• buzz86us@lemmy.world
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    2 months ago

    I have AA batteries that are rechargeable, and I’m challenged to find a use for them

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      2 months ago

      Once I had a kid, the demand for AAs skyrockted. I already had a bunch of nice Eneloop and generic equivalent rechargeables and a fancy third party smart charger. But when a kid gets a LOT of toys, the rechargeables turn out not to be a good solution. You need to have a large quantity of batteries that get rarely used, unless you want to be swapping batteries every time they switch toys. Good luck with that, lol.

      And even worse, if you have a bunch of rechargeables in toys all over the house, they can start getting trashed or given away inside those toys!

      So it was like an overflow error that put me back at the beginning of the battery user progression. Buying alkalines baby!

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        2 months ago

        Haha, same situation here. Whenever my partner says she is giving away a toy, my first reaction is “take my batteries (eenlops/EBLs) out!”. My older brother was always shitting on rechargeables, but they have been great for me

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          2 months ago

          Yeah, it’s the presence of the partner that complicates things. Likewise I would never let something leave the house without checking the batteries if it were only me.

          It’s always fun when I come home and take out some garbage bags because she did a big cleaning, and then the damn garbage starts playing music or giggling at me.

          Oh great, so now it’s a question of whether I leave it up to fate or dig through the garbage and go find my little screwdriver. Because for anybody not aware, kids toys typically have a screw to keep the battery compartment cover in place and kid proof.

          Fortunately, I’ve only found alkalines the last couple’s times. But my son is 7 so the heat Alkaline Influx happened many moons ago.

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      2 months ago

      All the things I have that use batteries don’t seem to function well on rechargeable (such as my electric door locks). So I also have a bunch of them I don’t know what to do with and still have to buy disposable. 😔

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        2 months ago

        Wow, that sucks. It has worked for me. I have a zwave lock that I have been running on rechargeables for about 6 years now. Even now with the abuse of a 5 year old kid who learned the pin and insists on locking and unlocking unnecessarily, I only charge the batteries once every 6 months! I thought maybe I was exaggerating, but I have a home assistant automation that alerts me when battery level is 50% or under, which is when I charge, and yeah, just about every 6 months. Maybe it’s because I spent too much on “good” rechargeables? Or not, it might be placebo

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          2 months ago

          It could very well be that yours are “good” rechargeables! Mine are just Amazons brand lol. If I use them in my locks I have to change like every 4-5 weeks.

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            2 months ago

            Oh wow. I suppose it could be the locks. But yeah, they’re good higher capacity rechargeables, EBL brand (according to the research I did)

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      2 months ago

      Everything I own that I’d like to use rechargeable batteries in, explicitly tells me not to use rechargeable batteries in it. It’s super annoying.

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      2 months ago

      I use them for my game controller and my wireless mouse but that’s about it.