If you still have electronics that use standard size batteries and find yourself buying pack after pack of them you may want to consider purchasing rechargeables. But which recharagable should you get? There are a number of brands and varieties to choose from. The simplest answer is that the AmazonBasics series is everything you are looking for.
First off, you may want to know why you should bother with rechargeable batteries. Not only will they save you money in the long run but they will also help the environment too. Yes rechargaebles are more expensive but even though an 8 pack is around double the cost of its standard counterpart, they make up the price difference within 2-3 uses. The AmazonBasics AA’s that I purchased say they have 1,000 recharge cycles. That will remove a huge number of batteries from land fills as well as save you a large amount of money.
You may be thinking “ok that’s great and all but the last time I used rechargeable batteries they didn’t last long and lost their charge quickly when stored”. Yes, I remember using rechargeables back in the late 90’s that were like that. But battery technology has come along way. I have personally used these batteries for months to ensure they live up to my expectations as a solid AA replacement.
When looking for batteries last summer I performed hours of research to trying to find the highest rated and most durable batteries. I was also concerned about cost. I knew I couldn’t pick the cheapest rechargables as I was thinking I may get what I pay for. Usually the best bang for your buck products are someone in between. So with that research done almost everything seemed to point to Amazon basics. They were the most highly rated lower cost battery I could find.
I should clarify that I use the white version of the batteries. They also come branded with a black logo. At the time, the white label had better reviews and supposedly was a rebrand of one of the best rechargeable battery brands. Looking at them now, I have read that the new version of the black label is now also a rebrand of the major brand. However, they are hi-capacity and have different properties than the white label. This is all information I gained from the QA section of Amazons site as well as what I can recall from reading on other sites and forums. So take this into consideration as I do not know this information for sure.
With this said, I can personally recommend the white label version of the batteries. I purchased 16 of these batteries last summer to use in game controllers (2 batteries per controller for Xbox 360(x4) and Wii(U) Remotes(x4) = 16 total) to have them always at the ready. At the time of purchase I had recently depleted my last pack of 16 standard major brand AA’s and was thinking of a good way to save money if rechargeables were affordable. I purchased these a bit skeptically, but have been completely satisfied with the results.
To make this review shorter, basically it functions just as well as a standard AA battery. As controllers died out I replaced each one with the new rechargeables while using up the last of my standard batteries. The best part is I noticed no difference in longevity. I had to recharge the batteries once every 2 months or so, but at the time I was playing games very heavily in my free time and they lasted just as long as their traditional counter part. These are AA’s in the fullest,no compromise.
What about holding a charge? I have tested that too. As I go through batteries for my game controllers regularly I bought a few extra so that I could keep some charged on standby and swap them out when needed. I have had some of them sit for 2-3 months with no noticeable lifespan change (without taking any measurements). Amazon is currently advertizing them to keep 85% of their life after 6 months, 80% at 1 year, 75% at 2 years and 70% at 3 years.
Charging Times/Quick Charger Warning!
Batteries really don’t dictate the charging time as much as the chosen charger. When I first bought these batteries I had a Duracell 15 minute charger and it worked great for a time. Then after 2 or 3 charges I found that 3 batteries had died. I initially wanted to blame the batteries and went online for answers. The real answer is that 15 minute chargers DO NOT respect rechargeable batteries. The way the battery chemistry works just simply does not allow this. Using quick chargers will only end up killing your batteries quickly. As such I ended up purchasing a La Crosse BC-700 Alpha charger which I will be doing a review on shortly(link added to the review!). It does take more time, but I haven’t had any more batteries die. This particular charger(with one of its various options) was even able to bring one of the three dead batteries back to full life!
If you are looking for solid rechargeable batteries look no further. This is one of the best investments I have made recently. I haven’t had to purchase any more AA’s since, except of course to buy a few more of these to replace the remaining AA’s I have in our home. I would also suggest picking up a few extra if you get a slow charger so you can simply swap the dead ones out with a charged one/set on standby.
If you are interested in picking up a set of batteries, you can click the links below to leave NautilusMODE.com and go to Amazon’s product pages:
If you are looking for a case for your dead or charged batteries I also use this product (link will take you to Amazon’s product page):
Dial AA Battery Storage Box