Using rechargeable AA batteries is one way to do your bit to help towards protecting the planet's future. There's a lot to consider though, from how many times the batteries can be recharged, to how well they hold their charge once juiced up, to what mAh capacity they offer. We're taking a look at the best reusable AA battery options available today.
Duracell's high performance 2,500mAh batteries are good for up to 400 charges, which the company suggests should last you around five years. A fully charged set is good for up to 535 digital camera snaps and up to 25 hours in a wireless game controller. They feature Duracell's "Duralock" tech which prevents them from losing power once charged.
These 2,800mAh batteries from EBL claim an impressive 1,200 possible recharges thanks to the proprietary ProCyco technology. They also have an extremely low self-discharge rate, retaining 80% of their capacity even after three years of non-use. Suitable for all small electronic items, this set of eight batteries comes in two handy four packs.
Energizer's Power Plus range has a "world's first" claim of being the first rechargeable AA battery made with 4% recycled batteries, so they have super eco credentials. With a 2,000mAh capacity, they can be charged up to 1,000 times and will provide an average of 5.5 hours of toy activity or 7.5 hours on a handheld gaming device.
This affordable eight-pack from the AmazonBasics budget range has a typical 2,500mAh capacity and comes pre-charged using solar energy. They have built-in protection to avoid over-charging them and are good for up to 500 recharge cycles, so not as many as some rival — arguably higher-priced — options.
If you want to go ultra-green, then you should consider the Enegerizer Power Plus (opens in new tab) range as they are made with 4% recycled batteries, making them super eco-friendly.
However, our overall pick, the Duracell Recharge Ultra (opens in new tab) offers good all-round performance, decent battery life, longevity and low power loss at a price that won't break the bank. Unless you have specific priorities, these are your best bet.
Amy-Mae has been writing about consumer technology since before the iPhone was even a twinkle in Steve Jobs' eye. She started out in magazine publishing with the UK lads' mag 'Boy's Toys' then moved online with startup Pocket-lint.com as the first full-time member of staff, helping grow the site to one of the UK's largest gadget sites. Amy-Mae then moved to Mashable when it only had a staff of around 10 people. After working her way up to a senior role there, Amy-Mae left in 2014 to have her daughter. Since then Amy-Mae has continued to contribute to Mashable and The Daily Dot, keeping up-to-date with the latest consumer technology and social media trends. For iMore.com, Amy-Mae gets to her explore her love of home cooking, concentrating on all things kitchen tech.
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