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The Ever, Never Changing World Of Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries have come a long way from the early days.

Well, maybe.

Sometimes, I wish the manufacturers had waited before introducing them. Without giving away my actual age, as a kid I can remember the first set of “rechargeables” that made it’s way to our home. They were made by General Electric and consisted of a rudimentary “cook your battery” battery charger and a set of Ni-Cad cells.

My parents – in good faith – tried them, and because of lousy performance, eventually gave up. The promise of “never buy batteries again” was soon laughable and this impression was compounded upon a huge base of consumers. This soon gave way to the tremendous growth of our throw-away battery mentality that persists to this day. And despite the efforts of the green people and blogs like this, we still fight the “do these things really work?” mentality when it comes to rechargeable batteries.

Yet, the fault lies clearly with manufacturers and marketers of batteries - both in the disposable, throw-away market and with those who produce rechargeable technology. While there are as many brands of batteries as there are breakfast cereals, very few companies take the time to educate the public on the effective use of rechargeables.

Why? Two reasons, actually three.

First, if you are a large battery company that sells billions of disposable batteries, why would you spend time and money teaching people to stop using them? It makes no economical sense. People buy stock in these public companies and the shareholders want profit, not prophets. Let’s face it, it takes a bit of “missionary” work to bring people around to a rechargeable mentality – and those who spend the time and resources are often labeled as “fringe” or affectionately – tree-huggers.

Personally, I’m not your typical “green” person. For me to make a switch to green technology, it has to make sense financially too. So, in all honesty, when I see a family, business, church, or school going through batteries like a kid in a candy store, I take it as a personal challenge to convert them over to rechargeables. I know that by switching to rechargeable technology they can save hundreds to thousands of dollars year after year.

And that leads me to the second reason why most battery companies do not take the time to educate: Their rechargeable technology isn’t where it should be. If a company was selling a rechargeable battery that could only be used 50 times, as a consumer, I’d have to consider the ROI (return on investment.) Is it worth it to switch? Why spend extra money upfront when I can buy a boatload of disposable batteries and achieve the same effect?

For a company or business to make a switch to rechargeables, we have to offer quality rechargeable battery chargers and quality rechargeable batteries. Ansmann batteries and chargers – while they cost a little bit more – make it worth the effort in the long run by providing high recycles and performance – in many – cases up to 1000 recharges. (see my previous blog – on refreshing battery chargers here) The majority of battery companies only offer cheap, minimum quality chargers and batteries that boasts of high-capacity but deliver much less over few recycles. So, as consumers continue to buy low quality chargers and batteries, they wind up perpetuating the “do these batteries really work?” mentality all over again — which then drives them back to disposables.

Finally, here’s the last reason why battery companies spend little time educating on rechargeable technology — and it’s really more of an excuse than a reason. Does the marketplace really want rechargeable technology? If you take a look at the products offered by the large battery companies, you’ll find very little in the way of high-tech battery chargers. They are typically low cost, and rudimentary in nature. The rationale is along this line of thought: “Let’s provide those consumers who want to try rechargeables just enough – at as little cost to them. Let them then determine if it’s worth the energy to stay with rechargeables.”

If I was not an informed consumer, and marched into the Radio Shack or Wal-mart, bought a cheap $10 charger and a $7 pack of rechargeables, I would soon forget about using them. It would not be worth the hassle. Or maybe I would fail to see how I could convert my whole household to rechargeables — and just use it for my Wii controllers. There is a rechargeable solution for just about every application but it just takes a little planning to do it right.

So, as the title of this article states: “The Ever, Never Changing World of Rechargeable Batteries” — has much changed?

Perhaps you’re reading this article and have yet to switch to rechargeables. Or you’ve tried them in the past and gave up. I encourage you to get my Free Report – “3 Things You Absolutely Need to Know About Rechargeable Batteries” by clicking here.

Or maybe I’m preaching to the choir and you figured out how to best use rechargeables. Share your experience with others.  Tweet it, FB it, or leave your comments.

