questionsdo you still use regular batteries, or are you…


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.


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

I'm deeply ashamed of myself.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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 they have a good selection, are pretty cheap and send out coupons regularly (usually around 10-15% your total order) via email.


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.


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!!!


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.