In any given week, my family will use our Wii remotes, nerf guns, and toddler toys. My pal Violet, anyone?? What’s the link between these activities?
Batteries, my friend, batteries.
When I tell people that they can save money by recharging alkaline batteries, they’re always amazed. We’ve been led to believe that alkaline batteries are one-time-use only. In reality, these batteries can usually be recharged several times.
This “hack” is seriously awesome. Totally up there with digital library loans in the why-don’t-more-people-know-about-this category.
How an alkaline charger works:
- Toss your tired batteries into the alkaline charger — You can fit 4 AA, AAA, C, D, or 1 9v (in the center slot)
- Slide the selector switch — Alkaline, Ni-Mh, Ni-Cd
- Go do something important for a couple of hours. Voila! Your batteries are charged. Feels great, doesn’t it?
Tips for using an alkaline charger:
- Generic batteries actually recharge better than name brand alkaline batteries, in our experience.
- Make sure to leave your freshly charged batteries out on a paper towel for a few hours before popping them into expensive electronics. Occasionally a battery will leak after charging. Toss those batteries & don’t use them!
- Alkaline batteries won’t keep recharging cycle-after-cycle forever. However, you’ll get several cycles before they finally give up the ghost.
This practice will totally save you a ton of money if you’re like my family and use lots of batteries.
Snag your own alkaline charger and stick it to the man!
Have you tried recharging alkaline batteries?
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