compact, it can fit in bags pretty easily and therefore could be used for travel if you wished to as it shouldn't take up much space. Some of the other chargers I have tried before have been like bricks (both big and heavy) and portability was almost zero!
For many years, i would buy batteries, use them until they were dead and then throw them away, that was until i came across this nifty little rechargeable battery pack from Energizer, i saw it on the shelf for around £8 and thought i may as well give it a try - That was around 2 years ago, and since then, i can honestly say, i have never bought a single AA Battery, i currently have 8 Rechargeable batteries, which i bought at the same time as the charger (4 came included, 4 came separate), they have been drained and recharged 100+ times, the amount of money they have saved me is quite astronomical if i think about it, A full charge of the batteries will take a few hours, from my experience around 4-5 hours, and once fully charged they will not need re-charging for months if being used in a television remote control, if you are using them in a controller for a console (PS3, XBOX, Wii etc) they will give you around 40 hours of game play before needing a charge, and for a digital camera, they will usually power a camera for around month, but of course they drain faster depending on your usage. Also, the batteries which i have are just 1300 Mah. so if you had a rechargeable battery which was 2000 Mah or more, you would be able to power things for even longer. Current prices: This specific model can be bought from Argos right now for £9.99 A pack of 4 x 2000Mah AA Batteries will cost you around £8 depending where you shop. A pack of 4 x 1300Mah AA Batteries will cost you around £5-6 depending where you shop. So it really is worth going for the 2000Mah batteries, i would highly recommend this product to Everyone! **This charger supports all Rechargeable batteries, not just Energizer** Thank you for reading my review.
Energizer Value Charger with Rechargeable Batteries I bought this for the incredibly bargainous price of £9.99 from Tesco with my supermarket shop one day as I needed some more AA rechargeable batteries for the many appliance we have that use batteries and this seemed a better charger than we had as ours only did two batteries at a time. A pack of four rechargeable batteries Tesco own brand was £7.50 so these seemed a pretty good deal. AA batteries are used in so many things now and rechargeable batteries are so much better for the environment as well as being more economical in the long run too. Our digital camera takes four AA batteries and the air freshener aerosol things I have use two in each unit and of course the Sky remote also takes a couple. When my step daughter and granddaughter lived with us her numerous toys also took AA batteries so we would have been going through them really quickly. I do always have mine charged up but now I find I am needing even more so perhaps I'll give the Tesco own brand batteries a try. This unit is just so incredibly easy to use that even a trained monkey could do it. You have to make sure the batteries go in the way the little symbol indicates and make sure they are firmly pushed into their little slots and after that you simply plug the plug in as you would for any plug. You can either charge four batteries or a couple at a time, possibly even one if needed. Once the batteries are fully charged a light above shows this and what is really handy is the auto timer that switches off after a specific length of time and means that if you forget you have put it on the batteries will not be damaged by over charging. As we tend to put ours on overnight when we are away this is a handy feature. The charger also works with an adapter in the USA despite the fact their voltage is different the batteries just take a bit longer to charge. The only problem we have found is that the charger struggles to stay in the travel adapter as it is quite heavy so we often have to support it on a box or something. This charger can be used for AA and AAA batteries which is also very useful as it saves buying another charger for the AAA batteries although I have not used it for any AAA batteries as we don't seem to have anything that uses them. Energizer give suggested times for recharging and these vary from 8 hours through to twelve hours depending on the type of batteries AA or AAA and number you have in the devise and so on. I have to admit we haven't taken a lot of notice of these timings and just keep an eye out for the light to come on to indicate the charging is complete. We have had our charger and batteries for well over a year now and had no trouble at all with them. The batteries are good at holding their charge and the charge lasts well depending on the appliance you put it in of course. Appliances that have moving parts like toys go through the batteries far quicker than the Sky remote for example. I find the batteries in my digital camera will last a couple of days when on holiday using the camera constantly. Another real plus about this charger is that it is quite compact so when we are travelling it doesn't take up much room and because it goes straight into the socket you don't have any extra leads to sort out and carry with you. You also don't trip over any leads lying around as there are none! I would be happy to recommend this little charger as it works very effectively, the batteries are good quality and hold their charge well and don't take too long to charge either. It is compact and a very good price so yes indeed, a good buy. Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name. ©Catsholiday