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Best Rechargeable Batteries For Your Buck

Ask a Geek Girl: Which Battery Should I Buy?

A common problem with consumer cameras that use alkaline batteries is that they drain really quickly. Geek reader valova82 is tired of spending her hard-earned dollars on batteries, and wants some help picking a brand that will stand the test of time:

I have a Polaroid i533 digital camera. It eats my battery power (uses two AA batteries), and I'm so tired of constantly purchasing batteries. Do you have any suggestions on what brand of batteries I should try?

Oh do I! To find out what I recommend, just

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I am not a fan of use-'em-and-toss-'em alkaline batteries, and neither is Mother Earth! You should invest a small amount of cash and get yourself a set of rechargeable batteries! Since not all rechargeables are created equal, it takes a bit of investigating to find out which ones are best, and I like to rely on customer product reviews. Although you might end up charging your batteries more often with rechargeables, you're going to save a ton of money on batteries, and prevent pollution.

First, you'll want to look for batteries labeled Ni-MH, since you can't charge just any battery. I would try the Sony Quick Battery Charger ($22.00) that charges up to four batteries in about four hours, which is comparable to most battery chargers on the market. Bonuses include power adapter for travel out of the country, four included batteries, and it can charge each battery individually, which is not the case for most chargers.

If you're looking for something a little more speedy, I would recommend the Duracell CEF90NC 30 Minute Charger ($20), which also comes with a set of its own batteries. This one is great if you forget to charge your batteries overnight, since the reviews are indicating that it really does charge in 30 short minutes! Plus, the Duracell comes with an auto-shutoff feature when the cells are fully charged, and your batteries can be recharged up to 1,000 times. Very cost effective, no?

Do you have a recommendation for valova82? Leave it in the comments below!

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