rechargable batteries?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-26-2007
rechargable batteries?
Wed, 01-23-2008 - 8:29am
We go through SO many batteries around here every month. The kids use batteries in their Wii remote controls, batteries for the computer wireless mouse and keyboard (which I think we should switch to regular wired ones, but dh is in control of that). Then there's other things and toys that need AAs and I am buying at least 16/month. So I was thinking about going to Sams and buying a big pack of rechargeables, but wasn't sure if they're worth it?
Thanks for your input!
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
siggy made by jenn83_04

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-24-2006
Wed, 01-23-2008 - 11:08am
We changed to rechargeables this year. Totally worth it in the long run. We have AA & D's. I use the D's in my youngest son's swing. It's kind of an investment though because you have to get the chargers and the batteries. Shop around for them first though.
I'm not sorry we made the investment because it saves $ and the environment.
Good luck,

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-21-2006
Wed, 01-23-2008 - 12:28pm
we don't use them but should. We had some long ago but it seemed like they lasted so shorter than regulars so it felt like just another chore to change batteries so often and always keep manny changed out and a system just fo the batteries. I know it is green and I bet they are way better than when we had them however many years ago, yk? I have thought about it. We go through so many too but the one thing I do do is keep a tub for discarded and make a run to HazMat disposal once or twice a yr and take any garage stuff that disposes there too. I really hate to see a battery in the regualra trash.
Sher - wife to G, mom to the fantastic four....

Abigail (10), Noah (7), Jonah (5), Ben (2)
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Go with the flow of good chaos

Avatar for sk8termum
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-04-2003
Wed, 01-23-2008 - 1:12pm

I have been using rechargeables for years and years now.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket 
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-29-2006
Wed, 01-23-2008 - 2:56pm

get them! we use them in my camera (I take tons of photos, as you know) and in the kids' game controllers. the next set we are buying will be for the tv/dvd remotes. and here I could go into an enviromental speech about how batteries are in the landfills and they don't go away and toxins leak out of them, but I won't ;)

the only thing I wish we would've done is buy the large box that recharges all kinds of batteries at once, as we now have triple a and double a to charge, and only a tiny box that holds 4 at a time... but even that does work out. I put my camera batteries in at night after a day of heavy camera use, and the kids are responsible for putting in their game batteries if the low energy light blinks while they are playing. more often than not they don't and they end up with controllers that don't work, so then they can't play that day because the batteries are on the charger- a good lesson in being on top of things, no?

I am so jealous you guys have a wii! We have the xbox which is no use to me. I would love a wii- my dh's friend brought his over and I played with them- had a blast and was tired after, would be a nice aerobic exercise!


Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-27-2002
Wed, 01-23-2008 - 4:42pm

I tried them about 8 years ago, and, like Sher, had trouble getting them to keep a charge.

Martie, wife to one fabulous man and mom to 8 amazing children