27 Responses to “The Ever, Never Changing World Of Rechargeable Batteries”

  1. Marco says:

    Well if you are giving away your age telling that story then I am giving away my age by telling you that I remember that as well. And you are right the everlasting batteries were a laughing stock there for awhile because they still didn’t last any longer than a regular battery did. You did an excellent job putting this information together.

  2. Katie says:

    I’m not your typical green person either and much like you it has to make sense to me before I’ll commit to it. I was one of those converted to rechargeable batteries when I had kids, I couldn’t keep enough batteries to keep their toys running so to save money I started getting rechargeable’s and to this day there isn’t a time that a toy goes dead that I don’t have a battery for it.

  3. Catherine says:

    I think you have done a great job with that information you have given us, you put it together in a very professional manner and you can read and understand it very easily. I think this blog will convert many people over to the “green side if they take the time to really think about the savings that they will have. I was surprised at the saving in the first year alone when I switched

  4. Ronald says:

    I have read your blog and your previous blog about refreshing batteries, and I would say that you have got some great information here. You know your stuff when it comes to batteries. I have had a lot of rechargeable batteries in my day and I am going to stick with them but I am going to get a reconditioner as well. We all have to do are part when it comes to going green.

  5. Darin says:

    The world of rechargeable batteries has come a long way and they are steps ahead of other products when it comes to being green and helping the environment. I downloaded your free report “3 Things You Absolutely Need To Know About Rechargeable Batteries and it was absolutely fascinating. I won’t make any mistakes when going to purchase more batteries later.

  6. Brian says:

    Thanks like your blog. I use rechargeables all the time.

  7. Jamie says:

    Much like you something like this has to make sense to me before I’ll commit to it. I was one of those converted to rechargeable batteries when I had kids, when you have toys that are running all day long you really eat up the batteries. After about a month of going through batteries like they were water I decided it wouldn’t hurt to give them a try. I haven’t looked back.

  8. Betty says:

    Thank you for the trip down memory lane , remember buying some of the first rechargeable batteries for my kids, so don’t tell me about tell your age. When they came out and they’re slogans were about how long they lasted your right everyone laughed after they spent their hard earned money on them just to find out they didn’t last any longer you just didn’t have to throw them away when they died.

  9. Edward says:

    I think this blog will convert many people over to the “green side if they take the time to really think about the savings that they will have. I was surprised at the saving in the first year alone when I switched you did a great job getting the information out there to us.

  10. Edward says:

    You certainly know your stuff when it comes to batteries. I have had a lot of rechargeable batteries in my day but not once did I think about them being green, this is a great environmental issue to be discussed in our schools so we can all have a part when it comes to going green.

  11. Eric says:

    I downloaded your free report “3 Things You Absolutely Need To Know About Rechargeable Batteries and it was absolutely fascinating. I won’t make any mistakes when going to purchase more batteries now. And I am going to foot the expense and get the higher quality recharger that reconditions as well. You gave us a lot of information on batteries here and you did a great job of it.

  12. Louis says:

    I agree with your comment about is rechargeable technology really where it should be? I don’t think so and I think you are right and that is why they don’t educate us about their batteries, they are embarrassed that they are not has advanced as they should be by now. Some of these battery companies haven’t changed anything since the beginning and they are trying to compete with more advanced batteries and they just can’t.

  13. Deborah says:

    If you think this information means your old then I must be ancient because I remember when the news started coming out with the stories about how companies were considering re-chargeable batteries. When they first came out I thought they were the greatest things going you could put them in your TV remote and never have to buy more, then the truth came out. Very interesting blog you did an excellent job with the details.

  14. Bethany says:

    You did a great job with your blog. It was entertaining as well as informative. You pointed out a lot of things that I had never thought of before but after you pointed them out they make perfect since, like the whole 50 hours of use on the rechargable’s compared to a boatload of disposables. If you hadn’t mentioned it I would never have thought about it and would have kept wasting my money.

