@SnakeJG With you, here. I invested a few years ago in a LaCrosse charger, and a dozen Eneloop batteries. I’ve slowly added to that collection, and never had to really look back, in my own personal use. As long as you treat them well, the better rechargeables do an amazing job.
However, this looks to be a mediocre (pun intended) charger, at vest. And the batteries themselves aren’t worth the price of admission for either the lack of capacity, or the lack of a name to their actual tech - That may sound snobby, but I can buy my Eneloops with this money, if I’m patient.
While I feel marginally eco-irresponsible doing it, I am having a hard time passing on the offer of essentially FREE AAA and AA Duracell batteries when Office Depot has them on sale with the entire value back in rewards points, meaning they only cost me 10% for the sales tax…
Plus the sale generates sufficient purchase $$ spent to get $20 of credit for ink cartridge recycling, so it is a bit of a trade off… sort of like carbon credits.
Nah, D cells have the same voltage: 1.5v, just more capacity.
You’d want either a different chemistry, or a series battery, that’s actually multiple cells stacked together, like a 9 volt or A23.
The ones I use are Japanese made 800mah AA and 2400mah AA. By comparison these are pretty terrible. If you have VIP for shipping and need a charger and some short term rechargables for the holidays it is a fair deal I suppose. When it comes to batteries I don’t cheap out.
When you go look at the amazon reviews for any rechargeable battery, look for NLee the Engineer; they are the last word in battery analysis. Many brands get 4-5 stars from NLee and these get 2.
These are probably better, ecologically speaking, than bulk packs of disposable batteries… But the low power rating and the low recharge cycles might cause some regret. I was pretty frustrated with the early, low-quality rechargeables I bought at first. Started buying Eneloops about 8 years ago and haven’t bought an alkaline battery since.
edit: I saw one of the amazon pics suggests Low Self-Discharge and removed my statement about that
@craigthom@Superllama7 It is not true LSD. It is circuitry good enough for marketing to say that they are. They only have to hold a charge until they’re sold. These are built to what are called “minimum viable product” specifications. Which is management code for “as cheap as you can possibly get away with without breaking the law getting caught”.
Nobody will call BS on cheap year-old stale batteries. Even a money back guarantee nobody will ever collect on is cheaper than the minor engineering and manufacturing costs of true LSD and over-voltage protection circuitry.
If that weren’t true, there would not be a distinction in the first place, because all batteries would be LSD by default. Just like nobody talks about which cars have seatbelts or not.
@fastharrydotcom Serves you right for actually buying something you need from Meh. These are supposed to be optional superfluous things you don’t need, after the regret from clicking “Buy” and before the regret from seeing your credit-card bill. In the case of those perhaps they arrive after both regrets. (I ordered some too, I think it was around the year 1976, and forgot about them, until I got a mail saying that they were hopefully maybe going to ship in a week or a month or something…)
@fastharrydotcom By the way, on trackers, I have been using Tile which I’m very happy with. You have to know with any of those systems there are limitations and can’t do everything you wish for.
I wouldn’t have ordered the Meh trackers except the price was so cheap I figured I’d have some other tech to play with and compare. I don’t expect the cheap ones to match the “better” tech. At this point, I don’t expect them to arrive!
@hotrodder There was a cool Imogen Heap reference a few days ago. maybe they pick bad products (like todays??) but the “model numbers” are pretty good. That and the little button we click for no apparent reason except to get confirmation of our Mehness.