Best Rechargeable Battery Charger Windows Central 2019

The Amazon Basics battery charger doesn't try to be fancy. Instead, it offers AA and AAA charging at an affordable price with a couple of neat extra features thrown in for good measure.

Our pick

AmazonBasics battery charger

Great at home and when you travel

A built-in USB port and power switching for international use make this charger an incredible value.

Who should buy this battery charger?

Whether you're looking for a charger to use at home or take on the road, the AmazonBasics model is for you. Not only will it charge AA and AAA batteries, but also your phone or tablet at the same time. Its power switching feature means you can use it in other countries with ease as the charger will automatically adapt to the local supply.

Is it a good time to buy this charger?

Battery chargers don't go through the same type of product lifecycle as many other items of electronics. And while this has been around for a while, it's unlikely to be discontinued any time soon.

Reasons to buy

  • Charge AA or AAA batteries
  • Great price
  • Power switching for international use
  • USB port

Reasons not to buy

  • Quite large

Basic by name, not by nature

A battery charger isn't a glamorous piece of electronic equipment, but if you're in the position of going through a lot of AA or AAA, going rechargeable is a no-brainer. You'll save a lot of money in the long run, and you'll never be without some juice when your kid's new toy comes along needing a set.

The AmazonBasics model, despite its name, is pretty clever and feature-packed.

You don't have to sacrifice charging your phone to charge batteries for your kids' toys.

For starters, you don't have to sacrifice a power outlet. You might need to charge your phone or tablet because the USB port on the side will take care of that. It's not the fastest charge speed you'll ever get. But it gets the job done, along with other jobs potentially at the same time, which is the crucial thing.

If you're a frequent traveler, the AmazonBasics charger also has built-in power switching to adapt on the fly to a different country's power supply. So you're always going to get the best charge possible.

Alternatives to the AmazonBasics battery charger

The AmazonBasics charger might be the best, but there are also some other great choices out there.

Runner-up

Energizer

You can always rely on an Energizer product.

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.

If you're OK spending a little more, there are also versions with visual messaging on charge levels as well as much faster charge rates. Nevertheless, this will take care of all your charging needs, whatever the brand of your batteries.

Best portable charger

EBL Smart Battery Charger

Recharge your AA and AAA batteries over USB

An excellent choice for travelers thanks to its USB power delivery, allowing you to top up using the same power brick as your smartphone.

It's also pretty compact, has intelligent charging for speed and safety, and you can even hook it up to a portable battery pack and use your battery to charge your other batteries!

Bottom line

The AmazonBasics is a great battery charger for AA and AAA batteries and combined with Amazon's equally well-priced batteries. You'll never run out and ultimately save a bundle in the long run. It's also an absolute no-brainer for anyone who ever travels internationally thanks to its built-in power switching that will adapt to the country you're in.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Richard Devine 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.

Rich Edmonds is a staff reviewer at Windows Central, which means he tests out more software and hardware than he cares to remember. Joining Mobile Nations in 2010, you can usually find him inside a PC case tinkering around when not at a screen fighting with Grammarly to use British words. Hit him up on Twitter: @RichEdmonds.

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