  15. Mary says:

    The other battery companies don’t want us to know their little secrets that is why they don’t educate us on their batteries. You have something to be proud of in your batteries, rechargers, reconditioning rechargers etc. so naturally your going to educate people about what they can do. I have spent thousands of dollars I’m sure over the years and now all that is going to change.

  16. Eric says:

    I have tried almost every brand of rechargeable battery on the market and as you stated there are quite a few of them. And none of the manufacturers have been as open about their batteries and how long they will last as you have. I am pleasantly surprised at how you explained you reconditioning recharger in your previous blog and I am definitely going to get some of the Max-E batteries.

  17. David says:

    I’m a conservationist at heart anything I can do to save the environment I’ll do, so when these rechargeable batteries first came out I bought into it hook line and sinker just to be disappointed in the quality I thought I was going to get. Your article convinced me that it was just too early in the game that now they are more perfected by your company and I should try them again.

  18. Shira says:

    You made some very valid points in your article about the manufacturer of the rechargeable batteries and their lack of effort to improve. I downloaded your free report and read through it last night and I’m glad I did you had more stuff in there that I was unaware of as well. I think now that I could go in, get a rechargeable battery and charger, and be confident I knew what I was buying.

  19. Beverley says:

    My kids all have toys that require batteries of course so I invested in the rechargeable battery, it does help with the amount of batteries but the cost is still kind of high because they don’t hold a charge very long. I never knew though until this blog that there was a problem so now that I know, I’ll have to invest in your batteries. Thank you for getting this information out there.

  20. Adeline says:

    You put together a lot of information in your article and it is about time that somebody told the truth about these so called rechargeable batteries. Thank you for outing the manufacturers that really don’t want the consumer to know the truth about their batteries and the ones that aren’t willing to teach how to use them properly. Great blog I look forward to more like this from you.

  21. Eddy says:

    I have to admit to contributing to the throw away battery mentality for many years. But this is only because I had a bad experience with poor performing rechargeable batteries – albeit not the kind with the capability of a refresh cycle. But it is the old technology which has conditioned our thinking to assume that all rechargeable batteries are the same. I did not know this to be untrue until I found this web site on Google.

  22. Gerald says:

    You’re not old, rechargeable battery technology is what is old and out dated. When you buy a battery for your camera that is rechargeable and you put it in the camera and it drains it in about 1 day then the rechargeable batteries aren’t what they need to be anymore. I am looking forward to trying your batteries the Max-E to really see if they are better. This is great information.

  23. Mark says:

    If you have a camera that is draining the rechargeable batteries in about one third the time they’re supposed to is it the batteries or the camera. I buy new ones and they last a few days then after I recharge them they only last a day. Any ideas what could be happening, could it be the recharger? Maybe I should just get one of those recharger/reconditioners that you posted about in your previous blog.

  24. Carlota says:

    I’ve never been a energy conscious person and like you it has to make sense to me and be proven before I’ll commit to it. I was one of those new believers in rechargeable batteries when they came out with these new digital cameras and we had a new baby, you can’t have enough pictures of that new baby. I’ll have to give that Max-E battery that you had in your last blog a try.

  25. Mark says:

    I have gone through tons of batteries in my day and I have learned more from your blogs in the last couple of days then I knew about them from the store I bought them at. Usually when you buy something from an electronic store they can tell you something about what they are selling but not when it comes to rechargeable batteries. Thank you for all the information I really appreciate it.

  26. Debra says:

    The battery companies there for a few years were steps ahead of the rest with this rechargeable stuff but now like you said they have really slacked off on their quality and they don’t teach you how to properly use the batteries or the charger in order to get the longest life out of them. I appreciate your blogs on this subject because I have actually learned quite a bit.

  27. admin says:

    Be sure to use Max batteries in your camera if you are going to leave it dormant for more than a few days. They do not self-discharge like standard rechargeables

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