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Mar. 8th, 2018 @ 07:05 pm Rechargables… or not?
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We have a lot of rechargeable batteries, from when we did a lot of geocaching. I have a pretty pro charger too, that also has functions like a charge-discharge cycle to refresh the battery and so on. It has been some time since I needed lots of batteries, but since I’ve started gaming again, I needed batteries for my controller. But due to age or inaction, none of the rechargeables I had could hold a charge sufficiently. I threw all of them out. (Well, I put them in the recycling bin.)
So in a pinch, I went to the local supermarket, and they sell 10 AA batteries for EUR 3 — so that’s EUR 0.3 per battery. Parallel to that, I ordered 8 high-quality rechargeables, which came to a total of EUR 21. Granted, that’s including shipping, but I can’t just hop on my bicycle and get those, so I’ll just factor those in, which brings the price of a single battery to EUR 2.63. That means every battery has to be used 9 times for rechargeables to make economic sense. That is, if you already have the chargers!

I’m not sure this makes sense to me when I’m not using a lot of batteries…

Crossposted from my blog. Comment here or at the original post.
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From:loputon
Date:March 9th, 2018 06:29 am (UTC)
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I never really got into rechargeable batteries.. Like you these days, I don't really use batteries all that much. Maybe two a year? xD
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From:fub
Date:March 11th, 2018 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, then it totally doesn't make sense to invest in rechargables!
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From:ashmedai
Date:March 9th, 2018 12:25 pm (UTC)
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I might invest in a couple of chargers for the Christmas lights next year. I've never had anything eat up batteries the way those things did.
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From:fub
Date:March 11th, 2018 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Those strings of LED lights, powered by 2 AA batteries? Oh yes, they can go fast indeed. Rechargables are ideal for those: one set powering the lights, one set in the charger.
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From:kishenehn
Date:March 9th, 2018 03:22 pm (UTC)
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I've used rechargeables for years, and it's the only way to go. I've used them enough so I'm well past the point where it makes financial sense, but the best part is the fact that you never run out of batteries! At worst, whatever you're using is back in business after the batteries spend a few minutes in a charger. You don't pay for your absent-mindedness with a panicked trip to the store.
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From:fub
Date:March 11th, 2018 04:48 pm (UTC)
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That was my situation, until they got so bad by being unused for so long that I just had to throw them all out since they couldn't hold a charge anymore... Clearly, I had more batteries than I could use sensibly.
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From:nucleosides
Date:March 10th, 2018 01:05 am (UTC)
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I've always loved the idea of rechargeable batteries, just not the small ones, I've heard they can... explode if you try to recharge them (the tiny, tiny ones?).

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From:fub
Date:March 11th, 2018 04:50 pm (UTC)
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If you have good quality rechargables and a good charger, then they will never explode while charging. But if you have bad quality batteries or chargers, then yes, they can explode. But if you just buy a set of charger + batteries together, then that shouldn't happen.
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