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Are rechargeable batteries worth it?

Rechargeable batteries are better for the environment

Over 33 million pounds of batteries are sent to landfills every year in the U.S. Replacing disposable batteries with rechargeable batteries is not only good for the environment, but it will save you money! Who doesn't want some extra cash on hand?


But when should I use rechargeable batteries? Are there instances where it's still better to use non-rechargeable batteries? Let's explore battery options and when to use rechargeable batteries to both save the environment and your wallet.

Standard Duracell Batteries

Standard Batteries

  • Very costly to replace
  • Must be replaced often
  • Create more packaging
  • Create more pollution
  • Subpar performance
Rechargeable Duracell AA Batteries

Rechargeable Batteries

  • Only need to be replaced every 2 - 5 years
  • Very little packaging
  • Less pollution
  • Excellent performance
  • Performance gets better over time

Non-rechargeable batteries are great for low-drain electronics like wall clocks.

When should I use non-rechargeable batteries?

If you prefer non-rechargeable or standard batteries, they may be the perfect choice for low-drain products that tend to use power occasionally or very low power over a long period of time. Examples of low-drain products include:

  • Smoke detectors
  • Remote controls
  • Wall clocks
Rechargeable batteries are great for high-drain electronics like digital cameras.

When should I use rechargeable batteries?

Rechargeable batteries are ideal for high-drain electronics that quickly drain a lot of energy.

  • Digital cameras
  • GPS receivers
  • Wireless microphones
  • Flash units
  • CD players

Instead of running through disposable batteries very quickly, essentially wasting batteries and money, buy rechargeable batteries. You'll save yourself money and time in the long run.

Rechargeable batteries are better for the environment

What are the benefits of using rechargeable batteries?

  • Better for the environment
  • Less expensive
  • Less product waste
  • Better performance
  • Longer lasting batteries

Rechargeable batteries have less of an impact on global warming, air pollution, and water pollution when compared to standard batteries. They also save you money because they are reusable, paying for themselves over time. In fact, many rechargeable batteries on the market today actually last longer with a single charge than most disposable batteries. With that kind of performance, money-saving aspects, and environmentally-friendly benefits, rechargeable batteries are a powerful idea!

Energizer AA batteries charging

How do rechargeable batteries work?

Rechargeable batteries work very similar to regular disposable batteries because they both produce a current or energy the same way. However, rechargeable batteries can complete this action in reverse. They can start with full power and give off energy, but they can also start without power and take in energy to restore the battery's charge.

Most rechargeable batteries are lithium-ion (LiOn), but others include nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) and nickel-cadmium (NiCd).

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Where can I buy rechargeable batteries?

As you've no doubt realized, rechargeable batteries can save you money, are overall better for the environment, and they can even last longer per charge than most disposable batteries. When you're ready to make the switch to rechargeable batteries, you can find them at your local Do it Best store, or on 

If you decide to stick with single use batteries check out our article on How to Properly Dispose of Batteries