Best Rechargeable AA Batteries iMore 2021

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.

Durable: Duracell AA 2,500mAh Recharge Ultra Rechargeable Batteries (8-pack)

Staff Pick

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.

£16 at Amazon

Power pack: EBL AA 2,800mAh Rechargeable Batteries (8-pack)

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.

£15 at Amazon

Recycled: Energizer Power Plus AA 2,000mAh Rechargeable Batteries (8-pack)

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.

£13 at Amazon

No nonsense: AmazonBasics AA 2,500mAh Rechargeable Batteries (8-pack)

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.

£15 at Amazon

Green energy

If you want to go ultra-green, then you should consider the Enegerizer Power Plus range as they are made with 4% recycled batteries, making them super eco-friendly.

However, our overall pick, the Duracell Recharge Ultra 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.

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