The best rechargeable batteries for every device

Power flashlights, cameras, and game controllers with less waste.

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Rechargeable AA and AAA batteries.Hilary Halliwell via Pexels

Tired of throwing away old batteries? Consider switching to rechargeable batteries, which provide the same power with less waste. They’re easy to recharge at home, and most are designed to last for hundreds (to thousands) of charge cycles, and maintain their charge for years. While disposable batteries start at 1.5 volts of energy and lower until they’re dead, rechargeable batteries use 1.2 volts of energy throughout their lifespan, giving you optimal battery performance. And while a charge and battery set might cost more at first, not having to constantly replace the batteries for your toys and devices means it’s a worthwhile investment.

Panasonic eneloop AA/AAA batteries

Panasonic eneloop AA/AAA batteries
Reliable, rechargeable batteries with 2100 charge cycle.Amazon

A set of Panasonic eneloop batteries can be recharged up to 2,100 times with 2000mAh (the total amount of energy a battery can store at a time). They’re precharged using environmentally friendly solar power and ready to use right away. They keep up to 70 percent of their charge even after ten years in storage. You’ll be able to use these guys whether they’re partially charged or fully charged. They boast a fast charging speed, and come in both AA or AAA options, with an optional charger.

Energizer Rechargeable AA Batteries

Energizer Rechargeable AA Batteries
Well-designed rechargeable batteries made out of recycled materials.Amazon

The Energizer rechargeable batteries are made out of four percent recycled batteries, and can be charged up to 1,000 times, with 2000 mAh. Their charge lasts up to a year in storage, and the batteries last up to five years. Charge time takes a while, but once your batteries are charged up, they’ll be ready to go: each charge will last up to 5.5 hours in toys, or 8 hours on a gaming device like a Switch or Wii controller. Energizer also makes all other rechargeable battery sizes.

AmazonBasics AA High-Capacity Rechargeable Batteries

AmazonBasics AA High-Capacity Rechargeable Batteries
High performing batteries at a budget price.Amazon

These high capacity batteries come with 2400 mAh, and can charge hundreds of times without power loss. They stay 80 percent charged after a year in storage, and are fully rechargeable after three years. They keep up their performance even in cold weather, and cost a fraction of the price of name-brand batteries.

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