The Best Rechargeable AA and AAA Batteries

Despite what that cute Energizer bunny thinks, batteries won’t keep going and going indefinitely. Before you know it, you’re reaching for a tiny screwdriver to pry open the battery cover on toys, the remote control, or dozens of other power-hungry gadgets around the house. According to recycler Battery Solutions, if you opt for disposable, single-use batteries, you’re contributing to the estimated 3 billion of them that end up in landfills every year. Go the rechargeable route and replacing batteries is much less of a drain on your wallet and the environment. There’s no question that rechargeable batteries beat disposable ones for most uses.

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About Stewart Wolpin

I have been writing about consumer electronics for four decades, including news, reviews, analysis and history for a wide variety of consumer, niche and trade outlets. For the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), I annually update the industry's history and write the official biographies of the CTA Hall of Fame inductees. Aside from writing about consumer technology for a variety of consumer, tech and trade publications, I write a blog and do market research for Digital Technology Consulting. In the non-tech world, I have written "Bums No More: The Championship Season of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers" and "The Rules of Neighborhood Poker According to Hoyle." Check out my work at
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2 Responses to The Best Rechargeable AA and AAA Batteries

  1. paul chiu says:

    Stewart, have you tested the IKEA Ladda AA and AAA rechargeable batteries?
    The AA arrives with a 1.310-1.312 V reading, labelled at 2450 mAh while the AAA arrives with 1.335-1.336 at 750mAh.
    The readings were for consistent out of the pack for 16 AA and 12 AAA.

    They are made in Japan and after weeks of use with my maglite Xl500 and Hioki Multimeters, I feel they maybe rebranded Panasonics.

    Upper West Side

    • Paul –

      I have not, but Panasonic is a major OEM battery maker and manufacturers many non-Panasonic-branded/private label rechargeable batteries. Since most rechargeable come from China and Panasonic is one of the few battery OEM battery manufacturers in Japan, your assumption is reasonable.


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