#0147: Rechargeable Batteries

I use a LOT of gadgets, many of which require batteries.  Off the top of my head, there’s my Nintendo Wii remote; my Flip HD camera; my laptop; my MP3 player… the list goes on and on.

Upon purchasing these items, a battery either needs to be purchased for it to function or has a battery already built in with a full charge.  At some point the amount of usage one can get out of a battery will dwindle, to the point where it can no longer power up the item it’s/they’re being used for.

When this happens, you have two options. The first option is to go out and buy some more batteries (or, if the battery is built into the item, the option is to throw it out and buy another one).  This option does work, but it’s not very cost-effective.  If you’re going the AA battery route, the average pack of 8-pack batteries is $7.

That may not seem like a lot; but, for example, if you play Wii as much as I do (about 2 to 3 hours a day whenever I get a new game), you’ll probably end up using the whole pack in 2 months.  $7 every other month is $42 a year, and that’s just if you have them set aside for ONE electronical device. We haven’t even included in things like flash lights, alarms, kids’ toys (and Mommy’s toys :P)… that’s a lot of money to spend on batteries.

Luckily, there’s a second option: buying rechargeable batteries.  You can buy batteries that are specifically designed to be reused, along with a charger which, these days, is pretty affordable (like $15 to $25 for one). Now, when your batteries run out, instead of having to throw them out and buy new ones, you can simply place them in the charger, let them sit for 2 to 4 hours (depending upon the charger) and BOOM! You got more battery life, and didn’t have to shell out excessive amounts of money to do so!

With items that already have the battery built in to them it’s even BETTER.  They come with plugs, so all you have to do is charge it up in an outlet until it’s fully re-charged. Definitely more cost efficient then buying said item all over again!

Ah, rechargeable batteries… now THAT’S something to be thankful for!

– Aaron P. Taylor

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