Happy New Year to one and all! Now that the novelty is beginning to wear off the flashlight and other AA or AAA powered gadgets you received or gifted yourself, it would be useful to consider how you are going to power these items when the batteries need replacing. By far the best option would be to use rechargeable cells which would result in savings not having to purchase replacements for a year or two. Additionally, when you purchase rechargeable batteries you would be making a positive contribution to the environment by reducing the level of non-rechargeable cells destined for landfill.
The Panasonic eneloop AA and AAA are two of the best if not the best available rechargeable batteries available. The eneloop Ni-MH (nickel–metal hydride) batteries come pre-charged and are ready to use out of the package. The batteries are “Low Self Discharge”cells which means they will hold the charge for extended periods of non-use. The eneloops can be recharged up to 2100 times when fully or partially drained. The batteries are recharged via the Panasonic BQ-CC17, 4-position Ni-MH battery charger which operates at 110V-240V and charges all NiMH batteries in groups of one to four cells at a time. The BQ-CC17 advanced charger charges at 300mA average current and features 4 LED charge indicator lights and a retractable AC plug. The Panasonic Eneloop Kit contains ten AA and four AAA eneloop batteries and a BQ-CC17 Advanced charger.