questionsdo you still use regular batteries, or are you…

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I hardly use batteries anymore. The only thing that uses batteries is my Wiimote, and even then I have a rechargeable battery, so they only get used when I forgot to charge it. I guess the only other thing is a TV remote but those go out every, what, two years?

And the smoke alarm I guess.

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Regular non-rechargeable batteries because they're convenient and plentiful.

I'm deeply ashamed of myself.

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I do use rechargeable batteries, but mostly only for my gadgets that have a high battery turnover rate.

For example, my bicycle head/tail lights needed to be swapped every couple of months or so. Having the need to use those lights for the past 4 or so years, it made sense economically (and environmentally?) to go rechargeable.

For things like my graphing calculator, I only needed to change the batteries every year or two so I don't bother with using rechargeable batteries. I do, however, collect all of my used batteries and send them to the proper place for disposal instead of dumping them in the trash, if that makes any difference.

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I recently bought some Sanyo Eneloop batteries for the Xbox controllers as the kids were chewing through a 40 pack of AAs every six weeks or so.

So far so good - they have lasted as long or longer than the Duracells on a single charge.

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Rechargeable here. I have so many floating around the house it's hard to keep tabs on which are good or dead.

I use them in everything. Logitech remote, computer mouse and keyboard, Xbox & Wii controllers, toothbrush, even the Glade air fresheners have them.

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I do something similar to @oahceasgnikgneas. I use walkie talkies often, so I use recharables as they eat through batteries. My Wii Remotes have recharables as well.

I do use regular batteries for my camera. Typically, if I have my camera out, I'm away from electricity, so the initial 4 AA are rechargable, and if I run out, I use disposable ones.

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I use rechargeable batteries for my cameras, which are the only devices which really eat batteries. My remote mouse in the living room has a recharging cradle. I use regular batteries for my other remotes and alarms, as they don't like rechargeables. But like someone else said, the ultra-alkaline standard batteries last for years so I am only tossing a couple of batteries a year across all the remotes and smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that won't use rechargeables.

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I've made the decision to switch to rechargables, at least for most things, though I currently have about a year's supply of AAA and 6 month's of AA non-rechargables on hand.

Most of my battery use is in remotes and a few lighting applications (eg. under cabinet lights over my kitchen sink). The Sanyo Eneloop 1500's work extremely well in these applications.

The only thing that I can think of offhand that I'm not planning to switch is the smoke/CO detectors... doesn't seem worth it.

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I switched to rechargeable 8 years ago. 3 years ago I threw them all out, as they were used to their max. Been using normal bats since that time, as the only things I have which take batteries now are remotes and clocks. Everything comes rechargeable now, so I don't have any use for rechargeable AAs.

Do you still use batteries would be a more appropriate question to this audience and era, I think.

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Rechargeable, with 2 xboxes and multiple battery powered devices, we would spend a fortune if we bought anything else.

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Rechargeables for everything except low-drain, long-life stuff (mostly Smoke/CO detectors and the like).

Although since I spent the money on my current rechargeables (3-4 years ago?) I have learned about a NiMH technology that is also supposed to have a low-self discharge rate. I may check it out when I need to buy more batteries. Graphical description:

I have gotten most of my rechargeables from all-battery.com: they have a good selection, are pretty cheap and send out coupons regularly (usually around 10-15% your total order) via email.

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We nearly always use rechargeable batteries at this point. Especially AA and AAA, because we have so many remote control devices and other gadgets that require them.

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Rechargeable for everything except for Smoke Detectors.

2 years ago, I found the Duracell Pre-Charged, low-discharge rechargeable AAA's & AA's SUPER cheap online. So I bought quite a few. Every single battery has been perfect ever since. Not a single faulty or leaking battery yet. I also picked up a set of C-battery adapters to use AA's in place of a C battery for a few of the kid's toys & I've not been disappointed yet. While they may not run as long as an original C battery, the kids don't typically play with those for long anyway. Not to mention I have plenty of rechargeable AA's to replace them as needed if playtime is longer than the AA's can provide.

LOVE the Duracell Pre-Charged, low-discharge rechargeables!!!

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I just recently made like a $300 investment in a high-end charger plus about 80 AA and AAA batteries - buying the low-self-discharge Eneloops which are comparable to the Duracell Pre-Charged that @greatdrivr mentioned -- I wish they were less expensive. At roughly $2 per battery ($3 per battery if you factor in the amortized cost of the advanced charger), I'll need to use each battery 10x to get close to break-even on cost to the non-rechargeables.

The boys are always eating through batteries with their toys, so I think I'm going to ultimately come out ahead. But it's definitely a commitment.