Best Rechargeable AA Batteries

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.

Batteries

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Panasonic Eneloop (opens in new tab)

Well respected

One of the best brands in rechargeable batteries, Panasonic claims a 2,100-charge cycle lifespan and up to 10 years of use with excellent charge retention.

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Energizer (opens in new tab)

Recycled materials

These batteries come pre-charged so that you can pop them straight into your device. These are also the world's first to use a percentage of recycled batteries.

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Amazon Basics (opens in new tab)

Reliable budget choice

These batteries have impressive capacity and are available in a bundle with a charger. The lifespan isn't the longest, but they're very affordable.

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Blackube USB AA batteries (opens in new tab)

USB power

These batteries from Blackube charge over micro-USB with a single cable capable of refilling four at a time. Top up with your phone charger or power bank.

Chargers

If your batteries aren't bundled with a charger, then these are the ones to get.

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Energizer (opens in new tab)

Great deal

This model can charge four AA or AAA batteries in 7-13 hours for two or four batteries, and you're getting a 4-pack thrown in.

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Amazon Basics (opens in new tab)

For travellers

This charger can charge four AA or AAA batteries at the same time. It also supports power switching for international use, going between 100-240V AC.

If we had to choose...

It's hard to look past the Panasonic Eneloop batteries (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab), 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.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.