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#1 Baroness Bubbles

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:18 PM

I have always had problems with these, they never seem to work properly for me.

My DD got an InnoTab yesterday, and has managed to chew through a pack of Ultra Lithium batteries already, so clearly, i need to invest in some good rechargeable batteries, cause i cannot afford $20 every 2 days, lol.

So, what are the best ones to buy, and why?

I am in sydney if that makes any difference

#2 Feral timtam

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:30 PM

We've always used the Kodak or the Aldi brand ones. I'm not sure if the Kodak ones are still getting made as my last purchase of Kodak brand rechargeable was five years ago. Kodak was the only brand that would last more than a couple of photos in my first digital camera.

We buy the Aldi ones now, they're not as good as the Kodak ones but switched because they were cheaper and easier to find.

#3 Bob-the-skull

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:40 PM

for rechargeable i love envaloop (sp?)

they are the best ones i have found!

#4 Chocolate Addict

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:46 PM

I have never found rechargable batteries to last very long. I gave up on them. The best disposable ones I have found is just the regular duracell.

#5 Lyn29

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:49 PM

I've used Varta for about 7 years in my camera, including through several overseas trips. I think they still sell them at KMart. original.gif

#6 libbylu

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:55 PM

We have various brands, just bought from the supermarket.
The best thing to do is to teach your kids to recharge themselves.
From age four we have given DS three screwdrivers and a battery charger and taught him what to do.
1. turn power off
2. plug charger in
3. put batteries in
4. turn power on
5. wait til charged
6. turn power off
7. take batteries out and put into device
He has some devices that are hard to unsrcrew so we give him a hand, but the motivation is strong to get his devices going again so he is happy to put a lot of effort in to go through the process!

#7 donnam

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:58 PM

Sanyo eneloop are by far the best. They even hold their charge whilst sitting inthe drawer waiting to be used.

#8 Paddlepop

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:02 PM

I grew up using Tandy rechargeable batteries in things like remote control cars and walkmans. Those batteries lasted for about 15 years before I decided to replace them.

I replaced them with D*ck Smith rechargeable batteries and battery charger. I've got no complaints about them and they work well in DD's toys and other things. I use Varta in our digital camera and I find that they perform well.

At least these days rechargeable batteries don't tend to have "memory effect" when you had to fully discharge a battery to get it to fully recharge again.

Remember that rechargeable batteries will lose their charge after a few months whether you use them or not. That's just the way they are. For that reason I haven't found them to be very good in torches that tend to sit around and are rarely used.

For a high drain device like your DD's Innotab you will need a battery that is suited to that purpose. Generally the higher the mAh, the better for a high drain device. The Varta ones that I use in my camera are 2500mAh, and the D*ck Smith ones are 2200mAh. Some batteries can be as low as 1900mAh I think.

Depending on how patient your DD is or how organised you are you will probably need to buy 2 sets of batteries so you can have one lot in use and the others being charged when the others are about to go flat. My batteries take 14 to 16 hours to recharge. That can be a looong time for a child! Otherwise get the ones that quick charge in 15 minutes. That way you can probably get away with just one set of batteries and distract your DD with a snack while they charge.


#9 clm1982

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:50 PM

I agree with a few of the other posters.

Sanyo Eneloop are the best!

#10 Holidayromp

Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:00 PM

We have just bought the girls the Energiser 1 hour rechargable batteries and recharger.  Very exxy at $80.00 but worth it if you have battery chewing appliances.

#11 Holidayromp

Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:02 PM

QUOTE (Madame Catty @ 26/12/2012, 09:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We have Energizer too - the pack and batteries.  I must have bought them at least five or so years ago?  And they are still good, no problems at all.

DD got a straight energiser one and the batteries did not last two years.  They just don't charge anymore and when they do charge they don't last very long.

#12 jules77

Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:09 PM

We use eneloop here too, and I especially like them because they come in pretty glittery colours  biggrin.gif

#13 8yeargap

Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:09 PM

I have had Varta rechargeable batteries for years and they are  still working really well.

#14 aidensmum

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:09 PM

We got 8 pack of Eneloop at d*ck Smith week before Xmas for $19.99 which was half price. Glitter is great as they are less likely to get thrown in bin as they don't look like everyday ones.

#15 Baroness Bubbles

Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:36 PM

I ended up getting the Eneloop charger for $29 with 4 white batteries, and a pack 8 glittery ones for $19.99... but the 4 pack of Eneloop batteries by themselves was $21.99. Odd, lol

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