There’s some interesting things to note about rechargeable batteries! We’ll get to that. When you’re replacing batteries in a remote control (or any electronics), using rechargeable batteries is a great idea. Using rechargeable batteries can help reduce costs, and also means less batteries get thrown out. They last much longer, too. Although you may pay a little more up front for the charger and a stock of batteries to get started with, in the long term you’ll save money and also – not have to run to the store when you run out of batteries. We all know how frustrating that can be.
My daughter, as an example, has a particular fuzzy animal that makes noises. She must have this fuzzy animal working every single night, or she will wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to sleep until I repair said fuzzy animal. Big problem. So we always make sure to stock lots of batteries in a certain kitchen drawer, lest be faced with a sleepless evening.
One thing you may not know is that many brand names perform about the same – it does not matter what electronic you’re putting them into. Furthermore, many top name brands like Energizer, Panasonic, AmazonBasics – they all come from the same parts of the world, which is China, Korea and Japan. If you look closely enough, you’ll find that all of the batteries have mostly the same components. They even sometimes get made in the same factory. So one way to approach this is to look at the top brands we mention, and then buy the one that is least expensive. They’re going to last the same amount of time, and have similar / same components, as mentioned.
Best Battery Brands for Keeping a Charge
- AmazonBasics Rechargeable Batteries
- Energizer Recharge Universal AA
- Panasonic Eneloop AA
All three batteries mentioned have a capacity of 2,000 mAh. When testing these batteries, the results are too close together to make any difference between one or the other. The AmazonBasics AA batteries had an average capacity of 1,862 mAh, the Energizer Recharge Universal AAs had an average capacity of 1,896 mAh, and the Panasonic Eneloop AAs achieved an average capacity of 1,940 mAh. This is after charging and discharging the batteries, and then measuring the “true capacity.”
After about 50 cycles, these top brands mentioned still retained their charges quite well also. All three brands had retained a lot of their capacity. In the testing, measured capacities of 1,836 mAh (AmazonBasics), 1,833 mAh (Energizer), and 1,850 mAh (Panasonic) after 50 cycles.