Disposable v Rechargeable Batteries

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We get asked a lot of questions at budget batteries. The meaning of life? what will happen after Brexit? and what battery should i pick, Rechargeable or Disposable?

To help explain we have put together an info graphic of the differences between the two.

We find that although rechargeable batteries are more expensive to buy upfront, they can replace up to 1500 alkaline cells. So potentially rechargeable batteries will save you money in the long run. However the main problem arises when you have multiple power hungry devices to run. You’ll need enough rechargeable batteries to power them all at the same time. Meaning you’ll need to buy multiple packs of rechargeable batteries, which will cost considerably more than buying the same amount of alkaline batteries. Although they will power your devices again and again unlike those alkaline cells.

Along with rechargeable batteries comes the responsibility of having to charge them. For example if a company is using 2000 batteries a month in a number of portable devices, the logistics of recharging all of those cells would be a nightmare. In a case like this disposable batteries make a lot more sense.

For the average household though, It really comes down to if you can afford to buy the amount of rechargeable batteries needed to cover all of your devices. One way is to spread the cost out. Gradually transition from alkaline to rechargeable. Buy a pack and use them for a device in the house, when another device runs out of batteries, replace those with rechargeables and before you know it you’ll have all you need. As well as having that feeling of satisfaction your doing your bit to help reduce the 15 billion batteries thrown away each year.

We hope this helps. Don’t forget, if you have any questions, just ask us in the comment section or send us an email.

Disposable v Rechargeable Batteries


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