As you may already know... another Earth Day is almost upon us. And while it's fun to celebrate it by having an outdoor BBQ, Sing Songs about Mother Earth, and eat lots of Organic Foods on Earth Day... It's even nicer to put things into practice and start living more 'green'. With this in mind, I decided to write a special review to remind everyone how easily they can start living in "greener pastures" :)
How? Well, you know all those "AA" batteries you use once and throw away? Well, there are amazing batteries out there now which last as long as normal Alkaline batteries you throw away... but you can recharge them and use them again... Up to a thousand times! Yeah, you heard right... it's one single battery you can use up to 1000 times. And how much will these miraculous batteries cost you? Well, how does $30 for: 8 "AAs", 2 "AAA", an included Battery Charger which charges 4 Batteries at a time, and adapters so that you can use your "AA" batteries in devices which use "C" and "D" batteries? If I've peaked your interest... Read On:
I've always been a fan of rechargeable batteries... every since I was a kid. It just seemed like a great idea which saves money, waste, and time. Old rechargeable battery technology suffered from a myriad of problems including the "memory effect", few recharge cycles, and fast battery depletion (even while not in use). The great thing is that all of these issues have since been addressed. I'm not saying that they're 100 percent fixed... but rather that they are no longer big issues. These new Eneloop batteries use "hybrid" rechargeable technology, which means that they will not drain like older rechargeable batteries do. The regular Nimh batteries drain quickly... even when they are just sitting around in a drawer. These Eneloop batteries have a very slow drain rate, so that even if they're sitting around within a whole year, they're still about 80% to 90% charged. Here are some pros and cons about this battery bundle:
Pros: -Great Value for this amount of batteries, adapters, and charger. -These batteries are among the best modern rechargeable batteries money can buy... quality wise. -Charger takes AA and AAA batteries.
Cons: -The charger will only charge batteries in pairs. Some chargers let you charge single individual batteries.
Conclusion: This is a great kit to have for anybody who uses lots of batteries. The Battery Charger will charge any type of Nimh rechargeable battery , including batteries from other brands. Using rechargeable batteries is a great way to start "Going Green", and each battery can be recharged about a 1000 times. Just imagine how much less waste there would be if everyone used rechargeables instead of disposable one-time use batteries.
Note: Right now (as of April 2010) you can get this power pack at Amazon for only around $30 with free shipping. So, what are you waiting for? Oh, one more thing, these batteries work fantastic for high drain devices like digital cameras. Now, get moving!
The biggest drawback for Nickel Metal Hydride batteries is the shelf life. I got gadgets and toys all around the house, so I constantly charging batteries to have them ready when I need them. There will be very little juice left if you put them in the shelf unused for a couple of months. A waste of time and energy. Hence, one of the biggest advancement in battery technology is the arrival of the new low discharge Nickel Metal Hydride batteries. This is another great step in helping the environment. … more
Sanyo eneloop Power Pack & charger Pre-charged Ni-MH rechargeable battery kit * Charger unit model # NC-MQN06U * Charge 2 or 4 batteries at the same time in pairs. * eneloop Rechargeable Battery Power Pack * Pre-charged Ni-MH rechargeable battery kit * Economical: 1 eneloop = 1,000 alkaline batteries * Worry-Free: eneloop works in any device that uses AA, AAA, C or D batteries * Convenient: eneloop batteries are pre-charged and ready to use when you are Battery Charger Features: * (Worldwide Voltage) * Charges both AA and AAA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries * Foldaway plug; No cords or wall adapters needed * Multi-color LED charge indicator lights Long Storage Life: Batteries have a property to release the stored energy in small amounts over time (self-discharge). Improvement in self-discharge characteristics enable eneloop to be "ready to use out of the package" and to have long shelf life. It keeps 85% of the initial charge after 1 year, so it can be used now or as an emergency battery.