Whatever your view point is, batteries are an everyday essential that we all take for granted, used in many portable pieces of equipment. What we can all do is to reduce the numbers of batteries we all use by choosing to rechargeable batteries instead of single use throwaway type batteries.
Good quality rechargeable batteries should give 1000 recharge cycles. These do suffer from high levels of self discharge, meaning that if you fully charge and then leave them alone, you will probably find that you will need to recharge them within the month. This is obviously a bit of a pain as you always seem to find that rechargeable batteries always need recharging just when you need them most. The latest generation of NiMH batteries to be developed have now addressed this problem.
Batteries come pre-charged from the manufacturer and hold their charge for prolonged periods of time – up to 12 months in fact. This also reduces your carbon footprint and you will find you will cut down on the number of wasted recharging cycles you need to carry out.
One thing to take note of is that these new generation, pre-charged, ready to go types of batteries tend to be slightly lower in capacity. For example: AA size cells are generally around the 2.1Ah mark, compared with the more traditional type batteries which can be bought at capacities between 2.7 and 2.9Ah. If you take into account the differences in self discharge rates, you will find in practise that the performance is not actually that different.
The other thing to take note of is that you don’t need to change your existing battery chargers. Most of the major battery manufacturers have now brought out their own brands. We currently stock the Ansmann maxE Range (AAA, AA, C ,D and PP3). We also stock the GP Batteries ReCyko Range (AA and AAA). Why not do your bit to lower you carbon footprint and change over to these new eco friendly types of batteries?