Whether it's a kid's new toy, your Xbox One controller or even just the TV remote, you always need batteries. If you're a parent, you always need a small mountain of batteries. Instead of chucking drained batteries in the trash, consider a switch to rechargeable batteries. In the long run, you'll end up spending a lot less, and the bonus of taking the dead ones and bringing them back to life means you'll never be caught without.
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If your batteries aren't bundled with a charger, then these are the ones to get.
If we had to choose...
It's hard to look past the Panasonic Eneloop batteries since they have a high capacity and excellent lifespan with a higher than average charge retention as they age.
A reliable alternative is the more affordable Amazon Basics, batteries, and the companion charger is an absolute must-buy for frequent international travelers. Whichever you go for, buying rechargeable batteries is not only cost-effective but massively convenient and since you'll be tossing less away, much better on the environment.
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