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High Quality Rechargeable Batteries

What constitutes a high quality rechargeable battery? This is not as simple as some may think.  As the public becomes more aware of the “green” value of rechargeable batteries, there is a growing list of new battery brands popping up.  It  reminds me of the “natural foods” phenomenon that occurred when the major food brands were challenged about the nutritional value of their products. Suddenly, every cereal, bread, snack, etc.,  starting touting the label “all natural.”

And so it goes with the rechargeable battery industry.

Here a few ways to tell if you’re getting  high quality rechargeable batteries:

  1. Check who’s using them.  The professionals that rely on high quality rechargeables have been using the best brands for quite some time. They’ve already done the research by trial and error.  This is a good time to point out some of our high profile companies – like Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, plus thousands of production facilities and professional photographers who all use the Ansmann batteries and chargers.  This should be a huge “hint.”
  2. Check the warranty.  Is there a performance guarantee outside the 30-day refund? (Some brands won’t even provide the 30 days!)  Professional grade rechargeable batteries will offer a two-year guarantee on the ability for a nimh rechargeable battery to hold a charge. That doesn’t mean that the battery will still be able to be charged to 100% capacity – as this will vary greatly by frequency of use and drain applied to the battery. The warranty has more to do about internal shorting of the battery and it’s ability to continue to be used for more recycles.
  3. Check the Label.  Just like everyone in the supermarket is reading the nutritional value of the foods they consume, your batteries should provide a bit of truth to “what’s inside.” Recently, the European Union forced battery manufacturers to provide the “minimum capacity” on the package of rechargeable batteries and on the battery itself.  (EU Battery Directive 2066/66/EC)   This is a step in the right direction as  you will now see the differences in what the stated “maximum capacity” is and the minimum capacity.  If it differs by more than 10%, you going to see a lot of “re-labeling” occur.  Some brands out there that have been purporting AA 2900 mah reflect a minimum capcity of 2400 mah or less!  Although this new labeling is not mandatory here in the US  (yet) the Ansmann brand is already providing both the maximum AND minimum capacities on their labels.

All though you’ve heard it before, I’ll say it again.  You get what you pay for. Competition is the battery field is fierce. This is good for consumers with one caveat: Always compare apples to apples.  In a slow economy, price is king – however – saving $1 on a 4-pack of batteries that you’ll need to replace 3-4x times sooner makes no sense at all.

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10 Responses to “High Quality Rechargeable Batteries”

  1. Christopher says:

    I do freelance photography and I intend to adhere to tip number one by asking some of my colleagues what type of batteries they have been using. This is good advice and when you think about it, that is the natural way of learning in any field. Whatever the industry you work in, this is exactly why networking with your contemporaries is very beneficial, whether you are in college acquiring your training or already in the field.

  2. Robert says:

    This is some very helpful information. I would love to replace all the batteries in my house with rechargables but I also understand that it wouldn’t be worth it to do that on things like toothbrushes that only require two batteries but what about those radios that require like 8 “C cell batteries? Do they even make rechargables that are that big?

  3. Mitchell says:

    Very helpful tips I am going to start asking more questions when it comes to things like this. You have put together some really good information here and I look forward to your next post regarding these batteries. I prefer high quality myself and if I can get them in all the sizes I need then I will.

  4. Larry says:

    I wish there existed the kind of technology that enables batteries of all shapes and sizes to have unlimited life spans – you know, like how the nuclear submarines now patrol the depths of the ocean for the Navy of the United States and other first world countries. Maybe one day, that sort of nuclear technology will b available to the general public. Until then, I guess we will just have to follow the advice on this site.

  5. Bert says:

    Wow this was amazing, I never knew that there was a difference in the quality of a rechargeable battery. I figured they all had to be made the same way or they wouldn’t be rechargeable right? I guess that was wrong on many counts. I have seen lots of AA rechargeable batteries and a few 9 volt but what about the bigger ones, do they make them?

  6. Frankie says:

    We want high quality batteries in our Church because we use them in the sound equipment and microphones up on stage. There is nothing more embarrassing then having a battery die in the middle of the message or worship and all of the sudden you can’t hear them. The higher the quality the better and I really like the ones with a guarantee.

  7. Deidre says:

    I want the best quality I can get because I don’t want to have to replace the rechargeable batteries before their time because they were cheap, that defeats the purpose. I need to have dependable batteries around at all times because so much in my house runs on batteries. This was a good article, thanks.

  8. Morris says:

    I never knew that there was a difference in the quality of a rechargeable battery. I figured they all had to be made the same way or they wouldn’t be rechargeable right? I guess that was wrong on many counts.

  9. Mark says:

    Christopher, it might be beneficial to a lot of people if you could share with us the information that you find out from your friends. I am looking into photography courses right now and any information I can take into it with me the better off I will be. And Larry, I wish we had everlasting life in batteries to but then the battery companies wouldn’t be very happy.

  10. Adam says:

    The kids in the class would prefer that I have good quality batteries because they have toys that they wouldn’t be able to play with if I didn’t have rechargeable batteries that lasted a long time. This was a very interesting article thank you for posting.

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